Rattler has been pretty bad this year, he actually got benched. He will for sure still be drafted but I'm not sure he is QB1 at this point.
Having the future QB sit for multiple years doesn't work anymore. If you have a starter making 35M a year, now you've drafted a QB in the first round making 8M a year. Now you're paying a guy what would be starter money at another position to not play, while you've still got a good starter. Then you've gotta hope the starter mentors the rookie and declines enough or retires to where it makes sense to have the young guy play. This is exactly what the Packers are dealing with now. Plus if you have a good starter your team isn't likely to pick high enough to get a future franchise QB without giving up additional picks. Now you've spent potentially multiple first round picks on a guy who may not play for 2-3 years.
Then when he does finally play after 2-3 years are done you have to hope he is good. If he's not, it's all that money and draft capital wasted. And if he is good, you've only got 2 years of him playing on a cheap rookie contract before you need to pay him 40m a year. It shrinks your championship window.
I'd argue guys like Rodgers are the outlier. It's much better nowadays to let the guy start and then cut your losses, like the Cardinals did going from Rosen to Murray, and now they look like real contenders.
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