Following a season in which their franchise quarterback couldn’t stay healthy, and the backups could barely win a game in his absence, the Dallas Cowboys will enter the 2016 NFL Draft with an eye on the quarterback position.
But according to at least one NFL general manager, if the Cowboys (or any team for that matter) do find a quarterback in this draft, they need to be ready to be patient.
Speaking from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL this week, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the group is talented, and deep—it just might take some time before they’re ready to start, whereas last year, the top two picks of the draft were quarterbacks who stepped in and started immediately, in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
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“I think it's a deep crop and I think it's a crop that's going to need some time," Whaley said, per the Buffalo News. "Now, it depends on their situation, who takes them and what they do. But I would say it's not as top-heavy as last year where those top two guys would still be the top two guys. How quickly these guys can matriculate into the league, I think it's going to take a little bit of time. Maybe a year, maybe a half of a year."