NFL Draft: The True Teams Looking for a Quarterback

February 28, 2017

By Justin Lasher

With NFL Draft talk heating up, I came across an interesting article on businessinsider.com (http://www.businessinsider.com/quarterbacks-drafted-nfl-teams-2017-2).  So much is made on teams drafting a quarterback in the draft.  Many take the gamble, but few actually strike it rich.  Lets take a look at all the teams who have drafted quarterbacks in the NFL Draft from 1999-2016.  I believe, you, like myself, will be somewhat surprised with the statistics.

To properly analyze everything, lets first, examine the chart with the statistics found in the article mentioned above.

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Now that we have all the numbers lied out before us, lets break them down.  Fist, it was pretty surprising to me to find the New York Jets leading the list of teams, having drafted 11 quarterbacks in the last 17 years.  The Cleveland Browns immediately come to mind as being a quarterback friendly draft team, but looking at the total number of quarterbacks they’ve drafted, they come in at number 6 on the list.  What the Browns do lead the NFL in is the number of quarterbacks drafted in the first round in the last 17 years (5).

This list also tells me one of two things about Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots.  While we all know that the Patriots are more than set at QB, with Tom Brady running the show, the Patriots are tied for 2nd, having drafted 10 quarterbacks in this time span.  The Patriots have either not found a suitable long-term backup to Brady, or the Patriots understand the overrated value that other teams place on the position and draft with the intentions of these players having trade value that the Patriots can use as leverage in any deals.  I believe the correct reason the Patriots are this high on the list is the latter.  Bill Belichick is one of the smartest men in the profession, ever.

Looking at the bottom of the chart, I also found myself somewhat shocked to see that the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys are the two teams that have drafted the fewest quarterbacks in the last 17 drafts.  These two teams, while having steady starters over the years in Peyton Manning and Tony Romo, have always had a revolving door of backups.  I guess they have been filling that role in free agency, knowing, or hoping in the case of Jerry Jones, that their starter can remain healthy enough to play the majority of the snaps.

Lastly, I did some math of my own and wanted to look at the league as a whole.  Each team has averaged just over 7 quarterbacks drafted in 17 years.  That is a whopping one quarterback drafted per team every 2.43 years.  That tells me that there are a whole lot of college quarterbacks drafted that aren’t having a very long career in the NFL.  So, the lesson here is stay in school kids, get your education, because you will need it to fall back on, when, not if, sports don’t work out for you.

These are just a few of my thoughts on what I found to be an intriguing chart.  What sticks out to you when looking at these numbers?  Let me know in the comments.

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