Listening to at least two team executives and multiple draft analysts, there seems to be a growing expectation of a first-round run on quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Put another way, if a team has interest in selecting a quarterback, it might not be able to wait until the second round to do so.
The troubling part of that assessment for many teams in the market for a signal-caller is that this shapes up as a quarterback class with enough question marks from top to bottom to create more comfort for clubs to take one in the second round or lower.
Dominik recently was quoted as saying he believes as many as six quarterbacks could be taken in the first round. Webster recently commented that five could be gone within the first 32 picks. Other draft analysts share that view.
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There is rampant expectation among NFL player-personnel types that multiple trades will be made specifically for teams wanting to move up or down in the first round for a quarterback.
For a team that wants a quarterback, the rule of thumb in this year's draft might very well be: You snooze, you lose.