The 2022 NFL Draft is over and football experts are assessing the pros and cons of each team’s strategy.
They assign grades to specific picks or the entire board.
Draft nerds will also point out interesting facts regarding the proceedings.
One of those fascinating tidbits is the University of Georgia Bulldogs setting an NFL record with 15 players selected in that draft.
That’s the most draftees from one school in a seven-round setup.
Likewise, Sports Illustrated’s MMQB Albert Breer also pointed out a startling fact.
Random fact that I found interesting—All four of the QBs taken in Rounds 1-3 (Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis, Matt Corral) are going to teams where the starter is an ex-Top 10 pick.
So will those rookies even be the most talented guys in the room? Worth considering.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 5, 2022
Breer tweeted, “Random fact that I found interesting—All four of the QBs taken in Rounds 1-3 (Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis, Matt Corral) are going to teams where the starter is an ex-Top 10 pick. So will those rookies even be the most talented guys in the room? Worth considering.”
For full context, Pickett went to the Pittsburgh Steelers which also has 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Ridder will join the Atlanta Falcons and compete with 2015 second overall pick Marcus Mariota.
Willis is now part of the Tennessee Titans which has 2012 eighth overall selection Ryan Tannehill.
Finally, Corral is one of the Carolina Panthers’ latest additions and he will be joining 2018 third overall selection Sam Darnold.
Will These Rookies Turn Out Being Better Options?
Two scenarios could happen after these picks.
First, the current starter becomes a better player knowing that that team drafted his potential successor.
This ploy worked with the Green Bay Packers when Aaron Rodgers became back-to-back MVP after drafting Jordan Love.
Second, the starter struggles and the rookie will have his chance to play.
Only time can tell if Breer’s question will become a reality.
In that case, the league’s process in evaluating talent has some flaws.