The 2017 NFL Draft is just hours away as teams get set to rebuild for not only the upcoming season but for the future. For some of those teams the key to that rebuild starts with the quarterback position, one that may not be as strong as we have seen over the past few seasons.
The list includes options like Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and DeShone Kizer. Now the debate is over whether or not it is worth the risk to take a quarterback in the first round that includes teams that take the gamble.
On the up side taking a quarterback in the first round allows a team to pick up the fifth around option on them. On the down side a gamble pick too early could cost someone a franchise player and set a team back not only one season but for the long haul, much like we have seen with a few teams in the NFL.
With that said, here is a look back at the first round quarterbacks over the past 5 NFL Drafts.
2016 NFL Draft
Jared Goff (1st) / Carson Wentz (2nd) / Paxton Lynch (26th)
While it is still to early to say if any of these teams reached or if they made the correct draft pick. Lynch, however was worth the pick at the time but now will be considered a reach with the way Dak Prescott played as a rookie.
2015 NFL Draft
Jameis Winston (1st) / Marcus Mariota (2nd)
Currently these two picks look like the right picks when they were drafted, as none of the other first round picks have really put up better starts to their careers. The only other stud so far from the first round of this draft has been Amari Cooper who some had going as high as the number two picks. Outside of Cooper, Vic Beasley and Todd Gurley have both played well but not at the level of the first two picks.
2014 NFL Draft
Blake Bortles (3rd) / Teddy Bridgewater (32nd)
Many might say the Jaguars took a reach here and it can be proven based on some of the production out of players behind them in the first round. The players the Jaguars could have drafted at the pick or even while trading back to acquire other picks include Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, CJ. Mosley and Brandin Cooks. Meanwhile after a solid start, Bridewater missed the 2016 NFL Season with a knee injury. That injury and the play of Derek Carr who went just four picks later in the second round picks, make this play a big time gamble.
2013 NFL Draft
EJ Manuel (16th)
This might be one of the worse NFL drafts for quarterbacks in a very long time with each one struggling to make a real impact in the NFL. Many expected Manuel to go higher and luckily for the 15 teams ahead of them they did not take the gamble. The Bills passed on players like DeAndre Hopkins, Desmond Trufant and Tyler Eifert, all were left on the board.
2012 NFL Draft
Andrew Luck (1st) / Robert Griffin III (2nd)
Ryan Tannehill (8th) / Brandon Weeden (22nd)
Two of the four picks could have been well worth it, those options being Luck and Tannehill. Meanwhile the decision to give up the picks the Washington Redskins did to draft RGIII will always be one of the biggest bust trades in the NFL history. The Browns had the chance to add playmakers like Dont’a Hightower, Nick Perry and Doug Martin.
Now, will the 2017 NFL Draft prove us all wrong and deliver another elite caliber quarterback in the first round or will a sleeper come through the ranks, a fantasy sleeper who will prove it is not worth giving up multiple picks to just draft one individual player.