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Quarterbacks Drafted from 2005 to 2009
David Dorey
June 22, 2009
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Other Positions:  Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers

First Round - The first round has always had starting quarterbacks without exception and players taken in this round always get a shot at being starting quarterbacks. It may not always last long, but they will always get their chance. 2008 proved to be a banner year with tremendous seasons by both Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. Enough so that expectations may be too high given the far more spotty performances of rookie first rounders in previous seasons. No doubt about it - first round quarterbacks are taken with great expectations. All three from this year could see significant playing time. There is a small chance that all three could be full year starters which would be unprecedented.

Rounds Two through Seven - Previous years served up numerous good quarterbacks deeper in the draft like Marc Bulger and Tom Brady to name but two. But recent years have really seen little more than some opportunistic stretches by Derek Anderson, Kyle Orton, Tyler Thigpen and Matt Cassell. In fantasy terms, it's been rather light since leaving the first round for the last five years.

2009 - There is a decent chance that all three first rounders get playing time this year. Stafford in Detroit with Calvin Johnson holds the most interest. Mark Sanchez is destined to battle the same winter winds that have plagued Eli Manning every year. Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay has a way to go but may end up the starter in a fair weather venue and with weapons like Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow.

Rnd 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1 Alex Smith Vince Young Jamarcus Russell Matt Ryan Matthew Stafford
Aaron Rodgers Matt Leinart Brady Quinn Joe Flacco Mark Sanchez
Jason Campbell Jay Cutler     Josh Freeman
2   Kellen Clemens Kevin Kolb Brian Brohm Patrick White
  Tarvaris Jackson John Beck Chad Henne  
    Drew Stanton    
3 Charlie Frye Charlie Whitehurst Trent Edwards Kevin O'Connell  
Andrew Walter Brodie Croyle      
David Greene        
4 Kyle Orton   Isiah Stanback   Stephen McGee
Stefan LeFors        
5 Dan Orlovsky Ingle Martin Jeff Rowe John David Booty Rhett Bomar
A. McPherson Omar Jacobs Troy Smith Dennis Dixon Nate Davis
      Josh Johnson  
      Erik Ainge  
6 Derek Anderson Reggie McNeal Jordan Palmer Colt Brennan Tom Brandstater
  Bruce Gradowski   Andre' Woodson Mike Teel
        Keith Null
        Curtis Painter
7 James Kilian D.J. Shockley Tyler Thigpen Matt Flynn  
Matt Cassell     Alex Brink  
Ryan Fitzpatrick       2009 Starter

Other Positions:  Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers

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