Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans owner Bob McNair (left) talks to general manager Rick Smith (right) before the game against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Smith on why drafting and developing a quarterback in the first round seems to be such a crap shoot:
"“Quarterback is a difficult position to play in this league. I mean, there are a lot of things that quarterbacks have to do, so even though you look at all of those measures and you try to predict all of those measures, sometimes you just don’t know what a guy is going to do and how he is going to perform in this environment until he is here.”"
With QB being such an important position in the NFL, of course every team would like to be able to know they have a lock with a QB in round one. What the NFL is learning is you can draft a QB in round two or even later and still have a player who can lead a team to a championship … plus QBs in the second round are a lot cheaper to play in salary than they are if drafted in round one.