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Quarterback class of 2007 could end up being a complete bust

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We’ve known for a while that the first player taken in the 2007 draft — quarterback JaMarcus Russell — became a bust of colossal proportions.  But with Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb sliding to 1-5 in Arizona, it’s time to ask the broader question.

Is every quarterback taken in the 2007 draft a bust?

In all, 10 were taken.  Russell and Brady Quinn (Browns) went in the first round.  Kolb was the third quarterback taken, with the fourth pick in round two.  Next came John Beck (Dolphins; 40th) and Drew Stanton (Lions; 43rd), also in round two.

The guy who looked for a short period of time to be the breakout quarterback of the class, Trent Edwards, was the 93rd overall pick, in round three.

The Bengals took Jeff Rowe of Nevada-Reno in round five.  2006 Heisman winner Troy Smith went to the Ravens 23 picks later.  In round six, the Redskins took Carson Palmer’s kid brother.  Rounding out the parade in round seven was Tyler Thigpen, drafted by the Vikings.

Sure, Beck and Kolb currently are starters.  But Beck seems to be holding the spot for whoever the Shanahans draft for the Redskins in 2012, and the Kolb experiment so far is on the verge of becoming Peter Brady’s volcano.  So while the book still has a few chapters left, it looks like the entire class of quarterbacks from 2007 will be recalled by football historians with the same reaction I had to the presence of Jeff Rowe on the list.

“Who?”

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51 Responses to “Quarterback class of 2007 could end up being a complete bust”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2011 1:13 PM

    Yup, when Brady Quinn or John Beck end up being the cream of the crop, you KNOW it was a bad crop.

  2. dldove77 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:13 PM

    Peter Brady’s volcano? smh. Pop culture references can’t go back farther than about 1985. That’s internet law, Mike.

  3. edmazeing1 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:15 PM

    Carson palmer (kid brother) dont have a name?, thats messed up PFT!!!

  4. cmack21 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:17 PM

    Kolb is about the best of all of them & that isnt saying much. The league should stop with trying to make every QB the greatest thing since sliced bread and let them earn their spots like everyone else. Hell Andrew Luck is already “the next great QB” and he hasnt even finished his college career.

  5. edmazeing1 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    2007 class is better then the 1983 class, if u disagree click thumbs down!!!

  6. dionoil says: Oct 25, 2011 1:22 PM

    Matt Moore was an undrafted FA. As bad as he is, he may be the class of the draft

  7. spungy says: Oct 25, 2011 1:27 PM

    I doubt we will ever say “Who?” when we hear about JaMarcus Russell.

  8. davidjcu says: Oct 25, 2011 1:28 PM

    2006 was more of a bust:

    -Young
    -Leinart
    -Cutler**
    -Clemens
    -T. Jackson
    -Whitehurst

    Young and Leinart were top 10 picks and are now backups. Jackson and Whitehurst are interchangeably awful, and Cutler is the only QB that panned out. This class was awful considering how impressive all of them were in college and thought to be can’t miss prospects. Especially Young and Leinart

  9. pastabelly says: Oct 25, 2011 1:30 PM

    It’s probably the toughest position to draft for because very few quarterbacks are actually NFL ready coming out of college and the game is so much different for that position. Hopefully, what they look like in year 3 is so much better than what they look like in their rookie seasons. But it’s anyone’s guess how they will develop. It’s not like running backs who improve very little over the years.

    As far as Andrew Luck goes, he looks like a safe bet and seems to have all of the tangibles and intangibles to develop into a great NFL quarterback. But he could come out and struggle just as Manning did in his rookie season. Tom Brady threw only three passes in his rookie season. Both developed to be great in the NFL and not in college.

  10. trbowman says: Oct 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    Brady Quinn is a beast….nuff said.

  11. dhawk12 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    ed…does the younder Palmer’s name really matter? His NFL career will be remembered for being Carson’s little brother.

  12. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    @ dldove77

    Bill Simmons would disagree with you.

