Oct 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walk off the field after the game at Candlestick Park. The Giants defeated the 49ers 26-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s face it the QB class this year is nothing like it was last year and even the year before but at least 3 will be taken in the 1st round of the 2013 draft. The Buffalo Bills are in need of one but will they take one in the first round?
We haven’t taken a quarter back in the draft that has stuck with this team or even produced at a mid-level talent. I hope this new coaching staff selects the right guy and grooms him into a great player. We will have a good offensive line, running backs and also above average wide receivers to help him along.
My question then becomes what kind of quarterback would you like to draft? Do you want to go after the new style run and gun or on the other hand the more conventional style drop back passer? Both have shown they can work but if only in the right schemes.
When I take a look at the possibilities I would go after a good conventional drop back passer. They have been a proven winner in this league and I think it will continue. Most recently the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, the Manning brothers and now joining this group Joe Flacco. Even though they are considered old style QB’s they can still be mobile if needed. I just think there proven stats will prevail in the end.
On the other hand the new run and gun style has racked up wins and also taken teams into the playoffs. Players like Mike Vick, RGIII, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are some the names that fit into this category. When I watch this it sometimes makes me think it’s a college game. The option and QB’s running for 100+ yards are fairly common among these guys. On the negative side injuries with this type of player can cause problems for organizations. Just take a look at RGIII. Washington gave up a lot to get their guy and at the end of this season look at all of the questions regarding his injury. This type of player takes a beating on the field and that’s why I think some organizations will never take that risk and possibly set back their franchise.
With these two options I would still go with the old style QB and watch the new style evolve into the league. You never know if that style is here to stay or just a phase? Time will tell. What’s your take on this?