Young Guns: Ranking the Rookie QB’s

Colts QB Andrew Luck is on pace to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in his rookie season.

Colts QB Andrew Luck is on pace to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in his rookie season.

Eleven quarterbacks were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, and five of them have been their respective team’s starting quarterback for the majority of the season. Some of the other QBs have started, but in limited roles. 7th round pick Ryan Lindley has failed to help the struggling Arizona Cardinals, and Eagles backup Nick Foles hasn’t exactly righted the ship in Philadelphia after Michael Vick suffered a concussion. But several quarterbacks have made their mark, for better or worse.

5. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns, 22nd overall pick

The Cleveland Browns just can’t seem to catch a lucky break, can they? They turned to Weeden, a 29-year-old “veteran” as their franchise quarterback in 2012. While he has shown signs of greatness, he has been far too inconsistent, throwing 17 interceptions and posting a QB rating of only 72.4, good for 32nd in the league. Weeden may be the franchise quarterback, but the franchise continues to struggle around him.

4. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins, 8th overall pick

Like Weeden in Cleveland, Tannehill has been good, but not great, and he doesn’t have a great defense to back him up. Tannehill has decent stats (2929 yds, 10 TDs, 12 INT) and he broke several of Dan Marino’s franchise records this season. He is a good quarterback who can grow into one of the league’s elite, but compared to the rest of the rookies, he remains on the low end of the rookie spectrum.

3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, 1st overall pick

Sure he turned around a 2-14 team to 9 wins in one year, but Luck has had his share of inconsistency as well. His 18 interceptions are tied with Drew Brees for the most in the NFL, but he has thrown for 20 TDs and run for five more. You can’t argue with a 4,000 yard season either. Luck will most likely be in the playoffs, and deserves a great deal of credit for taking charge of the Colts.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 75th overall pick

Replacement referee-laden “touchdown-interception” aside, Wilson has risen to stardom in Seattle. A dual-threat quarterback, Wilson has scored 24 touchdowns this season, and has an impressive 95.5 passer rating, eighth best in the league. Like Luck, he has led his team to a 9-5 record and a likely playoff spot, and because of his consistency, Seattle’s offense is among the NFL’s best.

Robert Griffin III of the Redskins is leading the NFL's Rookie of the Year race.

Robert Griffin III of the Redskins is leading the NFL’s Rookie of the Year race.

1. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, 2nd overall pick

The Redskins traded three first round picks and a second round pick for the right to draft the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. It’s a good thing they did. RG3 has quickly become an NFL superstar, compiling 3,650 all-purpose yards, scoring 24 touchdowns, and throwing just four picks. He has led the Redskins to a three-way tie for the NFC East division lead. A true leader, Griffin was named one of the Redskins captains on November 14, and has not disappointed. With RG3 at the helm, the future looks bright in our nation’s capital.

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