Incumbent NFL QBs who held off high draft picks


Three of the groups who selected quarterbacks within the first spherical of the 2021 draft have veterans in place as bridge starters. Spherical 1 picks normally earn beginning jobs early, however that’s not at all times the case. A number of incumbents all through historical past have held off hotshot prospects. Listed below are the signal-callers who both made prime picks wait years or modified groups’ plans altogether.


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The No. 62 total choose in 2014, Jimmy Garoppolo was not anticipated to take over for Tom Brady inside a 12 months or two. However Brady endured a down 2013, resulting in the Patriots taking a second-round QB for the primary time in Brady’s tenure. Garoppolo fared effectively throughout Brady’s Deflategate ban in 2016, regardless of lacking a while attributable to an harm throughout that window, and noticed his inventory rise across the league. With Brady returning to type, the Pats dealt Garoppolo months forward of a doable 2018 franchise tag resolution. Brady and Robert Kraft could or could not have engineered the transfer, and the legendary starter performed two extra seasons in New England.


Donovan McNabb

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The Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb within the 2007 second spherical, forward of McNabb’s age-31 season. Accidents in 2005 and ’06 had restricted McNabb to 19 video games in that span, and the staff started to groom Kolb as an inheritor obvious. Lastly wholesome, McNabb re-emerged and restored the Eagles as a contender within the late 2000s. Philly superior to a fifth NFC title recreation underneath McNabb, and he made the Professional Bowl a 12 months later. In 2009, Andy Reid signed off on a controversial Michael Vick signing, signaling the top was coming for Kolb in Philly. Vick succeeded McNabb in 2010, and the Eagles despatched Kolb to the Cardinals for a second-round choose and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in ’11.


Derek Anderson

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Regardless of the Browns buying and selling again into the 2007 first spherical to draft Brady Quinn, the group’s plans modified that fall. A Ravens sixth-rounder in 2005, Anderson was in Cleveland later that 12 months. He ended up changing Charlie Frye for good early within the 2007 season, main the Browns to 10 wins and changing into the franchise’s solely Professional Bowl QB for the reason that 1999 rebirth. The Browns gave Anderson a three-year, $24 million deal in 2008. He couldn’t replicate his ’07 success, however Quinn made simply 12 begins in three seasons. The Browns dealt the Notre Dame alum to the Broncos for Peyton Hillis and picks in 2010.


Kurt Warner

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Probably the most profitable Cardinals stretch for the reason that Nineteen Forties got here after a Matt Leinart harm. Arizona drafted the USC star tenth total in 2006, and he shortly changed Warner because the starter. The Playing cards gave Warner a modest one-year deal in 2005 and re-upped him on a three-year, $18M pact in ’06. He didn’t present his former MVP type at this level, and Leinart beat him out for the 2007 QB1 gig. A season-ending Leinart harm thrust Warner again into the lineup, and he started to thrive with the Playing cards’ loaded wideout corps. They have been in Tremendous Bowl XLIII a 12 months later. Warner stored the job, and Leinart didn’t take over after Warner’s retirement.


Brett Favre

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Aaron Rodgers did ultimately take over and has matched Favre in MVPs. However this counts. No first-round QB on this period waited this lengthy to take the reins. Of the 47 quarterbacks chosen in Spherical 1 between 2005 and 2020, Rodgers was the one one to not make a begin in his first three seasons. Favre prolonged his ironman streak however threw an NFL-high 29 INTs in 2005. He stored his job and authored a comeback season in 2007, guiding the Packers to the NFC championship recreation. Retirement No. 1 adopted quickly after, resulting in an ungainly Rodgers transition. Eerily acquainted territory.


