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Checkdowns: Brady Quinn

Posted by Chase Stuart on March 16, 2010

The Browns traded Brady Quinn to the Broncos for Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth round pick and a 2012 conditional pick. Quinn was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft and was expected to be the Cleveland quarterback of the future. As it turns out, Quinn returned practically nothing on Cleveland's investment. He leaves Cleveland with just 12 career starts and only three wins on his resume, along with commensurately ugly individual stats.

How poorly does the Cleveland-Quinn relationship rank? I looked at all QBs selected in the first round since 1950, and noted how they performed for the team that drafted them. The table below shows the number of starts, wins, seasons as main starter, total passing yards and seasons with an AY/A index of over 80, 90, 100 and 110 (with enough attempts to qualify for the league passing title) each quarterback had for his drafting team. (Note: For players selected in both the NFL and AFL drafts, I'm choosing to list the player's draft status by the team he selected to play for. An asterisk indicates the player's team in the table was not the team that drafted him, but traded for his rights before he ever played for the team that selected him; a + indicates the player went to the CFL or chose to play baseball. QBs selected in the supplemental draft were not included.)

QB Year Pick Tm GS Wins Sea Star Pyd >80 >90 >100 >110
Rich Campbell 1981 6 GNB 0 0 0 386 0 0 0 0
Sandy Stephens 1962 5 NYT+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Don Allard 1959 4 WAS+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lee Grosscup 1959 10 NYG 0 0 0 231 0 0 0 0
Randy Duncan 1959 1 GNB+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bobby Garrett 1954 1 GNB* 0 0 0 143 0 0 0 0
Harry Agganis 1952 12 CLE+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terry Baker 1963 1 RAM 1 0 0 154 0 0 0 0
Len Dawson 1957 5 PIT 1 0 0 96 0 0 0 0
Cotton Davidson 1954 5 BAL 1 0 0 309 0 0 0 0
Adrian Burk 1950 2 BCL 3 0 0 798 0 0 0 0
Tommy Maddox 1992 25 DEN 4 0 0 758 0 0 0 0
Art Schlichter 1982 4 BAL 6 0 0 1,006 0 0 0 0
John Reaves 1972 14 PHI 7 0 0 1,609 1 1 0 0
Billy Kilmer 1961 11 SFO 10 0 1 653 0 0 0 0
Jim Druckenmiller 1997 26 SFO 1 1 0 239 0 0 0 0
George Izo 1960 2 STL 1 1 0 115 0 0 0 0
