That's quite a bold statement, don't you think ? Some sources: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2004/draft/players/53419.html excerpt: "May not offer early returns but has more upside potential than any other signal-caller in this draft." http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04119/307633.stm excerpt: "Big Ben isn't as NFL-ready as Philip Rivers, but his strong arm and classic style give him a bigger upside." The Roethlisberger hype reminds me of Cutler more so than the other qb's really... and he ended up going 11th despite some people having him going number 1 overall... And this is just something I thought was hilarious while I was googling this... http://football.about.com/cs/nflmockdrafts/a/2004vmock1124_3.htm excerpt: "Roethlisberger will learn from one of the best on how to read defenses and how to look off his intended target. He will be learning behind Bret Favre." No word on whether that was sarcasm or not.