Originally posted by RollinWith21n52:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:I think some of you dismissed the idea too abruptly.
It is a crazy amount of talent to give up...but I'd do it because I believe Luck will be a Hall of Fame QB before his NFL career is finished. I think he is the best NFL QB prospect coming out of college since John Elway, which will be 29 years ago on draft day. And, as we all know, superstar QB's win multiple Super Bowls, not great middle linebackers and tight ends.
The only other player I would have been willing to make a comparable deal was Calvin Johnson, who I said in pre-draft notes would break every major WR record before he is retired. These were my two highest graded players since the Stanford horse nixed the Colts.
Elway is a perfect example.......for not doing this trade. It took him almost 15 years to win his first Superbowl, thanks mostly to the running game and improved defense. The greatest prospect to come out of college in 29 years (according to you) took 15 years to win his first Superbowl, and he needed the best RB in the game those 2 years to get there, two pro-bowl WRs in Rod Smith and McCaffrey, and Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe - not to mention a great LT to protect him.
You're right, we would be much worse off right now with John Elway....
... The point is that while it's a major piece, QB is not the only position on the field. Giving up two firsts and other picks? Sure. But if you weaken the team by taking it's best defensive player and one of it's best offense players and arguably best receiving weapon, as well as taking away a high pick to replace players of that caliber in the draft, your team will continue to suck at least initially because you, at best, likely canceled out any gains from the start. You would have a rookie adjusting to the NFL, with virtually no receiving weapons, a winding down Gore, and a weakened run defense from shipping off the best player on your defense, and in your front seven in particular.