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DENVER (AP) — We’ve been hearing it for months: The 2018 NFL draft is all about the quarterback.The quarterback conundrum is more like it.“You can go around a room and probably get four or five different opinions on how they should be stacked.”That’s a quote from John Elway Colin Kaepernick Jersey , Denver Broncos general manager and headliner of the pre-eminent 1983 QB class that featured six first-round selections and produced three Hall of Famers.There’s no consensus top QB this year like there was with Andrew Luck or Cam Newton a few years ago. Every one of this year’s “Big Four” — USC’s Sam Darnold , Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield , Wyoming’s Josh Allen and UCLA’s Josh Rosen — can find their names atop somebody’s mock draft this week and almost certainly first on somebody’s draft board Thursday night.What this year’s quarterback crop lacks in clarity it makes up for in complexity.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson , Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph , and Senior Bowl star Kyle Lauletta of Richmond are also hopeful they’ll hear Roger Goodell call their names early. Throw in Washington State’s Luke Falk, and maybe it’s one of these “Little Four” quarterbacks who might ultimately end up as the gem of this year’s draft.Sort of like sixth-rounder Tom Brady in 2000 or third-rounder Russell Wilson in 2012.Should six quarterbacks go in the first round, as many suspect, it would tie the `83 standard when Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino were selected.If quarterbacks go 1-2-3, it would match 1999’s group in which Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith were the first three players off the board a year before Brady went 199th.There’s no clear-cut, surefire top pick quarterback in this year’s draft because all of the prime prospects have at least one key drawback.So, all of those owners, GMs, scouts and coaches scratching their heads for months will soon be crossing their fingers if they bypass Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Denzel Ward, Minkah Fitzpatrick Womens Tevin Coleman Jersey , Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds to dive into the deep quarterback class , which could make or break a franchise’s fortunes.Every year, quarterbacks rise to the top of the draft, pushing value down the board to teams who already have theirs. Fifty-six quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round since 1996, the last draft featuring no first-round QBs.“This quarterback draft, like every draft, drives the top end of this thing,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I’m always amazed — and maybe I shouldn’t be — but last year, three of the top 12 picks were quarterbacks and all three were trade-ups on draft night. The year before, the Rams went all the way up to one to go get (Jared) Goff. The Eagles went from 13 to eight to two to go get Carson Wentz. It’s a quarterback-driven league. I think it’s going to be a crazy eight, 10, 12 picks, so many permutations of the quarterback conversation.”Underscoring the importance of the so-called franchise quarterback, the Texans averaged 35 points a game with DeShaun Watson last season and 13 without him; the San Francisco 49ers went from 17 points a game to 29 under Jimmy Garappolo, who won all five of his starts.And yet …Case Keenum, who wasn’t even drafted, took the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Blake Bortles, a top-10 pick but, in Mayock’s words, nobody’s idea of a “high-level franchise quarterback,” took the Jaguars to the AFC championship contest.And backup Nick Foles, a third-rounder http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-jimmie-ward-jersey , outdueled Brady to win the Super Bowl for the Eagles.“Is that an aberration or a trend?” Mayock wonders.A look at the top quarterbacks in 2018 and the hazards that accompany the hypeAM DARNOLD, USC: Ball security.Darnold threw 22 interceptions and had 20 fumbles in his two seasons with the Trojans.“The No. 1 priority of a quarterback is to protect the football. I’m aware of that, and I’m aware how much I turn the ball over and that it’s not OK,” Darnold said. “I’ve been addressing it this offseason. I’ve been working on keeping two hands (on the ball) in the pocket at all times. The only time I let go of the ball is to throw it. That’s something I’ve really been working on — and also keeping it tight whenever I tuck it and run.”JOSH ALLEN, Wyoming: Accuracy.The rocket-armed Allen hopes his spectacular combine showing and pro day performance showed teams that his 56 percent completion rate at Wyoming shouldn’t scare them away.“I’m extremely confident in myself,” Allen said, “and we’re working on it and there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll figure it out.”BAKER MAYFIELD, Oklahoma: Undersized.Mayfield is a shade over 6 foot, and that’s usually a deal breaker in the first round.“Height doesn’t matter,” Mayfield declared at the NFL combine. “You see guys like Tyrod Taylor, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, they’ve proven that it doesn’t matter. If you want to say anything else, I’ve got three years of tape you can watch. I think I had fewer batted balls at the line of scrimmage than any other guy here — and I’m pretty sure I’m the shortest guy, too.”JOSH ROSEN, UCLA: Durability.A shoulder injury limited Rosen to six games last season, and he’s had concussions. Furthermore, he’s had to answer questions about his dedication to the sport. Many have wondered whether the strong-armed, free-spirited QB is the next Aaron Rodgers, a cerebral pick-you-apart passer, or the next Colin Kaepernick, who will ultimately focus more on social issues than football Womens Brock Coyle Jersey , especially if he can’t stay healthy.“I love football with all of my heart and soul,” Rosen insisted. “If I didn’t, I just don’t think I wouldn’t been able to make it through the grind of college.”LAMAR JACKSON, Louisville: Mechanics.Bill Polian suggested Jackson’s off-the-charts athleticism might make him more valuable as a wide receiver, but Jackson dismissed that notion: “No sir, I’m a quarterback.”And a darn good one, Mayock insisted.“He’s the most exciting athlete in the draft,” Mayock said. “I think somebody in the first round is going to make a philosophical and schematic commitment to this kid and change what they do offensively.”MASON RUDOLPH, Oklahoma State: Mobility.Mayock said for a 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback, Rudolph has “fairly average arm talent” and too often can’t escape the big hit, which could make him the next great college quarterback to get steamrolled in the pros.