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    I get the feeling some people often get attached to theories that are made up and buy into them. Is it really necessary to draft a so called franchise QB in the first round or are you just as well off getting a QB with NFL experience via free agency or trade? I dont believe in the theory you need to draft a franchise QB in the first round. I have seen articles (showing QB has more busts then RB & WR) and I believe history shows there has been several first round QB busts.

    The following shows Super Bowl QBs from 2000-2009 along with who drafted them and where:

    QBs drafted 1st round with the same team:
    Peyton Manning Indy (Round 1 pick 1 Indy)
    Eli Manning NY Giants (Round 1 pick 1 NY Giants)
    Donovan McNabb Philadelphia (Round 1 pick 2 Philadelphia)
    Steve McNair Tennessee Titans (Round 1 pick 3 Houston Oilers at the time)
    Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh (Round 1 pick 11 Pittsburgh)
    Rex Grossman Bears (Round 1 pick 22 Bears)

    QBs Drafted late with same team:
    Tom Brady New England (6th round pick #199 New England)

    QBs not with original team:
    Kerry Collins New York Giants (Round 1 pick 5 Carolina)
    Trent Dilfer Baltimore (Round 1 pick 6 Tampa Bay)
    Rich Gannon Oakland (4th Round pick 98 by New England)
    Matt Hasselbeck Seattle (Round 6 pick 184 Greenbay)
    Brad Johnson Tampa Bay (9th round pick 227 Minnesota)
    Jake Delhomme Carolina (Undrafted signed by Saints)
    Kurt Warner Rams (Undrafted tried out with Green Bay in 1994 & Bears in 1997 did not make it)

    Notable QBs that did not appear in a Super Bowl over the last ten years:
    Brett Favre (Will be a HOF QB 10-Pro Bowls)
    Drew Bledsoe (Was consistently among the top QBs 4-Pro Bowls)
    Mark Brunell (Was consistently among the top QBs 3-Pro Bowls)
    Drew Brees (Has consistently been among the top QBs 3-Pro Bowls)
    Trent Green (Was consistently among the top QBs 2-Pro Bowls)
    Carson Palmer (Has consistently been among the top QBs 2-ProBowls)
    Tony Romo (Has consistently been among the top QBs 2-Pro Bowls)
    Marc Bulger (Was consistently among the top QBs 2-Pro Bowls and had the GSOT around him)
    Phillip Rivers (Has consistently been among the top QBs Pro Bowl)


    The following shows QBs drafted in the first round from 1999-2008 and how many made it to the Super Bowl.

    QBs Drafted since 1999 in the first round:

    1999 Draft
    #1 Tim Couch
    #2 Donovan McNabb
    #3 Akili Smith
    #11 Daunte Culpepper
    #12 Cade McNown

    2000 Draft
    # 18 Chad Pennington

    2001 Draft
    #1 Michael Vick

    2002 Draft
    #1 David Carr
    #3 Joey Harrington
    #32 Patrick Ramsey

    2003 Draft
    #1 Carson Palmer
    #7 Byron Leftwich
    #19 Kyle Boller
    #22 Rex Grossman

    2004 Draft
    #1 Eli Manning
    #4 Phillip Rivers
    #11 Ben Roethlisberger
    #22 J.P. Losman

    2005 Draft
    #1 Alex Smith
    #24 Aaron Rodgers
    #25 Jason Campbell

    2006 Draft
    #3 Vince Young
    #10 Matt Leinart
    #11 Jay Cutler

    2007 Draft
    #1 JaMarcus Russell
    #22 Brady Quinn

    2008 Draft
    #3 Matt Ryan
    #18 Joe Flacco

    Of the 28 QBs drafted in the first round only four made it to the Super Bowl. Only one of the seven drafted first over all has made it to a super bowl. The other six Couch, Vick, Carr, Palmer, Smith, and Russell may never make it.
    Last edited by RamsSB99; -12-31-2009, 01:01 PM.

  • #2
    Re: Franchise QB's?

    I get the feeling some people often get attached to theories that are made up and buy into them. Is it really necessary to draft a so called franchise QB in the first round or are you just as well off getting a QB with NFL experience via free agency or trade?


    QB via free agency or trade? Slim picking nowadays. Teams no longer carry 3 or 4 QB's on the roster so the days of developing a QB are long gone. Most teams only carry 1 starting QB and a backup QB.

