6 Franchise QBs, NFL Teams That Would Benefit from Highly Drafted Backups

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6 Franchise QBs, NFL Teams That Would Benefit from Highly Drafted Backups
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The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly won't rule out drafting a quarterback early in the 2013 NFL draft—a smart move that would benefit the franchise and Ben Roethlisberger, whether he agrees or not. 

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette:

For the first time since they drafted Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, [Kevin] Colbert would not rule out drafting a quarterback in the first round. "We won't close the door on any position in any round. We can't ... Once we get into free agency and the draft, I don't see any position that's off limits."


The Steelers aren't the only NFL team with franchise quarterbacks that would benefit from such a move. 

Bill Belichick already lined up Tom Brady's successor for the New England Patriots when he drafted Ryan Mallett in 2011.  

Legendary coach of the San Francisco 49ers Bill Walsh never hesitated to give Joe Montana something to think about, either, bringing Steve Young in while Montana was still the best quarterback in the NFL. 

Competition is vital to breeding an environment of excellence.

Complacency is the enemy, and these teams would be wise to consider using an early draft pick to bring in a young signal-caller to challenge the franchise quarterback currently on their respective rosters.

Furthermore, should the worst happen and these teams lost their quarterback to an injury, it's smart for them to have a backup plan in place. 

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