2011 NFL Draft: Weak QB Class Leads To Search for the Next Tom Brady

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2011 NFL Draft: Weak QB Class Leads To Search for the Next Tom Brady
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If you haven't noticed, this year's quarterback draft class is very weak. There's no quarterback in this draft that's a sure-fire, top-notch, can't-miss NFL prospect, which should turn teams off from selecting one with a first-round pick.

That being said, many teams in the NFL are desperate for a quarterback, which means they will take a chance on a guy like Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett in the first round.

The problem is none of these guys are NFL-ready. This year's draft has the best chance of producing a franchise quarterback from a later round, maybe even an undrafted player.

Tom Brady, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton and Tony Romo all went in Round 3 or later. Brady and Hasselbeck went in the sixth round, Cassel in the seventh and Romo wasn't drafted, and all of these guys were or are franchise quarterbacks and were very productive in the prime of their careers.

Here's a look at five guys who have a chance to become franchise quarterbacks down the road that are projected to go after the first two rounds in the 2011 NFL draft.

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