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Dominik: 5-6 quarterbacks could go in first round

M. Dominik

When Silva put five quarterbacks (not including Ryan Mallett) in his first mock draft, it looked pretty bold.  So bold, in fact, that only three quarterbacks were first-rounders in his third mock draft.

Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik believes Silva was right the first time.

Dominik said on SIRIUS NFL Radio Thursday he believes 5-6 quarterbacks will be taken in the first round.  Later in the day, Titans VP of player personnel Ruston Webster said he thought 4-5 quarterbacks would be taken, with teams possibly trading back into the end of the first round.

It’s important to keep in mind what Michael Lombardi said on NFL Network this week.  The only words coming out of decision makers’ mouths this time of year involve misdirection.

The Bucs would benefit from 5-6 teams taking quarterbacks because they don’t need one, and they could possibly trade back from No. 20.  So it can’t hurt for Dominik to throw his opinion out there.

We’d put the over/under on quarterbacks in the first round at four.  In the end, this isn’t a great quarterback class and it doesn’t pass the smell test that so many of them would go so early.

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31 Responses to “Dominik: 5-6 quarterbacks could go in first round”
  1. stevo8drum says: Apr 14, 2011 5:28 PM

    birds should trade next years first to ?team for another first this year and then later trade Kolb to ?team for their first next year (get that pick back).

  2. coachstram says: Apr 14, 2011 5:35 PM

    He’s crazy.

    5-6???!!!!

    I have to say it again – with the possible exception of Newton and Locker ( both pick 20 or higher ) I honestly can’t see ANY QB worthy of a first round pick.

    All I see are busts…….big giant busts.

    Insert witty “bust” comment here

  3. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 14, 2011 5:37 PM

    someone is smoking crack there isn’t even one QB worth a first round pick. Now at least 2 will go in the first round, but that is because the relative value of the position is high and so many teams need one!

    3 QB’s if they are lucky!

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 14, 2011 5:44 PM

    From Patton, “Nuts!”

  5. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 14, 2011 5:46 PM

    I mean McAuliffe, “Nuts!” from the movie Patton.

  6. harmcityhomer says: Apr 14, 2011 5:56 PM

    Could happen. I do not see a huge difference between Newton/ Gabbert projected top 10 picks and guys like Locker, Mallett, Ponder and Dalton. The top 10 teams that need a QB but do not get one the first time around should be willing to trade up into the 20s from the RD2 spot and toss in a 3 and 5 to secure a potential franchise QB. You can not just stay where you are if you have that glaring need and expect to get the guy you want and a couple day 3 picks are a pretty small price to pay at the end of the day if you do end up with a “franchise QB”.

  7. herlies says: Apr 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    Hopefully a rookie pay scale prevents half of these guys from crippling the teams who need help the most.

  8. wilburmills says: Apr 14, 2011 6:03 PM

    What has been said continuously about Ryan Mallett doesn’t pass the smell test,,,

  9. alphaq2 says: Apr 14, 2011 6:06 PM

    Completely agree that at least 3 or 4 will go first round. Not because the talent is there, but there are so many teams needing a QB this year. I was hoping the Skins could get Ponder with pick 41, but I seriously doubt that will be possible.

  10. hawkeye6 says: Apr 14, 2011 6:12 PM

    It’s very rare that 5-6 QBs go in the first round, especially in a draft that’s so deep in the defensive side of the ball, not to mention WR.

    That would mean 5-6 projects, and the pick will most likely not make that team “better” this year should he start right away (perhaps 1 may develop quickly).

    It’s nice to have a big crop of QBs, reminds me of 1983 (Marino, Elway, etc.), but most teams will continue with their projects unless a Cam Newton and/or Ryan Mallett fall to them. Why would you pass up (in the first round) all those talented players who may contribute right away for the 6th best QB in the draft (you could instead have the 1st or 2nd best player at another position)?

    It’ll be need dependent (and many do need), but doubtful 5-6 guys all go in the 1st alone.

  11. pauld360 says: Apr 14, 2011 6:34 PM

    I hope he’s right- the Patriots & the Bucs would
    both benefit. The more QBs taken early, the more
    of the talented DEs are available late in the first
    when the Pats have their 2 late selections.

