Eh, i think the QB spot is the one that's different. It has the potential to change a franchise fortunes. The Colts are competitive with Luck, but sh!t without him. I look at Brady and Rodgers and those guys are SB threats every year because of those guys. Even as 1 of 22, they are that good. But my point was more along the lines of good teams find players who are good fit for their system regardless of where, and even to an extent, who they draft. It's too early to judge TJ Watt a better pick than Taco Charlton, only time will make that determination. But track record-wise the Steelers are more likely to hit on that pick than the Cowboys are on theirs because of the system. (Which is odd because typically the Steelers don't start rookies, in fact they barely hit the field. But they've changed that with Watt, Sean Davis (not technically a rookie but was inj last year) and JuJu Smith-Schuster.) Dallas has had obvious good success with picks like Zeke, Dak and Tyron Smith. What you don't see is them getting later round guys who contribute.
yeah but neither of those QBs were even close to the #1 pick though, which is specifically relevant in regards to this really bad vs middle of the road debate.
Rodgers was #24, Brady was #199.
Eli may have been #1, but Big Ben went 11 that year and has been better.
SB winner Joe Flacco was #18.
SB winner Russell Wilson was a 3rd rd pick.
Drew Brees was top of the 2nd rd.
SB Winner Kurt Warner was undrafted
And just look at some comparisons over the past few years....
Watson was the 3rd QB taken this year
Prescott was a 4th rd pick last yr
Derek Carr was a 2nd rd pick, and the 4th taken in his draft class
Kirk Cousins was a 4th rd pick
Having a true QB is absolutely a franchise changer, but the QBs that are truly leading championship teams are not the ones that teams have had to tank for is my point.
It's so much more than that, unlike in the NBA (or at least where the NBA is headed) where you must have multiple Top 3-5 picks and that all hit their peak, in order to even remotely be considered a contender.
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