  13. mrfrostyj says: Oct 25, 2011 1:32 PM

    Last I checked it was the media that labels these QB’s great. I’ve never understood the hype behind Kevin Kolb. Winning isn’t something he did too often in Philidelphia yet the “Experts” crowned him the next great QB. The guy was no better in Philly then Brady Quinn was in Cleveland (actually I think even Quinn won more games then Kolb but I’m not positive) so I think the lesson learned is, don’t fall for media hype. After all, Colt McCoy is on one of the worst offenses in the NFL and dropped to the third round when he was drafted and is the only QB from the 2010 draft not completely crapping it up right now.

  14. carsons401k says: Oct 25, 2011 1:32 PM

    I’m not a Carson fan, but I do like his “kid brother” Jordan. Jordan isn’t even on the team anymore, but he may be one of the reasons the Bengals are a surprising 4-2.

  15. hrmlss says: Oct 25, 2011 1:33 PM

    That Rowe kid hasn’t done too bad, doesn’t he host that “Dirty Jobs” show, and some truck and Jeans commercials?

  16. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    The 2006 draft was also a complete bust for quarterbacks, although Jay Cutler doesn’t look like as much of a bust as he did before. The 2010 draft isn’t looking very good either right now, but the 2011 class could have a few great ones.

  17. duncanthecat says: Oct 25, 2011 1:36 PM

    Need a name, how about:

    Pick Six Palmer

  18. contraryguy says: Oct 25, 2011 1:40 PM

    yeah Rowe never played a regular-season snap for the Bengals. They picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick right before the season started, and that ‘Palmer’s Brother’ guy for clipboard duty the year after.

  19. ppc50 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:41 PM

    Where is Troy Smith? He actually played decent for the Niners at least for a couple of weeks. I’m surprised he isn’t a backup somewhere. 5’11 but still had a decent arm and mobility.

  20. mataug says: Oct 25, 2011 1:41 PM

    That draft also produced the following players at non QB positions – Joe Thomas, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis.
    Note that these five guys were within the top-15 picks. 5 perennial pro-bowlers within the top-15 is a very good draft(for non QBs) imho.

  21. theherogothamdeserved86 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:42 PM

    ESPN 30 for 30 presents ” 2007: The Year of the Checkdown Quarterback.”

    What if I told you failure was the only option in 2007?

  22. gatorfan1 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:44 PM

    No doubt Merrill Hoge had half of them going to Canton after their careers were over!!

  23. pastabelly says: Oct 25, 2011 1:55 PM

    Mel Kiper probably proclaimed that someone was “going to get a steal when Brady Quinn kept dropping in the draft” :)

  24. cannonballdookie says: Oct 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    They are all busts in the sense that none of them are on the teams that drafted them. However, Kolb had a lot of value because Reid and the Eagles hyped him up so much that they received a second round pick and a quality NFL starter for him, so that’s a massive win. I still don’t see any of these guys becoming NFL starters aside from possibly Quinn a year or two down the line if he goes to a very good coaching staff.

  25. brutus9448 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    yea but brady quinn can bench 225 lbs 30 times. How many other drafts have a QB that can do that.

  26. Land Snark says: Oct 25, 2011 2:05 PM

    To add insult to injury, the Eagles had a horrible draft in 2007.

    The lone jewel from that draft came from the 162nd pick in round 5: Brent Celek.

    Other than Celek, Abiamiri is the only other player still on the Eagles roster from that year.

    Shipment of Fail.

  27. rabidmike says: Oct 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    So, if I understand you correctly, the Cardinals MINUS Warner, Dansby, Boldin, Breaston, Rolle, DRC, Hightower, Okeafor, Berry, Leinart, Hayes, etc. was poised for consistent playoff runs after that crushing loss to the Steelers and shalacking in New Orleans, and Kevin Kolb showed up and ruin the team. Wow, good to know.

  28. zpfeifer7mn says: Oct 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    I believe T.Thigpen was drafted by the Vikings the same year they chose Tarvaris Jackson in the 2nd. So your forgetting TJax or have Thigpen in wrong draft class. All I know for sure is they were both in Brad Childress’s first draft.

