Originally posted on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 4/22/13
After the 2012 NFL Draft produced five rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams, is it possible that the 2013 NFL Draft produces a class that can even touch the class of 2012? Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson all brought their teams to the playoffs after their respective teams had missed out the year prior. The Washington Redskins, Indianpolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks combined for 14 wins in the 2011-2012 season. This past season, Griffin, Luck, and Wilson lead their teams to a combined 32 regular season wins. Griffin and Wilson ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the entire league in QB rating. Luck finished 7th in the league in passing yards, ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, and Joe Flacco. Griffin and Wilson ranked 4th and 8th respectively in Completion Percentage, both ahead of Drew Brees and Tom Brady. You can go on and on with impressive stats these three rookie quarterbacks put up this past season, but the draft class’s depth goes even beyond the quarterback position. Here are some notable stats regarding the rookies of last season: 1st Overall Pick: Andrew Luck (see above paragraph or record books) 2nd Overall Pick: Robert Griffin III (see above paragraph or watch one re-run of Sportscenter from September-January) 3rd Overall Pick: Trent Richardson… Tied for 5th in NFL in rushing touchdowns, Top 10 amongst all running backs in percentage of team offensive snaps 4th Overall Pick: Matt Kalil… 100 percent of team’s offensive snaps, Vikings 2nd in NFL in rushing yards 5th Overall Pick: Justin Blackmon… 3rd on team in percentage of team offensive snaps, top 15 amongst all WR in NFL in percentage of team offensive snaps 7th Overall Pick: Mark Barron… 100% of team defensive snaps 8th Overall Pick: Ryan Tannehill… Led Dolphins to 7-9 record, started all 16 games. Passed for 3,294 yards 9th Overall Pick: Luke Kuechly… Led NFL in tackles 15th Overall Pick: Bruce Irvin… 8.0 sacks, 2nd on team 22nd Overall Pick: Brandon Weeden…  Passed for 3,385 yards, started 15 of 16 games 31st Overall Pick: Doug Martin… 5th in the NFL in rushing yards (1,454 yards), tied for 5th in NFL in rushing yards 173rd Overall Pick: Alfred Morris… 2nd in the NFL in rushing touchdowns, 2nd in NFL in rushing yards (1,613 yards) In addition to these guys, who all made significant impacts on the league as a whole, there’s plenty of other players that contributed to their team. For example, running backs: Vick Ballard, David Wilson, Robert Turbin, Bernard Pierce, Bryce Brown, LaMichael James, Lamar Miller, Daryl Richardson. All these rookie backs were either first or second on their team’s depth charts and therefore, contributed to their team’s offensive success. This also appears to be an advantage for the class of 2012 as experts are predicting the possibility of zero backs being taken in the first round on Thursday.
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