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NFL Draft 2011: How Many First Round Quarterbacks Will We See?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Blaine Gabbert looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Blaine Gabbert looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Quarterback is always the position that most folks care about during NFL draft season. It's the sexiest position and has the largest impact on the success of a team so it gets far and away the most coverage. I bet we've heard more about QB Cam Newton, QB Blaine Gabbert and QB Jake Locker than nearly the rest of the first round prospects combined.

On that note, I wanted to talk about -- what else -- quarterbacks.

Nick Wright of 610 Sports reported this week that, in the right scenario, the Chiefs are prepared to select a quarterback in the first round. Wright qualified it by saying it more than likely won't happen but the Chiefs are prepared for it in the right situation.

The Chiefs picking a quarterback would be a surprise and could help push the number of first round quarterbacks selected to near-record levels. The current record for quarterbacks selected in the first round is six.

How many will we have this year?

Vegas says the over/under is 3.5 right now which sounds about right. You can take it to the bank that Newton and Gabbert will be first round picks. I also feel somewhat confident that Locker will be a first round pick.

From there, it's a crap shoot.

You could make an argument -- as Peter King of SI.com has -- that QB Christian Ponder is slighting into the late first round. QB Ryan Mallett has enough physical skills to seriously warrant consideration in the first round. Even QB Andy Dalton or QB Colin Kaepernick has a shot at the first round.

So the over/under on quarterbacks in the first round is 3.5. Are you taking the over or the under?