- He must be a senior, because you need time and maturity to develop into a good professional quarterback.
- He must be a graduate, because you want someone who takes his responsibilities seriously.
- He must be a three-year starter, because you need to make sure his success wasn’t ephemeral and that he has lived as “the guy” for some period of time.
- He must have at least 23 wins, because the big passing numbers must come in the context of winning games.
Blatant Homerism also notes that, of the seven quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl in the 2000s, five — Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Trent Dilfer — met all four requirements when drafted.
So readers, discuss: When drafting a quarterback are these non-negotiables, helpful guideposts, or completely irrelevant?