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QSF Draft 2019: Best QB First Round Ever? Only Time Will Tell.

Discussion in 'Quality Simulation Football' started by LtJustice, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    Last night's QSF rookie draft for the 2019 season went down in it's usual grand fashion. Once again, there was no shortage of potentially great players picked all through out the draft's seven rounds, but the group that sparked the biggest buzz was the ever important quarterback position.

    It was a wild night, that saw one team take a quarterback with the first overall pick, for the 2nd year in a row. In an unprecedented turn of events; a pair of QBs, who were teammates in college, were drafted with the top 2 picks in the draft. 5 QBs were taken in the first round, including the top 2 picks, and 3 of the top 4.

    Not since 1999 have 5 quarterbacks been taken in the first round. This was undoubtedly one of the richest classes we have ever seen for QBs, and if these field generals live up to their potential, this could go down as one of the best quarterback drafts ever!


    Pick #1 - Atlanta Falcons
    Nash Lawson - 6'2" 223 lbs - Florida State University
    • Many around the league didn't expect the Falcons to consider the quarterback position with the top pick in the draft, after using the top pick last season on former Tennessee great B.J Hartley. The Falcons ownership is never shy to buck convention, and the fact that there were not one, but two highly regarded Florida State QBs at the top of the draft, if you knew the Falcons decision maker, you knew they were being considered (he loves his FSU players!). Lawson thrived in the Seminoles unconventional 2 quarterback system at Florida State, as he played the role of the more traditional pocket passer and tended to be the QB that the FSU staff relied on when the game was on the line. While he doesn't possess the strongest arm (88 thp), he has the ability to make throws all over the field (83 sac, 79 mac, 82 dac). With the addition of Lawson and the incumbent Hartley, who both possess "superstar" potential, the Falcons can feel confident that they have their franchise QB of the future on their roster.

    Pick #2 - Jacksonville Jaguars

    Santario Morrison - 6'3" 218 lbs - Florida State University

    • The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of those teams that have been searching for a true "Franchise Quarterback" for a long time. With the selection of Morrison may give the Jaguars their best shot at having an elite quarterback, in their franchise's brief history. Morrison was the other QB in the FSU 2 quarterback system. While a bit more raw than Lawson, Santario is considered the better athlete of the two. Quicker in the pocket (75 spd, 86 acc), and with a stronger arm (92 thp), Morrison lacks the touch of his FSU counterpart when throwing the ball ((83 sac, 73 mac, 80 dac), but that's not to say he isn't a gifted passer in his own right. One thing is for certain, Morrison has every bit of the potential to be a "superstar" in this league, as his former teammate, and the Jaguars may have finally found their long awaited answer at the position.

    Pick #4 - Cleveland Browns

    Dave Mack - 6'0" 217 lbs - Wisconsin
    • The Cleveland Browns seemingly had their long term answer at QB when former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel led them to their franchise's first Super Bowl Championship, following the 2017 season. Unfortunately the Browns and Manziel couldn't agree on a new contract and the Browns front office shipped him to Washington in a blockbuster trade early last season. Manziel's predecessor Robert Griffen III had an inconsistent season in 2018 and was subsequently sent to the Miami Dolphins in the trade that landed the Browns the 4th pick. The Browns knew they needed to focus on the quarterback position, and even had brief discussion about moving even higher in the draft. Mack was the quarterback that they zeroed in on early in their scouting process, and they were thrilled to see him fall into their laps at the 4th pick. While Mack doesn't have the prototypical look of an NFL quarterback, many around the league feel like he possessed the best all around talent at the position in this draft. While he was well known for his mobility in college (85 sod, 89 acc, 93 agi, 94 bcv), he also has the skill to be a sharpshooter from the pocket (94 thp, 82 sac, 80 mac, 80 sac). He may not have the pedigree of the other 1st round QBs in the draft (fast dev), the Browns a very confident that he has what it takes to lead them back to the promised land.

    Pick #20 - Green Bay Packers

    Dave Samuels - 6'2" 223 lbs - Mississippi State

    • With future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers in the twilight of his great career, the Green Bay Packers have been working overtime to identify their next franchise quarterback. They identified Samuels as their top target in the draft, and began working the phones to try to trade up I the draft to acquire him. With no deal materializing pre-draft, they waited patiently to see how the first round unfolded. After the first three passers flew off the board, the Packers began working the phone once again. Finally they found a trade partner at #20 and swooped in the snag their guy. While his collegiate career wasn't as heralded as the previously discussed QBs, as he came from a run heavy system, he has every bit the physical ability as a pure passer. With a strong arm (91 thp), and showing accuracy all over the field when given the opportunity (82 sac, 81 mac, 81 dac), Samuels has the potential to be the Packers next "superstar" quarterback.

    Pick #21 - Chicago Bears

    Alan Fulton - 6'1" 228 lbs - Tennessee

    • The Chicago Bears are another team that has been struggling to find consistent QB play for the last few years. Former 2nd round pick Corey Cabrera showed some glimmers of promise in 2018, but didn't perform well enough for the Bears to feel completely confident in him as their QB of the future. After seeing 4 quarterbacks go off the board in the first 20 picks, the Bears made their move to grab their guy, trading up to the 21st pick. Fulton was never considered the most gifted passer in college (88 thp, 86 sac, 78 mac, 75 dac), but he just seemed to possess that "it" factor. He always seems to find ways to make plays, and to many that is the meaning of a true "superstar". The Bears are hoping that his college heroics carry over into his career in the pros and he can be the face of the Bears franchise for years to come.
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  2. guitarDADDY1208

    guitarDADDY1208 Walk On

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'm impressed that a QB from Mississippi State was drafted in the 1st round! We got our gem at QB last season with the pick acquired from Chicago. Can't wait to see how this batch does for the teams that picked them.

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