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Quarterbacks Drafted from 1999-2004
David M. Dorey
2004
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers
Rnd 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
1 Tim Couch C. Pennington Michael Vick David Carr Carson Palmer Eli Manning
  D. McNabb     Joey Harrington Byron Leftwich Philip Rivers
  Akili Smith     Patrick Ramsey Kyle Boller B. Roethlisberger
  D. Culpepper       Rex Grossman J.P. Losman
  Cade McNown          
2 Shaun King G. Carmazzi Drew Brees      
    Chris Redman Quincy Carter      
      M. Tuiasosopo      
3 Brock Huard     Josh McCown Dave Ragone Matt Schaub
          Chris Simms  
4 Joe Germaine   Chris Weinke David Garrard Seneca Wallace Luke McCown
  Aaron Brooks   Sage Rosenfels Rohan Davey    
      Jesse Palmer      
5 Kevin Daft Tee Martin Mike McMahon Randy Fasani Brian St. Pierre Craig Krenzel
      A.J. Feeley Kurt Kittner    
        Brandon Doman    
        Craig Nall    
6   Marc Bulger Josh Booty "J.T." O'Sullivan Drew Henson Andy Hall
    Spergon Wynn Josh Heupel  Steve Bellisari Brooks Bollinger Josh Harris
    Tom Brady     Kliff Kingsbury Jim Sorgi
    Todd Husak       Jeff Smoker
    JaJuan Seider        
7 Michael Bishop Tim Rattay   Seth Burford Gibran Hamdan John Naverre
  Chris Greisen Jarious Jackson   Jeff Kelly Ken Dorsey Cody Pickett
  Scott Covington Joe Hamilton   Ronald Curry   Casey Bramlet
        Wes Pate   Matt Mauck
            B.J. Symons
  Starter         Bradlee Van Pelt

First Round – Obviously the first round has been the natural breeding ground for starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Since 1999, every quarterback drafted as a first pick. Of the 14 taken from 1999 – 2003, ten of them are starters this season and two of them (Couch and Ramsey) were starters last season. Only Akili Smith and Cade McNown were immediate and forgettable busts. This suggests favorable conditions for Manning, Rivers, Roethlisberger and Losman for the long term.

Rounds Two through Four -  Of the 20 quarterbacks taken in these rounds, only Aaron Brooks, Quincy Carter and Josh McCown are slated to start this season. McCown has limited play last year while Carter may have limited play this year as the Cowboys look to eventually call on Drew Henson. Brooks has been a nice surprise, but he also came out in what was considered the strongest QB class in a decade. Chances look pretty slim for Matt Schaub and Luke McCown to make the starting lineup.

Round Five through Seven – The 33 quarterbacks taken in these rounds have provided nothing yet, other than 2000 which shockingly served up Brady, Bulger and Rattay on Day Two of that draft. Otherwise, this has been a relative wasteland for starters but Bulger and Brady have proven there is always hope. What may have affected their fall is that 2000 was considered a QB poor draft and after the big 1999 QB bonanza, teams looking for starters were already stocked. Recall that Brady and Bulger were merely depth for their squads, not taken on the idea they would become starters. Ken Dorsey may get playing time this season if Rattay cannot return to health and both were taken in the seventh rounds.

2004 - Going into fantasy drafts this season, Manning and Rivers are the only two recently drafted quarterbacks likely to produce fantasy numbers as they were the only two taken with the express idea of being an immediate starter. As the previous drafts show, great quarterbacks come out of later rounds but need time and the current starter to fail or be injured.