The single most important position on a football field is the quarterback. In turn, there is no one spot on an NFL roster more agonized over than the starting quarterback from a player-procurement standpoint.
This includes free agency, trade as well as the annual draft when more high-pick evaluation mistakes occur with quarterbacks than any other position.
This phenomenon stems from the height of upside, stakes inherent to such early draft selections, as well as the understood impact that acquiring the right player at this position can make all the difference for a football regime.
All of these factors lead to the inevitable reach(es) that take place every year for quarterbacks in the NFL draft.
With all of this emphasized, it is important to stay current on the individual draft stock of the top quarterback prospects in any given class. Or is it?
Let me play devil's advocate for the moment and pose this contradictory question: does the ebb and flow of different prospects' draft stock, at all positions but most notably for signal callers, actually matter all that much?
Or by the end of what is a very lengthy pre-draft process, some as long as 18 months, does the NFL draft market self-correct and each guy falls on the board to where he belongs?
And is draft stock a scouting or football operations term or a draftnik and media analysis notion to define the progress of our work in prospecting on the prospects?
I do not know the succinct answer to any of those questions and, even if I did, would not be addressing them in this space. But I do believe it is something to keep in mind when understanding the entire NFL draft-analysis realm.
With the NFL scouting combine upon us this week and into the next from Indianapolis, it is an opportune time to check in on the draft stock at this position. Changes will occur, however subtle or substantial, after the information from this event is crunched.
Here is my take on the current stock of the 10 quarterbacks I have rated the highest.
For the stathead readers out there, I am going to provide some crumbs on each slide in the form of career interception percentage and fumble rate for each guy.
Other viewers may also find it interesting how well each of these players has taken care of the football during his respective college career.