Is this draft void of franchise quarterbacks?

For the second year in a row, I'm beginning to wonder if the NFL draft has zero franchise quarterbacks.

Despite the fact they're expected to be taken early, major questions surround Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. The popular belief is that those guys have had their stock inflated by the fact so many teams are desperate for answers at the quarterback position. 

No surprise there. You've gotta swing the bat, and Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Brandon Weeden, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder have all failed to deliver in the last three years alone. It really is a crapshoot, but general managers can't help themselves (aside from maybe David Caldwell of the Jaguars).

Phil Simms sees where I'm coming from:

Manziel could the first quarterback off the board, but he's taken the most heat. Whether it's Barry Switzer referring to him as an "arrogant little prick" or Ron Jaworski saying he won't last three games playing like he did at Texas A&M,

Bortles' college coach wouldn't even call him a franchise quarterback. A scout called Bridgewater a second-round pick. Hell, Simms even said that he'd take Geno Smith, who had a terrible rookie season in New York, over any of these guys

So where have all the good quarterbacks gone? Or are our expectations just wonky after what Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson did two years ago?

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.