2011 NFL Draft: Where Top Quarterbacks Will Be Drafted and How They Will Play

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2011 NFL Draft: Where Top Quarterbacks Will Be Drafted and How They Will Play
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There is an old saying in the NFL:

If you are in the position to draft a potential franchise quarterback, unless you have one, you HAVE to.

It is no secret that the QB position is the most important on the field. Over the last 10 years, there have been a total of 27 drafted in the first round.

 

2010

1) St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

25) Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow

 

2009

1) Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford

5) New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman

 

2008

1) Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan

18) Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco

 

2007

1) Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell

18) Cleveland Browns: Brady Quinn

 

2006

3) Tennessee Titans: Vince Young

10) Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart

11) Denver Broncos: Jay Cutler

 

2005

1) San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith

24) Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

25) Washington Redskins: Jason Campbell

 

2004

1) San Diego Chargers: Eli Manning

4) New York Giants: Philip Rivers

11) Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

21) Buffalo Bills: J.P. Losman

 

2003

1) Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Byron Leftwich

19) Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller

22) Chicago Bears: Rex Grossman

 

2002

1) Houston Texans: David Carr

3) Detroit Lions: Joey Harrington

32) Washington Redskins: Patrick Ramsey

 

2001

1) Atlanta Falcons: Michael Vick

 

In addition to the 27 drafted in the first round, there were NINE that were selected first overall. The only year that no QB was selected first overall was in 2006, and NONE of the first-round picks will be on the team that drafted them in 2011.

The only teams to NOT take a QB in the first round are:

Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning

New England Patriots: Tom Brady

Miami Dolphins: They have spent three second-round picks, and traded two others, on the position.

Kansas City Chiefs: Traded for Matt Cassel

Philadelphia Eagles: Had Donovan McNabb and drafted Kevin Kolb in the second round to be eventual replacement.

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo

Arizona Cardinals: Had Kurt Warner until he retired.

Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck

New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees

Minnesota Vikings: Brett Favre

Carolina Panthers: Tried Jake Delhomme, used second-round pick in 2010 on Jimmy Clausen.

Though all of these players have not panned out, it is obvious that NFL teams understand the the QB position is THE most important on the field.

This is the list of the 2011 QB class, where I believe they will be drafted and how I believe they will pan out in the future.

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