Five quarterbacks were taken in the first 36 picks of the 2011 draft. No one expects that many quarterbacks to go that early this April, although Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III are expected to go 1-2, but this is still a deep draft class for quarterbacks. One scout told Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that "there's five of them that are better than any of them last year."
In other words, Kirk Cousins and Brandon Weeden are better that 2011's No.1 overall pick Cam Newton? There were disagreements about how good Newton was when he came out last year but he ended up having one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.
The scout also said for the record that both Luck and RGIII are "elite" prospects, ," better than the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers-Ben Roethlisberger class that went Nos. 1, 4 and 11, respectively in the ’04 draft and that has won four Super Bowls combined."
Pre-draft predictions are one of America's favorite pastimes so the opinions of the scouts should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, no one going into last year's draft would have predicted Jake Locker to Tennessee at No. 8, Blaine Gabbert to Jacksonville at No. 10, Christian Ponder to Minnesota at No. 12, Andy Dalton to Cincinnati at No. 35 and Colin Kaepernick to San Francisco at No. 36.
Expect to see Tannehill, Cousins, and Weeden go earlier than draft gurus are currently predicting.