Andrew Harbaugh | October 17th, 2019
This year more than any other year in recent memory we have seen the value in having depth at the quarterback position. The Jets, Steelers, Saints, Dolphins, Panthers, Jaguars, and Titans have all used multiple quarterbacks this year either from inconsistent play or from lack of success by the starter.
Some people believe that every team, every year should draft a running back but I would argue on top of that rule of thumb is that teams should draft a signal-caller because you never know when chaos will ensue
We have seen some of the teams mentioned above find success with backups they have acquired through the draft process. The Saints have gone undefeated under Teddy Bridgewater since Drew Brees injured his thumb. The Jaguars seem to have found a diamond in the rough in Gardner Minshew. The Steelers have been forced to send out undrafted Samford alum Devlin Hodges to some success but on the flip side, we have teams that did not find success.
The Jets struggled severely with backups Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk, the Dolphins can’t decide who they want to have under center between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. Last but not least, we have the example of the revolving door situation down in our nation’s capital.
The bottom line is even if you have survived the year of the injured quarterback you never know when a team will be in need of a new signal-caller. You also never know when a Hall of Famer may emerge from an emergency injury situation, just ask Tom Brady and Kurt Warner.
So to further avoid this issue for teams going forward I found eleven teams that could use some depth in the quarterback room. These teams all have unique situations where these players may be asked to play right away or they may have to sit and wait but regardless of the situation why not have a security blanket in place?
Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
As long as Tua is okay changing his number from 13 I can’t imagine Dolphins fans won’t be anything but in love with him come April. Tua has proven to be the most accurate passer on film this year in college and despite the narrative that he uses slant routes too much he has shown to have plenty of arm strength for a sexy deep ball time to time. Miami would have their franchise quarterback and finally, be like all the other teams in the AFC East when it comes to this position.
Cincinnati Bengals – Justin Herbert, Oregon
Zac Taylor seems to have tightened up and polished Andy Dalton enough but then at times the same old fiery redhead comes back, Bengals fans deserve better. Give Zac Taylor his franchise signal-caller that he can groom to become his own in a division, just like the AFC East, where every team has a franchise cornerstone at quarterback except the Bengals.
New York Jets – Nathan Stanley, Iowa
The Jets have their franchise in safe hands with Sam Darnold but as we saw this year with the Jets a year of promise turned to a disaster quickly with poor backup performance. Stanley would serve as a reliable backup with a developing arm that already has the accuracy of a promising pro. Stanley would be able to step into this Adam Gase offense whenever he would need to, at least much better than Semien and Falk.
Washington Redskins– Mason Fine, QB, North Texas
The undersized quarterback from the school Joe Greene made famous, Mason Fine gives me a very Colt McCoy vibe when I watch him. On college tape, he isn’t as big a runner as Colt was at times but he has the same mannerisms it seems to me. Giving Fine to Washington here gives them some depth as Fine would probably fight for backup duties with McCoy but maybe third string and sit and develop behind him and Dwayne Haskins.
Tennessee Titans – Joe Burrow, LSU
The Titans have a great defense, they have a running game, they have receivers, all they are missing is great quarterback play. If the Titans draft Joe Burrow I could realistically see them contending in the AFC for years to come. Burrow just screams Nashville with his swag he walks and plays with and it’s in the Ohio Valley where he is from. All around this fit just makes too much sense, the question is will Burrow be around when the Titans pick because at this poitn his draft stock is skyrocketing.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jake Fromm, Georgia
Bruce Arians is a quarterback guru who has coached and groomed future Hall of Famers like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Carson Palmer. He currently has Jameis Winston under him in Tampa Bay and he has to realize that after Winston threw five interceptions this past Sunday that he is not the answer, Jake Fromm can be though. The knock-on Fromm is that he isn’t a risk-taker, doesn’t utilize the deep ball and just lacks the “killer” instinct. With Arians coaching him he will be forced out of his comfort zone but that is exactly what he needs at this point.
Indianapolis Colts – Jacob Eason, Washington
The Colts have Jacoby Brissett under contract until 2021, on a very team-friendly deal I might add, so taking Eason makes sense to me because I wouldn’t wanna play him right away if I was an NFL team. Eason has the arm strength and accuracy to be a successful NFL quarterback and maybe even a franchise quarterback but he still needs some time to sit and learn and what better situation to do that in the NFL than on the Colts.
Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
An Oklahoma quarterback leading the Dallas Cowboys, does it get more ironic? Doubt it. Dak Prescott looked like an MVP candidate through the first three weeks of the year but has looked average at best in the last three weeks. Jerry Jones has to pay Byron Jones, Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott yet and with Dak asking for 40 million a year I could see Jerry walking away from that. In steps, Jalen Hurts who has a similar skillset to Dak but is showing a talented and developing arm that is very accurate that also makes extremely good decisions both running and passing. Oh, and if Lincoln Riley comes to Dallas this makes even more sense to get his guy.
Green Bay Packers – Anthony Gordon, Washington State
Gardner Minshew has shown that a talented passer in the Mike Leach system can survive in the current NFL, Anthony Gordon and his gun-slinging ability would be great behind Rogers in Green Bay. The Packer’s current backup is Tim Boyle who has more interceptions than touchdowns in his college career so it does not look well at this point if he was forced into a game. With Rogers’s injury history, even if it’s not Gordon, the Packers have to add some depth at this position.
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