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QB Poll
Posted by SHOE at 12/18/2006 1:52:00 PM
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The following 10 quarterbacks have been taken in the first round of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Draft: Eli, Phil Rivers, Roethlisberger, J.P. Losman, Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Campbell, Vince Young, Matt Leinhart and Jay Cutler. If you were starting a new team next season and got to pick your franchise guy, who would be the top 3 choices? And though it's still early, who's the worst pick of those 10 guys?


Roethlisberger, Young and Rivers in that order, though Cutler, Leinart and Campbell could be good, too. Eli is okay, Alex Smith is okay, and Losman has been playing better. We have no idea about Aaron Rodgers.

Eli was the worst pick considering where he want and what was given up for him... Hopefully, I'm wrong, and he pans out as big as he'd have to.

Overall, it's a very strong crop of QBs - you don't see an Akili Smith or even a Joey Harrington in there at this point.

But if you go back one more year, the guy you'd really want to start your team with is Carson Palmer. Maybe even over Roethlisberger.

A year from now, Cutler and Leinart might make this an even harder choice.

Posted by cliss at 12/18/2006 2:15:00 PM
I wouldn't touch Roethlisberger as my franchise quarterback. Still not convinced that he'll stay healthy and avoid concussions as his career drags on.

Young, Leinart and Rivers would be my choices (in that order). The worst pick on the list is Aaron Rodgers, but that's more because he's never had a full chance to step in. Eli is a close second, and I'm glad he's not "stuck" in San Diego keeping LT from winning a Super Bowl.

Posted by dvr9484 at 12/18/2006 3:58:00 PM
I agree with DVR on this one, with Rivers and Young swapping places. The only hang up I would have is how Rivers is going to act when things aren't so well, which is exactly what Young and Leinart are going through now. Rivers has answered the bell big time this year, which leads me to believe he'll be the guy with the most wins of the group when it's all said and done.

As for the worst pick, it's Eli, hands down. He's his brother in the worst of times...all the time. I cannot even think of a big throw he has made, let alone a big game. Throw in all the BS that happen to get him to NY and it's a no-brainer.
Posted by rball1233 at 12/18/2006 6:58:00 PM
When Roethlisberger throws more than 20 times in a game, Pittsburgh has a terrible record (don't remember exactly) but it's like 3-9. He a good "manager-type" QB like Dilfer or McNair but not good enough to have in the top 3, or 5 for that matter.

Mine would be.....Rivers, Young, Leinart.
Posted by iknowbo34 at 12/18/2006 8:33:00 PM
You can't be serious about calling Roethlisberger a manager! He averaged 8.9 YPA (the key stat for QBs) coming into this season. The reason the Steelers have a bad record when Roethlisberger throws is that they only throw when they're behind. That's just as fallacious as using: "Dallas is 100-10 when Emmitt Smith rushes for 100 yards" as evidence that the run causes the win - the winning causes the running. Same with Roethlisberger. The losing causes the passing, not the other way around.

Posted by cliss at 12/18/2006 9:44:00 PM
Pittsburgh's game plan isn't real pass heavy, to say the least.
Posted by dvr9484 at 12/19/2006 12:37:00 PM
Young, Leinart and flip a coin between Rivers/Cutler...
Posted by mikeinlalaland at 12/23/2006 9:29:00 AM

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