Some of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks in recent years played from Day 1 after being a high draft pick, see Peyton Manning. Others, see Aaron Rodgers, had the luxury of sitting on the bench and learning from a great.
The talk has begun as to what the Cowboys should do this year in the draft with an aging quarterback in Tony Romo and a few appealing names in the draft that could possibly be had with a second-round pick.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, who has kind of ascended into a role of quarterback guru, somehow, recently said the Cowboys would be the ultimate place for a young quarterback to go, and it makes pretty good sense.
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"I think whoever the Cowboys pick is the perfect situation for the quarterback," he said. "I think, if I am a quarterback coming out of this draft -- you don't think this way when you're 21 but when you're 43 and beat up by this league [you do] -- I would tell every one of these quarterbacks the best place to be is the Dallas Cowboys," he said. "Of all the places you could go, the best is the Dallas Cowboys because you have one of the classiest, smartest, best players you're going to learn from. So you're going to learn how to be a pro and play the position at a super high level from a guy who is playing in front of you. And you may end up playing earlier than you think because he does have a history of injuries. And I love Tony. He's one of my favorite players.
"But if I am Stephen [Jones] and Jerry [Jones], I can't trust that he can stay healthy."
Dilfer went on to say the young quarterback would also have an elite receiver in Dez Bryant, a great offensive line and a former quarterback as a head coach.