Dan Wernery Plays GM for 32 teams: Where do I draft a QB?
It has always been a dream of mine to be an NFL General Manager. During this series of articles, I will act as the General Manager for all 32 teams and place each team into three categories based on position need: High Priority, Moderate Priority and Depth Purposes only.
High Priority (Round 1 or 2)
Detroit: The Lions have six picks in the first three rounds. Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez are the only clear franchise quarterbacks on the board. Don't waste time and get your franchise quarterback with the first pick.
San Francisco: The Niners have a middle of the road quarterback in Shaun Hill. The Niners also have major needs at right tackle, 3-4 OLB, wide receiver and defensive back. Barring a trade Mark Sanchez will likely be on the board at #10. I go ahead and take Mark Sanchez because the questionable work ethic of Andre Smith and Michael Oher will not mesh with head coach Mike Singletary.
NY Jets: Right now the Jets are looking at a Kellen Clemens/Brett Ratliff quarterback competition going into training camp. The Jets could sign a veteran like Jeff Garcia and draft Pat White, Josh Freeman or Nate Davis in round twp and develop them for 2010. Considering the money invested in their offensive line, this team needs a long term solution at quarterback. I would call Green Bay who lacks personnel to run a 3-4 and work out a trade so they can draft Mark Sanchez. Trading their second round pick would likely be the asking price to move up.
Tampa Bay: The Bucs made a huge mistake by trading a second round pick for overrated Kellen Winslow. If White, Freeman or Davis fall to round three Bucs should go that route, if not draft a QB in round six or seven and wait until 2010 draft. They should give Josh Johnson an opportunity to win the job in training camp.
Chicago: The Bears would only draft a quarterback in round one if Sanchez slipped past the Jets. The Bears should give Pat White some consideration to add the Wildcat element to a boring and predictable offense. Imagine Devin Hester and Pat White on the field together.
Moderate Priority (Round 3 or 4)
Arizona, Tennessee, and Carolina: Pat White, Josh Freeman, and Nate Davis are the only other quarterbacks worth a third or fourth round pick. All of the teams above have aging quarterbacks and need a signal caller of the future.
Washington: The Redskins have many other needs but I find it hard to believe this team can feel secure about Jason Campbell. The Redskins foolishly wasted a second round pick on Jason Taylor and would have to hope on one of three slip to round three.
Miami: Its not a huge priority, but could the inventors of the Wildcat formation spend a third on Pat White or a fourth on Stephen McGee to take this scheme to a whole new level?
Depth Purposes Only (Round five or lower)
Buffalo, New England, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Houston, Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Kansas City, NY Giants, Dallas, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota New Orleans, Atlanta, Seattle, and St Louis
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