Pete Beathard 1964 2 KAN 2 1 0 1,649 0 0 0 0
Richie Lucas 1960 1 BUF 4 1 0 596 0 0 0 0
Earl Morrall 1956 2 SFO 4 1 0 621 0 0 0 0
Jack Thompson 1979 3 CIN 5 1 0 2,072 0 0 0 0
Rick Norton 1966 2 MIA 11 1 0 1,751 0 0 0 0
Steve Pisarkiewicz 1977 19 STL 4 2 0 785 0 0 0 0
Dan McGwire 1991 16 SEA 5 2 0 745 0 0 0 0
Matthew Stafford 2009 1 DET 10 2 1 2,267 0 0 0 0
Travis Tidwell 1950 7 NYG 5 3 0 493 0 0 0 0
Andre Ware 1990 7 DET 6 3 0 1,112 0 0 0 0
Bob Williams 1951 2 CHI 7 3 1 981 0 0 0 0
Todd Marinovich 1991 24 RAI 8 3 0 1,345 0 0 0 0
Josh Freeman 2009 17 TAM 9 3 1 1,855 0 0 0 0
Brady Quinn 2007 22 CLE 12 3 1 1,902 0 0 0 0
King Hill 1958 1 CRD 12 3 1 1,245 1 0 0 0
Babe Parilli 1952 4 GNB 13 3 1 3,983 1 1 1 0
Cade McNown 1999 12 CHI 15 3 1 3,111 2 0 0 0
Akili Smith 1999 3 CIN 17 3 1 2,212 0 0 0 0
Bill Munson 1964 7 RAM 18 3 1 3,556 2 0 0 0
Marty Domres 1969 9 SDG 6 4 0 1,219 0 0 0 0
Don Horn 1967 25 GNB 6 4 0 2,291 0 0 0 0
Greg Cook 1969 5 CIN 11 4 1 1,865 1 1 1 1
Ted Marchibroda 1953 5 PIT 11 4 1 1,931 1 0 0 0
Heath Shuler 1994 3 WAS 13 4 1 2,403 1 0 0 0
Ryan Leaf 1998 2 SDG 18 4 1 3,172 0 0 0 0
Ralph Guglielmi 1955 4 WAS 20 4 1 2,864 1 0 0 0
Chuck Long 1986 12 DET 21 4 1 3,743 1 0 0 0
David Klingler 1992 6 CIN 24 4 1 3,880 1 0 0 0
Jack Scarbath 1953 3 WAS 14 5 1 1,660 0 0 0 0
Kelly Stouffer 1987 6 SEA* 16 5 0 2,333 0 0 0 0
Jerry Tagge 1972 11 GNB 12 6 1 1,583 0 0 0 0
Matt Leinart 2006 10 ARI 17 7 1 3,893 1 1 0 0
JaMarcus Russell 2007 1 OAK 25 7 2 4,083 1 1 0 0
Mark Sanchez 2009 5 NYJ 15 8 1 2,444 1 0 0 0
George Shaw 1955 1 BAL 19 8 1 2,820 1 1 0 0
Randy Johnson 1966 16 ATL 37 8 2 5,538 1 0 0 0
Norm Snead 1961 2 WAS 42 9 3 8,306 3 2 1 0
Patrick Ramsey 2002 32 WAS 24 10 1 5,649 3 2 0 0
J.P. Losman 2004 22 BUF 33 10 1 6,211 2 1 1 0
Todd Blackledge 1983 7 KAN 24 13 0 4,510 1 0 0 0
Steve Spurrier 1967 3 SFO 26 13 2 5,250 2 2 1 1
Steve Fuller 1979 23 KAN 31 13 2 5,333 1 1 1 0
Billy Wade 1952 1 RAM 36 13 4 8,572 4 4 4 2
Jeff George 1990 1 IND 49 14 4 9,551 4 2 0 0
Lamar McHan 1954 2 CRD 53 15 4 6,578 3 2 1 0
Alex Smith 2005 1 SFO 40 16 4 7,029 2 2 0 0
Aaron Rodgers 2005 24 GNB 32 17 2 8,801 2 2 2 2
Jay Cutler 2006 11 DEN 37 17 2 9,024 2 2 2 0
Joey Harrington 2002 3 DET 55 18 4 10,242 2 1 0 0
Rex Grossman 2003 22 CHI 31 19 2 6,164 2 1 0 0
Matt Ryan 2008 3 ATL 30 20 2 6,356 2 2 1 1
Joe Flacco 2008 18 BAL 32 20 2 6,584 2 2 1 0
Kyle Boller 2003 19 BAL 42 20 4 7,846 3 0 0 0
