Deshaun Watson Deserves Hype, but He’s Not a Transcendent QB Prospect

June 4, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The market for franchise quarterbacks is simple: Bad teams typically lose because of their passing game, as that portion of football is emphasized when playing from behind. When down late in games, the exposure of how good or bad a franchise's quarterback is becomes very clear.
Teams with worse records are rewarded with higher draft picks in the following draft. The NFL is also a league that is built off of acquiring favorable contracts, as they have a hard cap, instead of simply acquiring overall talent.
When a player like Chase Daniel, who will likely be the Philadelphia Eagles' third-string quarterback at some point in 2016, has an average salary of $7 million per year, it's evident that rookie contracts assist in maximizing the value of young quarterbacks, the most expensive and influential position in the sport, more than any other role on the field.
This creates a cycle in the draft world. Bad teams generally need a quarterback, and bad teams generally draft a quar...

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