2005 NFL Draft 1st Rd. QB Comps: Should Johnny Manziel Sit This Year?

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Jun 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws passing drills during the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp at University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2005 NFL Draft

Alex Smith

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
Yes Grade D C C

The Alex Smith that played his last 2 seasons with the 49ers and then last year with the Chiefs was not the Alex Smith of his first year, or first 3 years. His rookie season was a disaster. In and out of the lineup, throwing 1 touchdown to 11 INTs. His second season he played all 16 games and was stellar compared to his rookie season, but that isn’t saying much. His third season Smith was hurt, a historical issue for him, and only played in 7 games. The constant change in offensive coordinators and coaching staff have impacted him in his career. He stabilized in 2011 but then lost his job to Colin Kaepernick due to injury in 2012. He played well with the Chiefs last year but may be the limitation on the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs could look to replace him after this season.

Aaron Rodgers

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
No Grade N/A N/A A

Rodgers career started behind Brett Favre, for 3 years, meaning his grades are skewed. His career grade is obvious. He is a Franchise Guy and when he isn’t available the Packers are in trouble. Rodgers benefited from sitting behind Favre and developing over time. For the Packers fans it seemed like a waste of a first round pick but they wouldn’t trade it for anything at this point. For the Browns sitting Manziel for 3 years isn’t probably an option but could Hoyer hold him off for 2 years?

Jason Campbell

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
No Grade N/A C C

Campbell is a reminder in what happens when a QB has little to no consistency in his coaching staff, even more then Alex Smith. There was a time that Campbell had 7 OCs in 6 years, including in college. His two best seasons were actually his last with the teams he had those seasons with. He started 16 games in ’09 throwing for over 3,ooo yards and completing over 64% of his passes. Mike Shanahan came in, traded for Donovan McNabb, and traded Campbell to the Raiders. In Campbell’s second, and last, he started off well before injuring his collarbone. That led the Raiders to trade for Carson Palmer. Campbell spent last year with the Browns giving part time relief to a team struggling. All and all Campbell showed he could win a couple games but coaching staffs often looking to replace him.