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Old 09-20-2012, 12:23 PM    (permalink
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Default Why Do the Young QBs Look So Good?

So, I was looking at the QB drafts that should be producing young QBs in that are starting to enter their prime and found an interesting situation. There was a major drought in quality QBs from 2006-2008. A grand total of 3 QBs came out of that group. An average class tends to be 2-3 QBs (usually 3).

So, in the time when many of them should be stepping into roles as top 15 QBs, only 3 of the current top 15 QBs in the NFL are in that age range that would have them drafted between 2006 and 2008.

So, why do the young QBs look so good? Because there was a huge hole in the draft at QB for 3 years. (I would have thrown in 2005, but it had 3 starters and Alex Smith is finally starting to play like a good QB)

QBs that started week 1

2006:
Jay Cutler

2007:
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2008:
Matt Ryan
Joe Flacco

It could get worse in terms of emphasis on younger QBs (in the media mostly) because of the 3 classes. Basically, in a few years guys like Eli, Big Ben, and Phillip Rivers will be moving towards retirement while guys like Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young, and others will be entering the time where they would be in their prime... but they won't even be in the league. In effect, the QB classes from 2006 to 2008 were basically abortions, literally.

(in case you are wondering who else was in those classes: http://www.pro-football-reference.co...e=any&show=all )
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