Some NFL draft observers believe the Houston Texans will pass on a quarterback at the top of the draft as the No. 1 overall selection because of the lukewarm overall talent of this year’s quarterback prospects.
Under that premise, ESPN NFL insider Mike Sando examined in this Insider piece which current NFL quarterbacks would be worth a No. 1 overall draft pick based strictly on current playing ability, without regard for age or salary.
Sando polled former NFL general manager Bill Pollian, former NFL scout Matt Williamson and a current NFL general manager. The trio found consensus on seven quarterbacks -- Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson.
Polian and Williamson included San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on their list of current quarterbacks worth trading for a No. 1 overall pick, but the anonymous NFL GM did not include Rivers on his list.
So Rivers’ name was included on a list of four quarterbacks deemed close, but not quite worth trading for a No. 1 overall pick. Others on that list were Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Carolina’s Cam Newton and Eli Manning of the New York Giants.
Here’s what Sando had to say about Rivers:
“Rivers has fallen short of the Super Bowl despite reaching the playoffs with teams that won 14, 13, 11, nine and eight games during the regular season. He ranks last out of 14 quarterbacks in postseason Total QBR since 2006 (minimum five games). For what it's worth, Roethlisberger ranks 13th on that list.”
In my opinion, if we are taking age into account, Rivers is worth a No. 1 overall pick, along with Brees, Rodgers, Luck, Wilson, Newton, Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. I believe Manning and Brady are both past their prime, and would not include them on the list.