I heard an intriguing idea yesterday:
Maybe one guy is worthy of being taken in the first round at the quarterback spot. That’s Blaine Gabbert. He’s super smart and ready to make the throws.
That means that Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, etc are not worthy. Well, let me ask you a question:
What makes a player worthy to be taken in the first round? Why is a Bentley so damned expensive? Why is Starbucks coffee four times more than the coffee we used to drink?
Because people will buy it.
If the Carolina Panthers have bought into, and are willing to pay for, Cam Newton then he IS worthy of being taken in the first round. The Panthers make that decision — not us.
The market dictates that many, many teams need a QB. Arizona, Carolina, maybe Miami, possibly San Francisco, Minnesota, and Cincinnati. Each of these teams sees EVERY OTHER team in the league with a franchise QB or one in the wings. They see Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Mark Sanchez and think, “We need that.”
They want Sam Bradford or Matthew Stafford. They want the easy answer, and they’re desperate enough to reach in the first round to get it.
Desperation is determining the make-up of the first round picks this year. Cam Newton will likely get drafted by the Panthers and be thrown into the fire day one. Do they really think he’s ready? He couldn’t even interview well for Jon Gruden on a TV special that had no pressure attached to it at all.
When Ray Lewis is coming to kill you, how are you going to make decisions then?
Frankly, if it weren’t for all the great young QB’s none of these guys (save Gabbert) would go in the first round. But five, six or seven could. That’s the smell desperation.