The chances of hitting on a later round QB to become your starter isn’t very good but developing them to be cheap backup QB’s is more realistic.
I like Jamie Newman from Wake Forest who later transferred to Georgia. Big kid who can run. 6’4"- 230lbs. Was considered a dual-threat QB by Rivals. Pretty good arm, has to work on his accuracy and footwork.
I like Newman a lot later in the draft as a backup. Daniel hit his ceiling and isn’t cheap (6M or 7M salary). But I could see Newman rise after his workouts. His highlights look great, but he has some inconsistent play in most games.
We’ve heard about Holmes and his plan/ideas, I think it involves trading back so they have more to work with, that could bring a new backup QB into play.
If you want to take a QB later in the draft then you might consider Davis Mills from Stanford. He is not rated in the top tier of QBs but he was injured and played behind a long time starter and finished off his career on a winning streak.
He has another year to play if he wanted but he has declared himself early. Anytime you get a younger player he has time to develop.
He won’t start for a while but he would be a good understudy to whoever is the QB.
The Lions need a guy in the 4th or 5th round that needs some work and some time, but has the foundation of physical abilities to develop. The Lions do not need a starter, but could use a guy who is developing with real upside. He can be trade bait if he develops in 3 years or our new QB if Stafford went down. Picking a QB in round one is a huge waste for people to realize the new kid is light years from Stafford in what he brings to the game.
There have been several guys who had some success like Cousins, Brady, Brunell… If a team is good at developing QB’s it is very profitable in the NFL. Green Bay used to make this work as did NE for a while.
Those examples are about 1 QB in every 10 years or so, that’s not a good % to throw picks at hoping to strike gold.
Again, draft them to be a cheap backup and save from paying a slug like Daniels 4-5 million to hold a clipboard.
Does anyone really feel like we can win with Daniels anyways?..uh, no.
I just mentioned a few off the top of my head. Yes it is a long shot compared to taking Matt at #1OA, but you are not going to find another Stafford in this draft no matter where you are picking. The point is that you want a guy to develop, but you do not want to waste lots of resources when you have a QB like Stafford. Those that think another guy is going to “push” him is idiocy. Fans don’t realize how special a talent he is and how much of a difference there is between his throwing ability and most anyone else outside of Rodgers and maybe Mahomes.