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A Look At The Quarterbacks Drafted From Round Four And Later Since 1993


Ever since the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft, the speculation has been running rampant as to what it means for starter Ben Roethlisberger. If you look back through the history of the draft, you can clearly see why Roethlisberger shouldn\’t be losing any sleep.

Dating back to the 1993 NFL draft, there have been a total of 142 quarterbacks drafted from round four and on, according to Pro Football Reference. Of those 142 quarterbacks, 53 have failed to even attempt a pass. Only 50 of those 142 quarterbacks have attempted more than 100 passes since they were drafted and only 26 have attempted more than 500 passes.

In addition to those numbers above, just 13 of those 142 quarterbacks have thrown more than 50 touchdown passes. Only 16 of them spent more than one year as a primary starter, while only 10 of them ever made it to the Pro Bowl.

Finally, only one of the 142 has won a Super Bowl as a starter and that one quarterback is of course Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

So what about the quarterbacks drafted in the fourth round like Landry?

Dating back to the 1993 draft, there have been 25 quarterbacks drafted in the fourth round. Three of those 25 haven\’t attempted a pass and only 9 of the 25 have attempted more than 350 passes. Only three of the 25 have thrown more than 31 touchdown passes and only one has ever made it to the Pro Bowl.

Jones of course went to college at Oklahoma, and interesting enough, there has only been one other quarterback drafted in the fourth round or later out of that school in the modern football era. That quarterback was Josh Heupel, who just so happened to be Jones\’ position coach for the four years he was at Oklahoma.

So does any of this mean that Jones can\’t become the next Brady? Absolutely not, but he has a better chance of becoming the next Heupel, and especially being that I expect Roethlisberger to be in Pittsburgh for at least four more seasons.

