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NFL draft reiterates the importance of the quarterback position

NFL draft reiterates the importance of the quarterback position

Many will remember this NFL draft as the year California's Jared Goff went first and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz second, the third time in five drafts that the event kicked off with quarterbacks going 1-2.

Just as intriguing, though, were the quarterback story lines later in the draft, when Oakland got a bargain-basement deal on Michigan State's Connor Cook, Dallas — twice rebuffed in targeting passers — finally zeroed in on someone who could eventually replace Tony Romo, and both New England and Buffalo found interesting projects to develop.

If this off-season has demonstrated anything, it's that quarterbacks are at a premium, and clubs often have to go to...

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