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Pick a QB, not just any QB

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Andrew Luck
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck lands the most votes (21 of 32) as the young QB to build a franchise around.

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THE CANDIDATES
Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Andrew Luck (Colts), Colin Kaepernick (49ers), EJ Manuel (Bills), Cam Newton (Panthers), Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)

THE RESPONDENTS
ESPN.com's 32 NFL Nation team reporters, nine of whose comments are featured here.

THE RESULTS
Andrew Luck: 21 votes
Colin Kaepernick: 7 votes
Russell Wilson: 4 votes
Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, EJ Manuel, Teddy Bridgewater: 0 votes


Pat McManamon, Browns reporter
Andrew Luck
Former Browns president Mike Holmgren said he offered all of Cleveland's 2012 draft picks for the Colts' No. 1. Had Indy said yes, it would've been a steal ... for the Browns.

Rich Cimini, Jets reporter
Colin Kaepernick
When the read-option goes out of style -- and it will -- Kaepernick will still thrive as a pocket passer because of his accuracy (61 percent career completion rate) and arm strength. In other words, he has scheme versatility.

Terry Blount, Seahawks reporter
Russell Wilson
Maybe I'm biased because I see him every day, but Wilson is one of the most impressive young men I've met while covering sports. He never feels a game is lost. In fact, Wilson may be at his best when everything around him is falling apart.

Vaughn McClure, Falcons reporter
Colin Kaepernick
I asked an ex-NFL defensive coordinator the other day which quarterback he would start a franchise with. His response? Kaepernick. Quarterbacks like him don't come along very often. His combination of size (6'4", 230), speed (4.53 40) and arm strength separates him from the others in this group.

Mike Wells, Colts reporter
Andrew Luck
He has the athleticism to scramble when needed (seven rushing TDs in 20 career games), the strength to get the ball down the field, the size to take a pounding and the intelligence to win for a long time.

Eric D. Williams, Chargers reporter
Russell Wilson
Yes, Wilson is clutch (see his 14-point playoff comeback vs. Washington), but most important, he's never been on the injury report in 22 career games.

Coley Harvey, Bengals reporter
Russell Wilson
Wilson was a high school state champion. He made an otherwise horrid NC State team Competitive. He won a conference title in his one year at Wisconsin. And he's doing it again in Seattle. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Scott Brown, Steelers reporter
Colin Kaepernick
I was tempted by Johnny Football; he has star written all over him. But who knows what kind of NFL team he'll have around him. That isn't an issue for Kaepernick, who's already the NFL's top dual-threat QB (6.2 career ypc).

Paul Gutierrez, Raiders reporter
Andrew Luck
Yes, the running-for-daylight-with-a-cannon-for-an-arm QB is all the rage, but the prototypical QB will never go out of style. I'll roll the dice with Luck, who had an NFL-high seven game-winning drives as a rookie.

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