KeisterHollow, on 03 April 2013 - 03:29 PM, said:
So many people are saying what a poor QB class this is - I don't think it is bad at all. I've been following the Bills for more than 20 years, and I've been closely following the draft, the players coming out, for at least 15 years. There have been weak QB classes - the Clausen class was pretty weak. However, I really think Luck, RGIII, and Wilson coming out last year and doing so well has skewed the perception of this class. There doesn't appear to be an elite QB like that coming out, but I think some of these guys could end up being as good as Wilson, or Tannehill, and better than Dalton, in a few years.
I've been saying for months that Barkley is already good enough to be a franchise QB. His arm is no worse than Tom Brady's coming out of college, and Brady has never had a tough time in the cold north. I still believe if Buffalo has a shot at Barkley - who I think will be the first QB taken - they'll run to the podium.
Geno has all the physical tools, but you've got to question his intelligence. If he has enough of a mind for the game, and can read defenses, he'll end up being a franchise QB, too.
Manuel could end up being very good. Nassib has everything you want in a QB, except his accuracy is a little questionable. If he can fix it, he'll end up being a solid starter.
Then there are guys like Wilson and Glennon who have shown they can win, and their arms are good enough. A lot of it depends on where they end up, but there will be, I believe, at least 3 QB's in this draft who end up being good NFL starters, and probably 1 or 2 who end up considered top 12 in a few years. That's my opinion - and I'll see if I'm right come draft day, because if these guys are as decent as I think you'll see 6 of them gone by the end of the 2nd round. And that'll still leave guys like Dysert, Scott, and the unheralded guys like Rodgers going in the later rounds.
I agree that the expectations for QB classes appear to be out-of-whack.
It is easier to play QB in the NFL now than ever and the guys coming in are far more prepared than they have ever been.
The rising tide is raising all ships, to the point where you can have a QB like Ryan Fitzpatrick who thows 25 TD's but is actually a bottom 5 of the league QB.
I think there are a lot of potentially very good QB's in this draft.
On a side note, I think that the sudden hyper-enforcement of penalties and fines for hits to QB's and receivers actually worked to Fitz' disadvantage. It really dumbed-down the mental requirements of the QB position while also giving protection to fragile QB's.....which Fitz is certainly not. Chris Chandler and Chris Miller would have been franchise QB's in this era.