The NFL has become a quarterback league, but does that mean that a team in the Top 10 — in need of a quarterback, meaning the Cowboys will probably be out at No. 9 — should feel obligated to draft a quarterback?
NFL Network Analyst Daryl Johnston does not believe that is the case for most teams, citing the situation the 49ers got themselves into with Alex Smith. The 49ers were compelled to take a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and now look at the mess they are in.(And that doesn’t even factor in that the 49ers took the wrong guy, passing on Aaron Rodgers.)
So should teams like the Panthers, Bills and Cardinals take a chance on a guy like Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker or Cam Newton? Our Vic Carucci laid out five reasons why the Bills should consider taking Newton with the third overall pick. And he makes a lot of sense, too. But again, one of the reasons is to sell tickets. Something the Jaguars faced last season when they passed on Tim Tebow to draft DT Tyson Alualu instead. The Jaguars could have made a splash on season ticket sales, but opted to go for need.
So what do you say? If you are a Cardinals fans, for instance, should your team go for the franchise quarterback in the draft or not?