Things I learned last week:
- Cutting QB highlights takes twice as long as any other offensive 'skill' position.
- Editing at midnight only leads to slipped audio tracks.
- There's a lot of 'middle ground' among the quarterback class.
The fact is, even the best of this group - arguably Newton/Gabbert/Ponder depending on preference - is less polished than I'd like if I were to own a high draft pick and need a quarterback.
We can talk Newton/Gabbert upside, but the truth is even if you love one of those two or Ponder (who is considered more pro ready) it's not a great class.
Normally a guy like TCU's Andy Dalton is the perfect guy to target from late Day 2 onward. While a bit limited physically, Dalton's a very smart guy who sees the field well and makes consistent good choices.
I think he'd be a very good backup from the get go and with some work, could be a solid starter. I'd take him anywhere from late third onward.
It looks like he'll go in the second (maybe sooner), and I think that's a bit risky, depending on situation.
If he goes to a team who can sit him a year, it's early but he probably won't be rushed into a starter's slot. If he goes to a team with a deep QB need, he could end up in the lineup too soon which would be detrimental to his development.
In the video I mention the Packers as a very good - arguably ideal - landing spot. I think the offense they run and the staff they have would be a great place for Dalton to learn and grow as a quarterback.
On top of that he'd be behind Aaron Rodgers, a guy who has seen it all at this point, and a guy who isn't missing too many games.
There has been some talk about trading Matt Flynn sometime soon to maximize value on a guy who perhaps the team might not want to invest a lot of money in.
Dalton could learn behind Rodgers (and if they don't trade him immediately, Flynn) and develop into a good enough quarterback to net Green Bay some trade value down the line.
Mike Lombardi has said a few times 'you always want to be developing your next quarterback' and while Rodgers isn't going anywhere, the truth is that the Packers always should be developing the 'next guy' - if just for trade value.
Think of what the Patriots got for Matt Cassel. Or the Falcons for Matt Schaub (maybe it's a Matt thing. That would make Matt Flynn next up!).
Maybe Dalton doesn't become starter for the Pack, but he would serve as protection for Rodgers and potential trade bait down the road.
Again, I think we're going to see a desperate team (could be Buffalo, could be Cincy, could be Jacksonville) grab him before the middle of the second.
But if he dropped enough, and the value was there, he'd make a good Packer.
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