As the 2011 NFL Draft grows closer, each team in the league is always looking for the most important part of an NFL team, the Franchise Quarterback. Some teams already have the guy they want but could be looking to take a gamble on his replacement down the road in the later rounds. Other teams will be looking feverishly in this draft for their franchise guy that will take over in September. Those teams will use a first or second round pick on their quarterback of the future. The third category is the team that has a good, solid quarterback but not the guy you can build a franchise around. Teams in that situation usually try to strike gold in the middle rounds of the draft. It is the dawn of a new day for teams throughout the league when they draft their potential franchise quarterback.
When you sit down to watch the draft this year, carefully watch what teams are taking quarterbacks and when they take them. You should be able to tell what the teams mindset is at the most crucial position on the roster. There is always a great risk with taking a quarterback early but the reward is also immense. You will be able to find the occasional diamond in the rough later in the draft but those guys are like perfect diamonds, rare!
I thought it would be fun to take a look at the drafted quarterbacks since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. At that time, the draft was much longer than the seven round version we have today. I examined the quality of quarterback that has been chosen by round since the merger. I compiled what I feel are the best per round and included a bonus section with supplemental picks and players drafted after the seventh round.This list will stir much debate but it will also give you a little extra something to think about while watching the 2011 NFL Draft.