PLEASE don’t draft a QB in the first round. Sam Bradford 36M dollars (26 in 2016). Chase Daniel 21M dollars (7 in 2016). This team has already committed itself to 33M dollars worth of QB this year. So why dear god, would they Draft a QB in the first round this year? It just wouldn’t make any sense.
First of all, this is not a great year for QB’s in the Draft. While it totally makes sense to grab a franchise QB while you have the positioning to do so, you should also make sure that what you’re getting is franchise caliber. In all truth there are a couple of guys that can be developed in this Draft, but every QB with a 1st round grade on him this year, comes with obvious flaws if not outright red flags. This is not the year to go all in early on a QB.
Secondly, if we grab a QB early, who is his mentor, Bradford or Daniel? Captain Checkdown or the Clipboard Commander? Or do you start the rookie and sit about 20% of your salary cap on the bench, with no plans to do anything more than just sit it?
Understand, I’m a HUGE fan of the idea of drafting a QB this year. I happen to think that this Draft will be a failure if we don’t draft one. That said, the sort of QB we need is one we can develop, and you don’t draft a project in Round One. We should draft a QB, just not early.
If we can move Bradford in a trade, and draft a guy high, that wouldn’t be the worst move we could make, but that would assume that Bradford possesses a level of trade value that has so far gone undocumented. I mean when was the last time you heard that the Eagles were offered anything at all for him? Besides, haven’t we already had hopes of trading Bradford blow up in our faces during the last Draft? Let’s not be Charlie Brown AND Lucy for a second year in a row.
The smart move is to add to the group of men who are charged with keeping the QB upright. My mind goes back to a thing that Eagles fans have no experience with. Dan Marino. He was sacked 31 times over the course of a 48 game span (6 times in 1988, 10 in 1989, 15 in 1990). Eagles fans have no idea what that kind of protection looks like, but it’s high time that we did. There are better things that we can do with that #8 pick, than select a QB.
So I’m begging you, Jeff Lurie. I’m pleading with you Howie Roseman. Please DO NOT draft a QB in the first round.