Steve Young

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Younger was a USFL star and an ill-fated Buccaneers starter earlier than an uncommon mid-career apprenticeship behind Joe Montana commenced. Younger was solely going into his seventh season because the 49ers’ starter in 1997, however he was set to show 36. The 49ers drafted Virginia Tech’s Jim Druckenmiller within the ’97 first spherical. Earlier Younger backup Elvis Grbac had signed with the Chiefs that 12 months, however Druckenmiller ended up posing no risk. He made one profession begin and was traded to the Dolphins for a seventh-round choose in 1999. The 49ers discovered Younger’s inheritor obvious that 12 months, signing CFL standout Jeff Garcia. 


John Elway

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Elway led the Broncos to a 12-4 file and the AFC championship recreation in 1991, at age 31. He was arguably the NFL’s prime quarterback on the time. Dan Reeves and Co. then eschewed Denver’s extensive receiver must draft Tommy Maddox twenty fifth total in 1992. This weird resolution preceded Reeves’ firing at season’s finish. Maddox did find yourself beginning 4 video games for an injured Elway in ’92, becoming a member of Shawn Moore in a wildly uncommon setup when Elway’s backups rotated each play in an entertaining loss to the Cowboys. However he was passed by ’94. Elway stored his job till his 1999 retirement and have become the Nineteen Nineties’ All-Decade first-team QB.


Chris Miller

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Miller outlasting a extremely drafted quarterback was a disastrous growth for the Falcons. Atlanta drafted Brett Favre thirty third total in 1991. The Southern Miss product proved immature and erratic as a rookie, seeing two of his 4 tried passes intercepted. The much less gifted Miller, Atlanta’s starter since 1988, had his greatest season in ’91. He led the “2 Legit 2 Stop” Falcons to the playoffs and made the Professional Bowl. This proved troublesome as a result of the Falcons traded Favre to the Packers for a first-round choose in 1992. Miller suffered an harm that 12 months and was now not the starter by ’93. 


Jay Schroeder

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The early-’90s AFC West featured massive QB misses. The Broncos and Seahawks (Dan McGwire, 1991) noticed the Raiders’ bust overshadow theirs. Regardless of the Raiders going 12-4 in 1990 with the cannon-armed Schroeder, Al Davis drafted Marinovich within the ’91 first spherical. Schroeder stored his job over the uncooked rookie for 15 video games, however Artwork Shell began Marinovich in Week 17 and in Los Angeles’ wild-card recreation. He threw 4 INTs in a loss to the Chiefs. Marinovich battled a drug drawback in his two Raiders years and misplaced his job to Schroeder for good in 1992. The Raiders lower him quickly after. Like JaMarcus Russell years later, Marinovich by no means performed once more.


Rodney Peete

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The Houston Cougars’ Run and Shoot offense propelled each Andre Ware and David Klingler into top-10 picks. Neither panned out. Ware, who threw 46 TD passes in 1989 and gained the Heisman Trophy, went to the Lions in 1990. Detroit was utilizing Mouse Davis’ Run and Shoot, with Davis as offensive coordinator, giving Ware an attention-grabbing alternative. He was unable to grab the Lions’ beginning job from Peete, a 1989 sixth-round choose. Peete performed till 2004, bouncing round as a backup and occasional starter. He served because the Lions’ major starter till 1993, limiting Ware to 6 profession begins in 4 seasons.


Steve DeBerg

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DeBerg managed to function a mentor for Joe Montana, John Elway, and Vinny Testaverde throughout his prime, however his most memorable NFL chapter got here in his mid-30s. Kansas Metropolis acquired DeBerg from Tampa Bay in 1988 and put in him as its starter. Within the Carl Peterson- Marty Schottenheimer regime’s first draft, the Chiefs selected Mike Elkins thirty second total. They missed badly on the choose. The Wake Forest alum — 1989’s second QB drafted, behind Troy Aikman — performed in a single recreation earlier than being lower in 1991. A play-action maestro, DeBerg began for 4 seasons and led the Chiefs to 2 playoff berths. 


