CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Great stat from Elias Sports Bureau by way of ESPN Stats & Information.
With it looking like the Panthers will take Cam Newton with the first pick in tonight’s draft, Jimmy Clausen has a chance to join some pretty unflattering company. The Panthers used a second-round pick on Clausen last year.
Since 1970, only two teams have drafted a quarterback within the top 50 picks in back-to-back drafts. Both came in 1982 and 1983. In 1982, the Bills drafted Matt Kofler at No. 48 overall. In 1983, they followed by taking Jim Kelly at No. 14. Kelly went to the United States Football league before joining the Bills in 1986.
In 1982, the Baltimore Colts drafted Art Schlichter at No. 4. In 1983, they took John Elway at No. 1. Elway never played for the Colts and eventually was traded to Denver.
But the moral of this story is that you don’t want to be the guy taken in the year before your team turns around and uses a higher pick on a quarterback. Heck, the true moral of the story is you don’t want to be Schlichter or Kofler.
Looks like Clausen’s about to join that club.