2011 NFL Draft: These Quarterbacks Could Benefit Learning From the Bench

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2011 NFL Draft: These Quarterbacks Could Benefit Learning From the Bench
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Despite being a first rounder,Aaron Rodgers benefitted from sitting behind a veteran like Favre.

The 2011 draft is hyped by specific positions each year, as one always seems to be a bit more loaded at one position rather than another.

In 2008, it was all about the running backs. That year, running backs Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Felix Jones, Darren McFadden, Johnathan Stewart and Jammal Charles highlighted the class and have all made a name for themselves in the league.

In 2009, it was about the linebackers, especially with the USC trio of Clay Matthews III, Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga. All were drafted high in the first two rounds and are all current starters for their respective teams.

This year it's all about the quarterbacks.

Out of many analysts' top five quarterback prospects, four of them are first-round caliber and all of them have a chance to be drafted in the first round, especially if they put on a good showing at the NFL Combine. And it's not just those guys; there is plenty of value in the middle rounds for a quarterback to develop behind a veteran for the long term.

However, while the talent is there, many are still concerned about the overall ability of these quarterbacks. Concerns arise due to the fact that the college system is less pro style, rarely taking under center snaps and taking so many snaps from the shotgun. The adjustments to taking snaps from under center can be tough for these quarterbacks, and they need time to learn.

Despite the talent that this draft holds, some quarterbacks could benefit best from learning on the bench like Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers did for three to four years. While it may not be that long for every quarterback, not starting day one helps to alleviate the pressure and allow your rookie quarterback to adjust to the NFL.

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