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Quarterbacks Drafted from 2003 to 2007
David Dorey
July 2, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers

First Round - The first round has always had starting quarterbacks without exception and players taken between 2003 and 2007 have always provided at least one-time starting quarterbacks. While the 2004 first rounders had significant playing time in their first season, both Manning and Roethlisberger really came on strong in their second seasons. While they still have time to develop, the best quarterbacks down the line come from the first round, at least recently. Marc Bulger and Tom Brady were two exceptions not too long ago. All three quarterbacks from last year showed up for at least five games and Young stepped in after only three games.

Rounds Two through Four - There were no quarterbacks taken in the second round for four straight years but the last two have produced several. Jackson and Brodei Croyle take over as the starters this year and there are expectations that at least Beck, Stanton and Edwards have a good shot at taking over in the future.

Round Five through Seven - The fifth round  has always been a waste of a pick for the last seven years and not one player has done more than fill in for a game or two. Both Marc Bulger and Tom Brady came from the sixth round in 2000, but they are also the only quarterbacks from that round that have done anything at all. The seventh is even worse producing only Tim Rattay who has already lost his job. The reality is that other than Brady and Bulger, no quarterback drafted later than the third round has proven to be of any real starting value. Bruce Gradkowski was pressed into duty last year but there's no pretense that his starting days are over.

2007 - Both Jamarcus Russell and Brady Quinn are expected to get some playing time this year but only Russell has a good chance to start as of week one. Neither quarterback went to a team with a good offense, so there's minimal expectaiton of any fantays numbers this year.

Round 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
1 Carson Palmer Eli Manning Alex Smith Vince Young Jamarcus Russell
Byron Leftwich Philip Rivers Aaron Rodgers Matt Leinart Brady Quinn
Kyle Boller B. Roethlisberger Jason Campbell Jay Cutler  
Rex Grossman J.P. Losman      
2       Kellen Clemens Kevin Kolb
      Tarvaris Jackson John Beck
        Drew Stanton
3 Dave Ragone Matt Schaub Charlie Frye Ch. Whitehurst Trent Edwards
    Andrew Walter Brodie Coyle  
Chris Simms   David Greene    
4 Seneca Wallace Luke McCown Kyle Orton   Isiah Stanback
    Stefan LeFors    
5 Brian St. Pierre Craig Krenzel Dan Orlovsky Ingle Martin Jeff Rowe
    A. McPherson Omar Jacobs Troy Smith
6 Drew Henson Andy Hall Derek Anderson Reggie McNeal Jordan Palmer
Brooks Bollinger Josh Harris   Bruce Gradowski  
Kliff Kingsbury Jim Sorgi      
  Jeff Smoker      
7 Gibran Hamdan John Navarre James Kilian D.J. Shockley Tyler Thigpen
Ken Dorsey Cody Pickett Matt Cassell    
  Casey Bramlet Ryan Fitzpatrick    
  Matt Mauck      
  B.J. Symons      
  Bradlee Van Pelt      

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