Rick Mirer 1993 2 SEA 51 20 4 9,094 3 1 0 0
Jason Campbell 2005 25 WAS 52 20 3 10,860 3 3 2 0
Mark Malone 1980 28 PIT 45 21 4 8,582 3 2 1 0
Kerry Collins 1995 5 CAR 42 22 3 8,306 2 1 1 0
Tim Couch 1999 1 CLE 59 22 3 11,131 3 3 0 0
David Carr 2002 1 HOU 75 22 5 13,391 4 3 1 0
Jim Plunkett 1971 1 NWE 61 23 4 9,932 4 3 3 0
Chris Miller 1987 13 ATL 66 23 5 14,066 5 4 4 2
Byron Leftwich 2003 7 JAX 44 24 3 9,042 3 3 2 1
Mike Phipps 1970 3 CLE 52 24 4 7,700 4 1 1 0
Vinny Testaverde 1987 1 TAM 72 24 5 14,820 3 2 1 0
Vince Young 2006 3 TEN 39 26 3 6,843 3 1 1 0
Tony Eason 1983 15 NWE 49 28 3 10,732 3 3 2 2
Marc Wilson 1980 15 OAK 50 31 4 11,760 5 3 1 1
Craig Morton 1965 5 DAL 47 32 3 10,279 3 3 3 2
Chad Pennington 2000 18 NYJ 61 32 4 13,738 5 5 3 1
Doug Williams 1978 17 TAM 67 33 5 12,648 4 3 2 1
Jim Harbaugh 1987 26 CHI 65 35 4 11,567 4 3 2 0
Archie Manning 1971 2 NOR 129 35 10 21,734 8 6 4 1
Michael Vick 2001 1 ATL 67 38 4 11,505 4 4 2 1
Trent Dilfer 1994 6 TAM 76 38 5 12,969 4 3 1 0
Daunte Culpepper 1999 11 MIN 80 38 5 20,162 5 5 4 3
Greg Landry 1968 11 DET 84 40 5 12,451 4 4 3 3
Carson Palmer 2003 1 CIN 81 42 5 18,724 5 5 3 2
Richard Todd 1976 6 NYJ 94 42 6 18,241 6 4 3 1
Jim McMahon 1982 5 CHI 61 46 6 11,203 4 4 4 2
Philip Rivers 2004 4 SDG* 64 46 4 14,951 4 4 4 3
Bert Jones 1973 2 BAL 92 46 6 17,663 6 6 5 3
Jim Everett 1986 3 RAM* 105 46 7 23,758 7 6 4 2
Eli Manning 2004 1 NYG* 87 50 5 18,644 5 4 2 1
Ken O'Brien 1983 24 NYJ 106 50 7 24,386 7 7 5 2
Dan Pastorini 1971 3 HOU 112 53 9 16,864 8 7 3 0
Tommy Kramer 1977 27 MIN 110 54 7 24,775 7 7 1 1
Steve Bartkowski 1975 1 ATL 121 55 9 23,470 8 8 5 3
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 11 PIT 86 60 6 19,302 6 6 4 4
Joe Namath 1965 1 NYJ 126 60 9 27,057 8 8 7 4
Drew Bledsoe 1993 1 NWE 123 63 8 29,657 8 6 4 2
Roman Gabriel 1962 2 RAM 119 74 9 22,223 8 8 5 3
John Brodie 1957 3 SFO 159 74 13 31,548 12 9 6 3
Steve McNair 1995 3 HOU 131 76 9 27,141 8 8 7 2
Donovan McNabb 1999 2 PHI 142 92 10 32,873 10 10 9 4
Bob Griese 1967 4 MIA 151 92 12 25,092 11 11 9 6
Troy Aikman 1989 1 DAL 165 94 12 32,942 10 9 7 5
Phil Simms 1979 7 NYG 159 95 11 33,462 10 10 9 6
Jim Kelly 1983 14 BUF 160 101 11 35,467 11 11 10 4
Terry Bradshaw 1970 1 PIT 158 107 13 27,989 9 8 8 7
Peyton Manning 1998 1 IND 192 131 12 50,128 12 12 11 9
Dan Marino 1983 27 MIA 240 147 16 61,361 16 16 15 9
John Elway 1983 1 DEN* 231 148 16 51,475 16 15 11 7

