NFL draft’s first round was all about quarterbacks — just like the NFL

Recent NFL history supports Shanahan. In the past three seasons, eight quarterbacks have made a conference championship game: Tom Brady, Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Garoppolo, Ryan Tannehill, Jared Goff and Drew Brees. Garoppolo aside, they’re either all of the all-time sizes selected in the top 10 of their design – and therefore classified as elite traits – or both. To do something special in January, or beat the teams that are getting deep into the playoffs, it takes a rare quarterback.