We take a look at which past quarterback class would be the best to flop for. Anything to win, right?
Last place, Best Pick?
This year, the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and New York Jets came into the 2017 NFL Draft in search of a franchise QB. When all other options had failed, this year’s QB hopefuls could serve as their answer, or not.
Many wonder, have the Cleveland Browns, who went 1-15 this year, folded for a No. 1 pick and a shot at high-caliber play callers, like DeShaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and *sigh* Mitch Trubisky? Honesty, we’ll never know.
Legends to Flop For
But, If you could flop your season for a prior QB Draft Class which would it be? What would you give for the class of 1983 which included John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly. Would you throw it all away for a fresh Peyton Manning?
— MitchellKleinschrodt (@mkleinschrodt20) May 5, 2017
Personally, I’d drop it all for these three recent QB Classes. Instead of these Hall of Famers or potential Canton, Ohio residents(Looking at you, Peyton), we’ll focus on current players, who may or may not have a home in Ohio come the eves of their careers.
Class of 2004
Thirteen years ago, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger crossed the stage and haven’t looked back. Together they’ve racked up several Super Bowl Rings(Sorry, Philip. Maybe this year.), team records and NFL records.
Though they are in their twilight seasons their a shining example of great QB play. Of the three, Rothlisberger holds three NFL Records. Those records are Higher Passer Rating(98.1), Completion Percentage(66.44) and 3rd in Highest Average Gain in a game(8.88)
My nemesis in Pittsburgh seems to be the golden boy of this class. See you this year, Ben.
Class of 2012
In 2012 we received a quartet of Quarterbacks who are still the apple of someone’s eye. Easily the greatest of this class is Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson has captured a Super Bowl, two NFC Championships and three visits to the Pro Bowl. The rest pale in comparison.
I have hope in Andrew Luck, whose bright potential has been hampered by injury. Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill have been Band-aids in Washington, D.C. and Miami respectively. Haven’t forgotten RG3(Robert Griffin III) who, though talented, hasn’t stuck anywhere yet.
Class of 2015
Though lacking in quantity, the quality of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota outweighs the last two draft classes. Winston and Mariota went No. 1 and No. 2 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. Three years since, they’ve fallen into great teams which have brought them talent. Mariota has some leg issues, stemming from his college days but has played through well enough to earn a nod from me.