I don't think that Love falling out of the first round is all that unreasonable. People on this board have an insanely inflated value of all QBs just because we don't want to be stuck with Brissett again and want a shiny new toy to watch on the field. Love is a fringe first round caliber player, but forum members projecting him at 13 all of the time has really made everyone assume that he is an early round 1 player.
I mean... if Jacoby is above average, Carr is definitely above average. I kid, I kid... he may be in the range around top 15 QB in the league, so maybe he's "above average", but again that doesn't tell us much. This is a ranking relative to the rest of the QBs, the real questions are - what can he do and what can he give you, what type of offense he can run and in what role will he be successful? I thought he was very successful in the role Gruden gave him this last year. I'm not sure it's the role that is conducive to consistent long-term winning. He definitely is upgrade on JB, though, I never said otherwise.
I'm not locked on Love. I am locked on draft a talented high potential QB that we can develop and become our franchise QB. Whoever Ballard likes best, I will be cool with. I don't think Carr solves our long-term QB questions, so... I'd be OK trading for him as a bridge QB(3d round pick or later?), not as a franchise QB(1st? 2nd?).
JB was traded for as an emergency measure when they realized Luck won't be ready in 2017 and they started him in 2019 as an emergency measure after Luck retired. I don't think JB is the type of QB they imagine as the engine for the offense. Go listen to Frank Reich's introductory pressconference about what kind of offense he wants to run and ask yourself if he's describing JB-type of QB. He describes the polar opposite of what Jacoby is. Look at every other year of Frank tenure in the NFL as an offensive coordinator with QBs like Rivers, Wentz, Luck... he didn't run this type of offense with any of them. I cannot imagine a coach like Frank preferring being this limited in the offense he runs. Now Carr might be able to do a bit more than Jacoby(not sure about Bridgewater), but I still don't think he's an ideal QB for what he wants.
Sheard has been great with us and hes not really that old. He could easily play at this level for another 3 years.. I think Al Woods walking in FA in 2018 hurt this team, and I think Ballard feels the same way about sheard. He expected someone to step up for Woods and it just never happened. I would rather a guy force sheard out, than to just hand over the reigns to a guy who hasn't proven himself a proper replacement.
I dont see Sheard costing us a lot of money either. There isnt a lot of reasons not to sign him. The dline needs help and I think it woukd be counterproductive to let him walk.