http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...draft-the-new-year-of-the-quarterback#page/34 The 1983 NFL Draft is commonly regarded as producing the greatest crop of NFL quarterbacks ever. In that year, "The Year of the Quarterback," six signal callers were selected in the first round. John Elway, the first overall pick, was quickly followed by Todd Blackledge (7th overall), Jim Kelly (14th overall), Tony Eason (15th overall), Ken O'Brien (24th overall) and Dan Marino (27th overall).Headlined by Elway and Marino, the quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft threw for a combined 189,825 yards and 1175 touchdowns. Looking around the NFL, and at the possible talent pool for the 2011 draft, this upcoming draft may be a new "Year of the Quarterback." The 1983 NFL Draft is commonly regarded as producing the greatest crop of NFL quarterbacks ever. In that year, "The Year of the Quarterback," six signal callers were selected in the first round. John Elway, the first overall pick, was quickly followed by Todd Blackledge (7th overall), Jim Kelly (14th overall), Tony Eason (15th overall), Ken O'Brien (24th overall) and Dan Marino (27th overall). Too many teams need quarterbacks. Because of this, it is reasonable to say that many might reach for a quarterback in the first round, turning lesser prospects into first round picks. Also skewing the landscape of the 2011 draft is the yet to be negotiated CBA, which will likely include a rookie pay scale. No. 1: Buffalo Bills Select Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford No. 3: San Francisco 49ers Select Jake Locker No. 6: Dallas Cowboys Select Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSUAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images When a team with the talent of the Cowboys is selecting this high, it is difficult not to scratch your head and ask, "what more do they need?" Then again, when a team like this is drafting so high it is never more possible for there to be a reach in the top 10. That's why the Cowboys reach for Barksdale, the cream of the crop in a weak OT class. It bolsters their offensive line and hopefully improves a running game that should be better given the talent of Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice. That's back to back picks from LSU if you're keeping track. I put this pick if cowboys trade down with new england No. 7: New England Patriots (from Raiders) Select Robert Quinn, North Carolina Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Many have the Patriots selecting offensive players with this early choice, gifted to them from the Raiders. However, the Patriots draft based on value, and with seven picks other than this one in the first four rounds, the Patriots will make this choice based on who the best available player is. Quinn might come back to UNC following his suspension. But the talent is there. The Patriots pass defense gets burned regularly, in part, because they lack a legitimate pass rushing threat. Quinn gives them one, and a damn fine one at that. No. 10: Cincinnati Bengals Select Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas You might want to consider this pick if jerry does trade down with new england and QB Mallet is around here somewhere and since QB is from Arkansas. Joe Robbins/Getty Images Peter King astutely pointed out that Carson Palmer can easily be cut following this season and not have any of his remaining money count against the cap, new CBA or no new CBA. The Bengals will, wisely, strike while the iron is hot and select their quarterback of the future, Ryan Mallett, the third quarterback taken in the top 10. No. 15: Green Bay Packers Select Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images This pick is too enticing for the Packers to pass up. Ryan Grant has done an admirable job, but he will be coming back from a season ending injury next year and heading into his age 29 season. Grant may come back and be productive, but Ingram is a much better back-up than Brandon Jackson and definitely a future feature back for the team. No. 16: Arizona Cardinals Select Nick Foles, QB, Arizona No. 21: Seattle Seahawks Select Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State No. 22: Kansas City Chiefs Select Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri No. 28: New England Patriots Select Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida No. 31: Philadelphia Eagles Select Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State No. 32: New York Jets Select Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina Note, I put these last 21 to 32, if cowboys do trade down, knowing how jerry jones doesnt like to pay first overall draft pick money and jerry does trade down say with new englands 2 number one picks, what we might look at.