Purportedly the Packers almost traded Brett Hundley before the second round. The reason that is interesting is that there was also a report at that time the Packers were interested in Kizer at the top of the second round. At that time it seemed to be nothing more than a teaser to get action for a trade of the pick. Hundley is entering his 3rd year so shopping him now is somewhat odd, unless one does some math. Rodgers is 33, kisser 4 years down the road could have represented another QB transition in Green Bay. The Packers would will lose control of Hundley before Rodgers is ready to be replaced.m I do think that someone is likely to give Hundley a shot somewhere down the road.
Mean while back in the desert, the Cardinals are applauded for a draft that leaves them with a 37 year old QB with no future prospect behind him.
The best time to go looking for a QB is when you don't need one. In many ways the Browns and Niners should be applauded for sticking to their guns and not over reaching, drastically, for a QB.
Pops, the Pats seem to always be doing what the first sentence in your last paragraph says. That yields a lot of dividends: you have a guy on the bench who can come in and not ask the center which end of the football points forward, you potentially have your future starter, and he gets attention from other QB-needy teams, so you have the option of trading him at an inflated price, rinsing, and repeating.
Carolina did some good things in the draft, and maybe immediately afterwards. Based on some offseason moves, I expect a little younger team to take the field in 2017. They signed Ben Boulware and Fred Ross, who SI liked as one of the best "sleepers who would exceed expectations." They also signed Bryan Cox Jr, who will need some work but could work out to be a pretty decent DE. None of these guys is a sure thing, but each has enough upside to be worth a shot and could yield a decent starter down the road.
There was a lot of potential (again) this year for QB overreach. I don't think there was any, really. The Bears essentially traded three picks to get Trubisky, but they were all middle-round picks so by comparison, they did okay. Trubisky is a better fit for the Bears than Watson, and from Watson's perspective Houston is a better fit for him, I think. There will certainly be higher expectations in Houston, but after Osweiler his window of opportunity is probably a little bigger than it would have been otherwise. The other QB picks were rather restrained.