    No, you do not have to draft a QB in the first round. However, if you draft a QB in rounds 2-7 the percentage of finding that SuperBowl QB goes way down. So IMHO if you get a 1st round franchise QB you have a better chance of reaching the SUPERBOWL versus trying to find that rare gem.

    Lets look at some evidence to support this theory

    2001 QB's not drafted in round 1

    Drew Bress
    Quincy Carter
    Marques Tuiasosopo
    Chris Weinke
    Sage Rosenfells
    Jesse Palmer
    Mike McMahon
    A. J. Feeley
    Josh Booty
    Josh Heupel

    2002 QB's not drafted in round 1

    Josh McCown
    David Garrard
    Randy Fasani
    Kurt Kitner
    Brandon Doman
    Craig Nall
    J.T. O'Sullivan
    Steve Bellisari
    Seth Buford
    Jeff Kelly
    Wes Pate

    My count is 21 QB's drafted and I am pretty sure no starting Superbowl QB on the list. So if my math is right 0 out of 21 equals 0 percent. I think the Rams should consider drafting a QB in round 1 in the near future just not this year.

    Feel free to add a couple more years if needed in the last decade.

    Go Rams
    Last edited by Guest; -12-31-2009, 02:34 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Franchise QB's?

      Since 1979 there have been 20 different Quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl.

      12 were 1st round picks

      8 were 2nd or later round picks


      The slight edge may go to the 1st round qbs but success can be found in later rounds.

      Just realize that after the 4th round that 8 becomes 4 and the odds drop considerably.

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      • #4
        Re: Franchise QB's?

        Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
        Since 1979 there have been 20 different Quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl.

        12 were 1st round picks

        8 were 2nd or later round picks


        The slight edge may go to the 1st round qbs but success can be found in later rounds.

        Just realize that after the 4th round that 8 becomes 4 and the odds drop considerably.
        How many QB's were drafted in round 1 since 1979?

        How many QB's were drafted in round 2 on since 1979?

        If your goal is to draft a superbowl QB do you not have to look at the whole picture and understand that you have a much better chance of getting to the superbowl if you draft a QB in round 1 unless your fortuante to find that rare gem?

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        • #5
          Re: Franchise QB's?

          Rather than looking at how many first round quarterbacks didn't make it to the Super Bowl, I would look at how many did. That data would suggest that 57% of the quarterbacks who have gone to a Superbowl in the last decade were drafted in the first round.

          Despite all of the busts listed there, I still see a lot of guys I wouldn't mind having on the team. Maybe guys like Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, etc. haven't gone to any Super Bowls yet, but I doubt their teams feel like they wasted their pick either.

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          • #6
            Re: Franchise QB's?

            Originally posted by Dominating D View Post
            How many QB's were drafted in round 1 since 1979?

            How many QB's were drafted in round 2 on since 1979?

            If your goal is to draft a superbowl QB do you not have to look at the whole picture and understand that you have a much better chance of getting to the superbowl if you draft a QB in round 1 unless your fortuante to find that rare gem?

            Good point DD.

            There have been 72 qbs drafted in the 1st round since 1979. Those 72 have produced 12 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

            There have been 366 qbs drafted in rounds 2 and beyond since 1979. Those have produced 8 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

            So you have a 16 % chance of successfully drafting a Super Bowl winning qb in the 1st round and a 2% chance of doing so in rounds 2 and beyond.

            I also agree with Goldenfleece so when I have a little more time I will try to break it down by something like Pro Bowlers or play-off appearances.

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            • #7
              Re: Franchise QB's?

              Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
              Good point DD.

              There have been 72 qbs drafted in the 1st round since 1979. Those 72 have produced 12 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

              There have been 366 qbs drafted in rounds 2 and beyond since 1979. Those have produced 8 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

              So you have a 16 % chance of successfully drafting a Super Bowl winning qb in the 1st round and a 2% chance of doing so in rounds 2 and beyond.

              I also agree with Goldenfleece so when I have a little more time I will try to break it down by something like Pro Bowlers or play-off appearances.

              Can not wait to see those numbers. VERY COOL

              Question about the dates?

              1979

              12 first rounders
              8 other rounders
              ------
              20 years

              So are the rest repeats and should they not be counted?

