Here is a snapshot of the current quarterback situations in the NFL.
Baltimore - Joe Flacco
Cincinnati - Andy Dalton
Cleveland - Brandon Weeden
Pittsburgh - Ben Roethlisberger
Buffalo - Ryan Fitzpatrick
Miami - Ryan Tannehill
New England - Tom Brady
New York Jets - Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow
Denver - Peyton Manning
Kansas City - Matt Cassell
Oakland - Carson Palmer/Terrelle Pryor
San Diego - Philip Rivers
Houston - Matt Schaub
Indianapolis - Andrew Luck
Jacksonville - Blaine Gabbert
Tennessee - Jake Locker/Matt Hasselbeck
Chicago - Jay Cutler
Detroit - Matthew Stafford
Green Bay - Aaron Rodgers
Minnesota - Christian Ponder
Dallas - Tony Romo
New York Giants - Eli Manning
Philadelphia - Michael Vick
Washington - Robert Griffin III
Arizona - Kevin Kolb/John Skelton
San Francisco - Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick/Josh Johnson
Seattle - Matt Flynn/Tarvaris Jackson/Russell Wilson
St. Louis - Sam Bradford
Atlanta - Matt Ryan
Carolina - Cam Newton
New Orleans - Drew Brees
Tampa - Josh Freeman
Outside of the Jets, Arizona, and Oakland which have desperate needs at quarterback whether they want to admit it or not, the other 29 teams in the NFL fall into one of three categories:
1. Franchise quarterback
2. Solid starter
3. Young quarterback that can hopefully become a franchise quarterback
It appears safe to say there will be at least three first round caliber quarterbacks which could fill the gaping needs of the teams without a legitimate quarterback. Unless a number of teams decide their current quarterback is not going to be a franchise quarterback and give up on them (looking at you, Sam Bradford), the NFL appears to be preparing to enter an unprecedented situation: the supply of quarterbacks meeting the demand.
All of a sudden there might not be such a mad dash to grab quarterbacks out of desperate need and teams will be able to take quarterbacks at much better and more realitic values. The Ryan Tannehills and Brandon Weedens of the world suddenly do not go nearly as high. Teams can let good, potential starting caliber quarterbacks fall to them. And while it would not be surprising this moment in time will go away as quickly as it came as Manning, Brady, and Brees retire, this could improve the overall level of quarterback talent in the league because guys will not be forced into starting jobs earlier than they should and teams will have the opportunity to develop their guy over a year or few. The cream of the crop will still come with a steep price, but the rest will slide.
How many teams are suddenly going to resemble the Philadelphia Eagles and just take a quarterback because they like the value and just start developing a guy to use or trade down the line? Teams like Buffalo or Kansas City who have average starting quarterbacks, but could certainly upgrade them if they can find the right guy could be in the market. Teams like Miami and Cleveland can to compete or as insurance like San Francisco has done by adding Josh Johnson to compete with Colin Kaepernick to take over for Alex Smith.
The 2013 NFL Draft could represent a moment in time or a sea change for the quarterback position in the NFL. There might be more talented positions in the upcoming draft, but there is no position with more intrigue and interest than the quarterback position; and for once, it is warranted.