Something I would not want to see. So why not include QBs in this quota?
I can see not including the third QB in the national / international counts, as teams would probably just hire a national player, any national person for that matter, hand him a clipboard and call him a QB, thereby getting an extra spot for an international player. But including the first and second QBs in the counts? What team would dare putting an unqualified player in one of those spots? So doing this might have pretty much zero impact today.
But what about a team that has a long term plan? A team that sees the benefit of getting an extra international spot a couple of years down the road by developing a national QB, with the intention of promoting him to the number 2 or 1 spot if and when he shows that he can handle the higher level pro game?
If and when, of course. And no obligation for teams to carry a Canadian QB. Just incentive to play one if they find one that is capable. Are we sure that there are no Canadian QBs coming out of the CIS system who, after a couple of years mentoring, practice, and possible game play, could compete with the stream of backup QBs who parade through the league every year?
NCAA schools will never give scholarships to a Canadian to play at the QB spot for a number of reasons.
- NCAA schools don't scout Canadian high schools to the same extent as they do with American high schools, so don't have as many eyes looking for QBs in Canada.
- Canadian high schools don't tend to have as much game film available on their players.
- Even if they do happen to see Canadian high school QBs play, there is a perception (and probable reality) that they are playing against inferior defences, so their success isn't as impressive.
- Ability at the QB position can't be judged in a quick tryout, unlike other positions.
I think the only Canadian QB who might have had a chance at an NCAA scholarship straight out of Canadian high school was Will Finch, mainly because American coaches got a chance to see him play against (and beat) a team of near-top American high school players. And now Michael O'Connor, who was fortunate enough (with emphasis on "fortune" there) to be able to go to an American high school to gain exposure after playing a couple of years at an elite private Canadian high school, which I suspect had some pretty impressive football coaches on their payroll. (They hired a top-tier rugby coach from Ireland a number of years ago. In the words of John Hammond, they "spared no expense." But when trying to recruit the sons and daughters of millionaires and billionaires, spending money is kind of required.) Other than that, no idea if there are any others.