Is it time to draft Tom Brady's replacement?

In a column for ESPN Insider, draft savant Mel Kiper examined some of the more prominent quarterbacking situations around the league and speculates how much time they have left.

Kiper wrote:


The bottom line is that at some point, teams must consider who the heir will be to a star quarterback (or even a merely decent one). So with a lot of talk that both the Patriots and Colts could draft a quarterback as early as Round 1, let's take a look at the places around the league where this mindset could come into play, and what the urgency should be on a 1 to 10 scale.

Among the nine players on Kiper's checklist are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tony Romo.

Kiper scored the Patriots a 4 on the urgency scale because of Bill Belichick's "resourcefulness" with backup quarterbacks. Kiper still can see the Patriots drafting a quarterback early because they have so many picks, and there's value in grooming an asset -- even if they have to trade him eventually.