Is Michael Vick Really Best in Show?
by Eddie Mayrose

A year ago, Michael Vick was an afterthought in most drafts; a late flyer probably selected as no more than a handcuff to Kevin Kolb.  After Kolb went down, however, Vick was the surprise of the season, vaulting his status from also-ran to, in some cases, the first pick in some mock drafts.

He hasn’t completely convinced the FantasySportsDirt staff, however, that he’ll return the dividends necessary to justify a first round pick. First, there’s the issue of Vick’s durability.  While his running game is precisely why he is at the top of the QB list, it also puts him just one big hit away from the injury list.

Then, there’s the Eagles’ status as the NFL’s dream team for 2011. If Philly is going to make it to the Super Bowl, it’ll be on the legs of LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown, not Vick.

Finally, there are just too many QB’s that’ll provide more than adequate production in later rounds to pass on a stud RB or WR to select Vick. Actually, his success in 2010 supports the argument against him.  Be patient at the QB position rather than rech for a high risk/reward guy like Vick.


OK, we all know Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers are at the top of everyone’s list.  (Rivers is the FantasySportsDirt favorite.)  So, who’s the guy that’ll produce on this level that you might be able to get a little later?  Look no further than Matt Ryan in Atlanta.  Having added WR Julio Jones to a potent offense that already included Roddy White and Michael Turner, Ryan will finish the season as one of the game’s elite, having grabbed himself a Super Bowl ring along the way.


Somehow, I expect the football gods to strike me down as I write this, but I have no choice but to list Peyton Manning as a stiff heading into the season. However, having missed all of the preseason while recovering from neck surgery and another procedure rumored to be pending, there’s no way you can take a chance on the future Hall of Famer.


Josh Freeman took a huge leap in 2010, tossing 25 TD and just 6 INT while rushing for 364 YDS.  He did this win a relatively conservative offensive system, one the good professor believes will be expanded to suit his growing talent.  We also love the potential of two former number one picks, Matt Stafford and Sam Bradford.


Yeah, I’ve also seen those mock drafts that have Michael Vick going number one.  Have to say I agree that the talent is there to justify such a lofty selection. On the other hand, I’m not convinced that the small-framed Vick can enjoy a healthy season unless Andy Reid dials back the offense to protect him.  He’ll still be a star at the position, but probably won’t produce at a first-round level.

Professor Wagstaff’s Top 12 Quarterbacks

1  Philip Rivers
2  Tom Brady
3  Aaron Rodgers
4  Matt Ryan
5  Drew Brees
6  Michael Vick
7  Matt Schaub
8  Ben Roethlisberger
9  Josh Freeman
10 Tony Romo
11 Matt Stafford
12 Sam Bradford

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