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RGIII and the draft - this is the fun part (#1 of 3)

Update: Part II published here

Alright, slow news day etc. The Redskins are dialed in to RG3, and it seems like vice versa, which is good news. As I have said, I feel like we overpaid a lot, but at this point not much to do about it except hope for the best.

So here is my fun question (at least I think it is kind of fun): What are your expectations for RG3 as a career player? I have taken career QB rating (I know, not perfect) and divided up QBs drafted in the 1st round between 1987 and 2007 (44 of them) into 5 categories: 1) Truly Elite (think P. Manning or Big Ben), 2) Franchise (think Eli, Troy Aitkman, Carson Palmer), 3) Team Manager (Alex Smith, Byron Leftowitz, Drew Bledsoe), 4) Close to Busts (Chris Miller, Trent Dilfer) and 5) True Busts (Andre Ware etc.).

So I am assuming that this is a vote in the top 2 or 3 categories. But just for context, I have added the details and QB rating on every one of the 44 QBs. Hopefully I didn't make too many mistakes. It was definitely a stroll down memory lane to compile the list though (add Kelly Stoufer to the pile of players that I totally forgot existed).

Truly Elite (90+):

Aaron Rodgers (2005, #24, 104.1)

Philip Rivers (2004, #4, 95.5)

Peyton Manning (1998, #1, 94.9)

Ben Roethlesberger (2004, #11, 92.1)

Chad Pennington (2000, #18, 90.1)

Franchise (81-90)

Carson Palmer (2003, #1, 86.3)

Jay Cutler (2006, #11, 84.5)

Donovan McNabb (99, #2, 82.9)

Steve McNair (1995, #3, 82.8)

Jason Campbell (2005, #25, 82.8) (I know, just going by ratings)

Eli Manning (2004, #1, 82.1)

Troy Aitkman (1989, #1, 81.6)

Effective Team Manager 75-81)

Michael Vick (2001, #1, 80.9)

Jeff George (1990, #1, 80.4)

Byron Leftowitz (2003, #7, 79.7)

Jim Harbaugh (1987, #26, 77.6)

Drew Bledsoe (1993, #1, 77.1)

JP Losman (2004, #22, 77.1)

Alex Smith (2005, #1, 76.4)

Tim Couch (1999, #1, 75.1)

Vinny Testaverde (1987, #1, 75)

Close to Busts (70-75)

David Carr (2002, #1, 74.9)

Chris Miller (1987, #13, 74.9)

Patrick Ramsey (2002, #32, 74.9)

Vince Young (2006, #3, 74.4)

Kerry Collins (1995, #5, 73.8)

Matt Leinart (2006, #10, 71.6)

Rex Grossman (2003, #22, 71.4) (unleash the cannon!)

Trent Dilfer (1994), #6, 70.2)

True Busts (<70)

Kyle Boller(2003, #19, 69.5)

Joey Harrington (2002, #3, 69.4)

Cade McNown (1999, #12, 67.7)

Brady Quinn (2007, #22, 66.8)

Todd Marinovich (1991, #24, 66.4)

Jamarcus Russell (2007, #1, 65.2)

David Klingler (1992, #6, 65.1)

Rick Mirer (1993, #2, 63.5)

Andre Ware (1990, #7, 63.5)

Kelly Stoufer (1987, #6, 54.5)

Heath Shuler (1994, #3, 54.3) (ugh)

Akili Smith (1999, #3, 52.8)

Dan McGwire (1991, #16, 52.3)

Ryan Leaf (1998, #2, 50.0)

Jim Druckenmiller (1997, #26, 29.5). Yes that's right 29.5.

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