It’s almost always impossible to correctly predict where the quarterbacks in each draft will end up, but this year is particularly difficult for prognosticators. There are seven or eight good-but-not-great signal callers that could be taken in the first two rounds, but there are no guarantees.
Still, you’d have to think that at least one of these guys will turn into a stud. Odds are, the majority of them become garden variety backups, but someone will emerge.
Lately, quite a few analysts have predicted that TCU’s Andy Dalton will be that guy. The Titans are apparently considering drafting Dalton with the No. 8 overall pick. From NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora:
Several league sources said the Titans are high on Dalton and consider him to be an elite prospect who carries less of the varied risk of other quarterbacks in this draft. One source indicated the offensive coaches in Tennessee are pushing for Dalton, while the defensive staff is high on Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King recently went so far as to compare Dalton to Drew Brees. He and a faction of his peers think Dalton is a first-round pick.
But Dalton is shorter than scouts would like, and there are questions about his arm strength. Which is why there’s such a wide range of opinions on where he’ll go. Only minutes after reading that Dalton could be a top-10 pick, I read this in a Matt Barrows blog post:
NFL Films’ Greg Cosell, for instance, told me that TCU’s Andy Dalton, one of the hottest names right now, was nothing more than a fourth-round pick. “He won’t go there. He’ll go higher,” Cosell said. “But he doesn’t throw it very well. He doesn’t spin it very well. He’s a guy you’ll have to camouflage. He needs a strong running game to be successful.”
This draft is sort of a mess. No one is emerging as a sure thing and there are some hilariously big differences among analysts. Dalton is sort of the epitome of a very confusing, very murky draft.
And by extension, this draft itself epitomizes the current state of the National Football League. Nobody seems to know what the hell is going on and very few of us know what’s going to happen next.