The 2019 NFL Draft offers many things: high end talent and depth at defensive tackle, a slate of dynamic edge defenders, game-breaking wide receivers of every shape and size and one of the deepest tight end classes we've ever seen.
What it won't offer is a star quarterback. Not now, and probably not ever. No amount of wishing or hoping or pumping up a flawed signal caller for ratings is going to change that. This quarterback class sucks. It's time everyone, including QB-needy NFL teams, embraced it.
Sorry Giants and Broncos fans, you brought this on yourself. You had a chance to grab a quarterback of the future for your franchise in last year's class and you both passed. Now, if Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen or Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson become studs as I expect at least the first two will, there will be some regret to deal with.
For now, y'all are stuck with your average-to-below-average veteran quarterback, despite the fact that there is zero chance he'll guide your team back to the big stage, or anywhere near it even. Raiders fans, you're in the same boat, but probably a little more willing to accept it right now given the full scale rebuild taking place in Oakland.
The best piece of advice I can give y'all? Don't force it. Don't take a quarterback with a top ten pick just to take one when other aspects of your roster are in dire need of help. Dwayne Haskins does not profile as the guy to save your franchise. Drew Lock does not profile as the guy to save your franchise. Daniel Jones does not...I'm sorry, they're telling me he doesn't even need to be addressed in this piece because it's so obvious he ain't built like that? My apologies, carry on.
The one quarterback who might be that guy for an NFL franchise comes with more risk than I'd care to take that high in the draft. Kyler Murray is an exhilarating playmaker with an excellent arm, elite athleticism and a certain fearlessness to his game that has made him my QB1. But he's also 5-foot-9, probably won't hit 200 pounds and was fully committed to the game of baseball until about 6-8 weeks ago. He's a one-year starter from the Big 12 playing against competition that can't play defense or rush the passer who struggled against Alabama, by far the best team he faced.
Acting like selecting Murray isn't a MASSIVE risk is foolish; even if you like him, he'd be one of the more unprecedented and dangerous top ten selections in NFL history. For a team in desperate need of a quarterback, sure, shoot your shot. But Jacksonville might be the only team in the class stuck in that dire of a situation.
I can't believe I'm about to say this, but given the options out there, New York should ride with Eli Manning for another year. There are no quality starting quarterbacks set to be available in free agency or trade, and next year's draft class will likely offer a better quarterback class than this one. Old school Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur aren't taking Murray anyway, nor would they know what to do with him if they had him. Grab an offensive tackle or an edge pass rusher in a class loaded at both spots.
Given Jon Gruden's 10-year contract, the Raiders should be in no hurry to address the quarterback position in this draft class. At no. 4 they might be able to land whatever passer they like, but I'm not sure I see Gruden or Mike Mayock falling in love with Murray, and Haskins doesn't hold enough upside to me to select him that high. Wait it out with Derek Carr for brighter days in another draft class. Not like the Raiders will be good next year anyway. You've got three first round picks, acquire some playmakers on offense and rebuild the defense.
Denver has Case Keenum under contract and he wasn't even the biggest issue on their team last year. No, you're not winning a Super Bowl with Keenum, but is John Elway ready to stake his legacy as a general manager on any of the high-risk quarterbacks in this class? Can't do it, man. Don't let Drew Lock's flashes pull you in, not at no. 10 anyway. Figure out the future at offensive tackle or find a way to land the draft's top cornerback.
Of course, Jacksonville and Miami are in a different spot. After they move on from Blake Bortles and Ryan Tannehill, neither team will have a starting caliber option on their current roster. Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Joe Flacco will be stop-gap options if they really hate this quarterback class, but for a team like Jacksonville who has to believe they have the talent to compete with even a serviceable signal-caller, the draft may be worth the risk.
Washington is in the toughest position, as it looks like they will also be joining the Jaguars and Dolphins in the race for a 2019 starting quarterback, but selecting no. 15 overall is far from ideal. They could opt to grab a veteran and see how Alex Smith's recovery goes, but he'll be 36 by the time he's ready to play again, if that day even comes. Washington is a spot where Murray could be worth the risk.
But for Giants, Raiders and Broncos fans, forget about the quarterback position this year. Some of you had your chance last year and you'll all have a chance again in the future. Use your resources to build up the rest of your weakened rosters so that when the right quarterback comes along, the transition from college to the NFL will be much more seamless for him. It is better to suck and wait than to reach and grab a quarterback unlikely to or incapable of being able to fulfill the lofty expectations of "franchise quarterback".