  12. wcman says: Apr 14, 2011 6:36 PM

    It’s hilarious to read all of you arm chair scouts shoot down the opinions of an NFL GM. You guys wouldn’t know a first round QB talent; they aren’t in the Madden Database yet.

  13. airraid77 says: Apr 14, 2011 6:39 PM

    everybody is looking to hit the lottery…..everybody thinks they will be the one to pull the next walker trade…..but only one team pulls the walker trade off……
    to many teams, decisions get greedy take the best offer on the table, take the extra picks and stop worrying about what it looks like to the public. Its the willing trader, harrumph billicheck, that normally get the good deals. because everybody knows he will deal. LONG TERM, not SHORT TERM.

  14. alldayvikings says: Apr 14, 2011 6:58 PM

    I just hope the vikings are one of the 5-6 teams taking one!!

  15. thefiesty1 says: Apr 14, 2011 7:00 PM

    Three at most in the first but watch ‘em fly off the board in the second. Locker, Ponder, Kapernick, Dalton, and where Mallet should go if not the third.

  16. 305phinphan says: Apr 14, 2011 7:02 PM

    Newton, Gabbert, Mallet, Locker, and Ponder (possibly Kaepernik) could all very well go in the first round.

    Pathers, 49ers, Cardinals, Dolphins, Bengals, Seahawks, Bills, Browns, Titans, Redskins, and Vikings all need QB’s. That’s eleven teams that could all be drafting a QB early. Some of the teams picking in the top of the second round will move back into the first to grab one. So I could very easily see that many QB’s being taken in the first round.

  17. bodhisfattva says: Apr 14, 2011 7:11 PM

    Anyone who has Ingram falling out of the 1st round either has no clue or knows about some tragic injury nobody else is is aware of

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 14, 2011 7:15 PM

    5-6 is what all the experts are saying, all the good ones at least. I actually think there is a shot for 7 QBs to go in the 1st. Not that it is likely, but it certainly could happen. 5-6 is almost a lock, it’s very unlikely to see 4 or 7, so he’s being perfectly accurate as you possibly can by picking a range of 2 numbers.

  19. brasho says: Apr 14, 2011 7:21 PM

    Casual fans may doubt an actual GM’s opinion, but those GMs have studied this draft far closer than any of the armchair GM’s have ever dreamt of.

    Considering free agency won’t likely happen until late, the vets won’t be getting the head start on learning their new team’s systems like they used to… and because teams needing QBs don’t even know if they CAN get a veteran QB via free agency… they are more likely to fill their need in the draft… and if there is a guy they like, they had better get him wherever they can get him.

    You guy can slam this QB class all you want, it isn’t great, but it has a lot of borderline 1st round guys whose stock will be up due to the circumstances of this abnormal offseason.

    Cam Newton-love him or hate him, would be a 1st round pick in any draft.

    Blaine Gabbert-looked like a definite 1st rounder at times during the season, and requisite physical tools and enough intangibles to elevate his stock into round 1 in any draft.

    Jake Locker-not a fan here, but it only takes one. He has everything but the accuracy, perhaps that will come. Some team will be willing to take that chance.

    Ryan Mallett-Million dollar arm, 2 cent head? Possibly, Every QB that has won a Super Bowl wih the Steelers wasn’t that much different.

    Colin Kaepernick-Randall Cunningham 2.0. The Ultimate Weapon. Physical freaks like Kaepernick can over-rely on their physical tools to make plays until they grasp the game mentally (Cunningham, Vick, Young)… the big difference here is that CK is a hard worker and very smart. This guy has the highest upside of any QB in the draft.

    Christian Ponder-Ignore his elbow problems, and he would have late 1st round consideration in a normal year. In this uncertain year, even the elbow problems might not keep him out of round 1.

    Andy Dalton-Some people love him, then there are people like me that think he is Brian Griese 2.0. He’ll make a good back up and spot starter, but he’s smart, won’t kill you with mistakes… not a 1st rounder in my opinion, but some team might fall in love with him.

