An Honest Look at the "Weak" QB Class

Question: What do Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Trent Green, Elvis Grbac, Warren Moon (Old), Rich Gannon, Steve Bono, Joe Montana (Old), Dave Krieg, Steve DeBerg, Mark Vlasic, Ron Jaworski, Steve Pelluer, Steve DeBerg, Bill Kenney, Bill Kenney, Matt Stevens, Frank Seurer, and Doug Hudson all have in common?

Answer: All have served as the starting Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs since the last time this franchise stepped up and drafted a QB in the first round of the NFL Draft.

I think we're all aware of what the Chief's biggest need is going into this draft (hint: it's not DE or SILB). This franchise has been hamstrung by QB play for far too long. And yet after 30 years of the same old shat, people are actually advocating that we pass on a QB once again.We've all seen how well that works. The main argument for this approach seems to be that this is in someway an abnormally "weak" class of QB's and that none are deserving of a high draft pick. While there are a number of flaws in this logic, I want to address what I feel is the most glaring... I don't think this is a "weak" class.

I strongly suspect that many are suffering from what I'll call a "Luck/RG3 Hangover". The memory of those two prospects is fresh in everyone's minds and they are comparing this years QB's to Luck and Griffen. That's not fair, last year was a huge anomaly, surefire can't miss QB's are an extreme rarity. There is not a Luck, Manning, or Elway in every class, it's what makes those guys special. If that's what your waiting for good luck, it'll probably be 10 years before another pops up. Then there is the small part where the Chiefs would have to actually have the 1st overall pick, and while agree that we'll probably continue to suck if we don't find a QB, with this franchise's luck we'll have pick #2.

The fact is this class is pretty normal, I'd even argue it's above average. Certainly not a weak class. Most franchise QB's have come from classes just like this one. They are out there, it's a matter of getting the scouting right, finding your guy and doing what it takes to get him, even if that means "reaching". Playing games and chasing perceived value is a good way to get your guy snatched out from under you and have to settle for a guy you have less confidence in.

Regardless on to the main point of this post. In order to address the idea that this is somehow a weak class I went back and dug out my pre-draft notes on last years QB's. Keep in mind that I in no way claim to a professional, or even good, evaluator of talent. I have watched a fair amount of tape on the various prospects both last year and this year (though I still need to look at Boyd, Nassib, and Dysert). The rankings are based on where I had the QB's rated prior to the draft for the 2012 class and my current rankings on the 2013 class. Also please note that these were my pre-draft notes on the 2012 class, and hence don't have the benefit of hindsight. They also aren't projections of where guys will actually be drafted, but where I personally would be willing to draft them. I compiled both lists together by ranking as a way to compare the classes.

Overall Rank: Name (Round)

1. Andrew Luck (Top 5)

2. RG3 (Top 5)

3. Tyler Wilson (Top 5)*

4. Geno Smith (Top 5)*

5. Mike Glennon (1)*

6. Tyler Bray (1-2)*

7. Ryan Tannehill (2)

8. Nick Foles (2-3)

9. Brandon Weedon Accounting for age (2-3)

10. EJ Manuel (2-3)*

11. Brock Osweiler (3)

12. Logan Thomas (3)*

13. Matt Barkley (3)*

14. Aaron Murray (3-4)*

15. Kirk Cousins (4)

16. Landry Jones (4)*

17. Russel Wilson (4-5)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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