Saturday, April 16, 2011
Is it time to draft Tom Brady's replacement?
By Tim Graham
In a column for ESPN Insider, draft savant Mel Kiper examined some of the more prominent quarterbacking situations around the league and speculates how much time they have left.
The bottom line is that at some point, teams must consider who the heir will be to a star quarterback (or even a merely decent one). So with a lot of talk that both the Patriots and Colts could draft a quarterback as early as Round 1, let's take a look at the places around the league where this mindset could come into play, and what the urgency should be on a 1 to 10 scale.
Among the nine players on Kiper's checklist are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tony Romo.
Kiper scored the Patriots a 4 on the urgency scale because of Bill Belichick's "resourcefulness" with backup quarterbacks. Kiper still can see the Patriots drafting a quarterback early because they have so many picks, and there's value in grooming an asset -- even if they have to trade him eventually.