Tarvaris Jackson and 8 NFL Starters Who'll Be Replaced in the 2012 NFL Draft
Who will be the lucky NFL team that will get to replace its starting quarterback with Andrew Luck come next season?
The slogan going around this season regarding the 2012 NFL draft is "Suck for Luck." This statement implies that the bad teams with uncertain quarterback situations, such as Miami, will intentionally blow their seasons in an effort to acquire the top pick in the draft and select Stanford standout quarterback Andrew Luck.
There are a few teams battling for the vote in the "Suck for Luck" campaign with a number of starting quarterbacks not getting the job done for their respective teams.
Here are a few NFL starters who will be replaced by their teams come draft night.
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
Let's face it—the Seahawks went out on a limb signing longtime Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and that limb is already beginning to snap.
With the Seahawks at 2-3, Jackson hasn't been totally and entirely horrid, but the chances of the Seahawks getting a top draft pick are looking better and better, and given the opportunity, they will certainly replace Jackson.
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne was 0-4 as a starter this season before suffering his season-ending shoulder injury. Prior to the quarterback getting hurt, the Dolphins had already window-shopped for alternate quarterback options.
With the team sitting at 0-6, it is right near first place in the race for Stanford's Andrew Luck. Whether the Dolphins get Luck or not, their first choice in the 2012 draft will undoubtedly be a quarterback.
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins desperately need a young quarterback to build their team around. Thirty-one-year-old Rex Grossman and 30-year-old John Beck are obviously not the answer for this franchise, and with the Redskins looking at a top-15 pick, this will be a great opportunity for them to capitalize.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos drafted running back Knowshon Moreno with their 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, but unfortunately, after a decent rookie season, he has yet to materialize into a feature back.
Acquiring veteran Willie McGahee in the offseason, the Broncos intended for the 30-year-old back to play a third-down backup role, but he has been depended on as their starter for most of the season.
Look for the Broncos to draft a running back in the 2012 draft.
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts
Dwight Freeney's days as a starter for the Colts are likely numbered come the end of this season, and through no fault of his own.
Age is becoming the main discussion when regarding both of the Colts' defensive ends. Robert Mathis is 31 this year, and Freeney is 33. Leading up to the last trade deadline, talks of trading and replacing one or both of the two were already taking place.
Debating who will be replaced first is a toss-up, as Mathis has a contract that expires after this year and Freeney's after next, but since Freeney is older, that determined the decision.
Jason Hill, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars receiving corps is just short of terrible, giving rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert little to nothing to work with. Replacing starting wide receiver Jason Hill will likely be one of the first things the Jaguars do in the 2012 NFL draft.
A third-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers, Hill never really amounted to anything for the team, resulting in him being cut in 2010. The Jaguars then claimed Hill with high expectations, which have yet to be reached.
Hill's most notable moment of 2011 came off the field, when he called Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis and his team "overhyped," and Revis fired back by saying he didn't even know who Hill was.
Before the trade deadline last week, the Jaguars reacquired Mike Sims-Walker from the St. Louis Rams in an effort to help improve their receiving corps.
Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
Saying that the Chiefs will replace Matt Cassel may be a bold prediction, but if a guy that piques their interest is available when it comes to their turn, they could pull the trigger on a new quarterback.
Cassel shows flashes of brilliance from time to time, like in the Chiefs' Week 5 victory over the Colts, when he threw for four touchdowns, 257 yards and no interceptions. However, Cassel's inconsistency makes him very unreliable.
Even in the team's 28-0 win this week over Oakland, Cassel came off his bye week and followed up his Week 5 performance with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Don't be surprised if the Chiefs shop for a new quarterback come draft time.
Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian may already be on his way out the door after being deactivated in two of Minnesota's last three games.
After the past two years of little to no productivity from Berrian with Brett Favre at the quarterback helm, this season was going to be a new opportunity for Berrian to be in a starting role and prove he deserves to be there.
Ever since the Vikings lost top wideout Sidney Rice to the Seattle Seahawks during the offseason, they have been desperately hurting at the wideout position. With no player to replace him in the No. 1 spot, the Vikings thought Berrian could be their guy.
Unfortunately, so far this year has been just like the past two for Berrian, which is why he will be the first player replaced in the 2012 NFL draft.