Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan Rates John Beck No. 1 QB in 2007 Draft

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMay 5, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback John Beck #3 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Coach Mike Shanahan said over draft weekend that John Beck was his No. 1 rated quarterback of the 2007 draft.

At first that sounds like high praise, but lets look at who was drafted in front of the young man out of BYU.

The first quarterback taken was No. 1 overall by the Raiders, and that was JaMarcus Russell. Um...he never amounted to much and isn't in the league anymore.

The next QB taken was Brady Quinn at No. 22 by the Cleveland Browns.  His results are pretty similar to Russell's, except he's riding the pine in Denver and not out of the league.

The next QB taken wasn't until the second round and the No. 36 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.  It was Kevin Kolb out of Houston.

At first saying that Beck was rated higher than Kolb in the '07 draft again seems like high praise.  Yet, a show of hands for who knew who Kolb was before Donovan McNabb acted like his feelings were hurt when the Eagles had the gall to draft a QB in the second round to back-up their aging and often injured QB.

Now Kolb has done well in spot starts for the Eagles, but in my humble opinion, I don't think he's had enough starts to really label him anything great.  He may flourish once he gets out of Philly, and is the starter for a franchise, but if I were a general manager I wouldn't gamble a first round draft pick on it.

Then with the No. 40 overall pick, the Miami Dolphins selected John Beck.

Saying John Beck was the best prospect out of the 2007 NFL Draft is like saying Tito is the best surviving member of the Jackson 5.  Not really a large or outstanding enough sample to choose from.

Of course this doesn't mean Beck is as terrible as Quinn or Russell. Honestly we don't really know how good or bad he really is.

We haven't seen him at practice, and we've only really seen him throw passes against retreads in meaningless preseason games.

If Beck happens to be the starter for the Redskins on day one of the NFL season (whenever that may be) I hope he lights the world on fire, and the franchise can focus on other positions in the 2012 NFL Draft.