Dave Krieg

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The Seahawks made an enormous transfer in 1988, buying and selling three picks — together with a first-rounder — for Kelly Stouffer. The Cardinals drafted Stouffer sixth total in 1987 however couldn’t signal him; they despatched his rights to the Seahawks. Seattle had a longtime starter in Dave Krieg, who had led them to 2 playoff berths earlier within the decade. Krieg didn’t relinquish his job, making the Professional Bowl in 1988 and ’89 and beginning via the 1991 season. Stouffer did throw a landing move after breaking his nostril on a play, however he didn’t throw an NFL move after 1992. Krieg succeeded DeBerg with the Chiefs that 12 months and performed till age 40.


Warren Moon

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Moon’s presence steered his potential successor to a different staff with out ever donning an Oilers uniform. Houston gained the Moon sweepstakes in 1984, giving him a then-record contract to come back over from the CFL. The Oilers went 7-23 in his first two years and selected Jim Everett third total in 1986. This unusual choose led to an uncommon commerce. Everett didn’t signal an Oilers supply, with Moon looming because the starter, and the Rams made a monster proposal to accumulate the rookie that September. The commerce ended up serving to each groups. Moon, 30 on the time, stored his beginning job till 1993 and led the Oilers to seven playoff berths.


Bill Kenney

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The Chiefs not solely handed on Dan Marino in 1983 however missed Jim Kelly as effectively. Kansas Metropolis selected Todd Blackledge seventh total. This choose hung over the franchise for many years; the Chiefs didn’t draft a first-round QB once more till Patrick Mahomes. Kenney had been with the Chiefs since 1980, serving as their major starter forward of the Blackledge choose. Kenney not solely made the 1983 Professional Bowl however began 55 video games after Blackledge’s arrival. The veteran led the Chiefs to the playoffs in 1986, although Blackledge began the wild-card recreation, and outlasted his would-be successor in Kansas Metropolis. DeBerg changed him in 1988.


Lynn Dickey

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Within the information now for a controversial first-round quarterback choose, the Packers have botched just a few first-round calls at this place. One such resolution got here in 1981 when Inexperienced Bay selected Wealthy Campbell sixth total. The Packers traded for Dickey in 1976, sending John Hadl — for whom they traded two first-rounders in 1974 — to the Oilers. Dickey, 32 in 1981, didn’t come particularly near shedding his job. Campbell performed in solely seven video games in his four-year profession and by no means began. Dickey stored his job via the 1985 season. He amassed an NFL-most 4,458 passing yards in 1983; that complete stays second in Packers historical past.


Jim Plunkett

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Marc Wilson performed 11 NFL seasons and was with the Raiders for eight of them, however the 1980 first-round choose couldn’t set up himself because the staff’s clear-cut starter. The Silver and Black gained two Tremendous Bowls within the ’80s; Plunkett was on the sector for each. The previous top-three choose washed out of New England and San Francisco and waited behind Ken Stabler for a bit within the late Seventies, however he acquired his likelihood in 1980 and made the Raiders the primary wild-card Tremendous Bowl champs. Plunkett staved off Wilson in 1983 as effectively, main the staff to a different title. Plunkett and Wilson break up time till the previous’s 1987 retirement.


Ken Anderson

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Anderson’s mid-career dip has helped impede a Corridor of Fame induction, and the Bengals drafted an inheritor obvious hopeful in 1979. They took Jack Thompson third total, however the “Throwin’ Samoan” couldn’t unseat Anderson. He began simply 5 video games as a Bengal, the majority of these coming throughout an Anderson harm spell in 1980. In 1981, Anderson rebounded and gained MVP acclaim. The Bengals booked their first Tremendous Bowl berth that season, and Thompson’s path turned blocked. Nonetheless, Cincy someway acquired the 1984 No. 1 total choose from Tampa Bay for Thompson in a 1983 commerce. Anderson completed a 16-year profession in 1986.


