Originally Posted by M'Kevon
Could all this simply mean that starting QBs in the NFL are typically first round picks?
This is exactly all it means. Anyone trying to twist such a cherry picked stat to draw some other conclusion most likely has an agenda (probably a jab at our FO for starting an UDFA at the position).
In this day and age teams know they virtually have no chance to win the SB without a top notch QB, and as a result most teams are willing to burn a top pick on a QB, even if it's a reach.
In the last 5 drafts a total of 15
QB's have been taken in the 1st round. I think
all are starters with the exception of Tebow. Every year there's an influx of QB's taken in the 1st, and every one of them will start at some point. When you have that many 1st round QB's getting the opportunity to be NFL starters, then I think it's only natural that most teams that end up in the SB are led by a 1st round pick.
Anyway, I think my real point is it doesn't matter how a team stumbles upon a franchise QB, all that matters is that you have one. Whether it's Tom Brady in the 2nd half of the draft, or Kurt Warner not drafted at all, it really makes no difference. You need the QB to build around, so that you have a TEAM that can contend.
*Another thing to consider- basically all 1st round QB's are given a starting opportunity. All these "diamond in the rough" type guys usually end up starters by circumstance. Obviously Brady got the go when Bledsoe went down. I think Kurt Warner got his chance when Trent Green (I think) got injured. Even Romo had to sit forever. Hell, Kaepernick needed Smith to get a concussion for crying out loud.