NFL contract rules could help Matt Barkley, other QBs get drafted in first round
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 11:05 AM EDT
If the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers had known how favorable the contract rules were going to be at the time of the 2011 NFL draft, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick might have been first-round picks.
As a result, there's a chance that if quarterbacks such as Geno Smith or Matt Barkley slide to the end of the first round, some team with a high second-round pick may trade up for them. A couple of other quarterbacks, such as Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon, could also end up being late-first rounders rather than second-round picks where most draft analysts expect them to be taken.
"If you're going to take high-value positions, like cornerback, defensive end and especially quarterback, this system is set up to take those players at the end of the first round," a contract negotiator from an NFC team said.
That may seem counterintuitive to the seemingly logical assumption that the lower you draft a great player, the better value he is, particularly in a salary-cap system. But that's one of the many glitches in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement between players and management.
"If you're one of those teams at the top of the second round and you like one of them, go get them," an AFC executive said this week when discussing the possibility of Smith and/or Barkley slipping to the second round. "If it was me, I wouldn't hesitate. First, unless I have the first pick of the second round, I'd worry about somebody jumping me. Second, I'd rather have control of that player for an extra year."
Essentially, the contracts for players drafted at the end of the first round give teams a club option for a fifth year at an extremely controlled price. While that advantage also existed under the previous system, many of the tactics that agents and players used to get around that in the past have been eliminated.
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2013 QB draft class may be NFL's most lowly regarded in more than a decade
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 2:05 AM EDT
The NFL draft hasn't been viewed as this mediocre for quarterbacks since 2000.
Then again, "mediocre" is a loose term. While the 2000 draft didn't feature a quarterback drafted until No. 18 overall (Chad Pennington by the New York Jets) and is the last time that a passer didn't go in the first half of the first round, it's the same draft that produced Tom Brady in the sixth round.
That fact should demonstrate just how inexact the science of selecting a can passer be. With that in mind, for all the knocks on guys like Geno Smith of West Virginia, Matt Barkley of USC and many of the other young passers available, who knows what this draft is going to look like in five or 10 years?
Today, however, it looks questionable.
On Thursday, first-year Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians put it in the most telling terms.
"We were going to take the best player available at that position, at No. 7, whether it be a tackle, pass rusher, corner, or quarterback," Arians said on Fox radio before narrowing the field even more. "Right now I don't see a quarterback in this class coming up that would have been in that spot for us. Now, it might be for somebody else, but not for us. Especially with the elite offensive linemen that are out there this year, and defensive linemen."
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