The Complete List of Current NFL Starting Quarterbacks Drafted in Rounds Three or Later

The Complete List of Current NFL Starting Quarterbacks Drafted in Rounds Three or Later

As we prepare for Foles Fever to descend on Washington this
Sunday, it would be wise to consider the somewhat long odds Nick Foles faces if
he is to become a fulltime starting quarterback in the NFL. After all, there
are not many chosen in the third round of the draft or beyond who go on to
have successful careers.

For your consideration, Eagles’ third-string QB Trent
Edwards is a former third-round pick once handed the keys to a franchise.
Three-and-a-half years and 32 starts later, the Stanford grad was traded to
Jacksonville, then spent the 2011 season out of football altogether after he failed to make the Raiders. I repeat, the Raiders.

Okay, so Edwards was handed the keys in Buffalo, which is
not so much the Cadillac of franchises as it is the 15-year-old Corolla with the dent in the
fender. Then again, the Eagles are likely headed for a trip to the body shop
themselves.

The point is, third rounders are long shots to become
productive signal callers who lead long careers. However, it can be done
though. There are currently six starting quarterbacks in the league who were
selected after the 64th pick, but we’ve gotta tell you, the list is
a bit of a mixed bag.

Russell Wilson: 3rd
Round, 75th Overall – 2012

Chosen 13 picks ahead of Foles, Wilson beat out free agent
Matt Flynn for the job in training camp, and has the Seahawks out to a 6-4 record. Much of
the credit for that goes to the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense, but the undersized
Wilson (5-11) has been smart with the football, completing 62% of his passes
while limiting his interceptions to 8. Wilson is mobile, which adds another
dimension to his game, and were it not for his small stature, might have gone
higher in the draft. The jury is out on how high the ceiling is, but so far, so
good in Seattle.

Matt Schaub: 3rd
Round, 90th Overall – 2004

The Falcons selected Schaub the season after Vick missed
most of the year with a broken leg, recognizing even then that freewheeling
style would get any quarterback hurt. Schaub wound up starting two games in
three seasons for Atlanta, but those 161 pass attempts were enough to convince
the Texans to trade a pair of second round picks to acquire the backup. Now in
his sixth season with Houston, Schaub has a pair of 4,000-yard campaigns under
his belt, but those are the only two full seasons he’s played thanks to
injuries. At 31 years old, and with a dominant rushing attack and defense to
fall back on, the Virginia product has fallen more into a game manager role,
but is still more than capable of leading the attack.

Tom Brady: 6th
Round, 199th Overall – 2000

A man who needs no introduction, Brady is a seven-time Pro
Bowler, two-time league MVP, and three-time Super Bowl champion with the New
England Patriots. He’s led the NFL in passing yards twice, touchdown passes
three times, and is still going strong at 35. Obviously, nobody saw any of it
coming when he left Michigan, and none of it may have ever happened at all were
it not for an injury to Drew Bledsoe in 2001. Comparing just about anybody in
any situation to Brady would be foolish.

Matt Cassel: 7th
Round, 230th Overall – 2005

Cassel famously never started a game at USC, which is enough
to make anybody wonder why the Patriots took him in the first place. Apparently
it was so they could fleece the Chiefs a few years down the road. Cassel earned
himself a trip to the Pro Bowl when Brady was knocked out for a year, throwing for
3,600 yards and 21 touchdowns, which of course was back when Randy Moss was
still a beast. Kansas City then sent the 34th overall pick to New
England the following offseason to acquire Cassel, and it’s been all downhill
since. Cassel has become just as turnover-prone as Vick, producing 21 so far in
2012, and he would have lost his job by now to Brady Quinn of all people were
it not for a concussion. Can be hidden in an offense loaded with playmakers,
but is no substitute for a franchise quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 7th
Round, 250th Overall – 2005

