“More than ever, the NFL is about having a franchise quarterback”

From an article in the Sporting News today:

Plenty of teams need one, like the Panthers, Bills, Cardinals, 49ers, Vikings and Titans to name six. For those teams, the NFL Scouting Combine is part of a never-ending quest to find that special quarterback who can make the difference.

A piece of advice for QB-needy teams:

Figure out if any quarterback in this draft can become your starter for the next decade, and if so do whatever it takes to get that guy.

Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert found his franchise guy in 2004, when he drafted Ben Roethlisberger.

“When you have a franchise quarterback, it increases your chances of winning a championship,” Colbert said Thursday. “To me, it’s that simple. If you have a great one, you’re fortunate because not everybody does. We’re fortunate. The franchise guys are so scarce in the draft. Most veteran guys don’t become available.

“You never want to pick high enough to get one, but if you have the chance you should take one.”


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