In the modern NFL, quarterbacks are most commonly drafted to be the man on day one—no grooming or development on the bench, just straight into the fire.
All 11 of the quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2010 have started at least one game as a rookie, with seven starting on Week 1 of their debut seasons.
These trends aren't expected to change, as too many teams still need immediate fixes at the game's most important position. And clubs hurting at quarterback usually don't want to wait for a high pick to learn wearing a ball cap and holding a clipboard on the sidelines. More so than ever, the NFL is an instant-gratification business.
However, the 2014 NFL draft might represent a temporary inflection point.
There are still plenty of teams that will draft a quarterback to be the franchise guy right away. But there are also a significantly high number of clubs that might look at this draft as the right time to find a successor to an otherwise entrenched No. 1 quarterback.
Maybe, just maybe, the idea of draft-and-develop at quarterback can still live on in the NFL.
In the following slides, we'll examine the quarterbacks who could see their teams pick a successor in the 2014 NFL draft.