Dallas Cowboys: Hot Takes From 2019 NFL Scouting Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Linebacker Josh Allen of Kentucky works out during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Linebacker Josh Allen of Kentucky works out during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

4 Quarterbacks will be selected in the Top 20, 3 coming in the Top 10…

This seems to be a recurring theme from draft to draft and I expect nothing less this year. The issue is this QB class doesn’t compare to last year’s. Like at all. Kyler is the undisputed 1, Haskins is probably the undisputed 2 and Lock follows up next. However, Haskins and Lock aren’t good enough for a traditional Top 10 pick.

That’s just how important the QB position is in this day and age… The next quarterback I expect to be drafted in the Top 20 is Daniel Jones. Jones in most classes would be a late Day 2 pick but he finds himself near the top because it’s this class. So what are the teams that could land these 4 players.

It seems no matter how many times Kliff Kingsbury says Josh Rosen “is our guy,” we’ll connect Murray to the Cardinals at one. I personally don’t see much sense in that decision. With a team that is in serious need of supporting talent, selecting a QB first overall in a draft dominated with defensive and offensive line talent is insane.

In addition, Murray fits Kingsbury’s offense better than Rosen because he’s very mobile. The idea that Rosen “is a terrible fit” in his updated Air Raid offense is hysterical. Kingsbury has coached Case Keenum, Johnny Manizel, Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb, and Pat Mahomes. The only guy in this list that is mobile is Manziel. Mahomes is still a pocket passer no matter how much he scrambles outside the pocket.

Rosen has better arm talent than everyone other than Mahomes, so the idea that he doesn’t fit with Kingsbury’s offense doesn’t make much sense to begin with. But I digress, it seems Kingsbury wants Murray at No. 1 and they are currently shopping Rosen per James Palmer.

Now with the next two quarterbacks. The QB needy teams in the Top 10 include: Jacksonville, Denver, and New York (Giants). Whether or not Dave Gettleman recognizes the team needs to replace Eli Manning, they are definitely in need of a quarterback. Jacksonville seems inclined to signing Foles in Free Agency and Denver just traded for Joe Flacco.

Both teams look to have Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks at the helm come September, but Foles is currently 30 years old and Joe Flacco is 34 years old. For teams clearly in need of a solution for the long-term they could look to select the best quarterback available at their respective spots.

In all fairness to both teams, having consistent quarterback play would turn the franchises around. Jacksonville is one year removed from an AFC championship run and it hasn’t been too long since the Broncos were in the Super Bowl. The idea of drafting a quarterback knowing they can develop them should at the very least intrigue both franchises.

Would I do this? No. Do I see both teams doing this? Not really. But the possibility is there and for that reason it’s a hot take. These teams are really well built at other positions that if they are patient, they can maybe find themselves a long term solution at the league’s most valuable position.

In the Top 20, the teams needing a quarterback are: Miami, Washington, and just maybe Cincinnati. This is where we can see a lot of movement from these teams into the top 10 if they like a certain player. Last year, the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals traded up to select Josh Allen and Josh Rosen respectively.

It’s not too far fetched to think if Jacksonville or Denver don’t draft a QB now, these other teams will trade up into the Top 10 to select their guy. There are more teams in need of quarterbacks in this part of the round so it’s very likely we see some quarterbacks fall earlier than we’d expect.