              Brady and Montana versus Aikman, Elway, Big Ben, Bradshaw, Kelly, and company.
              Last edited by Guest; -12-31-2009, 06:25 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Franchise QB's?

                Only 4 of the last 10 Superbowls had winning QB's that were drafted before the 6th round by the team they helped win the Superbowl for. The rest either played for another team prior to going to the team they won it all for or were drafted in the 6th round (Tom Brady) or later. That is why I think you can often get a QB with NFL expierence that has a lower bottom and potentially the same upside (Less risk and possibly the same reward). Over the last 10 years 28 QB's have been drafted in the first round only 4 have got their team to a Superbowl.


                The following was brought up on the Broncos board about QB busts in the first round by ExBearFan:

                I just noticed something. Here are some of the worst QBs in the NFL:

                32: Jamarcus Russell (First pick)
                31: Josh Freeman (First round)
                29: Matthew Stafford (First pick)
                28: Mark Sanchez (First round)
                27: Kerry Collins (First round)
                24: Brady Quinn (First round)
                22: Jay Cutler (First round)

                At the top:
                1: Drew Brees (2nd round)
                2: Brett Favre (2nd round)
                3: Phillip Rivers (First round)
                4: Peyton Manning (First pick)
                5: Matt Schaub (3rd round)
                6: Big Ben (First round)
                7: Tony Romo (undrafted)
                8: Donovan McNabb (First round)
                9: Tom Brady (6th round)
                10: Kurt Warner (undrafted)
                Here is something else I found on another board (mocking the draft):

                Here's how he started the discussion:
                Here's some food for thought...of the 8 division leaders, 6 of them are run by QBs not taken in the first round...

                The two teams with first-round quarterbacks are Indianapolis (Peyton Manning) and Cincinnati (Carson Palmer). Both were selected first overall. Here are the other six teams:
                Minnesota Vikings - Brett Favre - Second round
                New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees - Second round
                Denver Broncos - Kyle Orton - Fourth round
                New England Patriots - Tom Brady - Sixth round
                Dallas Cowboys - Tony Romo - Undrafted
                Arizona Cardinals - Kurt Warner - Undrafted


                Jeremiah also offered this nugget:

                of the 8 last place teams in each division, 6 of them are run by 1st rd QBs
                Last edited by RamsSB99; -01-01-2010, 12:06 AM.

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                • #9
                  Re: Franchise QB's?

                  Originally posted by RamsSB99 View Post
                  Only 4 of the last 10 Superbowls had winning QB's that were drafted before the 6th round by the team they helped win the Superbowl for. The rest either played for another team prior to going to the team they won it all for or were drafted in the 6th round (Tom Brady) or later. That is why I think you can often get a QB with NFL expierence that has a lower bottom and potentially the same upside (Less risk and possibly the same reward). Over the last 10 years 28 QB's have been drafted in the first round only 4 have got their team to a Superbowl.
                  :
                  We know Brady has 3 of them.

                  Also if you go back 15 years the numbers are more reasonable:

                  Ben Roethisberger
                  Eli Manning
                  Peyton Manning
                  Ben Roethisberger
                  Tom Brady
                  Tom Brady
                  Brad Johnson
                  Tom Brady
                  Trent Dilfer
                  Kurt Warner
                  John Elway
                  John Elway
                  Brett Favre
                  Troy Aikman
                  Troy Aikman

                  Tom Brady is what everyteam wants. Draft a Hall of Fame QB in the latter rounds. However, the odds in that are slim to none Rambunctious did the math and your looking at a 2% chance.

                  My point is you can get a QB in the latter rounds and yes 2% do become superbowl winning QB's the odds of a team drafting one is much lower than drafting a QB in the 1st round.

                  Like they say in the Bizzz thats the bottom line.

                  Go Rams

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                  • #10
                    Re: Franchise QB's?

                    Originally posted by Dominating D View Post
                    Tom Brady is what everyteam wants. Draft a Hall of Fame QB in the latter rounds. However, the odds in that are slim to none Rambunctious did the math and your looking at a 2% chance.

                    My point is you can get a QB in the latter rounds and yes 2% do become superbowl winning QB's the odds of a team drafting one is much lower than drafting a QB in the 1st round.

                    Like they say in the Bizzz thats the bottom line.

                    Go Rams
                    That's the thing here. Brady skews the results. One low round draft pick wins 3 SBs and you build a model heavily based on a 2% chance.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Franchise QB's?

