It seems that a lot of people are up in arms about the recent signing of vets Seneca Wallace
and Luke McCown
. I think this scramble and panic mentality is a bit premature. Chase Daniel
was a very easy-to-like guy, and everyone loved to root for him... But did anyone really feel we were safe if the keys to our offensive Ferrari were turned over to him? I certainly did not. Maybe it's time to start looking to the future, but we are in no worse shape at the backup position now then we have been the last few seasons.
I don't have much hope for McCown, but he is a veteran arm to put on the depth chart. Wallace, however, I feel is a very good pickup. Wallace is entering his 9th season, having played in 62 games. He holds a career completion percentage of 57%. He has tossed 31 TDs to only 18 INTs. These aren't overwhelming numbers, but more than capable for a backup. Basically, Seneca Wallace can be a perfectly good "stop-gap". Hey, a lot of teams are using stop-gap players in their starting lineup. We are using this as our backup. There is nothing wrong with that.
We are strapped in the draft this season having only 5 picks. With so many holes on the roster, we really need to address other positions before backup QB. An UDFA would be okay, trying to find lightning in a bottle, but I would not use one of our 5 picks on a QB this season. We will enter a much better draft scenario next season, and the QB talent is much better in next years class....
I wouldn't necessarily be in favor of taking a QB in round 1 next year, but here are some of the names available: Teddy Bridgewater, Logan Thomas, Johnny Manziel, Tahj Boyd, Aaron Murray. All these guys look like legitimate prospects, and could all very well go first round.
Some names I would keep an eye on:
AJ McCarron - I can see him going in the 2-4 round. He could use a few years to sit behind Brees, and turn in to our future starter at QB.
David Fales - From San Jose St, I have actually seen this guy projected in the 1st. I don't know that he goes this high, but he has a lot of potential.
And a few middle to later round guys who I would watch out for: Stephen Morris (U of Miami), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), James Franklin (Mizzou), Keith Price (UW), Derek Carr (Fresno St).
So try not to panic so much about our backup QB situation. Next year's draft will have many more options to pick from, and a few more picks at our disposal. We will be in good shape. Who Dat!
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