Published: February 20th, 2009 | Tags: Alex Smith, Andrew Ware, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Bledsoe, Heath Shuler, JaMarcus Russell, Jeff George, Michael Vick, Rex Grossman, Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Todd Marinovich, Tommy Maddox, Trent Dilfer, Vince Young
When Detroit studies the history of quarterbacks, it will find that it is not much better than its own.
By and large, underclassmen quarterbacks have failed miserably in the NFL. Since the 1990 NFL Draft, when underclassmen first became eligible to be drafted after being only three years removed from high school instead of four, there have been 15 quarterbacks drafted in round one.
Of those 15, ony five have been selected to a Pro Bowl — Vince Young, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, Trent Dilfer, Drew Bledsoe. The list of underclass quarterbacks drafted in round one since 1990 has far more misses than hits.
|2004||Ben Roethlisberger||11||Steelers||Miami (Ohio)||Junior|
|2001||Michael Vick||1||Falcons||Virginia Tech||Sophomore|
|1998||Ryan Leaf||2||Chargers||Washington State||Junior|
|1994||Trent Dilfer||6||Buccaneers||Fresno State||Junior|
|1993||Drew Bledsoe||1||Patriots||Washington State||Junior|