With all the emphasis on quarterback need in this year’s draft, it’s interesting to consider the heat on the real guys making the very costly choice that will probably have a major effect on their teams’ futures.
Pretend that you are the general manager of an NFL team and you need a quarterback. You want to get one in this year’s draft. The leading prospects for this year are Newton, Gabbert, Locker, Mallett, Ponder, Dalton and Kaepernick.
Looking at the candidates, they can be evaluated like a prospect just as any other position on qualities like these:
Would you sacrifice some of these requirements to pick a specific prospect?
The combine and workout numbers offer a pretty good picture of their physical skills so the next consideration could involve specific position skills for a quarterback such as:
Ability to read defenses
Setup and release
Could some of these favorable characteristics be deemphasized or ignored?
Since you are seeking someone who will have the overall ability to master and manage an NFL offensive system you will have to consider the time factor.
Will he be ready as a rookie? Next year? When? How soon do you need him?
Pick any team or teams you are speaking for. Trade up or trade down if you wish.
Which quarterback would you select?
When? In the top ten? In round one? In round 2 or 3? Later?
BONUS QUESTION – On Saturday when round 4 begins, who will be the best quarterback still on the board?