Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
The NFL has brought it upon themselves, to a certain extent.
The rule changes over the last decade have, in almost every respect, had the effect of inflating the value of the quarterback position.
There used to be a number of different pathways to power in the NFL -- but the era of the tough defense / rushing attack offense with a game-manager at QB (think the '85 Bears, '00 Ravens, the '02 Buccaneers, etc.) has ended. Now, the only way to win consistently is with a playmaking / franchise QB under center.
If you don't have one, why wouldn't you tank a season to get on? Every season you play without one is, basically, a waste.
2012 SB Champ QB: Joe Flacco - 18th pick overall
2011 SB Champ QB: Aaron Rodgers - 24th pick overall
2010 SB Champ QB: Eli Manning - 1st pick overall
2009 SB Champ QB: Drew Brees 32nd pick overall
I do agree that a franchise QB is very important, but as you can see you do not have to tank a season and draft in the first 5 picks to have a franchise QB.