The issue is, that’s not that valuable. You can argue that in today’s NFL, your ability to block and catch out of the backfield is more important than running the football.
Historically speaking, only five first-round quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Robert Griffin III, Dan Marino, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson) were significantly above-average passers as rookies. As we’ve seen with the development of players like Derek Carr, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, quarterbacks are often far better in their second year than first.
With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine that first-round quarterback Josh Allen, even without taking into account his supporting cast, would be an above-average passer immediately. When you take into account his supporting cast, the projection gets worse.
Joe Flacco (started):
Flacco was given the job after Kyle Boller went down with an injury and Troy Smith got sick. When Smith returned healthy, the team reluctantly left Flacco in as the guy, which of course was the right call.
Flacco led a Ravens team that went 5-11 the year prior to the playoffs. He then became the first rookie QB in NFL history to win two road playoff games before a tight AFC championship game loss to the rival Steelers.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz was clear and confident in his decision to start Stafford right off the bat after the rookie beat out veteran Daunte Culpepper for the job. That might have a little bit to do with the massive amount of money Stafford was given as the No. 1 overall pick.
2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams or the recently traded for Jamar Taylor have to be the clubhouse leaders to fill in for Williams, but there is no must-start cornerback on the roster other than Patrick Peterson. Either way, the loss of a starting cornerback, an every-down safety-slot hybrid and a defensive coordinator, with no proven replacements, is a recipe for disaster.
Up until the draft, the Atlanta Falcons had no functional body that they could plug in at nose tackle to replace Dontari Poe. Poe, a 2017 signing, spent one year with the Falcons before signing a long-term deal with the Carolina Panthers to replace Star Lotulelei.