Originally posted by ninerac3s:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Here's the dilemna we're facing:
We very badly need a franchise QB, but there's no clear-cut franchise QB in this draft. There are guys with great tools (size, arm strength, mobility, etc.), but nobody who has put those things together into a pro-ready package; each will take some time to develop (if in fact they ever do).
So we have a choice:
1.) Taking a guy in the first who isn't completely ready or completely developed as a passer, but who has all/most of the physical tools you look for in a franchise QB and let coach Harbaugh develop him over time in to a top-notch WCO-style QB (Gabbert, Newton, Locker)
2.) Go with other positional talent in the first (CB, pass rusher, etc.) and take a QB later in the draft, knowing they don't have quite the all-around physical tools that the 1st rounders do, but they have enough to work with to allow coach Harbaugh to develop them over time in to a top-notch WCO-style QB (Ponder, Dalton, Kaepernick, Stanzi, etc.)
I'd go for the latter because any QB Harbaugh takes in he will develop into a better QB product. Give the D a playmaker boost and have a better chance at winning the turnover battle every time will always give offense's job a lot easier or the defense can score for us.
IMO, it depends on what you're looking to do. If you want to win the Super Bowl, the odds are in your favor if you draft/develop a 1st round QB to do it. 20 of the 44 previous Super Bowl winners were led by a 1st round QB...we can actually make it 21 of 45, since both QBs in this SB are also 1st rounders. Heck, if we're splitting hairs, we can say 23 of 45 SB winners were first rounders +1 (Favre and Brees were first picks in the second round, putting them just outside the range by 1 selection).
Not to mentinon, of the 44 Super Bowls already played, 31 of them had at least one starting QB who was a 1st rounder (that's 70%).
Point is, if you want to win or just even get to the Super Bowl, your odds are much better with a 1st round QB. Either that, or hope one of these mid-2nd round guys (or later) turns into a Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Bart Starr, etc....however, those guys are the exception, and not the rule.