More quarterbacks were taken in the fourth round of the draft than in the the first three rounds combined. Not only that, but a lot of big names from big football schools were taken, most of them just to back up the current starter on the team.
Landry Jones was the last one of the QBs picked in the fourth round. The former Oklahoma Sooner will probably back up Big Ben in Pittsburgh, but this young gun has some ability after starting all four years as a Sooner.
Even though he's tall and can throw the ball with some zip, he really can't move in the pocket and has a deer-in-the-headlights approach when under duress. He can learn from one of the best scramblers in the NFL in Big Ben Roethlisberger as he sits on the bench for a few years in Steel-town.
Only three picks before that, Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas was taken by the Oakland Raiders. Even with the loss of his head coach and three receivers, Wilson still threw for over 3,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns. Even though the defense consistently came after him last year, he remained patient and stepped into his throws. He is the one QB from Round 4 that can compete for the starting job, as it will be either him or Matt Flynn, who the Raiders received via trade in the offseason.
Ryan Nassib won't see much of the field in the next few years if he remains with the Giants. Current starter Eli Manning is the active leader in consecutive starts for quarterbacks, which sits at 135. The Syracuse product can hold a clipboard and learn what it takes to be a NFL signal caller from a two-time Super Bowl winner.
The biggest name taken in Round 4 just happened to be the first name called. Matt Barkley out of USC (Southern Cal, not South Carolina) was thought to be a late first- or second-round talent. When the Eagles saw him still available at the end of Day 2, they quickly made some trades to move up in the draft to get Barkley.
It is confusing how the four year college starter fits in a Chip Kelly, spread offense style system. Kelly made it clear that he just wants talent, and he'll take care of the rest, according to NFL Network.
Barkley has the ability to run a pro-style or west coast offense. The Eagles could look at a two QB system in which Barkley comes in to be more traditional while Michael Vick runs the spread offense.
Chip Kelly has a lot in store for this offense next year, and he made us all a little more intrigued when Barkley was finally taken.