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Fox sees QB, WR as high risk

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2011 – 7:40 am

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was asked an interesting question at the NFL combine late last month. He was asked if there were positions he considered to be low risk in the draft. Instead of saying what positions were low risk he hinted at the ones he felt were high risk.

”When you’re dealing with people, it’s all a risk,” he said. “Quarterback and receiver are high (risk) at the other end as far as success rate.
But, really, it’s all a risk.”

Fox is right about quarterbacks being high risk, but there are reasons why. First, quarterback is the hardest position to project to the NFL. It’s the most cerebral position on the field and requires an accurate measure of work ethic, competitiveness, leadership and confidence. Some of those qualities are difficult to measure off of game tape. Second, since every team wants a franchise quarterback value for signal callers tends to get inflated come the draft and some teams take greater risk on a quarterback prospect as a result. That greater risk can lead to more misses.

Of course Fox is also right in stating that it’s all a risk. That’s the inexact science of the draft.


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