    There’s SEVEN guys that have been listed as 1st round QBs… I think all but Dalton have a legitimate shot at being drafted in round 1.

  20. dolphinfiegl99 says: Apr 14, 2011 7:35 PM

    I Want Carson Palmer In Miami!
    GO DOLPHINS!

  21. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 8:03 PM

    Five to six QBs in the first round? The only problem with that prediction is that there’s not five to six QBs with first-round talent in this draft. Take them in the first round, pay them first-round salaries. I don’t think so.

  22. fatguystrangler says: Apr 14, 2011 9:47 PM

    With so many QB hungry teams in the NFL, this prediction may not be that far off. Would they all be truly worthy of first round selections? More than likely not, but it’s basic supply and demand. Someone mentioned the ’83 class. I think this may resemble the ’99 1st round more closely: 2 Pro Bowlers and 3 busts.

  23. jimmysee says: Apr 14, 2011 9:52 PM

    Hope he’s right!

  24. FinFan68 says: Apr 14, 2011 9:54 PM

    It all depends on the order each needy team rates these QBs. There is talent in the draft but there is also skepticism. If a QB needy team sees their #1 or #2 guy still on the board they may be more likely to trade up from the 2nd round to skip past another team they know is looking for a QB. Miami has #15 which is not a bad spot to be if they choose to get a QB. They need a #2 pick but if they move too far back, there is a good chance that “their guy” will be gone. There are several other teams with similar dillemas. This could be an interesting draft to watch the teams jump all over the board. That being said, I want the Dolphins to get Mallett and I don’t care if it is with the 15th overall pick.

  25. backuppunter says: Apr 14, 2011 11:40 PM

    yeah four is a good number but at the same time I could possibly see 5 or six go. I just don’t any ofthem would deserve a top 5 pick. I think Mallett might be worth a first rounder. we shall see

  26. MikeHolmgren'sChins says: Apr 15, 2011 12:48 AM

    Newton Gabbert Locker Mallett Ponder – Book it and see you in two weeks.

  27. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 15, 2011 1:00 AM

    I’m just glad that the Browns picked up Colt McCoy last year. In my opinion, he’s light-years ahead of anyone in this year’s draft.

    But feel free to disagree…

  28. baybuc35 says: Apr 15, 2011 4:19 AM

    Dom is building a power house in Tampa..

  29. truthserum4u says: Apr 15, 2011 6:45 AM

    Over drafting a player can be damaging to a team. Over drafting a QB can be devastating!

    Most of these guys don’t grade out to be first round material. Even with the demand for QBs it’s crazy for a team to trade up, giving up more draft picks to do so, paying them 1st rnd money (as Deb says) passing over more talented players (as hawkeye6 says) to get a guy who has a major question mark about his game. Let’s face it, if there weren’t serious questions as to whether or not theses guys could become franchise QBs they would all be picked in the top half of round one. After all, there are ten teams picking from #16 on up that could use a QB.

    Most of these QBs grade out between the 2nd & 4th round.

  30. truthserum4u says: Apr 15, 2011 8:00 AM

    brasho says:
    Apr 14, 2011 7:21 PM

    Casual fans may doubt an actual GM’s opinion, but those GMs have studied this draft far closer than any of the armchair GM’s have ever dreamt of.
    [This is for wcman as well – (other than possibly Buffalo’s) GM’s LIE LIKE CRAZY at this time of the year! They do it so no one knows what they’re really thinking. They do it to throw others off. They do it hoping to get certain players. They do it hoping others will make a move or pick that will end up helping them. You don’t follow the draft if you think they are spitting out useful information.]

    Considering free agency won’t likely happen until late, the vets won’t be getting the head start on learning their new team’s systems like they used to… and because teams needing QBs don’t even know if they CAN get a veteran QB via free agency… they are more likely to fill their need in the draft… and if there is a guy they like, they had better get him wherever they can get him.

    [Who do you think will be better prepared to handle a new system on short notice – a vet or a rookie?? At some point a new CBA will be in place and at that time QBs like Bulger & Hasslebeck WILL BE free agents. If it’s signed early enough there will also be time for trades (Palmer, McNabb, Kolb & Young). Either way, a vet will be better prepared than a rookie project.]

