It’s a really good time to have a franchise quarterback.
I mean, it’s always a really good time to have a franchise quarterback, but the draft is where franchises live or die based on their decisions about this one position.
Some teams, like the Chicago Bears, have died.
I love Chicago. pic.twitter.com/f7S6OXNH4T— Brett Craycraft (@CraycraftBrett) April 9, 2020
Eight years ago, the Seattle Seahawks lived abundantly.
Russell Wilson was taken as the 75th player in the 2012 draft. Five quarterbacks were taken before him that year.
One of them was very good (Andrew Luck). One of them seemed to be very good (Robert Griffin III). One of them keeps making money despite not being good at all (Ryan Tannehill). One of them I forgot was an American football player (Brandon Weeden), and one of them mastered the art of being good enough for literally zero seconds longer than was required to sign a huge contract before returning to be an abominable passer (Brock Osweiler).
Wilson now sits atop his ridiculously expensive Seattle throne, with both Pro Bowl and Super Bowl honors.
However, he keeps gifting the Seahawks with more than just wins.
Seattle hasn’t had to make a risky decision in years, and 2020 is absolutely a bullet dodged, had they been a quarterback-needy team like so many others.
Joe Burrow stands as the only sure thing in this year’s draft - but Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement shows that every season played is indeed a blessing.
Here’s one among dozens of QB rankings for this coming draft:
Burrow’s incredible, got it. But after that?
Tua Tagovailoa’s got even more injuries than his hip - which is bad. I watch multiple games of the Oregon Ducks, and Justin Herbert is wildly overrated. Bobby Wagner is the only good thing to ever come out of Utah State for a reason, and many people who follow the Seahawks have at least some knowledge of Jacob Eason at University of Washington. If Eason’s the fifth best quarterback available to the NFL....um, we’re in for a ride.
If Justin Herbert goes that high he is going to make his team very, very sad. https://t.co/x3yX6rq32z— Tyler Alsin (@TylerjAlsin) March 29, 2020
These high-round picks are incredibly valuable, even if John Schneider does his best at times to give them all away for a truckload of fifth-rounders.
Wilson’s presence alone has kept the Seahawks from ever spending the future to take a gamble. He’s allowed them to pursue the athletic freaks that Pete Carroll and John Schneider love in hopes that they can be standouts.
And in a year like this one, it’s tantamount to a lost cause for most of the teams who will take a quarterback this year, though we won’t know which ones for a few months.
The one thing that simply does not work in this version of the NFL, is to have a quarterback who can’t handle pressure. See the limitations of Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Jared Goff, or last year’s Tom Brady.
See below, three of the top prospects drop dramatically when under pressure.
Love, Eason, and Herbert are outperformed by multiple QBs further down the scouting reports when the defense closes in on them. The averages in college are skewed because there’s just so many quarterbacks, but the fact that first-round projected Jacob Eason is even below that average against the blitz is insane.
Think of all the L.J. Colliers or Rashaad Penny’s one could have instead of a player who’s inconsistent and undependable.
Yeah, okay, so the whole thing is a crapshoot.
But I stand by this year’s draft class for quarterback being extra crappy-shooty, and as always, truly a blessing to not have to worry about the league’s most important position.