A bit of an incredible story, Fitzpatrick is a Harvard grad
playing in the NFL. Originally taken by the St. Louis Rams, Fitz saw some
playing time in his rookie season as the organization was beginning to crumble.
He handled himself well all things considered, but didn’t get another opportunity
until he went to Cincinnati. Wound up starting 12 games for the Bengals in ’08,
showing signs of improvement. Fitzpatrick left for Buffalo as a free agent in the offseason, where he’s made the best use of his education yet: convincing somebody to
make him a franchise quarterback. Fitzpatrick threw for over 3,800 yards last
season, but also led the league with 23 picks. He’s having another up-and-down
season for the Bills, and has a 20-37-1 record all-time. Granted Fitz has only
played for bad teams, but we’ve more than likely witnessed his ceiling.

Tony Romo: Undrafted Free
Agent, 2003

You don’t see many of these floating around. Romo came all
the way from being an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Illinois to becoming the
starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He entered training camp that year
as the third-string quarterback because at the time the organization was floundering
with Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson. Romo then spent some time behind Vinny
Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe before finally seizing the job in ’06. As we can
all attest, Romo has been able to put up some excellent numbers to his credit,
but hasn’t been able to win many big games, and the Cowboys always seem to be
in disarray.

Of course, while there are six of these mid-to-late-round
picks playing in the NFL today, there are innumerable more who never make it,
never even get their opportunity, names you might not even recognize. Aside from Brady, which simply wouldn’t be
fair, probably the best case scenario here for comparison’s sake would be
Schaub. But as you can see, even some of the guys that have managed to cling to
their jobs aren’t exactly the caliber of quarterback fans will be hoping for from Foles.

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Seth Smith would be a logical, low-cost trade target for Phillies

Seth Smith would be a logical, low-cost trade target for Phillies

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday night he'd still like another veteran bat in addition to Howie Kendrick, though he understands the front office is conscious of not blocking young prospects.

The Phillies need offense and the clearest area to upgrade is an outfield corner. But don't expect to see the Phils go after Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders or anyone of that ilk, because those players will require multi-year guarantees and everyday playing time. If you sign one of them, you're basically telling two of Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr that they won't be needed much the next three years. 

That would be unwise. The whole point of rebuilding is filling a roster with young, inexpensive talent and then eventually supplementing that core with established players who fit. Look at what the Cubs did. Look at what the Astros are doing now, adding older players like Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick to fill in the holes around Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman.

For that reason, a player like Seth Smith would be a worthwhile addition for the Phillies.

Smith, 34, makes $7 million in 2017, the final year of his contract with the Mariners. When Mackanin discusses "professional hitters," Smith is the type. He has one of the better batting eyes in baseball, chasing about eight percent fewer pitches outside the strike zone the last three years than the league average.

He's a career .261/.344/.447 hitter who averages 29 doubles, 16 homers, 56 walks and 102 strikeouts per 162 games.

The left-handed Smith can play both outfield corners, and he's always been very effective against right-handed pitching. He has a .272 career batting average with an .827 OPS against righties compared to .202 with a .594 OPS vs. lefties. 

Smith is a fit for the Phillies for several reasons. They need more offense from the corner outfield. Logically, that outfielder should be a left-handed hitter because the Phillies' projected middle of the order has four right-handed bats in Maikel Franco, Tommy Joseph, Cameron Rupp and Kendrick.

Furthermore, Smith, unlike Saunders, for example, does not require everyday playing time. Smith shouldn't start against lefties. That would provide opportunities to Altherr and Quinn in 2017, while protecting against ineffectiveness from Altherr and another injury to Quinn.

And lastly, Smith is not going to cost anything meaningful via trade. He's a 34-year-old platoon player in the final year of his deal. The Phillies could likely land him for an insignificant prospect, perhaps a pitcher who had a high strikeout rate last season in the low levels of the minor leagues. 

For Seattle, it would be more of a salary dump. The Mariners' 2016 payroll is already $20 million more than it was last year, and per reports, they seem willing to spend to improve their starting rotation.

