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January 24, 2016




Who would argue that you can't get far in the NFL without a premier QB? Not a "good" QB. Not even a "really good" QB. We're talking a GREAT, probably HOF-caliber QB. Look at today's 4 starters:

- Peyton Manning - 39 yrs. old. 6'5", 230 lbs. #2 Heisman. #1 overall pick in 1998.
- Tom Brady - 38 yrs. old. 6'4", 225 lbs. (Outlier alert: 199th pick in 2000).
- Carson Palmer - 36 yrs. old. 6'5", 235 lbs. #1Heisman. #1 overall pick in 2003.
- Cam Newton - 26 yrs. old. 6'5", 245 lbs. #1 Heisman. #1 overall pick in 2011.

The moral of the story - how to draft a QB:

1. If a college QB wins the Heisman (or comes in 2nd) and he's 6'4", and over 230 lbs and he's available with the 1st pick (which you, of course, have) draft him.

2. Alternative: If a pretty good college QB is 6'4" and 225 lbs. and he's still available in the 6th round (which means you ALL had a shot at him) and you just happen to have a guy named Belichik making your picks, then yes, let Mr. Belichik draft him with the 199th pick.

Conclusion #1: While having a HOF-caliber QB won't guarantee you a Super Bowl win. NOT having a HOF-caliber QB makes it far less likely.

Conclusion #2: Jay Cutler is pretty good, but the closest he'll ever get to Canton, OH is if he buys a bus ticket.


I know carson Palmer is a HOF-longshot. But I'm living in AZ now, so OK...I'm biased!

Tim@Cubby Blue

Oh well, the Cards still have a rosy future.

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