                      How do you explain my previous post listed below? It shows me that drafting a QB in the first round does not mean you will become a playoff contender or have a shot at the Superbowl. IMO saying you have to have a first round QB to be a contender and to make it to the super bowl is false. There are 32 first round picks each year and the Superbowl teams will likely have other 1st round players on their team at different positions. Like I showed in the original post 8 of the 14 QBs (57.2 %) that made it to the Superbowl over the last 10 years were not drafted in the first round by the team they won it for. That means that over half the QB's were found either via free agency or later in the draft. You could probably come up with a stat that would show similar numbers for various positions its not just QB. This year 6 of the 8 (75%) losing teams have first round QB's and 6 of the 8 (75%) winning teams dont have a first round QB.

                      Often a 1st round QB is setting the bench behind another starter and often they get traded before having success Dilfer & Collins were drafted #1 but made it to the Superbowl with another team. There are several 1st round QB's that could be looking for new homes.

                      The two teams leading thier division with first-round quarterbacks are Indianapolis (Peyton Manning) and Cincinnati (Carson Palmer). Both were selected first overall. Here are the other six teams:
                      Minnesota Vikings - Brett Favre - Second round
                      New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees - Second round
                      Denver Broncos - Kyle Orton - Fourth round
                      New England Patriots - Tom Brady - Sixth round
                      Dallas Cowboys - Tony Romo - Undrafted
                      Arizona Cardinals - Kurt Warner - Undrafted


                      Jeremiah also offered this nugget:

                      of the 8 last place teams in each division, 6 of them are run by 1st rd QBs



                      One final note for those that say Brady skews the numbers for QBs that won it. How many of the first round super bowl QB's do you really think have played better then Favre, Brees, Brady, and Warner all of which are not 1st round picks. If you put those four on the team that won it do you not think they could be Superbowl winners on those teams as well?
                      Last edited by RamsSB99; -01-01-2010, 04:36 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Franchise QB's?

                        Originally posted by RamsSB99 View Post
                        How do you explain my previous post listed below? It shows me that drafting a QB in the first round does not mean you will become a playoff contender or have a shot at the Superbowl. IMO saying you have to have a first round QB to be a contender and to make it to the super bowl is false. There are 32 first round picks each year and the Superbowl teams will likely have other 1st round players on their team at different positions. Like I showed in the original post 8 of the 14 QBs (57.2 %) that made it to the Superbowl over the last 10 years were not drafted in the first round by the team they won it for. That means that over half the QB's were found either via free agency or later in the draft. You could probably come up with a stat that would show similar numbers for various positions its not just QB. This year 6 of the 8 (75%) losing teams have first round QB's and 6 of the 8 (75%) winning teams dont have a first round QB.

                        Often a 1st round QB is setting the bench behind another starter and often they get traded before having success Dilfer & Collins were drafted #1 but made it to the Superbowl with another team. There are several 1st round QB's that could be looking for new homes.

                        The two teams leading thier division with first-round quarterbacks are Indianapolis (Peyton Manning) and Cincinnati (Carson Palmer). Both were selected first overall. Here are the other six teams:
                        Minnesota Vikings - Brett Favre - Second round
                        New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees - Second round
                        Denver Broncos - Kyle Orton - Fourth round
                        New England Patriots - Tom Brady - Sixth round
                        Dallas Cowboys - Tony Romo - Undrafted
                        Arizona Cardinals - Kurt Warner - Undrafted


                        Jeremiah also offered this nugget:

                        of the 8 last place teams in each division, 6 of them are run by 1st rd QBs



                        One final note for those that say Brady skews the numbers for QBs that won it. How many of the first round super bowl QB's do you really think have played better then Favre, Brees, Brady, and Warner all of which are not 1st round picks. If you put those four on the team that won it do you not think they could be Superbowl winners on those teams as well?

                        Copy/Paste from Rambunctious

                        There have been 72 qbs drafted in the 1st round since 1979. Those 72 have produced 12 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

                        There have been 366 qbs drafted in rounds 2 and beyond since 1979. Those have produced 8 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

                        So you have a 16 % chance of successfully drafting a Super Bowl winning qb in the 1st round and a 2% chance of doing so in rounds 2 and beyond.

