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NFL-Top drafted QBs should brace for adversity, says Palmer

Being selected at the top of the NFL Draft is a “blessing and a curse,” former first overall pick Carson Palmer says, as quarterbacks who have known nothing but winning and adoration join organizations that are unlikely to contend for a Super Bowl right away. Palmer, who was drafted by a struggling Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, said quarterbacks like consensus No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence will need to get used to the unfamiliar feeling of failure and the finger-pointing that comes with it. “Just learn,” Palmer told Reuters when asked what advice he had for Lawrence ahead of Thursday’s quarterback-rich draft, which also includes Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones.