Originally written October 19, 2013 on Football Nation:
Move on over 1983. When it comes to quarterbacks, you may finally have some competition.The names that were announced 30 years ago at the NFL Draft will forever be linked to some of the greatest football ever played in the modern era. Elway, Blackledge, Kelly, Eason, O’Brien and Marino.Six names, four who played in Super Bowls, one who won two rings and one who owned every passing record imaginable until some guy named Favre came around.The fact is, other draft classes have tried to duplicate the success of this half dozen, but none have succeeded - yet. The best chance may be the 2012 Class of Luck, Griffin, Wilson and Weeden.I put Weeden on the list because of his draft position, not because he can lay claim to being as good as the others.The 2004 class of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger has been very productive as well.This year is the year of the quarterback in college football. The changes in style, the need to have a dual threat on offense, the cannon arm and...
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