                        No one is saying you can not get a Superbowl Winning QB in the latter rounds. The ODDS of getting one not drafted in the 1st round is 8 out of 366.

                        The odds of one of those coming out in this years draft is slim and the odds of the Rams drafting the right guy is slim.

                        Go Rams
                        Last edited by Guest; -01-01-2010, 05:38 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Franchise QB's?

                          Consider this list:

                          Bart Starr
                          Roger Staubach
                          Terry Bradshaw
                          Jim Plunkett
                          Joe Montana
                          Troy Aikman
                          John Elway
                          Tom Brady
                          Ben Rothlisberger

                          These 9 QBs are the only QBs to start for 2 or more Super Bowl winners.

                          Of them, 5 were first round draft choices. Starr, Montana, Staubach and Brady were not, but Staubach would have been but for his military service requirement.

                          Of them, 4 were the first picks of their draft (Bradshaw, Plunkett, Aikman and Elway).

                          All 9 were clearly "franchise QBs."

                          So... do you need a "franchise QB" to win a Super Bowl? No.

                          But if you want sustained excellence, having a top QB is a good place to start.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Franchise QB's?

                            Here are the numbers for Pro Bowlers. If anyone can think of a different stat to look at I will give it my best shot.

                            Out of the 72 qbs drafted in the first round since 1979... 24 have gone on to the pro bowl.

                            This means you have a 33% chance of picking up a PB quality player in the 1st round.

                            Out of the 366 qbs drafted in rounds 2 and beyond since 1979... 33 have gone on to the pro bowl.

                            This means you have a 9% chance of picking up a PB quality player in rounds 2 and beyond.

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                              Rd7 Quinn Johnson FB 6'1 265 (May need to package a late comp pick to move up & get him)

                              Our new defense:

                              LE - Hill 6'4 325
                              NT - Brace 6'3 325
                              RE - Carriker 6'6 310

                              LB - Long 6'3 265
                              LB -Witherspoon 6'1 240
                              LB - Curry 6'3 250
                              LB - Little 6'3 265

                              CB - Bartell 6'1 210
                              CB - Johnson 6'2 200 4.4 - alternates Hill 5'10 185, King 5'11 195

                              FS - Atogwe 5'11 210
                              SS - Taylor 6'3 205 4.5

                              Defensive review:
                              We could switch to a 3-4 with Brace as a NT and Carriker and Hill at DE which they have played in college. I know Spags has not done this much but it would allow us to get bigger and apply pressure. 325, 325, and 310 would be good size for the front three.

                              Drafting Curry and moving Little and Long to LB along with Witherspoon would give us a stout LB crew that all could blitz the passer. Imagine trying to run against this crew.

                              Bartell did a good job at CB last year and parring his 6'1 210 frame with another 6'2 200 frame that can run a 4.4 40 would help against bigger receivers and in run support. Tye Hill and Justin King could be used at nickle back.

                              Atogwe has been a lone ranger in the safety department with Chavous not supplying much production. Pairing him with a 6'3 205 SS who can run a 4.5 40 and hit hard would help improve our secondary.

                              Our new offense:

                              QB - Bulger 6'3 205
                              RB - Jackson 6'2 235
                              FB - Johnson 6'1 265
                              TE - McMichael 6'3 255

                              WR - Avery 5'11 185
                              WR - Bennett 6'5 200 - alternate Burton 6'1 200, Stanley 5'11 180

                              LT - Pace 6'7 325 (Restructurer contract) alternate Barron 6'7 315
                              LG - Incognito 6'3 320 alternate Setterstrom 6'4 315
                              C - Brown 6'3 320 (FA)
                              RG - Bell 6'4 295 alternate Greco 6'4 315
                              RT - Tupou 6'6 325 alternate Barron 6'7 315, Greco 6'4 315

                              Offensive review:
                              Bulger will be better with the an improved OL, running game, FB, and Mc Michael back at TE.

                              Jackson will be even better if healthy and has a big FB (6'1 265) blocking for him and a bigger OL. We have needed a good FB for a long time Hedgecock looked decent but was not good until he left here. James Hodgins was the last good FB we have had. Johnson at 6'1 265 might be the next good blocking FB for the Rams.

                              TE play has suffered when we dont have McMichael which has been often. If he is healthy he could be a big time contributor.

                              WR will be better with Avery, Burton, and...
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