It's when the foundations of Super Bowl teams are built and decisions that are made that day impact teams for years and years. One big mistake and you may have just ruined your team's championship aspirations. One draft miss and it can lead to a GM's firing.While NFL teams seem to think they can put the pieces of a championship team together in free agency Ryquell Armstead Jersey
, the league's elite teams all built their cores through the draft. The New England Patriots drafted Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Dont'a Hightower. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas Gardner Minshew II Jersey
, Russell Wilson and Kam Chancellor. The Broncos drafted Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas and Chris Harris was signed as an undrafted free agent. Free agents were merely the final pieces to these recent champions. The point is, draft day could be where all is won and lost.Since 2000, the draft has been dissected more and more every year and everybody now thinks they're an expert. In the past 15 years or so Christian Wilkins Jersey
, we've seen major draft decisions that came back to either help or hurt teams. Decisions made 15 years ago are still affecting teams today. Here we will look at the biggest what ifs of the NFL Draft since 2000 and examine how things could have gone differently. Every now and then, a running back or defensive star will capture the attention of teams and scouts everywhere as they rocket to the top of draft boards. For the most part, though, the first round of most NFL Drafts belongs to quarterbacks. Whether you think the modern NFL quarterback gets too much credit or not Michael Deiter Jersey
, the fact of the matter is that NFL history has made it clear that it’s very hard for a team to get anywhere without a franchise quarterback. Some teams have done it, but they are by far the exception to the rule. That’s why every team that has quarterback questions is eager to draft the potential next great player. We’ve even seen teams reach for quarterbacks in the first round just so someone else wouldn’t draft them.The process of drafting a quarterback in the first round is one of the biggest decisions an NFL team will make, but it’s hardly a science. We often see first-round quarterbacks bomb or struggle while undrafted and late-round players manage to thrive. Sometimes, you just don’t know what you’re getting until the quarterback has actually taken the field. Of course Garrett Bradbury Jersey
, that makes it relatively easy for us to look back on where first-round quarterbacks should have been drafted. While that process is hardly a science either, it’s clear that most first-round quarterbacks wouldn’t have been drafted where they were drafted if the picks were being made today. Here is where the last 20 first round quarterbacks should have been drafted.