Year Rnd Pick Team Player AP1 PB St G Cmp Att Yds TD Int
2000 6 199 NWE Tom Brady 2 8 11 177 3798 5958 44806 334 123
1998 6 187 GNB Matt Hasselbeck 0 3 10 194 3029 5018 34517 201 147
1993 5 118 GNB Mark Brunell 0 3 11 193 2761 4640 32072 184 108
1993 8 222 SDG Trent Green 0 2 7 120 2266 3740 28475 162 114
2000 6 168 NOR Marc Bulger 0 2 8 96 1969 3171 22814 122 93
1994 7 197 WAS Gus Frerotte 0 1 5 147 1699 3106 21291 114 106
1999 4 131 GNB Aaron Brooks 0 0 5 93 1673 2963 20261 123 92
1993 8 219 SFO Elvis Grbac 0 1 4 106 1446 2445 16774 99 81
2002 4 108 JAX David Garrard 0 1 5 86 1406 2281 16003 89 54
2005 7 250 STL Ryan Fitzpatrick 0 0 5 74 1338 2249 14336 92 81
2005 4 106 CHI Kyle Orton 0 0 4 72 1293 2214 14621 81 57
2005 7 230 NWE Matt Cassel 0 1 5 78 1203 2044 13495 82 57
2005 6 213 BAL Derek Anderson 0 1 3 55 760 1440 9206 53 55
1994 6 178 PIT Jim Miller 0 0 2 37 610 1046 6387 36 31
1996 4 130 NYG Danny Kanell 0 0 2 43 491 956 5129 31 34
1995 4 99 JAX Rob Johnson 0 0 2 48 494 806 5795 30 23
2003 4 110 SEA Seneca Wallace 0 0 1 62 452 764 4808 31 18
2001 5 155 PHI A.J. Feeley 0 0 1 28 425 762 4618 28 31
2000 7 212 SFO Tim Rattay 0 0 1 40 432 714 4853 31 23
2001 4 106 CAR Chris Weinke 0 0 1 29 386 709 3904 15 26
2006 6 194 TAM Bruce Gradkowski 0 0 1 37 375 709 4057 21 24
2010 5 155 ARI John Skelton 0 0 0 20 320 602 3707 15 25
2001 4 109 WAS Sage Rosenfels 0 0 0 44 351 562 4156 30 29
1995 6 197 SDG Craig Whelihan 0 0 1 19 267 557 3160 14 29
2001 5 149 DET Mike McMahon 0 0 0 29 229 515 2867 15 21
2007 7 217 MIN Tyler Thigpen 0 0 1 29 275 509 3222 21 18
1993 8 216 PIT Alex Van Pelt 0 0 0 31 262 477 2985 16 24
2005 5 145 DET Dan Orlovsky 0 0 1 22 276 472 2931 14 12
2003 7 241 SFO Ken Dorsey 0 0 0 18 214 408 2082 8 18
1994 7 208 NYJ Glenn Foley 0 0 0 21 207 382 2469 12 16
2003 6 200 NYJ Brooks Bollinger 0 0 1 21 211 360 2226 9 9
1997 7 207 PHI Koy Detmer 0 0 0 103 184 354 1944 10 14
1997 4 99 NOR Danny Wuerffel 0 0 0 25 184 350 2123 12 22
2004 4 106 CLE Luke McCown 0 0 0 22 184 316 2035 9 14
1995 4 134 KAN Steve Stenstrom 0 0 0 17 177 314 1895 4 12
2009 6 201 IND Curtis Painter 0 0 0 11 140 271 1624 6 11
2002 6 186 NOR J.T. O\’Sullivan 0 0 0 17 145 257 1866 9 13
2007 5 174 BAL Troy Smith 0 0 0 20 121 234 1734 8 5
2008 5 160 TAM Josh Johnson 0 0 0 27 96 177 1042 5 10
1997 7 204 ATL Tony Graziani 0 0 0 18 85 174 999 2 8
2012 6 185 ARI Ryan Lindley 0 0 0 7 89 171 752 0 7
2004 6 193 IND Jim Sorgi 0 0 0 16 99 156 929 6 1
2000 6 183 CLE Spergon Wynn 0 0 0 10 70 152 585 1 7
2011 5 152 HOU T.J. Yates 0 0 0 10 86 144 987 3 4
2008 7 209 GNB Matt Flynn 0 0 0 37 87 141 1083 9 5
2004 5 148 CHI Craig Krenzel 0 0 0 6 59 127 718 3 6
2001 4 125 NYG Jesse Palmer 0 0 0 8 63 120 562 3 4
2009 6 196 STL Keith Null 0 0 0 4 73 119 566 3 9
2002 5 158 ATL Kurt Kittner 0 0 0 7 44 114 391 2 6
1998 7 232 CHI Moses Moreno 0 0 0 9 51 103 485 1 2
2009 4 101 DAL Stephen McGee 0 0 0 3 46 82 420 3 0
1994 4 116 NOR Doug Nussmeier 0 0 0 8 46 82 455 1 4
2004 7 202 ARI John Navarre 0 0 0 2 32 64 342 2 5
2008 5 156 PIT Dennis Dixon 0 0 0 4 35 59 402 1 2
1996 4 100 DEN Jeff Lewis 0 0 0 12 28 54 210 0 2
2012 4 102 WAS Kirk Cousins 0 0 0 3 33 48 466 4 3
2002 5 164 GNB Craig Nall 0 0 0 7 30 48 402 5 0
2010 6 176 TEN Rusty Smith 0 0 0 4 23 45 234 0 4
2004 7 217 SFO Cody Pickett 0 0 0 7 18 45 195 0 4
2002 5 137 CAR Randy Fasani 0 0 0 4 15 44 171 0 4
1994 7 199 KAN Steve Matthews 0 0 0 3 28 43 299 0 0
2003 5 163 PIT Brian St. Pierre 0 0 0 3 15 33 185 2 3
2011 7 208 NYJ Greg McElroy 0 0 0 2 19 31 214 1 1
2011 6 180 BAL Tyrod Taylor 0 0 0 9 18 30 197 0 1
2004 7 225 DEN Matt Mauck 0 0 0 3 15 27 136 0 1
2000 7 214 DEN Jarious Jackson 0 0 0 5 11 22 114 0 1
2003 6 192 HOU Drew Henson 0 0 0 9 11 20 98 1 1
2002 4 117 NWE Rohan Davey 0 0 0 7 8 19 88 0 0
1999 4 101 STL Joe Germaine 0 0 0 3 9 16 136 1 2
2010 4 122 PHI Mike Kafka 0 0 0 4 11 16 107 0 2
2000 5 163 PIT Tee Martin 0 0 0 3 6 16 69 0 1
1999 7 239 ARI Chris Greisen 0 0 0 5 7 16 69 1 0
1993 7 192 MIN Gino Torretta 0 0 0 2 5 16 41 1 1
2007 6 205 WAS Jordan Palmer 0 0 0 4 10 15 59 0 2
2010 6 204 CAR Tony Pike 0 0 0 1 6 12 47 0 0
1999 7 245 CIN Scott Covington 0 0 0 4 6 10 30 0 0
2006 4 103 NYJ Brad Smith 0 0 1 106 4 9 51 1 2
1995 4 119 PHI Dave Barr 0 0 0 2 5 9 42 0 0
1999 7 227 NWE Michael Bishop 0 0 0 8 3 9 80 1 1
2004 7 250 DEN Bradlee Van Pelt 0 0 0 3 2 8 7 0 0
2010 7 209 BUF Levi Brown 0 0 0 1 2 3 24 0 1
2009 6 174 DEN Tom Brandstater 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
2003 6 201 NWE Kliff Kingsbury 0 0 0 1 1 2 17 0 0
