I am holding back my judgment on the Matt Cassel trade. It's possible that Matt Cassel has great potential, and could be an untapped asset to the organization like Kurt Warner was for the Rams (and now Cardinals). But I also see it as possibly just setting us up for two more years of mediocrity. I think we should STILL draft a QB with the #3 pick, and if Peterson was still in charge, I would be certain that we won't. But we might now that Pioli is here. All I know is that I have been looking back at our past drafts, and we haven’t drafted a franchise QB (a’la Manning, Manning, Culver, etc) since 1983 (Todd Blackledge), and he was the only QB we have EVER drafted with our first draft pick in each year.
Also, the last time we picked this high in the draft (#3 or higher) was in 1988 when we had the #2 overall pick. What will we do with it this time?
While I was researching our first draft picks in each year, I compiled some interesting stats: In the 39 drafts that have taken place since the merger in 1970 we have picked the following:
Total picks: 39
Total defensive picks: 15
Total offensive picks: 24
Total "offensive weapon" picks: 16
Total "lineman" picks: 17
Total QB picks: 1
Please, let's draft a QB and train him for a few years while Cassel has his shot. If Cassel turns out to be the 2nd coming of Brady or Montana, or Warner, then great, we have a QB to trade. If he stinks up Arrowhead, then we shuck him (or keep him as a backup) and play Stafford (or Pat White, or whoever we would draft). Those are my thoughts.