- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Facebook friend Barrett was on the right track when he said NFL teams have struggled finding quarterbacks in the second and third rounds.
Teams tend to overvalue quarterbacks in the draft, which means the most promising ones rarely escape the first round. Teams tend to focus on other positions in the rounds immediately following the first round before "taking flyers" on the position later in the draft.
We see this when looking at the number of quarterbacks drafted by round since 2000. There have been 31 in the first round, 16 in the second, 17 in the third, 20 in the fourth, 24 in the fifth, 36 in the six and 32 in the seventh.
The chart, updated since it ran in February 2010, ranks second-round quarterbacks since 1995 by number of games played.
1995-2010 Second-round QBs: Most games played
While we're on a hot streak, let's take a quick look at third-round quarterbacks drafted since 1995, arranged by team:
Atlanta: Matt Schaub
Baltimore: Chris Redman
Buffalo: Trent Edwards
Denver: Brian Griese
Houston: Dave Ragone
Jacksonville: Jonathan Quinn
Kansas City: Brodie Croyle
New England: Kevin O'Connell
Oakland: Andrew Walter
Philadelphia: Bobby Hoying
San Diego: Charlie Whitehurst
San Francisco: Giovanni Carmazzi
Tampa Bay: Chris Simms
Count Schaub and Whitehurst among those who were more valuable to their teams as trade bait than as quarterbacks.