Seven quarterbacks drafted, fewest since 1955

AP

Although quarterbacks went 1-2 in this year’s NFL draft, from top to bottom NFL teams viewed this as one of the weakest years for quarterback prospects ever.

As a result, only seven quarterbacks were drafted — the fewest in any NFL draft since six quarterbacks were taken in 1955.

After Jameis Winston went first to the Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota went second to the Titans, the rest of the quarterback picks were sparse: The Saints took Garrett Grayson and the Rams took Sean Mannion in the third round, the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round, the Packers took Brett Hundley in the fifth round and the Broncos took Trevor Siemian in the seventh round.

In that 1955 draft, with only six quarterbacks drafted, George Shaw went first overall to the Baltimore Colts. That didn’t work out very well; Shaw had a mediocre career. But in the ninth round that year, the Steelers took quarterback Johnny Unitas. That worked out pretty well for the Colts, as Unitas got cut without ever playing a game for the Steelers, and then headed to Baltimore where he became one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

38 responses to “Seven quarterbacks drafted, fewest since 1955

  1. Anybody that calls New England cheaters is just simply a sore loser, I’m sorry. This is an article about Quarterbacks being drafted, and here we are whining because our team has been riding The Pats tail for 15 years. Seriously get over it. Next year, nothing will change and they will be right back contending for another potential spot at the Super Bowl.

    As Nancy Grace would say, Oh Boo Hoo Hoo.

  2. Troll… Seems an applicable statement here…by the first 2 comments

  3. Mariota was so obviously “un-thrilled” in the seconds after the Titans called his name.

    And look at him in this picture; the top half of his face is saying “good lord, help me please, I might fail in this situation.” The bottom half, where his mouth is, says “Here’s a fake smile for you. Don’t look too close.”

    Poor dude…nobody to throw to, nobody to hand off too, a coach who’s old enough to think “Air Coryell” is innovative, and an offensive line with feet like cement.

  4. #NoCheatingNeed

    No of course not… just a metric ton of anabolic steroids, HGH and a team doctor of 23 yrs charged with 185 counts of distributing them…

    Thinking is hard…

  5. George Shaw one Rookie of the Year and all were excited about his future. Early in his 2nd season he broke his leg in a game with the Chicago Bear.

    This is when he was “Wally Pipped” by Unitas taking over and never releasing his grip on the job.

    Shaw was never the same after that leg break. So you *can* say that he had a mediocre career; but had he not broke his leg he may well of have had a great career in Baltimore.

  6. The explosion of spread offenses in college football is to blame. NFL teams don’t run what a lot of college offenses have become. Evaluation of the most important position in team sports has become harder than ever for scouts and front office personnel. The college teams that run “pro style” offenses will start getting the top prospects out of high school. It will be their ticket to the draft.

  7. Cutting Johnny U?

    That’s right up there with drafting Sam Bowie before MJ.

    Steelers….LOL

    Steelers, Steroids. Kinda rolls off the tongue

  8. Even worse than that there were only seven drafted: only two look like genuine prospects.

    And Winston appears to be more obsessed with crab legs than football, and Mariota has a personality only slightly more bland than Kristen Stewart.

  9. logicailvoicesays says:
    May 3, 2015 1:54 PM
    No one will ever compare to RG3. HTTR.
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    Akili Smith comes to mind… for some reason, (along with racism toward Native Americans, not sure what’d give me that impression).

  10. Steelers didn’t ‘cut’ Unitas, they never signed him to a contract at all.

  11. I felt sorry for Mariota too. It was clear as day to see he was not a happy camper taking that phone call from the Titans. Here’s hoping Marcus finds a way to dig himself out of the hole he’s been placed in. I’d have liked to see him go to San Diego and see Rivers return to his home state.

  12. logicailvoicesays says:
    May 3, 2015 1:54 PM

    No one will ever compare to RG3. HTTR.
    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    sure one will. take johnny football–he’s an even bigger bust than RGIII!

  13. The NCAA is not raising NFL quarterbacks. That is why there are so few being drafted. Look at the draftees at the position. Half of them are a long reach to be able to play at the NFL level.

    The NFL needs to get with the NCAA on generating an NFL product at the position, or the NFL needs to start a semi pro league that takes guys right from high school and develops them for the pro game. Either that, or face the fact that the NFL will go the way of NASCAR, playing to nearly empty venues and seeing a viewers share lower than American Idol.

  14. back in the day there were 18 rounds and later 12 rounds, so it’s expected that the lowest number of QBs taken would be in recent drafts of 7 rounds.

  15. They are all big tall pocket passers, no more of the athletic QB that can do everything but throw the ball.

  16. BradyWouldaHitThatSlant says:
    May 3, 2015 2:10 PM
    Anybody that calls New England cheaters is just simply a sore loser, I’m sorry. This is an article about Quarterbacks being drafted, and here we are whining because our team has been riding The Pats tail for 15 years. Seriously get over it. Next year, nothing will change and they will be right back contending for another potential spot at the Super Bowl.

    As Nancy Grace would say, Oh Boo Hoo Hoo

    You watch Nancy Grace.

  17. The writing is on the wall and has been for some time, this is a real problem, college QB’s just aren’t ready for the real deal.

    I think the solution is what amounts to a farm league for the NFL. If that means college QB’s have to go there for a year or two, then so be it.

    The NFL needs real QB’s bad and something needs to be done about now.

  18. The NFL needs real QB’s bad and something needs to be done about now.

    =========================================
    It’s easy to fix with some rule tweaks. 53 man rosters, 10m practice squad currently. Add 2 QB exempt slots to each practice squad with special contract provisions that everyone must sign to be eligible. They would get 3 year exclusive deals and 2 years of exclusive rights FA status and be qualified as cap exemptions as well. However, these guys would be exempt for coach contact rules and practice rules. They wouldn’t be worked to death, activists, so shut up. While they could only practice with players on the teams while the CBA allows those practices, they could spend more time with coaches and staff to allow for mechanic fixes, film study, and learning plays. IF they don’t want this kind of deal they could be regular players and count toward a 10m practice squad or just be the backup if good enough. After a while, these guys coming out of these 3-5 year learning deals would be backups and pushing some starters. Thereby making guys who once opted out of these types of deals need to take them. Once signed to an active 53 man roster the deal would void, and resume their careers exactly as before, only with credit for years played and vet minimums, etc. that go along with that.

  19. Mariota was so obviously “un-thrilled” in the seconds after the Titans called his name.
    —-
    You know nothing of the man, or his culture. He is subdued. So? It will serve him well while he plays the most pressure packed position in all of sports.

  20. Mariota was so obviously “un-thrilled” in the seconds after the Titans called his name.
    ——
    on the other hand Amari Cooper looked thrilled to be a Raider! HAHA!

  21. logicalvoiccsays says:
    May 3, 2015 3:07 PM
    Top 5 QBS in the NFL: Dumbest QB comments EVER posted> Really? Kirk Cousins?!!

  22. This is why guys like Josh McCown can play for as long as they want. They really need to bring back something like the World League to help develop quarterbacks.

  23. RGlll and Cousins are to Turds what the Washington Football Club is to Punchbowls.

  24. IMHO: We are judging college QBs too critically: They’re not tall enough, not experienced under center, blah blah blah. Too much Mike Mayock criticism and not enough realization that young QBs need time and coaching to develop. I want NFL execs to man up and draft more QBs. The QB position is more important than ever and many teams are just giving up and the QB mediocrity in the NFL is growing. Stop looking for superstars–these guys are barely old enough to drink. I want a more competitive NFL and we need QB development to accomplish that.

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