There doesn’t seem to be a consensus now on who the first player taken in the NFL Draft should be.
So why would the quarterback order be any different?
ESPN analyst Bill Polian said Monday that Central Florida’s Blake Bortles would be the top quarterback on his board, though all of them would fall to the end of the first round if he were still in charge.
Polian chose properly when faced with the Peyton Manning-Ryan Leaf call in the first round of the 1998 Draft. When he was running the Panthers in 1995, he traded out of the top spot (and a chance at Steve McNair) for an extra pick and the chance to take Kerry Collins. Collins wasn’t sustainable but did get them to the NFC Championship Game, so missing out on McNair was justifiable at the time.
That’s a much better track record than a lot of the guys talking about quarterbacks on television, so it’s worth mentioning
And to be honest, it’s hardly a surprise a gruff old-school personnel man like Polian wouldn’t fall for Johnny Manziel, as Bortles has the kind of classic size and strength and tools that presents much less of a risk of being disastrously wrong.