Why the Ravens should not draft a quarterback in the 1st round

January 13, 2008 |

There has been a lot of talk of how the Ravens should take a quarterback in the 1st round of the NFL draft this year. I do not agree with that theory, but thought I would look at quarterbacks that have been taken in the first round. I will list the player and in parentheses will be what pick they were:
1989 – Troy Aikman(#1)
1990 – Jeff George (#1)
1990 -Andre Ware (#7)
1991- Dan McGwire (#16)
1991- Todd Marinovich (#24)
1992- David Klingler (#6)
1992 – Tommy Maddox (#25)
1993 – Drew Bledsoe (#1)
1993 – Rick Mirer (#2)
1994 –Heath Shuler (#3)
1994- Trent Dilfer (#6)
1995 – Steve McNair (#3)
1995- Kerry Collins (#5)
1997 – Jim Druckenmiller (#26)
1998 –Peyton Manning (#1)
1998 – Ryan Leaf (#2)
1999- Tim Couch (#1)
1999- Donovan McNabb (#2)
1999 – Akili Smith (#3)
1999 – Daunte Culpepper (#11)
1999 – Cade McNown (#12)
2000 – Chad Pennington (#18)
2001 – Michael Vick (#1)
2002 – David Carr (#1)
2002 – Joey Harrington (#3)
2002 – Patrick Ramsey (#32)
2003 – Carson Palmer (#1)
2003 – Byron Leftwich (#7)
2003 – Kyle Boller (#19)
2003 – Rex Grossman (#22)
2004 – Eli Manning (#1)
2004 – Phillip Rivers (#4)
2004 – Ben Roethlisberger (#11)
2004 – J.P. Losman (#1)
2005 – Alex Smith (#1)
2005 – Aaron Rodgers (#24)
2005 – Jason Campbell (#25)
2006 – Vince Young (#3)
2006 – Matt Leinart (#10)
2006 – Jay Cutler (#11)
2007 – JaMarcus Russell (#1)
2007 – Brady Quinn (#22)
Of all of these quarterbacks listed, only seven of them( Aikman, Bledsoe,McNair,Manning,McNabb,Grossman,Roethlisberger) lead their  team that drafted them to the Super Bowl with only three winning (Aikman, Manning, Roethlisberger   Bledsoe lost in Super Bowl as starter and did not play most of 2001 season when Patriots won it.)
 
Here are the quarterbacks that the Ravens have drafted:
96 – (7) Jon Stark
97 – (7) Wally Richardson
00 – (3) Chris Redman
02 – (7) Wes Pate
03 – (1) Kyle Boller
04 – (6) Josh Harris
05 – (6) Derek Anderson
07 – (5) Troy Smith
 
So I think that this backs up my argument as to why the Ravens should not draft a quarterback in the first round.
 
What do you think?

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