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No #1 pick? No QB problem.

Football began in 1995 when the Jaguars played their first season.

In those 19 years, 12 quarterbacks were drafted #1. Here's why that's a bad idea.

In only two of those years can one claim the first overall pick was the best quarterback, let alone the best player. Let's go to the tape.

'98: Peyton Manning. No question

'12: Andrew Luck. Is this even fair?

Now let's look at the horrible mistakes the other 10 teams made.

'99: Couch. Coulda had McNabb at 2 or Culpepper at 11.

01: Vick. Not a terrible choice. But Brees sat there for another 31 picks.

02: Carr. Coulda had Garrard at 108. Quit complainging; he was better than Carr.

03: Palmer. Adequate. The injury probably hurt. Still not a franchise QB.

04: Eli Manning. You could make the argument he's the best of the class, but Rivers (4) and Roethlisberger (11) supporters can make a good case.

05: Alex Smith. Rodgers at 24.

07: Russell. Everybody else drafted that year.

09: Stafford. Okay, he's not horrible, but he's not taking anybody to a Lombardi Trophy.

10: Bradford. Ugh. But just ugh everywhere else QB-wise, too.

11: Newton. Dalton (?) at 13.

My intent is not to say "you shoulda drafted (cough) Wilson (cough)," because there's no such thing as a time machine. The point is that a team doesn't need to draft #1 to get a franchise quarterback, so the Jags not holding that pick isn't a big deal. I'd say it's pretty obvious these 10 QBs weren't even the best player eligible, so bad pick.

So, chin up, Jags fans. If there's a worthy QB, Dave et al will find him.

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