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If you need a quarterback, you probably shouldn't draft one

The lessons of today's NFL have taught us to only draft a quarterback when you don't need one. Tim Keown

Updated: September 17, 2008, 6:30 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

There are many lessons to be learned from the dual sagas of Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, not the least of which is this: The best time to draft a quarterback is when you don't need one.

Easier said than done, of course, since there are times when you don't think you need one until suddenly you discover you do. Still, the idea is solid. It's pretty much unquestioned that quarterback is the most important position in any team sport. Nothing else really compares -- not a big-time starting ...

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