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By now, you should have already heard or read the words of NFL Network's Albert Breer on taking a quarterback so high in the draft. If you have not, I will sum it up: A team may be reaching for them and could find themselves with one later on instead.
The debates continue on about the Bucs drafting a quarterback first but Breer's words are something that should be noted. In fact, a quarterback drafted in the first round doesn't necessarily mean he will win a Super Bowl. It may never even mean that quarterback will take his team to the playoffs.
There have been 24 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2005. Of those 2 only two have made it to the Super Bowl — Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV and Joe Flacco in Super Bowl XLVII. Of the remaining 22, only nine have helped their teams reach the playoffs.
Some continue to make mention of the Manning brothers and Ben Roethlisberger as first round quarterbacks to reach or even win Super Bowls. Since 2005, 14 different quarterbacks have appeared in those games.
Just three of them were drafted in the Top 10 of the drafts they were selected in — Peytong Manning was first overall in 1998, Donovan McNabb was second overall in 1999, and Eli Manning was first overall in 2004.
Tampa Bay may or may not draft a quarterback. But if they do, it have been validated that it can be done later in the draft.
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