Originally posted by ninertico:
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Honestly, I don't think either Newton or Locker or Mallett or Gabbert are can't miss QB prospects and I don't think any of them are 1st round prospects compared to other players. Maybe Mallett or Gabbert. I would say Gabbert has the best tools out of all of them to be a franchise QB for someone but he reminds me of Jay Cutler to be honest. If all 4 of them are picked in the top 10 I'd be shocked. Locker had problems with making decisions and accuracy, Newton has problems with accuracy and decision making and he only has 1 read a lot of the time, Mallett has problems movin his feet and tries too hard to fit the ball into windows that arent really there, and Gabbert is inexperienced plus his decision making was questionable in that bowl game. But he is atleast a pocket passer with a good arm, some mobility, pretty accurate, and he's got good height.
If we pick anyone I'd hope it'd be Gabbert, but I don't know if he'll be there. Plus guys like Amukamara, Peterson, Green, Fairley, Dareus, etc. are most likely all locks to atleast be good. One of these QBs could bust pretty easily and you could waste 3-4 years trying to get them to play well.
I understand that, but draft history dictates otherwise. Man, look at Sanchez as an example in a three QB first round with Stafford, Sanchez and Freeman in 2009. I see this year to be the same except with four players. Given where the real QB needy team slot, I really CAN see all four in the top ten with trades to move up by Minny, Wash and Tenn.
Anyway, I see at least two in the top seven, maybe three. The fact is I hope it happens because our D will benefit.
Tennessee probably won't trade up; they will probably be targeting Mallet, and they're right there at #8...no need to trade up there. Shanahan would go for Locker or Gabbert...same for Minnesota. Here's a scenario -- I think CLE would be inclined to trade down:
1. CAR - AJ Green
2. DEN - Patrick Peterson
3. BUF - Nick Fairley
4. CIN - Da-Quan Bowers
5. ARI - DE/OLB Robert Quinn
*6. MIN - QB Blaine Gabbert
7. SF - Jake Locker OR Prince Amukamura OR Marcel Dareus
Minnesota executes on this to jump in front of the 49ers because they're worried about Gabbert going to SF. Cleveland ships their #6 overall and a 5th rounder to Minnesota for their second-rounder.
Cleveland takes Julio Jones at #12...the guy they wanted all along.
We pull the trigger on Locker if Harbaugh is comfortable with him...if not we take Dareus over Amukamura. (easier to find a starting CB in the 2nd or 3rd round than a defensive lineman).
[ Edited by nickbradley on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:50 PM ]