The NFL lacks quality quarterback play. Yes, top-notch passers are brilliant at their game and are the true cornerstones of the franchise, from a 44-year-old who somehow gets better (Tom Brady) to a 25-year-old who just made it to the Super Bowl (Joe Burrow). But the pantheon of quarterbacks is very rich. There is some debate in the league about whether the NFL has 32 real players on its starting lineup.
This is where the 2021 draft class comes in. A group of six talented young QBs – Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields, Mack Jones and Davis Mills – have a lot to prove, but they will help define the 2022 NFL season. It’s rare for six players from a single draft to hold nearly 20% of the starting positions of NFL quarterbacks starting their second season (the 49ers don’t guarantee Lance will be a starter since Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster, but the move is largely expected). ). .
According to an unofficial reckoning, the last time six quarterbacks selected in the draft entered their second year as a starter was in 2000. This class played like many other draft classes before and after, with a lot of hits and misses. Daunt Culpepper and Donovan McNabb rose to the top, Akili Smith and Cade McNab failed, and Tim Coach dropped out of the league after five years. All five players were selected in the top 12 in 1999. Second-round pick Sean King led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in their second year but failed to maintain that momentum.
This year’s group enters 2022 with optimism, but history says some of them will eventually fail. So we polled several NFL executives, scouts, and coaches to find out which Year 2 quarterbacks are ready for the big year. They each ranked quarterbacks 1 to 6, and below is a composite ranking based on expectations for 2022, not career. This is an important distinction. Scheme, team fit and supporting cast are all part of the criteria.
See where each QB is scored:
Lawrence | Wilson | lance
Fields | Jones | Mills