2000 6 202 WAS Todd Husak 0 0 0 1 2 2 -2 0 0
2003 7 232 WAS Gibran Hamdan 0 0 0 1 1 2 7 0 0
1997 7 234 BAL Wally Richardson 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
1994 7 198 NWE Jay Walker 0 0 0 1 2 2 31 0 0
1994 4 111 ATL Perry Klein 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
1997 6 171 NYG Mike Cherry 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
2007 4 103 DAL Isaiah Stanback 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
2005 4 121 CAR Stefan Lefors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 4 110 KAN Pat Barnes 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995 4 111 MIN Chad May 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 5 135 KAN Ricky Stanzi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 5 160 CHI Nathan Enderle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 5 168 SDG Jonathan Crompton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 5 151 NYG Rhett Bomar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 5 171 SFO Nate Davis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 5 137 MIN John David Booty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 5 162 NYJ Erik Ainge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 5 151 CIN Jeff Rowe 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2006 5 148 GNB Ingle Martin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2006 5 164 PIT Omar Jacobs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 5 152 NOR Adrian McPherson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 5 163 SFO Brandon Doman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 5 151 TEN Kevin Daft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 5 160 GNB Jay Barker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 6 181 CHI Dan LeFevour 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 6 178 SEA Mike Teel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 6 186 WAS Colt Brennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 6 198 NYG Andre Woodson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 6 193 CIN Reggie McNeal 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
2004 6 185 PHI Andy Hall 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 6 187 BAL Josh Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 6 201 STL Jeff Smoker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 6 205 STL Steve Bellisari 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 6 172 SEA Josh Booty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 6 177 MIA Josh Heupel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 6 205 SDG JaJuan Seider 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 6 172 MIA John Dutton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 6 191 NYJ Chuck Clements 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1996 6 203 PIT Spence Fischer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 6 205 IND Mike Cawley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 6 191 CAR Jerry Colquitt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 7 243 GNB B.J. Coleman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 7 253 IND Chandler Harnish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 7 239 NOR Sean Canfield 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 7 250 NWE Zac Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 7 223 HOU Alex Brink 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 7 223 ATL D.J. Shockley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 7 229 KAN James Kilian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 7 218 CIN Casey Bramlet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 7 248 HOU B.J. Symons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 7 216 SDG Seth Burford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 7 232 SEA Jeff Kelly 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002 7 236 BAL Wes Pate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 7 234 TAM Joe Hamilton 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1997 7 237 SDG Tony Corbin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 7 240 GNB Ron McAda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 7 238 BAL Jon Stark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 7 240 GNB Kyle Wachholtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 7 213 CIN John Walsh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Dave, let me be the first to say, thank you for the homework. Very interesting.

