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.
1) St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford
25) Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow
1) Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford
5) New York Jets: Mark Sanchez
17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman
1) Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
18) Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco
1) Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell
18) Cleveland Browns: Brady Quinn
3) Tennessee Titans: Vince Young
10) Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart
11) Denver Broncos: Jay Cutler
1) San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith
24) Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
25) Washington Redskins: Jason Campbell
1) San Diego Chargers: Eli Manning
4) New York Giants: Philip Rivers
11) Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger
21) Buffalo Bills: J.P. Losman
1) Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer
7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Byron Leftwich
19) Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller
22) Chicago Bears: Rex Grossman
1) Houston Texans: David Carr
3) Detroit Lions: Joey Harrington
32) Washington Redskins: Patrick Ramsey
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.