With a run of quarterbacks unlike any other, we have seen a lot of expected QBs at the top of this draft. The race for NFL franchises to get their man has never been in higher demand. With that, we take a look at teams with questions at the position in the later first round of the draft.
New England Patriots
With the 15th pick in this year’s draft, the Patriots have the ability to make a splash. After the first three quarterbacks are off the board, it could be chaos from there onwards, and the Patriots could take advantage of that. After 20 years with Tom Brady, we really don’t know what Bill Bellicheck would do with the position. Cam Newton running the offense last season gives them a look at what an athletic quarterback could do with the offense, and if Trey Lance or Justin Field drops, the Patriots could be the lucky beneficiary.
The Washington Football Team
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer. I know it, you know it, and sure as hell bet The Washington Football Team knows it as well. This is a team built to win now and having an insurance policy in Fitzpatrick is not a bad thing, but for a roster that could contend for the Superbowl, they are going to need more than a combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke.
Every team’s clock is different, and for a team that had the number two pick just a year ago to make the playoffs, this just solidifying the roster might be enough for them.
It’s another year, another draft. One constant thing is the question mark at QB for the Chicago Bears. The sins of the 2017 draft will never be lived down in Chicago. Especially in the Ryan Pace era, for whom this could be his last year making a pick in the windy city.
It’s a shame what could have been with the defense they assembled the last couple of years, but the incompetence of quarterback play has always derailed their season. If there’s a more desperate team in this draft than Chicago, I don’t see it.
What’s the future in Pittsburgh? That’s a question we can’t all wait to find out. For one of the original franchises in the NFL, we looking at them and thinking, what’s the plan here? I get it, it’s tough having to move on from Ben Roethlisberger. He’s been your franchise for close to two decades now. The security of knowing you have a quarterback to build around can be relaxing, but big Ben is not that guy anymore.
His arm strength has steadily been declining with all the injuries slowly catching up to him. His PFF grade of 72.7 is the lowest it’s been since 2006. At 38 years old, it’s tough seeing a bounce-back year. With the 24th pick this year, all of the top prospects at the quarterback position would be long gone. If the Steelers make a move, it could be groundbreaking.
New Orleans Saints
With Drew Brees retiring, the quarterback position keeps getting younger. For the Saints, they can be assured to always put out the quality offense with the genius of Sean Payton. With Jameis Winston getting a contract extension this off-season, and Taysom Hill continually earning Sean Payton’s trust, they might be satisfied with what they have at the position. But, in a division with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the Saints have to hope their creativity will serve them well come playoffs time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yeah I know, this is stupid: why would the Bucs be on this list? They just won the freaking Superbowl, all in the first year of Tom Brady, and with the way he’s looked this season, who would be surprised if we get 2-3 years of elite play from him. I’m not trying to be a downer or anything, but the dude is 43 years old. One hit could be all it takes to put him out for good at this stage of his career. For a Bucs team who will be drafting for depth at this point with solid players everywhere you look, maybe taking a QB for depth also won’t be a bad idea.