The NFL Draft: Desperate Decisions

Football friends, it’s that time of year- where desperation stinks up the football world like garbage in the streets.  As football fans, we just hope it isn’t our team that feels it.

Desperation makes people do funny things. I could sit here and list a bunch of things desperate people do, but I’m going to let your imagination fill them in. It’s more fun that way.

In the world of football, desperation often translates to teams mortgaging their futures for the opportunity to pick up one player. You read that right, ONE PLAYER. This player is usually a QB, because for some stupid reason these teams see that position and think, “Hey maybe if we draft a QB in the first round, he’ll save our team and lead us to a bunch of super bowls!” That thought process is wrong on so many levels.

There is a reason it’s called a football TEAM. There are 10 other guys on that field besides the QB and without those 10 other guys, that QB can’t perform. Focusing on one position in the draft is like just working out your arms. Have you ever seen those people? Their arms look amazing and you look down at their lower body and they resemble Napoleon Dynamite. That’s a team that only focuses on their QB (You could fill in any position here and you would get the same results).

So who’s this year’s culprit? You guessed it. The Los Angeles Rams.

In case you missed it, here’s a breakdown of what the Rams traded the Tennessee Titans in order to get the number 1 pick in the draft this year:

The Titans will get the Rams’ original 1st round pick this year (15th overall),  2 2nd round picks from this year (43rd and 45th overall), a 3rd round pick from this year (76th overall), and the 1st and 3rd round pick in the ’17 draft.

That’s insanity! It’s almost a certainty that they’re going to go with a QB and those rumors say they’re leaning towards Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. Talk about a gamble.

Stick with me here.

Just for fun, I Googled ‘best qbs of all time’. I clicked on the CBS Sports article (1st link listed) and they have a list of the 15 best QBs in the NFL. Now I don’t personally agree with all of the selections on this list, but out of the 15, only 5 were 1st overall picks in the draft. Take a look. . .

  1. Tom Brady – 199th overall
  2. Joe Montana – 82nd overall
  3. Peyton Manning – 1st overall
  4. John Elway – 1st overall
  5. Brett Favre – 33rd overall
  6. Aaron Rodgers – 24th overall
  7. Steve Young – had a weird draft situation, was selected 1st in the ’84 NFL supplemental draft of USFL and CFL players
  8. Dan Marino – 27th overall
  9. Johnny Unitas – 102nd overall
  10. Troy Aikman – 1st overall
  11. Fran Tarkenton – 29th overall
  12. Bart Starr – 200th overall
  13. Terry Bradshaw – 1st overall
  14. Roger Staubach – 129th overall
  15. Jim Kelly – 14th overall

Now obviously some of those were 1st round selections but most of the best QBs in history haven’t gone 1st overall and some didn’t even go in the 1st round. On the flip side, you have QBs that went in the 1st round who have been huge busts for their team (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Rex Grossman, JaMarcus Russell). The point is, teams shouldn’t mortgage their future to get that 1st pick. So why do teams do it?

Does anybody remember the 2012 draft? The Washington Redskins traded their 1st round picks in ’13 and ’14 as well as their 1st and 2nd round picks in ’12 for RGIII who isn’t even on their team anymore. I like RGIII and personally feel like he got a raw deal in Washington. The Redskins got a new coach after that draft who decided he wanted a team he had built and RGIII was relegated to backup status. Add in that, he had some injury problems and you have a big ol’ mess. Why did he have injury problems? Glad you asked. IT’S BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE A COMPLETE TEAM! They spent all this money and draft picks to bring in a super star QB without putting a complete team around him to keep him healthy. It’s ridiculous and you’d think teams would learn by now.

1st round picks are nice, but won’t make or break your team. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks are two of the most successful teams in the last couple of years. Wanna know where their starting QBs went in the draft? Brady went 199th overall (6th round) and Wilson went 75th overall (3rd round). So while what I’m saying isn’t a perfect science and I know there are a lot of successful teams who have 1st overall pick QBs on their roster, it just isn’t necessary to jeopardize the future of your team on a player who is a gamble. Because that’s all the draft is most of the time – a big gamble. Some players are more of a sure bet than others but all in all, we’re never sure how that player’s talent, maturity, and knowledge are going to translate to the NFL.

One final note, I’m not that impressed with Goff and I can’t possibly understand what the Rams see in him to want to trade away that many picks for him. Same goes for Wentz. I hope it works out for the Rams, but I think history has taught us that these types of things rarely do.

Questions? Comments? Tweet me @PatsFanGirl12, I welcome all conversations in 140 characters or less.

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