Straight Up - Who is the best QB in this class? in NFL Draft Posted May 3, 2014 Another point I want to make about all this first round QB stuff is that there haven't been many "Elite Prospects" in the draft in recent history. All I hear about this year and last year is how there are no "elite" players or these guys don't grade out as a first round QB and blah blah. I want to know who is a first round QB?? Because Luck came in and played well (led the league in INT) no everyone expects the sky from a first round QB when in reality there aren't many worthy of the current expectations in the league. And the ones who are worthy are always passed over for a stupid reason and poor evaluation. In the league now there are only a number of QBs who were high first round picks and considered "Top Tier" -Peyton Manning -Andrew Luck -Phillip Rivers -Ben Roethlisberger Now we can look at the other first round picks who have some question marks next to them. -Aaron Rodgers (Late first round pick, but he didn't come in and play. His unique situation having the chance to sit and learn is not an opportunity any QB will get these days) -Cam Newton (Not sure he is a consensus top tier QB and will need to finally have weapons to show his true limits) -Matt Ryan (Trouble in the playoffs always cause people to rank him outside of the top 15) -Sam Bradford (Potential, but injury-prone and hasn't won much) -Matt Stafford (Big numbers, low wins, I think he is on the fence of top tier and just really good) -Jay Cutler (I'm a Bears fan and won't even argue this) -Joe Flacco (Late first round pick, Superbowl, I'll listen to the arguement for him) Point being we only have FOUR QBs who are in the top tier coming out of being high first round picks. And only eleven all together who you can even consider as top 15. Translation....a good number of top QBs come from later rounds, situations where they have had time to develop, or went into a nice system for them. This talk of "elite prospects" at QB is just silly because if you are lucky every three years you have ONE guy who is worthy of a first round pick. Absolutely agree. The silly argument I sometimes see over on the Texans board is that it ain't worth taking a QB because they are not "locks" at QB. I argue with them saying how long are you gonna wait to take one? And even if a "lock" QB came along, if you are not the #1 pick, and the team at #1 needs a QB, then you are gonna wait another three or more years for another opportunity. I am a believer in the right system for the QB - you can't fit a square peg in a round hole and don't throw him off the deep end if he ain't ready or if you have a bad line.