Smith is not a game-changer, that's not the argument here. He's not J.D. Martinez, a much bigger name and better player. Martinez would also fit the Phillies as a one-year option, and they'd likely be interested in keeping him around longer if they could acquire him. But any trade with the Tigers for Martinez wouldn't be nearly as painless for the Phils as acquiring Smith. 

So perhaps more than other available outfielders, Smith would be an offensive upgrade and a player who fits the Phillies' goal of improving without stunting a top prospect's growth.

Connor McDavid, Oilers' speed, skill present Flyers with 'real good challenge'

Connor McDavid, Oilers' speed, skill present Flyers with 'real good challenge'

VOORHEES, N.J. — They are among the very best – and highest scoring — lines in the NHL this season.
 
And they’re gunning for the Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
Connor McDavid’s unit with Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl have a combined 30 goals and 78 points worth of offense. 
 
Among them, the lightning quick McDavid leads the NHL with 36 points. All 11 of his goals are even strength. 
 
He doesn’t have a single power-play goal, but is tied for the league lead with several players, including Claude Giroux, with 10 power-play assists.
 
You can expect to see Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s unit with Chris VandeVelde and Dale Weise against this line with defenseman Ivan Provorov drawing McDavid for the first time this season.
 
“Speed and skill that Edmonton has up front presents a real good challenge for our team,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “We have to be better with the puck tomorrow. 
 
“We didn’t do enough when we had the puck. Gave it up a little too easily and because of that, you end up playing defense a lot of the night and that’s what happened last night to us.”
 
Bellemare, who had his share of forward battles with Jaromir Jagr in Tuesday, likes to analyze the matchups against McDavid.
 
“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Bellemare said of the 19-year-old McDavid. “It’s tough not to be excited when playing against a guy who plays like this. He competes every second he is on the ice. That line is an impressive line.”
 
The Flyers better have some bad, choppy ice to slow McDavid down. Edmonton has some of the fastest ice in the league and the Oilers use it to their full advantage. 
 
Asked of McDavid’s tendencies, Bellemare said, “Is that a tendency? To be super fast?”
 
Yes it is. 
 
“When you play against them, he is a kid who is freaky fast right from the start,” Bellemare said. “Against that line, you saw [against Buffalo] that everyone knows how fast he is and he still had two breakaways.”
 
Which means the Flyers need to watch their turnovers, especially in the neutral zone where McDavid can go 60 feet in a flash.
 
“Even blue line to the top of the circle, you can’t turn the puck over,” Bellemare said. “Or he’s gone. This is a tendency we have to be careful of. All of the ice, you can’t give him any time or space. The less time you give him, the bigger chance you have to frustrate a player like this.”
 
Bellemare did some talking with Jagr a couple times in Tuesday’s game. So did Provorov. Bellemare says it helps to add psychology to the mix.
 
“You try to be in his face,” Bellemare said. “If you can win that battle against that line and our first line can win the battle against their fourth line, then it’s a win-win situation. I was trying to be in [Jagr’s] face.”
 
Jagr actually got angrier at Provorov and it showed with his hooking calls. But when Bellemare and Jagr went into the corner, Jagr got testy with his stick there as well.
 
“He was trying to give it to me a little harder,” Bellemare said. “Exactly what I need. If he is less focused on the puck, then maybe I have a chance to win that puck.”
 
McDavid’s focus will be solely on the puck.
 
“McDavid has been playing some pretty good hockey,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “They’re a high-tempo team. A smart team. We’ve got to be ready.”
 
Loose pucks
Boyd Gordon came off long term injured reserve onto the active roster to give the Flyers 13 forwards. In doing that, Matt Read (oblique pull) went on injured reserve. … Defenseman Michael Del Zotto will sit against the Oilers while Radko Gudas returns from an illness. Gudas will be paired with Mark Streit, as Ivan Provorov remains with Andrew MacDonald for now. … Steve Mason, who did not practice Wednesday, will start in goal.