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- Published: Friday, 24 January 2014 13:44
- Written by Purple Domino
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Four quarterbacks in the divisional round had no more than three seasons under their belts. Two moved on and one is headed to a Super Bowl. The read option was dialed back across the National Football League this year in an attempt to protect the quarterback, but San Francisco 23-10 victory over the Panthers was a reminder that it hasn’t died. Defenses learned how to defend the read option by playing gap discipline and not to turn your edge rushers loose up field.
This year, offensive coordinators gave you doses of the read option realizing that you can’t expose quarterbacks to repeated hits I.E. RGIII. I like to compare the NFL’s debate about mobile quarterbacks versus drop-back passers to politics: neither party will go out of style. Not long ago, “pro-style offense” meant a college offense that featured three and four wide receiver sets and the occasional use of the shotgun. Now “pro-style offense” means an offense that doesn’t run four or five receiver sets.
Quarterbacks used to come out of college needing years to make the schematic leap up to the professional level but now you have schemes adapting to their style of play. Taking a look at the 2014 QB draft class there are more quarterbacks coming in that fit this mold.
Should we draft a QB with our 1st pick?
The 2014 draft may not be as heavy on quarterbacks at the top of the draft as many people have been projecting. General Managers who have a serious interest in what happens with the quarterbacks say that passers such as Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel may not end up going as quickly as many draft experts have suggested. The only player I think that justifies the 1st pick is Johnny Football though many disagree with hurling insults such as calling him “The next Tim Tebow.” There are comparisons...except one can throw and one cannot. Simple as that.
With his rare play making ability, speed, quickness and tough competitive style, there is no doubt he should be the 1st pick in my opinion. Houston would be insane not to draft him as it would boost them back into the playoffs next season. With the Combine coming up in February players will be shuffled around and I don’t see Teddy Bridgewater being there at 8 with Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, and Tampa Bay all in need of a quarterback, however, some could opt for defensive players. If he does slip to the 8th pick it would be tough for the Vikings to pass on the 6-3 205 polished college quarterback.
We can’t afford to risk another high pick on a quarterback, so if they are not available, I’m all for drafting defensively and waiting to draft a quarterback in the 2nd round. Just don’t let it be AJ McCarron (although Katherine Webb would be great to stare at for season or two...yeah I went there). Defensive players that we would be interested in are Buffalo’s linebacker Khalil Mack and Oklahoma State’s cornerback Justin Gilbert. Both players make sense with Mike Zimmer being a defensive specialist. Zimmer's reputation as a defensive guru is second to few in the NFL. Expectations are high, but after the Bengals' turnaround, there is reason to believe Zimmer will succeed.
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