In a recent article posted on SBNation.com, Philip Rivers would supposedly go undrafted if all NFL quarterbacks were available in a one-round draft.
At first glance, this can be seen as somewhat disrespectful to a guy who has the fourth most touchdowns in the league over the last five years behind only Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady. However, the underlying premise behind the draft is who would you choose as your quarterback going forward which means that quarterbacks that are getting up there in age will obviously see their draft stock take a hit.
After a second glance, the reasoning behind some of the picks becomes a bit cloudy.
Unsurprisingly, young guns like Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, and Dak Prescott are seen taken in the top ten picks. It’s when you get into the bottom third of the round where some questions start to arise.
Eli Manning is selected with the 20th pick. Paxton Lynch is selected with the 29th pick. And Carson Palmer is selected 30th.
Now, realistically a case can be made for Manning to be drafted although I believe 20th is a tad high for him. The real head-scratchers are Lynch and Palmer.
Lynch is an unproven youngster who hasn’t been able to separate himself from former 6th round pick Trevor Siemian and Palmer is 37 years old heading into what has got to be his final season. Besides his age, Palmer doesn’t have much to hang his hat on either, whether it be his statistics or his accolades.
At the end of the day, do I personally believe Philip Rivers got the shaft in this article? Absolutely. And I’m sure other pundits would agree.
What do you guys think? Should PR17 have been included? Or would it be wise to look elsewhere for a quarterback?
Let us know what you think.