Jim Hart

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By far the longest-tenured beginning quarterback in Cardinals historical past, Hart took over as St. Louis’s starter in 1967 and largely stored the gig via his age-37 season in 1981. Hart thrived throughout Don Coryell’s mid-Seventies tenure, making the Professional Bowl annually from 1974-77. The Playing cards, although, used a first-round choose on St. Louis native Steve Pisarkiewicz in ’77; the choose induced bother. Possession ended up canning Coryell successor Bud Wilkinson in 1979, largely for his reluctance to show to the youthful quarterback. The Playing cards lower Pisarkiewicz in 1980. Neil Lomax turned Hart’s eventual successor.


John Hadl

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One of many Sid Gillman-era quarterbacks to steer the Chargers to an AFL Championship Sport, Hadl was the offensive innovator’s major passer as a professional coach. Nonetheless, after Hadl led the league in landing passes (and interceptions) in 1968, the Bolts took Marty Domres within the 1969 first spherical. The Columbia alum arrived when Hadl was nonetheless in his 20s and didn’t find yourself being San Diego’s successor. Hadl made two extra Professional Bowls as a Charger and stayed the starter till 1972. Domres made simply six San Diego begins and requested a commerce in ’72; the Chargers ended up receiving a first-round choose from the Colts within the deal.


Bart Starr

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The Packers started getting ready for all times after Starr within the weeks following Tremendous Bowl I. Two months after Starr’s MVP effort in that recreation, Inexperienced Bay drafted Don Horn twenty fifth total. A Coryell product whereas the famed aerial architect was at San Diego State, Horn sat behind Starr and backup Zeke Bratkowski in 1967 — which led to one other Packers Tremendous Bowl title. Horn had moments — together with a then-record 410-yard, five-TD recreation in 1969 — however Starr caught round via the 1971 season. Horn went 4-2 as a Packer starter, however new coach Dan Devine dealt him to Denver forward of Starr’s remaining season. 


John Brodie

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Brodie joined the 49ers as a No. 3 total choose in 1957, and after ready behind Y.A. Tittle, took over in 1960. The 49ers traded Tittle a 12 months later, however one other challenger emerged as Brodie performed into his 30s. San Francisco drafted Steve Spurrier third total in 1967; the long run faculty sideline icon sat behind the thirtysomething starter for many of his profession. Brodie bounced again from harm in 1969 to grow to be the NFL’s first post-merger MVP in 1970. The growing older QB led the 49ers to a few straight NFC championship video games from 1970-72. Although Spurrier noticed motion amid Brodie’s accidents, he by no means turned a full-time starter as a 49er.


Len Dawson

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Solid off in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, the previous top-10 choose sprang to life in Dallas. Dawson led the Texans to the 1962 AFL title and have become the Chiefs’ franchise QB months later when the Texans moved to Kansas Metropolis. In 1964, nevertheless, the Chiefs gained a bidding battle with the Lions for Pete Beathard — chosen within the prime 5 of the AFL and NFL drafts. Sadly for Beathard, a favourite of then-Chiefs exec and future NFL GM Don Klosterman, Dawson didn’t lose his grip on the job. The longer term Corridor of Famer led Kansas Metropolis to 2 Tremendous Bowls and performed till 1975. The Chiefs dealt Beathard to the Oilers in 1967.


Roman Gabriel

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After making a blockbuster commerce to draft Gabriel second total in 1962, the Rams unusually chosen quarterbacks (Terry Baker and Invoice Munson) within the 1963 and ’64 first rounds. Useful resource administration was totally different again then. The Rams stored all three on the roster for 3 years, however Gabriel was the prize. Munson and Gabriel every noticed intensive QB1 time from 1964-65, however a Munson knee harm led to Gabriel seizing the job for good. Profitable an MVP and main the Rams to a 32-7-3 file from 1967-69, Gabriel stayed L.A.’s starter till a 1973 commerce. The Rams traded Munson to the Lions in 1968.

Sam Robinson is a Kansas Metropolis, Mo.-based author who principally writes concerning the NFL. He has lined sports activities for practically 10 years. Boxing, the Royals and Pandora stations that includes feminine rock protagonists are a few of his go-tos. Sometimes attention-grabbing tweets @SRobinson25.


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