Unbelievable to read all this discussion about "pedigree".
I think, (if you check the archives), I'm the one that first used the term, so let me say, I feel humbled and honored to have sparked so much debate.
Perhaps I did take some liberty with the word, because I have to say Nors is correct when he says that the Mannings and Simms are the only QBs today with a true "pedigree".
However, using my somewhat casual and misapplied use of the term, I can tell you that if you are a late round choice or you go undrafted as a QB you ain't "pedigreed".
Now that doesn't mean you can't acquire a "pedigree" sometime later, as Mr. Brady in NE has done quite nicely. But for every "Tom Brady" who acquires the honor there are a thousand "Clint Stoerners" who never sniff it.
Yes, I know there are risks and there are big busts with high first round picks, (see, Leaf and Couch), but for my $$, give me a high choice and a chance to acquire an Elway or an Aikman, (ie. "pedigreed" QBs coming out of college-- as I define the use of the term--), than mining in the 7th round (ie., Brady) or the College FA pool (ie., Romo and Stoerner), trying to strike gold.
As for Romo, I think I'll wait until he at least takes a snap in a REGULAR season game, (something Henson has already done I might say, with a mixture of some success and some failure), before I'm ready to annoint him our future at the QB position.