West Virginia’s Geno Smith, NC State’s Mike Glennon, and USC’s Matt Barkley are the most enticing options, but none are guaranteed top 10 picks. Smith will likely go in the first round, but it’s quite possible that he’ll be the only Quarterback selected in the top 32. The last time only 1 Quarterback was drafted in the first round: The 2000 draft with Chad Pennington. A draft that would have gone down as one of the worst in the past few decades if it weren’t for a guy named Tom Brady drafted in the 7th.
But now that we’re talking about it, what have been the worst Quarterback drafts in recent memory? Let’s take a look:
The Rams took Sam Bradford first overall, but after that, the only other first round Quarterback was Tim Tebow at 25. Jimmy Clausen went 48th overall and Colt McCoy went 85th. Bradford has some solid potential, but an empty field after that.
Of the three Quarterbacks drafted in the top 11, only Jay Cutler still retains a starting position. If it weren’t for Cutler, this draft may have found itself in the top two spots thanks to top ten busts Vince Young and Matt Leinart. Plus a few other flops lower in the draft: Kellen Clemens, Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst and Brodie Croyle.
First overall pick Carson Palmer had his moments, but for a draft with 4 Quarterbacks taken in the top 22, we received very minimal production. Byron Leftwich was taken 7th, Kyle Boller went 19th and Rex Grossman went 22nd. Again, only one Quarterback that still retains a starting position.
You could make a pretty good case for this one being the worst, but for me it falls just short. The Texans took David Carr as their first ever draft pick, then two picks later, the Lions took notorious flop Joey Harrington. The only other Quarterback taken in the first round was Patrick Ramsey at 32. David Garrard went a few rounds later, but his stint in Jacksonville wasn’t strong enough to save this Quarterback class from the second spot on the list.
Quite possibly the worst first overall pick in the last 20 years of the NFL, JaMarcus Russell’s tenure in the league was nothing short of a complete disaster. With 38 turnovers in 31 games and a laundry list of injuries, Russell only made it 3 seasons in Oakland before the franchise gave up on the hopeless project. The only other first round selection in 2007 was Brady Quinn, with Kevin Kolb going early in the 2nd. Trent Edwards and Tyler Thigpen highlight some of the later round selections. Yep, pretty darn bad and although it’s been merely five and a half years since the draft, no Quarterbacks from the class currently hold starting spots in the league.