As football fans, there is nothing we do better than play Monday Morning quarterback. What if our favorite team had gone for it on fourth down? Should they have attempted the field goal or punted the ball? Why did they run instead of pass? As fans, we involve ourselves in every decision our favorite team makes. Furthermore, there is nothing we like to do more than play Monday Morning GM. What if our team had drafted this player instead of the current player that is not producing at as high of a level?
Players are ranked against the players that they were drafted with or traded for. The 1983 Draft class is remembered for having three Hall of Fame Quarterbacks (Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly, Denver Broncos QB John Elway and Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino).The Indianapolis Colts are praised for going with QB Peyton Manning in 1998 instead of San Diego Chargers QB Ryan Leaf, who was taken one pick later and busted out of the NFL. Green Bay Packers T Tony Mandarich will forever be remembered as the sole player in the 1989 Top-5 Draft class not to make it to the Hall of Fame. The Packers passed on RB Barry Sanders, LB Derrick Thomas, and CB Deion Sanders to make that pick. Those three went to the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.
There is a fascinating debate brewing from the 2004 Draft Class, which saw four quarterbacks taken in the first round. Eli Manning was taken by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick and traded to the New York Giants for the fourth selection, Philip Rivers. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ben Roethlisberger with the 11th pick. J.P. Losman was taken by the Buffalo Bills with the 22nd pick and was a bust. The only significant selection after the first round was made by the Atlanta Falcons, who selected Matt Schaub with the 90th selection in the third round. He has since become the starter for the Houston Texans.