The 1983 NFL draft ushered in a new era in the NFL, with six first-round quarterbacks. That had never happened before and has never happened since. But it may happen now.
The 2018 NFL draft has four quarterbacks who are certain to go in the first round, in USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson appears likely to go in the first round as well, and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph has visited with several teams in need of a quarterback and may find himself going in the first round as well.
In this situation, I would try to convince the player and his agent that we would pay him more than he would receive if he were to be cut and picked up by a new team. I would offer incentives to give the player opportunities to recoup most or all of the lost salary. I’d also say that if he rejected the pay cut and opted to be traded (which would likely require a restructured contract) or released, he then would have to learn a new system and move away from the city in which he has established roots and maintains close ties to the community. This could be the approach Gaine takes with Watt.
However, pride gets in the way, and a player often makes the unwise decision to play elsewhere for less money, refusing to take a pay cut with incentives from his current team.
The draft will happen in little more than two weeks. For many, the draft boards are set, or damn close to it. So maybe it’s now officially nit-picking time.
That was the reaction during Monday’s PFT Live of Chris Simms to the assessment of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen by former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who shared with Peter King of SI.com two specific critiques of Allen.
Simms pointed out that, without knowing what Allen said to his teammates and/or what Allen had been coached to do in those situations, it’s too hard to know exactly why things happened the way they appeared to be. As to Orlovsky’s other concern — that Allen stares down receivers — Simms seemed to give the issue more credence. But Simms pointed out that every incoming quarterback has flaws, and that he’ll need to be coached to iron out his flaws.