You probably just saw the title to the article and were thinking "Who the hell is that?" Tom Brandstater was Bronco's sixth-round pick in this year's draft. At 6'5", 215-lbs. Brandstater played his college ball at Fresno State.
Nobody has heard of him in this draft. Everybody's been talking about Matt Stafford and how he will do with the Lions, whether or not Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets and if Josh Freeman was even worthy of a first-round pick.
Obviously first-round quarterbacks get more recognition than sixth-rounders. Brandstater had even more than three quarterbacks taken instead of him. So did Tom Brady.
In the 2000 NFL draft, six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady. In 2009, seven quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brandstater. I am starting to see a resemblance. They even have the same initials.
That's not all they have in common. Both had poor showings at the combine. They both are pocket passers, had/have questions about their arm strength coming out of college, and neither is very mobile. One of them however, has three Super Bowl rings.
When Bill Belichick drafted Brady, it was his first year as the head coach of the Patriots and they drafted Tom to develop him to a possible backup and maybe even a starter one day.
It's Josh McDaniels first year as the head coach of the Broncos and he drafted Brandstater for the same purpose.
Brandstater will no doubt sit for his first year, but who knows maybe another injury will happen to our quarterback and he will have to step in. We will see him play in preseason soon enough though.
I'm not saying that Brandstater is the next Brady. For every Brady there is another 100 players that end up out of the league in a couple of years. So he might or might not be the next Tom Brady but let's hope so.
I mean, who doesn't want three Super Bowls in four years, to have potentially the greatest quarterback ever and no doubt a first ballot hall of famer. Or would you rather have Spergon Wynn, the last QB drafted before Brady.