    This is one of those times when the facts (this chart) really paints a clear picture of “Project Landry”. Also sets straight the likely reality of any expectations we fans might have as to our future QB situation.

    If we could get a Mark Bulger or David Gerrard type talent out of this pick I’d be very happy.

  • Nolrog

    Ben has nothing to worry about because he’s the 31 year old franchise QB. In fact, it’s very likely that Ben will still be the QB after Landry is gone. Terrible pick.

  • TJimmy

    What knocked Landry down to the 4th round wasn’t his QB abilities.It was his lack of mental toughness and tendency towards getting rattled by pressure even when it didn’t exist. That is hard to coach out of a person but maybe they thought that Ben could help him with that since he is the exact opposite.

  • joed32

    They needed to pick up a long term backup, not a replacement.

  • Stephen Dale

    Stats don’t lie and, in this case, LJ’s odds aren’t very good. T Jimmy said it well, Jones makes strange decisions under duress. Whether that problem can be fixed may hold the key to whether he has a chance in the NFL.

  • Per

    Maybe UFA should be inclouded?

  • dennisdoubleday

    If you want a long term backup, you should find a youngish former starter like they did with Batch. Landry would be a disaster if thrown into action now, and how is he going to get good experience, exactly?

  • zyzak

    All of the above doesn’t matter one bit Any player can exceed expectations, it’s up to the coaches to bring them along

  • SteelSpine

    Yeah that would be interesting too.

  • SteelSpine

    Fun to see odds of QBs taken after 3rd round. This is Steelers though so lets go ahead look at what happened to Steelers QBs Steelers acquired after 3rd round. Steelers QBs taken 4th round on, including undrafted rookie QBs. I mention include undrafted rookies because that’s where many teams have aimed to get 3rd QB clipboard holders, including Steelers in the past.

    Before I forget, the QBs Steelers have taken in top 3 rounds became eventual starters. Even the most-recent of them (Bubby, O’Donnell, Kordell, Ben).

    But 4th round on for Steelers, been plenty, I don’t remember all their names because they became just clipboard holders, replaced by the next one. Steelers used to get a 3rd QB in round 7 or so, then when that clipboard holder became due for a raise the FO simply didn’t re-up him (i.e. Van Pelt), instead got the next 3rd QB clipboard holder as an undrafted rookie.

    Steelers FO talked-up Landry as though he is NFL starter material. Thats the expectation created to the fans by the FO’s comments. FO not saying he is only capable of becoming a #2 QB forever. So if the start of Landry’s 3rd season is a promotion to starting QB, on-schedule i.e. like O’Donnel did as-anticipated, great. But if Landry is the next VanPelt gone for next clipboard holder, then we coulda used that pick for another need & instead gotten a QB in rd 7.

  • SteelSpine

    I know, but Steeler FO’s comments talk up Landry as tho he is NFL starter material. Plus I agree with Dennis’ reply which is if want a #2 who will not be a starter, annually there are veteran #2 QBs available which teams get, QBs who failed when were starters but then accept they could have a career as a #2 QB.

  • joed32

    That worked well with Batch but every young QB we have drafted late has been cut. They need someone they can keep for 4 years, if he plays really well they can trade him for picks, if he’s mediocre he’ll be as good as any mediocre aging vet and at a cheaper price and not as injury prone. Plus he’ll know the receivers and have some connection with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Wow, that’s a lot of crappy QBs.

  • Bill Bob

    Were were Tony Romo and Kurt Werner drafted its up to the player not the round he was drafted in

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