    You guy can slam this QB class all you want, it isn’t great, but it has a lot of borderline 1st round guys whose stock will be up due to the circumstances of this abnormal offseason.

    [This is being touted out there by many so called experts as well. And it’s a BIG mistake! A player’s grade is a player’s grade, and it should only be altered slightly by circumstance. You don’t let short term circumstances affect your long term plans.]

    Cam Newton-love him or hate him, would be a 1st round pick in any draft.

    [Agreed]

    Blaine Gabbert-looked like a definite 1st rounder at times during the season, and requisite physical tools and enough intangibles to elevate his stock into round 1 in any draft.

    [Agreed]

    Jake Locker-not a fan here, but it only takes one. He has everything but the accuracy, perhaps that will come. Some team will be willing to take that chance.

    [Accuracy is a HUGE issue! Some believe you can’t teach it. There have been many mobile QBs with big arms that didn’t make it because they weren’t accurate. There are also questions about his ability to read a defense. I do think he has a chance to get picked in round one though.]

    Ryan Mallett-Million dollar arm, 2 cent head? Possibly, Every QB that has won a Super Bowl wih the Steelers wasn’t that much different.

    [Ask yourself this: would a team be willing to draft Jeff George in round one, knowing what they now know about him? And Mallett is like a statue in the pocket and he didn’t make good decisions or good throws when he faced significant pressure. Most believe he grades out between rnds 2 & 3 where he would be a good value.]

    Colin Kaepernick-Randall Cunningham 2.0. The Ultimate Weapon. Physical freaks like Kaepernick can over-rely on their physical tools to make plays until they grasp the game mentally (Cunningham, Vick, Young)… the big difference here is that CK is a hard worker and very smart. This guy has the highest upside of any QB in the draft.

    [Agree he has a high upside. For now he has a windup when he throws, doesn’t come over the top, comes from the “pistol” offense and needs prove he can read defenses. Most grade him a 3rd or 4th rounder, but even at the bottom of rnd 2 would seem like a good gamble, but not in rnd 1.]

    Christian Ponder-Ignore his elbow problems, and he would have late 1st round consideration in a normal year. In this uncertain year, even the elbow problems might not keep him out of round 1.

    [Without the injury Ponder still graded out between the 2nd & 3rd rounds. The injuries (he’s had more than the elbow injury) are a huge red flag and should keep him out of the 1st round. Good value in rnds 2 & 3 though.]

    Andy Dalton-Some people love him, then there are people like me that think he is Brian Griese 2.0. He’ll make a good back up and spot starter, but he’s smart, won’t kill you with mistakes… not a 1st rounder in my opinion, but some team might fall in love with him.

    [This is the one that gets me. After his Senior season, after his Bowl win against Wisconsin, after mediocre practices and game at the Senior Bowl, and after an unimpressive Combine, Dalton was graded out as a mid fourth rounder. Suddenly, after his pro day (throwing against air, with no pass rush, no pass defenders and no defensive schemes to decipher) he moves up as a 2nd round prospect. Then he gets labled with the “it” factor and is being talked about as a 1st rnd pick. Why? How did he move up nearly 100 spots when his play and his game tape suggested otherwise? He’s being over valued.]

    There’s SEVEN guys that have been listed as 1st round QBs… I think all but Dalton have a legitimate shot at being drafted in round 1.

    [Look for three QBs to go in round one, possibly four. I would be stunned if it’s more than that because there are only two who grade out as 1st rounders on almost everyone’s board.]

    Sorry I got so long winded – cripes!

  31. Deb says: Apr 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    @ArtModellsPimp …

    I thought Colt would be a huge bust and readily admit I was wrong. Although I’m still a little concerned about his durability, was really impressed with him last season. He seems a great fit for Holmgren. Anxious to see how he’ll do in Shurmur’s offense.

    I like Mallett, but since few QBs live up to their hype, the odds are in your favor that Colt has already shown more than we’re likely to see from most of these guys. And since McCoy went in round 3, that’s proof enough that most of these guys should not be going in round 1 and getting that kind of money.

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