One week until the 2009 NFL draft. There are plenty of past drafts one can review to see if the pick you "NEED" to make is in fact the pick you "WANT" to make. Past drafts are littered with as many broken dreams as shining moments.
For every "Franchise" player taken in the early rounds, there is a reason the term "First Round Bust" is so commonly used. People will say that the NFL draft is nothing but a crap shoot.
The possiblility of making a mistake with your first round pick has increased every year with the proliferation of underclassmen, growing number of NFL teams, and the general lack of proper scouting.
The NFL combine used to be a chance to solidify what you had already gained knowledge of with certain stud players. It also gave a chance for unknown players to make a name for themselves, especially ones from smaller colleges.
Over the recent past, a player's performance at the combine has suddenly become a "make or break" tryout. Suddenly players that even a knowledgable college fan have never heard of is called a "Phenom."
No longer do NFL teams care about how the athlete played over the last three to four years. "What was his 40 time?" is heard much more than "What kind of person is he off the field?"
The reality of the draft is this...You just don't know what you're getting until they show up in minicamp. In my opinion though, it is MUCH easier to make a mistake than to score it right.
You just hope your team with perform the due diligence required to not waste the potential that the draft offers to improve your team.
For this story, I chose to go back and start with the 1998 draft, which I feel is the greatest example of a first round with both a "dream" pick and the "nightmare."
I will go over each first round QB pick, grade them, and also address picks made in the later rounds that shows that there is quality to be found after the first round.
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