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dberce1 04-10-2005 09:37 AM

Who's the next Roethlisberger?
 
Who's the next Roethlisberger; trouble in Pats-land?

1. Which quarterback will be the closest thing to a Ben Roethlisberger in the 2005 draft?

Given that no one even knew Ben Roethlisberger would turn into a Ben Roethlisberger at this time last year, it's pure conjecture to try and identify the next big thing on the young-quarterback front. And let's not forget that Roethlisberger wound up redefining the standard for rookie quarterback performance with his mind-boggling 15 consecutive victories for the 16-2 Steelers. Alas, we may never see the likes of him again.

But if we had to tab one rookie passer as the most likely candidate to make a sizable impact in 2005, our choice might surprise you. It's not Cal's Aaron Rodgers or Utah's Alex Smith, who figure to be the first two quarterbacks to come off the board in two weeks, possibly in the opening three picks.

It's former Florida State product Adrian McPherson, whose exceptional workouts this spring have been generating real buzz among league personnel types. McPherson will be 22 in early May, and he has one clear-cut advantage over his fellow rookie quarterbacks: He already is a professional, having hung up cartoonish numbers playing for the Arena Football League's Indiana Firebirds in 2004.

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papz 04-10-2005 11:09 AM

Who's the next Roethlisberger?
 
No rookie is going to come in this year and start for a team with an outstanding defense and established offensive players surrounding him like Roethlisberger last year. Unless Brett Favre gets injured, and they draft Charlie Frye, he would probably make the most impact in my opinion. Whoever the 49ers draft (Smith or Rodgers) will struggle and the other one, will probably ride the pine for a year. It is not even a guaruntee that either will start for the 49ers or if the 49ers will draft Edwards instead of a qb. Tim Rattay when healthy was extremely effective as a starter so even if they draft a qb, they would still have to beat him out. It\'s not likely either because Rattay has a good grasp of the offensive and the other two will have a big learning curve to adjust to. Ben didn\'t run the West Coast offensive and his playbook was simplified tremendously. So basically, none.

FireVenturi 04-10-2005 11:32 AM

Who's the next Roethlisberger?
 
I like Charlie Frye.

SaintFanInATLHELL 04-11-2005 06:37 AM

Who's the next Roethlisberger?
 
Quote:

No rookie is going to come in this year and start for a team with an outstanding defense and established offensive players surrounding him like Roethlisberger last year. Unless Brett Favre gets injured, and they draft Charlie Frye, he would probably make the most impact in my opinion. Whoever the 49ers draft (Smith or Rodgers) will struggle and the other one, will probably ride the pine for a year. It is not even a guaruntee that either will start for the 49ers or if the 49ers will draft Edwards instead of a qb. Tim Rattay when healthy was extremely effective as a starter so even if they draft a qb, they would still have to beat him out. It\'s not likely either because Rattay has a good grasp of the offensive and the other two will have a big learning curve to adjust to. Ben didn\'t run the West Coast offensive and his playbook was simplified tremendously. So basically, none.
I would have written a shorter version of this.

So I just wanted to agree and co-sign.

SFIAH


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