Only a miraculous turnaround could prevent Russell and Quinn from making the '07 draft mirror the 1992 draft. There, Tommy Maddox and David Klinger were the only QBs selected in the first round and both QBs became huge busts for the Broncos and Bengals, respectively. Since that infamous Maddox/Klinger class, where do Quinn and Russell rank on the list of the last 40 QBs drafted in the first round? Not very highly.

QB Year Pick Tm GS Wins Sea Star Pyd >80 >90 >100 >110
Jim Druckenmiller 1997 26 SFO 1 1 0 239 0 0 0 0
Matthew Stafford 2009 1 DET 10 2 1 2,267 0 0 0 0
Josh Freeman 2009 17 TAM 9 3 1 1,855 0 0 0 0
Brady Quinn 2007 22 CLE 12 3 1 1,902 0 0 0 0
Cade McNown 1999 12 CHI 15 3 1 3,111 2 0 0 0
Akili Smith 1999 3 CIN 17 3 1 2,212 0 0 0 0
Ryan Leaf 1998 2 SDG 18 4 1 3,172 0 0 0 0
Heath Shuler 1994 3 WAS 13 4 1 2,403 1 0 0 0
JaMarcus Russell 2007 1 OAK 25 7 2 4,083 1 1 0 0
Matt Leinart 2006 10 ARI 17 7 1 3,893 1 1 0 0
Mark Sanchez 2009 5 NYJ 15 8 1 2,444 1 0 0 0
J.P. Losman 2004 22 BUF 33 10 1 6,211 2 1 1 0
Patrick Ramsey 2002 32 WAS 24 10 1 5,649 3 2 0 0
Alex Smith 2005 1 SFO 40 16 4 7,029 2 2 0 0
Jay Cutler 2006 11 DEN 37 17 2 9,024 2 2 2 0
Aaron Rodgers 2005 24 GNB 32 17 2 8,801 2 2 2 2
Joey Harrington 2002 3 DET 55 18 4 10,242 2 1 0 0
Rex Grossman 2003 22 CHI 31 19 2 6,164 2 1 0 0
Matt Ryan 2008 3 ATL 30 20 2 6,356 2 2 1 1
Joe Flacco 2008 18 BAL 32 20 2 6,584 2 2 1 0
Jason Campbell 2005 25 WAS 52 20 3 10,860 3 3 2 0
Kyle Boller 2003 19 BAL 42 20 4 7,846 3 0 0 0
Rick Mirer 1993 2 SEA 51 20 4 9,094 3 1 0 0
David Carr 2002 1 HOU 75 22 5 13,391 4 3 1 0
Tim Couch 1999 1 CLE 59 22 3 11,131 3 3 0 0
Kerry Collins 1995 5 CAR 42 22 3 8,306 2 1 1 0
Byron Leftwich 2003 7 JAX 44 24 3 9,042 3 3 2 1
Vince Young 2006 3 TEN 39 26 3 6,843 3 1 1 0
Chad Pennington 2000 18 NYJ 61 32 4 13,738 5 5 3 1
Michael Vick 2001 1 ATL 67 38 4 11,505 4 4 2 1
Daunte Culpepper 1999 11 MIN 80 38 5 20,162 5 5 4 3
Trent Dilfer 1994 6 TAM 76 38 5 12,969 4 3 1 0
Carson Palmer 2003 1 CIN 81 42 5 18,724 5 5 3 2
Philip Rivers 2004 4 SDG* 64 46 4 14,951 4 4 4 3
Eli Manning 2004 1 NYG* 87 50 5 18,644 5 4 2 1
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 11 PIT 86 60 6 19,302 6 6 4 4
Drew Bledsoe 1993 1 NWE 123 63 8 29,657 8 6 4 2
Steve McNair 1995 3 HOU 131 76 9 27,141 8 8 7 2
Donovan McNabb 1999 2 PHI 142 92 10 32,873 10 10 9 4
Peyton Manning 1998 1 IND 192 131 12 50,128 12 12 11 9

Barring injury, a month into the 2010 season, Quinn will have started fewer games for the team that drafted him than any first-round QB (ignoring Rivers/Manning) since Jim Druckenmiller; even Ryan Leaf gave the Chargers more starts. Quinn won as many games for Cleveland as Akili Smith did for the Bengals and Cade McNown did for the Bears.

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