2011 NFL Mock Draft: The New Year of the Quarterback?

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: The New Year of the Quarterback?
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The 1983 NFL Draft is commonly regarded as producing the greatest crop of NFL quarterbacks ever.

In that year, "The Year of the Quarterback," six signal callers were selected in the first round. John Elway, the first overall pick, was quickly followed by Todd Blackledge (seventh overall), Jim Kelly (14th overall), Tony Eason (15th overall), Ken O'Brien (24th overall), and Dan Marino (27th overall).

Headlined by Elway and Marino, the quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft threw for a combined 189,825 yards and 1175 touchdowns.

Looking around the NFL, and at the possible talent pool for the 2011 draft, this upcoming draft may be a new "Year of the Quarterback."

Too many teams need quarterbacks. Because of this, it is reasonable to say that many might reach for a quarterback in the first round, turning lesser prospects into first round picks. Also skewing the landscape of the 2011 draft is the yet to be negotiated CBA, which will likely include a rookie pay scale.

 

(NOTE: For entertainment purposes, it was assumed multiple underclassmen would declare for the draft. Also, the draft order was determined by taking teams records and point differentials. However, the structure of the draft, as reflected by the playoffs, was taken into account. Hence the Ravens and Texans pick before teams with worse records and why this 2011 NFL Mock Draft Super Bowl will be played between the Eagles and Jets).

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