2014 NFL Draft: Are QB Desperate Teams Doomed To Repeat Previous Mistakes?
If the 2011 quarterback draft class can teach us anything, it is the fact that signing the wrong signal caller will doom your whole organization for several years.
Perhaps Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III created an impossible standard that every quarterback must be instantly ready to lead a team, but this group of quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL Draft is filled with question marks. The most common criticism that you will hear of these young quarterbacks are as follows. Johnny Manziel is too short and likes to party, Derek Carr was in a weak division, Teddy Bridgewater is not durable, and Blake Bortles lacks the arm strength to be an elite quarterback.
While every prospect will be scrutinized to some degree, all of these quarterbacks have flaws that makes an organization question if these young signal callers could lead a team. The NFL teams that drafted quarterbacks in 2011 may sound familiar as teams that are looking to draft quarterbacks in 2014. The Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings are all potential candidates to select a signal caller at some point in the draft. The Jaguars are the most likely to pick a quarterback with the third-overall pick, but the Titans and Vikings will be in the hunt if the right scenario presents itself.
The selections of Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder have been unable to prove themselves as starters for their respective teams, and each organization that drafted these players has paid the price with losing seasons.
The Houston Texans face the most pressure with the first-overall pick, and obviously the player chosen will determine the future success of the organization.
While this draft class does have talented quarterbacks, history tells us that most of these players will probably become busts. Good luck, Houston.