  29. radrntn says: Oct 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    well when there are only 32 jobs available , and hundred apply each year, odds are you will be a bust

  30. bobbyhoying says: Oct 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    In Kolb’s defense. What other QB would be thriving in Arizona? How would Matt Stafford or Matt Ryan look with Arizona’s supporting cast? Granted he has Fitzgerald but that’s about it.

  31. bozosforall says: Oct 25, 2011 2:38 PM

    derekjetersmansion says:
    Oct 25, 2011 1:31 PM
    @ dldove77

    Bill Simmons would disagree with you.

    __
    Bill Simmons is an idiot.

    Just like the rest of the New England fan base.

  32. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    hrmlss says:
    Oct 25, 2011 1:33 PM
    That Rowe kid hasn’t done too bad, doesn’t he host that “Dirty Jobs” show, and some truck and Jeans commercials?

    =============================

    That would be Mike Rowe, Jeff Rowe is not as telegenic as Mike, to put it politely.

    Unless of course you were being completely sarcastic in which cased I missed it. But hey, sarcasm is hard to pick up in 1 sentence.

  33. patslaya says: Oct 25, 2011 2:40 PM

    All I have to say is Andy Reid is an F’n genius! He hyped up Kevin Kolb so much that AZ threw high picks and a first round player away for him. He managed to get a 2 and a 5 for McNabb, if I remember correctly he got a bit for AJ Feeley also. He is the master of taking an unknown QB and making EVERYONE think that they are the next Tom Brady. Well, if these guys were that good why did he let them go? Because he has Vick? Vick who can’t stay on the field for an entire season? Vick, the guy who can’t see over the O-line? Vick who is not beginning to come back down to reality? My guess is that Reid trades Vick to Miami for the rights to Andrew Luck, Miami’s 1st and 2nd round picks in the next 5 drafts.

  34. th56 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:01 PM

    Tyler Thigpen was drafted in the 7th round and is still playing. That’s hardly a bust. Any seventh rounder would love to play five seasons in the NFL.

  35. baboushka says: Oct 25, 2011 3:07 PM

    That’s just how its always been in the NFL Draft. For 1 or 2 years you get pearls. Then 2-3 years you get swine. Eveyone analyst/expert (except Jon Gruden) predicted last year’s crop of QB’s in the draft were average to over rated by NFL standards (Especially Cam Newton). Gruden picked every single one who turned out to be superb. And how did those other experts pan out.

    Cam Newton is a flat out star. So too is Andy Dalton. So too could be Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, and perhaps the biggest steals in an excellent draft, Ryan Mallet (NE) and Kapeornick (SF). The stars broke right in the 2011 Draft. And all of those young draft choices landed in perfect situations and teams for their unique skills. They’ll all be fun to watch.

    IMO the 2007 crop was awful-dreadful. And should all be flushed out or relegated to backups by 2012. I was never sold on Kolb or Beck as anything but backups.The jury is still out a bit IMHO on Cutler, Young and Leinart. They all seem to be very talented, but troubled players who just can’t find their grooves yet. They could well be late bloomers in their early thirties. The NFL has a history of that sort of thing happening too.

  36. rdawg911 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:30 PM

    CAM NEWTON = GOD

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:33 PM

    Stanton is halfway serviceable. The rest were bums.

  38. americankris says: Oct 25, 2011 3:48 PM

    Tyler Thigpen threw 18 touchdowns thats like double of any thing those other qbs threw in a season

  39. colt13 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:01 PM

    Quinn wasn’t expected to be a bust, but that was a weak class. Russell had doubters from the get go only having one good year, and Beck was compared to Weinke due to his age.

    Kolb is interesting because I liked him at Houston, and I think Keenum’s stock is predicated on if Kolb has a good year.

  40. keevel says: Oct 25, 2011 4:08 PM

    zpfeifer7mn says: Oct 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    I believe T.Thigpen was drafted by the Vikings the same year they chose Tarvaris Jackson in the 2nd. So your forgetting TJax or have Thigpen in wrong draft class. All I know for sure is they were both in Brad Childress’s first draft.

