Drafting a Quarterback in the First Round—Is it Worth the Risk?

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Published: April 7, 2009


... the Lions should pick one of the two top quarterback prospects—Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez—or should they select a position that appears safer. Everyone agrees that quarterback is the pivotal position on a team.

Get the right one, and you can print your team’s playoff tickets annually. But picking the wrong one, especially early in the first round, can set a team back for years.

Because of the risks involved in selecting a quarterback in the first round, there are some who say that a team shouldn’t take a quarterback in the first round at all. The history of the NFL is full of guys who were selected in later rounds or not taken at all and are in the Hall of Fame, or have taken their teams to the Super Bowl.

But for every one of those late round selections who made it to the top, there a dozen who languished in obscurity for a couple of years before drifting out of the league.

Perhaps the team that selected them didn’...

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