There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not to draft a QB with our first pick. I was kind of curious as to how successful this trend is. Almost every year a QB is taken top 5. Some are thrust into the lineup on day one, and some are backups for a year or two. Here is a list of the top 5 QBS of the past.
You decide if we should use our 3rd pick on Bradford, Stafford, or a more pressing need.
The Manning, Mcnabb , and Matt Ryan have worked out top 5. How many haven't though?
2008-Matt Ryan 3rd pick. so far so good
2007-JeMarcus Russel 1st pick. Not good at all
2006-Vince Young 3rd pick. I think I saw him on the back of a milk carton
2005-Alex Smith 1st pick. Isn't he like 3rd string now
2004-Eli Manning 1st pick. Won a superbowl
Phillip Rivers 4th pick. Despite my hate for him, he is pretty good. Would still rather have Brees
2003-Carson Palmer 1st pick. Can he stay healthy?
2002-David Carr 1st pick. I think I saw him on that show Where Are They Now
Joey Harrington 3rd pick. He still around somewhere.
2001-Mike Vick 1st pick. Was a star and now takes it in the star in Leavenworth.
2000-No QB top 5. Pennington was the first QB taken at 18
1999-Tim Couch 1st pick. No comment. McNabb 2nd pick. Has lived up to his billing. Akili Smith 3rd pick??????
1998-Peyton Manning 1st pick. First ballot HOF! Ryan Leaf 2nd pick. First ballot HOF douche bag.
1997-No top 5. First and only first round QB. Drum role please.....Jim Druckenmiller at 26.
1996-No QB in the first round? Tony Banks was the first QB selected at 42nd.
1995-Steve "Air" McNair 3rd pick. He will be in he HOF.
1994-Heath Shuler 3rd pick. Another great Florida QB.
1993-Drew Bledsoe 1st pick. Possibly HOF at the very least he was solid until his injury. Rick Mirer 2nd pick. The next Joe Montana LOL.
1992-NO top 5. Klingler was picked 6th. Ouch!
1991-No top 5. Dan McGwire was 16th. I wonder if he is in hiding with Mark?
1990-The infamous Jeff George 1st pick. A world of talent. Just couldn't get along with coaches.
1989-Troy Aikman 1st pick. Some people thought he was a mistake after the first year. Boy were they wrong about this HOF. Great draft in the top 5 that year minus Tony Mandrich at 2nd. 3rd was Barry Sanders. 4th DT baby! 5th was Neon Deon.
1988-No top 5. Chris Chandler was taken 76th. Not to bad in the late round.
1987-Vinny Testevarde 1st pick. Was a solid QB but not worth a number one.
1986-Jim Everett 3rd pick. "OK Chris" LOL
1985-No top 5. Bernie Kosar was picked at the end of the 1st with a supplemental pick.
1984-No top 5. Boomer was taken 38. That turned out to be a good second rounder.
1983-Elway 1st pick. I would say that turned out alright. :) We took Todd freaking Blackledge with the 7th pick.
1982-Art Schlicter 4th pick. Who?
1981-No top 5. Rich Campbell was the 6th pick.
1980-No top 5. Marc Wilson was the 16th pick.
I would say that is far enough back. Hind sight is definately 20/20. You decide if it is worth a 3rd pick in this draft for a QB. To me it looks very similar to 2002 with Carr and Harrington. That is always up for debate. I think I learned more about other players that I had know idea. I feel stupid in not knowing that Bo Jackson was actually drafted by the Bucs #1 in 86. Fun stuff.