“In today’s NFL, you’ve got to have some escapability, some ability to buy some extra time,” Mayock said. “I think he struggles with that a little bit. When he’s got time with clear feet and clear vision, he can drive the ball, and I think he’s the best deep ball touch and accuracy thrower in this draft. So I’m very bullish on this kid. I like the kid.”KYLE LAULETTA, Richmond: Health.Winning offensive MVP honors at the Senior Bowl should squelch concerns about his college competition and working through four offensive coordinators with the Spiders. He also sees a silver lining in his torn ACL before his senior season, when he had to sit out spring ball.“Mental reps are huge. It sounds clich?, but when you’re in the NFL, if you’re a backup or not the No. 1 guy, you’ve got to get better and you’ve got to improve somehow. So learning from those who are taking the reps and putting yourself (mentally) in that position Womens Nick Bosa Jersey , that’s what I did,” Lauletta said.12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Cowboys’ biggest draft steals of the Jerry Jones eraAP The San Francisco 49ers are no longer unbeaten and the NFC West race just got a whole lot more interesting.It took until the final play of overtime but Jason Myers converted a 42-yard field goal to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the 49ers on Monday night.Russell Wilson scrambled for a critical 18 yards on third-and-2 with just over a minute left in overtime to move Seattle into field goal range. After stopping the clock with four seconds left to play, Myers rebounded from missing three kicks a week ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to deliver the game-winning boot for the Seahawks. It was the second straight week Seattle needed overtime to get a victory.The 49ers fall to 8-1 on the season while the Seahawks close the gap in the NFC West by moving to 8-2 ahead of their bye next week. Seattle will hold the tiebreaker over the 49ers for time being as well with a Week 17 matchup between the two teams still to come.Seattle appeared as those they could win the game on the opening drive of the extra period before Wilson was intercepted by Dre Greenlaw to turn away the Seahawks inside the 5-yard line. After trading failed possessions from there, 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin had the chance to win it with a 47-yard field goal, which was the exact same distance he converted with one second left in regulation to send the game to the extra session. But McLaughlin yanked the kick wide left to give Seattle one more chance and ultimately the victory.It was game the 49ers appeared they would completely dominate for much of the first half. San Francisco out-gained Seattle by a 118-5 margin through the first quarter en route to an early 10-point lead.McLaughlin converted a 43-yard field goal to give the 49ers an early 3-0 lead at the end of a 13-play, 50-yard opening drive. After a second straight three-and-out by Seattle, the 49ers marched 83 yards in seven plays before Kendrick Bourne beat Jamar Taylor for a 10-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0.The Seahawks went the entire first half without gaining more than a single first down on an offensive possession. However, their defense came up with the big play needed to keep them in the game. Jarran Reed‘s first sack of the season came with a strip of Jimmy Garoppolo, which was quickly scooped up Jadeveon Clowney for a 10-yard touchdown and a massive momentum swing.The 49ers would make their own massive defensive play right before the half as Jaquiski Tartt ripped the ball free of DK Metcalf at the 2-yard line to prevent the Seahawks from taking the lead into halftime.K'Waun Williams would strip Rashaad Penny on Seattle’s opening drive of the third quarter but the 49ers weren’t able to capitalize. They elected to for a fourth-and-2 at Seattle’s 33-yard line rather than let McLaughlin try a 51-yard field goal and Garoppolo couldn’t connect with Deebo Samuel for a turnover on downs.Samuel still led the 49ers with eight receptions for 112 yards.After being manhandled in the first quarter, Seattle’s defense took control for the next two quarters. With Emmanuel Sanders out with a rib injury, the 49ers offense stagnated. The Seahawks held San Francisco to just 77 yards combined in the second and third quarters and forced three 49ers turnovers.The third turnover came as a Garoppolo pass bounced off Bourne’s hands and into the waiting arms of Quandre Diggs, who was making his Seattle debut after a trade from the Detroit Lions last month. Diggs returned the interception 44 yards to the 49ers’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, Wilson floated a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hollister to give Seattle the lead.Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown, interception and lost fumble for Seattle.Four plays into the 49ers’ next drive, Clowney sacked Garoppolo with another forced fumble that was recovered by Poona Ford at the 49ers 24-yard line. Chris Carson would score on a 1-yard touchdown run to increase Seattle’s lead to 21-10 late in the third quarter.Carson carried 25 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.Another defensive score got the 49ers back in the game.K’Waun Williams and Arik Armstead combined for a strip-sack of Wilson that ended up in the arms of right tackle Germain Ifedi. As Ifedi tried to run with the ball he was swarmed over with Fred Warner punching the ball free. DeForest Buckner recovered the twice-fumbled ball for a 12-yard touchdown to close the Seattle lead. A two-point conversion from Garoppolo to Bourne made it a 21-18 game with 12 minutes left to play.After a Seattle three-and-out, Garoppolo led the 49ers on an eight-play drive for the tying score. A bobbled ball was nearly intercepted by Seattle before McLaughlin drilled a 39-yard field goal to even the game at 21-21 with 6:17 remaining.The Seahawks managed to burn over four minutes off the clock before Jason Myers converted a 46-yard field goal to give Seattle a 24-21 lead with 1:45 left to play.Garoppolo gave Seattle a pair of interception chances on the final drive of regulation, but ultimately led the 49ers the necessary distance to set up a 47-yard game-tying field goal from McLaughlin to send the game to overtime. McLaughlin drilled the field goal to extend the game an extra 10 minutes before the Seahawks earned the walk-off win.Garoppolo completed 24 of 46 passes for 248 yards with a touchdown, interception and two lost fumbles.

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