    —————————————————————
    It is nice that you know this for sure…
    except T-Jack was a second round pick in the 2006 draft

    And Thigpen was in round 7 of 2007 and not in Brad Childress’ 1st draft

  41. snowpea84 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:22 PM

    Ridiculous.

  42. granadafan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:30 PM

    “brutus9448 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 2:03 PM
    yea but brady quinn can bench 225 lbs 30 times. How many other drafts have a QB that can do that.”
    =======================================================

    You think that’s bad? My Niners drafted Jim Druckenmiller just because he could pull a bus. :facepalm.

  43. dannymac17 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    1983 and 2004 are the ONLY years that have mattered in terms of great QB classes

  44. We'reFineThere says: Oct 25, 2011 4:48 PM

    Kolb looked good enough in practice to finally boot McNabb so not all is lost for the Eagles in this draft class.

  45. bristerfan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    @ Mr. Wright 212 – I agree about Stanton. Seems like he can play when he gets a chance. He’s one of those guys that’ll probably make a few million dollars over the next 10 years because he’s good enough to hang on a roster. Of course, I thought the same thing about Mike McMahon…

  46. davefromacquisitions says: Oct 25, 2011 5:09 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    The 2006 draft was also a complete bust for quarterbacks, although Jay Cutler doesn’t look like as much of a bust as he did before. The 2010 draft isn’t looking very good either right now, but the 2011 class could have a few great ones.

    ————————————————————————

    Please explain to me when Jay Cutler looked even remotely like a bust? He’s been to the Pro Bowl and the NFC Championship Game.

  47. gi141 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:13 PM

    Bad luck bit Troy Smith. The year he was going to get his chance to start in the NFL, he got bad sick in pre-season and rookie Joe Flacco showed he could be a caretaker in a run-first, second, and third down offense.

    Smith’s career was shelved. Flacco is still every bit as unimpressive as he was in his rookie season, but he gets crazy media love. I get that he’s a nice story from a small school (Delaware) and has a good W/L record. But the guy is mediocre at best. It’s all about the Defense and RB(s) in Baltimore.

    I don’t like the Ohio State program, but it was a shame how the timing of Smith’s illness might have killed his best chance at carving out a career in the league.

  48. joecb91 says: Oct 25, 2011 8:32 PM

    At least give Kolb more than six games before he is written off. No, he has not been great, but he hasn’t been horrible either.

    At least give him until the end of next season.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2011 1:17 AM

    gi141 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:13 PM

    Bad luck bit Troy Smith. The year he was going to get his chance to start in the NFL, he got bad sick in pre-season and rookie Joe Flacco showed he could be a caretaker in a run-first, second, and third down offense.

    Smith’s career was shelved. Flacco is still every bit as unimpressive as he was in his rookie season, but he gets crazy media love. I get that he’s a nice story from a small school (Delaware) and has a good W/L record. But the guy is mediocre at best. It’s all about the Defense and RB(s) in Baltimore.

    I don’t like the Ohio State program, but it was a shame how the timing of Smith’s illness might have killed his best chance at carving out a career in the league.
    —————

    You’re absolutely right about that.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2011 1:18 AM

    bristerfan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    @ Mr. Wright 212 – I agree about Stanton. Seems like he can play when he gets a chance. He’s one of those guys that’ll probably make a few million dollars over the next 10 years because he’s good enough to hang on a roster. Of course, I thought the same thing about Mike McMahon…
    ————–

    Stanton looks a lot like Rich Gannon did in Minnesota to me. But he has my respect from the times I’ve seen him pressed into emergency duty.

  51. gmen1987 says: Oct 27, 2011 8:23 AM

    “Bad luck bit Troy Smith. The year he was going to get his chance to start in the NFL, he got bad sick in pre-season and rookie Joe Flacco showed he could be a caretaker in a run-first, second, and third down offense.”
    ————————————————-

    Newsflash, If Troy Smith had been any good, he would have caught on with another team. Remember he was also a Heisman Trophy winner.

    Admit it, the guy reeks of suckage.

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