I disagree. Blank and Mora don't seem like the kind to take in emotional baggage. They seem to like mature players. Well, as professionally mature as an NFL player can be.
You are absolutely right. But if there is a handful of players that they would make an exception for, one of them would be Marcus Vick.
I could see Blank having a press conference about how Marcus is a misunderstood kid that needs to mature, but Atlanta presents the good environment to give him the proper support to make that maturation process on draft day.
We'll see. The QB class now is helped a lot by Vince Young's entry into the draft. But besides Leinart & Young, there is a big dropoff. Omar Jacobs and Jay Cutler might be also Round 1 prospects, but that's because there is always one "darkhorse" QB at the end of the year that manages to sneak into Round 1. Past examples are Jason Campbell (2005), Philip Rivers (2004), Kyle Boller (2003), Patrick Ramsey (2002), and Cade McNown (1999). And none of them have yet to fulfill their potential, although it's probably too early to tell for Campbell, and maybe Rivers as well.
Vick's athleticism and arm strength alone is going to make him a top QB prospect because the rest of the class is not that strong. Guys like Darrell Hackney (UAB), Brodie Croyle (Alabama), Reggie McNeal (Texas A&M), Charlie Whitehurst (Clemson) are all middle round picks that have the potential to move up into Round 2 or 3. Marcus is in that group. I can guarantee his off-field issues will prevent him from being a first round pick. But I'm not sure if there isn't a good market for Marcus' abilities in other NFL cities. If they pass up on a QB in Round 1, the Texans might look at him. But besides maybe Arizona, Oakland, and the Jets (dependent on their new head coach), I don't see too many teams really looking hard at Vick to be their QB of the future.