Originally posted by Jcool:
I don't think a QB from a top team like USC should ever be a #1 over all pick... that includes Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, ect. There are reasons those schools are always in the top 5 and its not because they have these future hall of fame QBs that come in and beat teams on there own. Its because they play for great teams with 5 star recruits at ever position. So when they put up these great stats throwing to 3 players who where each the top player in their state and a running back that was top 3 in the nation behind an O-Line that could stop some NFL D-lines... yeah the QB is going to look like the greatest player ever. But they never can adjust to playing in the NFL on a bad team with no one to catch the ball behind an O-Line that gives them 2 seconds to get rid of the ball. Give me a QB with good tools, putting up great numbers, playing for a top 10-15 team (such as Matt Ryan) with average players any day over a QB from a top program.
Eh....goes both ways. The reason they're QB for an elite program is because they're an elite prospect themselves. For every Matt Ryan there is a Carson Palmer, a Peyton Manning, etc.
I get what you're saying - there ARE a number of QBs at top-level programs that are busts (Jason White, Ken Dorsey, Matt Leinart, Vince Young, etc) but there are plenty of busts from lesser programs as well (Alex Smith). Bottom line is, if a kid can play, he can play, regardless of the talent around him.