Touching on the NFL Draft’s second and third rounds, Friday:The lead topic today is luck.Because most drafted players have no control over where they’ll start their NFL careers, there’s a strong element of luck.Consider two quarterbacks who came to San Diego two years ago, to teach youths at Coronado High School. One was Patrick Mahomes, then an NFL rookie.Mahomes was very good, but also very lucky, because he went to the Kansas City Chiefs.The Chiefs had a smart veteran quarterback in Alex Smith, who agreed to mentor Mahomes. A masterful play-caller with a strong record of quarterback development awaited Mahomes, in coach Andy Reid. The team’s blocking was adequate, and several play-makers surrounding Mahomes were All-Pros.One of Mahomes’ fellow camp instructors that June day was Josh Rosen, the UCLA quarterback.He landed with the Arizona Cardinals, who traded up five spots to draft him 10th, one year after the Chiefs climbed to 10 to get Mahomes.Uh-oh. The Cardinals had a terrible offensive line, and a rookie head coach from a defensive background.Veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, a fine teammate but less NFL-savvy than Smith, lasted for only three starts, thrusting Rosen into the job.The head coach fired the offensive coordinator in October,… Read full this story
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