The Year Of No Quarterbacks: Why The 2011 Draft Class Is Underwhelming

January 19, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

ESPN may have had poor timing in dubbing 2011 "Year of the Quarterback."
Sure, the NFL is currently filled with great passers. This may be the most talented the position has ever been at the top with the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. There is also a group of players right on the edge of being elite such as Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan and maybe even Michael Vick. And, let's not forget about all the young developing talents in Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow.
But, the incoming crop of quarterbacks that will headline the 2011 NFL Draft aren't nearly as impressive. Here are the reasons why I don't believe Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Cameron Newton or Christian Ponder will be elite NFL signal-callers.
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