2010 NFL Draft: Where Does This QB Class Rank Among Past Drafts?
There have been many great quarterback classes in the last 15 years—some booms, some busts.
Each year, it's almost a coin flip to determine which will be which and what players' skills translate best to the NFL.
We all know the great stories of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees, just like we know the bad stories of Akili Smith, Tim Couch, and Ryan Leaf.
For some teams, the players they pick will make or break them—raising them to glory or setting the team back five years.
So how does this class stack up to the previous ones?
Tony Banks, Bobby Hoying, Jeff Lewis, Danny Kanell, Jon Stark
Banks has a Super Bowl ring and an NFL single-season title!
Unfortunately, he was a backup to Trent Dilfer in the Super Bowl, and that record is for most fumbles in a season with 21.
Hoying was expected to be the Eagles' QB of the future, played well for half a season, and then had a disaster of a next season before being traded to Oakland.
Kanell received some minor success as a starter in New York but quickly lost the job to Kent Graham and then Kerry Collins.
Jake Plummer, Jim Druckenmiller, Danny Wuerffel, Koy Detmer
When Jake Plummer is the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft, you know it's looking like a bad year for passers.
Druckenmiller was a first round pick with the 49ers, appearing in only six career games before finding his way out of the league.
David Carr, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Josh McCown, David Garrard, J.T. O'Sullivan
David Garrard has earned himself the starting role in Jacksonville, but it appears his days are running out with the mention of Tim Tebow.
Otherwise Carr, Harrington, Ramsey, McCown, and O'Sullivan have all become career backups or busts.
JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Trent Edwards, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Troy Smith, Tyler Thigpen
JaMarcus has an absolute cannon for an arm yet has failed to bring his game to the pro level. Many already consider him a bust, but he remains on the Raiders due to a large contract.
Quinn had his chance in Cleveland but couldn't permanently oust Derek Anderson in time and also fell out of favor. He was traded to the Broncos.
Edwards and Kolb are presumably their team's starters in 2010, but it's still a long offseason to go.
Carson Palmer, Byron Leftwich, Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, Seneca Wallace, Chris Simms
Besides Palmer, who has yet to really take his team deep into the playoffs, this class has made a name for itself mainly in backup roles.
Wallace mainly backed up Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle and now backs up Jake Delhomme in Cleveland.
Grossman had a stint in Chicago, looking like he may be their franchise QB, but something went horribly wrong with his confidence, and he faded out of favor in the Windy City.
Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, Akili Smith, Cade McNown
Two notorious flops, one guy never able to prove himself, and two passers who are amazingly under-credited for their accomplishments.
Couch and Smith were overwhelming busts and are referenced on draft day constantly.
McNown never quite got his chance anywhere, but McNabb and Culpepper played great football for years and went largely uncredited.
McNabb should be rated one of the best in the game, yet rarely receives that honor.
Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Pat White, Mike Teel, Keith Null
This class could turn it around and in a few years could be one of the best.
For now, though, White, Teel, and Null all look to be career backups.
Meanwhile, Stafford, Sanchez, and Freeman are all assumed to be their teams' franchise QBs going forward.
Vince Young, Jay Cutler, Matt Leinart, Kellen Clemens, Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst, Brodie Croyle, Bruce Gradkowski
2006 has produced the most guys with chips on their shoulders in recent memory.
Young and Leinart had a storied rivalry in college, but both have yet to establish themselves as a legitimate steady starters in the league.
Clemens and Jackson have both received the short end of the stick, being replaced after being assumed the starter during the offseason.
Cutler broke the bank in Chicago but still has much to prove.
Whitehurst appears to be the future of Seattle, so now it seems to be a waiting game.
Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Tony Pike, Dan LeFevour, Jarrett Brown, Jevan Snead, Zac Robinson, Sean Canfield, Mike Kafka, John Skelton
This class will undoubtedly produce the most NFL draftees, with a possible 12 passers all getting picked throughout.
Bradford and Clausen are the "studs" of the draft, while McCoy and Tebow were just pure winners during college with unknown potential.
Pike, LeFevour, Brown, Snead, Robinson, Canfield, Kafka, and Skelton could all find work as second- and third-string backups.
Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Sage Rosenfels, Quincy Carter, A.J. Feeley, Jesse Palmer
After a rocky start with the Chargers, Brees has become one of the top three quarterbacks in the league, taking the Saints to the Super Bowl last season.
Vick has become notorious to NFL outsiders as the "dog killer," his on the field accomplishments being overshadowed. Vick, however, was one of the best QBs in the league for a handful of years and still has a chance in Philadelphia.
Rosenfels, Feeley, and Palmer have all found backup roles at some point, and Carter even started briefly in Dallas.
Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Campbell, Charlie Frye, Kyle Orton, Dan Orlovsky, Derek Anderson, Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Aside from Rodgers, this class is the best "backups that temporarily lucked into starting roles" class of all time.
Going forward, Orton, Smith, and Cassel are still starters, with the intent to be replaced on a yearly basis.
Anderson, Campbell, Frye, Orlovsky, and Fitzpatrick have all started due to injuries or lack of a better option at some point.
Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Chad Henne, Dennis Dixon, Kevin O'Connell, John David Booty, Brian Brohm, Matt Flynn
The 2008 class is a little harder to judge. Ryan, Henne, and Flacco are all their team's starters.
Dixon, Brohm, and Flynn have all received consideration that they could start elsewhere someday, with Dixon maybe even taking over temporarily for Ben Roethlisberger due to a possible league suspension.
This class may still get an incomplete grade, but the sky is the limit.
Tom Brady, Chad Pennington, Marc Bulger, Chris Redman, Tim Rattay
Brady, Pennington, and Bulger were starters on their teams for years—no matter how bad the Rams may have been at the time.
Brady has turned the Patriots into a dynasty, while Pennington has earned a Comeback Player of the Year Award twice and currently is the all-time NFL leader in completion percentage (Really! I'm not joking!) at 66.1 percent.
Peyton Manning, Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Batch, Ryan Leaf, Brian Griese
Let's not be coy about this one: If Peyton wasn't in this class, it would be nowhere near the top.
Manning is hands down the QB of the decade (sorry Tom-Tom).
Leaf has gained notoriety as the biggest QB flop of all time, but Hasselbeck was a late-round find that led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance.
Batch has been a regular backup for the Pittsburgh Steelers and at times has outperformed Roethlisberger himself.
All in all, this class earns No. 2 by lack of competition.
Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub, J.P. Losman, Luke McCown, Jim Sorgi
This class may be hands down the most productive class of the last 15 years. Combined, they have produced four Super Bowl rings (yes, Sorgi has a ring, and yes, I realize he has done nothing in the NFL, but count it).
Four QBs can all arguably be tossed into the NFL's top 10 from this class: Big Ben, Eli, Rivers, and Schaub.
Meanwhile, Losman, McCown, and Sorgi have become regular NFL backups.