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Quarterbacks Drafted from 2003 to 2007
David Dorey
July 11, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers
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First Round - The first round has always had starting quarterbacks without exception and players taken in this round always get a shot at being starting quarterbacks. It may not always last long, but they will always get their chance. While the 2004 first rounders had significant playing time in their first season, both Manning and Roethlisberger really came on strong in their second seasons. While they still have time to develop, the best quarterbacks down the line come from the first round, at least recently. But the previous four draft classes have yet to produce a true stud quarterback and a number of them are average at best.

Rounds Two through Four - While it would seem that these rounds would produce starters, the reality is that very few have made it onto the playing field for any appreciable amount of time. These seem to be mostly the rounds that produce quarterbacks who start for a season or so (McCown, Orton, Frye). Schaub, Jackson and Edwards head into 2008 as starters.

Round Five through Seven - The fifth round  has always been a waste of a pick for the last eight years and not one player has done more than fill in for a game or two. Both Marc Bulger and Tom Brady came from the sixth round in 2000, but Derek Anderson is the only player in the last five seasons to start from that round. The seventh is even worse. The reality is that other than Brady, Anderson and Bulger, no quarterback drafted later than the third round has proven to be of any real starting value.

2008 - Both Matt Ryan (ATL) and Joe Flacco (BAL) are near locks to get significant playing time this year if not become week one starters. Both players are highly touted and could help turn around their respective franchises but in fantasy terms won't produce enough to warrant any fantasy starts even in the best case scenario.

Rnd 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1 Eli Manning Alex Smith Vince Young Jamarcus Russell Matt Ryan
Philip Rivers Aaron Rodgers Matt Leinart Brady Quinn Joe Flacco
B. Roethlisberger Jason Campbell Jay Cutler    
J.P. Losman        
2     Kellen Clemens Kevin Kolb Brian Brohm
    Tarvaris Jackson John Beck Chad Henne
      Drew Stanton  
3 Matt Schaub Charlie Frye Charlie Whitehurst Trent Edwards Kevin O'Connell
  Andrew Walter Brodie Croyle    
  David Greene      
4 Luke McCown Kyle Orton   Isiah Stanback  
  Stefan LeFors      
5 Craig Krenzel Dan Orlovsky Ingle Martin Jeff Rowe John David Booty
  A. McPherson Omar Jacobs Troy Smith Dennis Dixon
        Josh Johnson
        Erik Ainge
6 Andy Hall Derek Anderson Reggie McNeal Jordan Palmer Colt Brennan
Josh Harris   Bruce Gradowski   Andre' Woodson
Jim Sorgi        
Jeff Smoker        
7 John Navarre James Kilian D.J. Shockley Tyler Thigpen Matt Flynn
Cody Pickett Matt Cassell     Alex Brink
Casey Bramlet Ryan Fitzpatrick      
Matt Mauck        
B.J. Symons        
Bradlee Van Pelt        

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