Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/3/12

Andrew Luck- drafted #1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts

CMP    ATT     CMP%              YDS     AVG     TD       INT      QBR

65       122     53.3                846     6.93    5          4          81.9 

Luck and the Colts are 1-2 and in second place in a weak AFC West division. The Colts are obviously a team that is in rebuilding mode. In 3 games Luck has been up and down. His mechanics are consistent but his decision-making is not.

Luck has shown versatility as well as good mechanics and is telling defenses he isn’t afraid to tuck the ball and run. Luck has a decent supporting cast around him and has yet to fully utilize it.

In the coming weeks I think Luck will only grow more confident, his stock is rising.

My rank: 2 of 5 starting rookie QBs 




Robert Griffin III- drafted #2 overall to the Washington Redskins

CMP    ATT     CMP%              YDS     AVG     TD       INT      QBR

86       124     69.4                1,070  8.63    4          1          103.2

Griffin and the Redskins are 2-2 tied for first place in the NFC East. It obvious Griffin is the best of the rookie quarterbacks, In fact ESPN even asked the question, “Was Griffin the best QB in the month of September?”

Griffin exploded onto the scene against a Saints team everyone thought would be fine after the bounty scandal (apparently not), and he hasn’t slow down since. Griffin’s worst game passing came week 3 against the Bengals when he connected on only 62% of his throws.  He has also kept mistakes to a minimum by throwing only 1 interception thus far.

This is all impressive but what puts Griffin in the ranks among the best quarterbacks in the league, rookie or not, is his x factor. Griffin sacrifices himself for the team and has proven so on multiple occasions. He makes blocks down field, stands in the pocket and takes the hit when completing passes, and also isn’t shy about his running ability (252 yards and 4 rushing TDs). Griffin is the Cam Newton of last year, clearing the path to a Rookie of the Year trophy to put next to his Heisman. Griffin’s stock, Buy, buy, buy!!

My rank: 1 of 5 starting rookie QBs




Ryan Tannehill- drafted #8 overall to the Miami Dolphins

CMP    ATT     CMP%              YDS     AVG     TD       INT      QBR

80       143     55.9                1,046  7.32    2          6          48.9

Tannehill and the Dolphins are 1-3 and in last place in the AFC East. Tannehill’s rookie mistakes have shown thus far in 4 weeks, but he has proved time and time again he can shake off an interception or bad pass and focus on the next play.

Though the Dolphins are 1-3 they lost their last two games in overtime. Tannehill now also has a new target in Jabar Gaffney (signed October 2nd) to help improve his stats.

It is tough for Dolphin fans to be optimistic when you’re in the same division at the Patriots, but the Jets continue to get worse and the Bills are extremely unpredictable.

Tannehill’s stock is rising and will continue to rise if he cuts down on mistakes and capitalizes on scoring opportunities.

My rank: 3 of 5 starting rookie QBs 


Brandon Weeden- drafted #22 overall to the Cleveland Browns

CMP    ATT     CMP%              YDS     AVG     TD       INT      QBR

90       167     53.9                997     5.97    3          7          10.1

Weeden and the Browns are 0-4 and in last place in the AFC North. The Browns are an extremely young team and would be even younger had they not drafted a 28 year-old rookie quarterback.

It baffled me when Cleveland burned the 22nd pick in the draft on a 28 year old they plan on building a team around. Weeden has been up and down thus far this season but proved against the Ravens he has the tools to be a quality quarterback.

His QBR may be the lowest of all starting rookie QBs but Weeden has been burdened with task of turning a franchise around that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002. Weeden’s stock is rising because he starting to show more poise, but don’t expect the Browns to win more then 4 games this season.

My rank: 4 of 5 starting rookie QBs 



Russell Wilson- drafted #75 overall to the Seattle Seahawks

CMP    ATT     CMP%              YDS     AVG     TD       INT      QBR

60       100     60.0                594     5.94    4          4          30.4

Wilson and the Seahawks are 2-2 and in last place in a tough NFC West division. Wilson has been compared to Drew Brees because of his height but his play looks nothing like that of a future Hall-of-Famer.

Wilson is a dual threat quarterback who has used his speed to beat defenses on the ground. The Seahawks should technically be 1-3 but replacement referees would say otherwise.

Wilson’s athleticism and determination keep him competitive, but he has trouble sitting in the pocket and consistently finding receivers for quality gains through the air. stock has fallen the most and I would rank him last in his progression thus far.

My rank: 5 of 5 starting rookie QBs 


Honorable mention rookie quarterback:

Nick Foles: He hasn’t played in a regular season game yet, but with Mike Vick ahead of him in Philadelphia, the inevitable injury Vick will suffer sometime this season will give Foles his shot. After seeing him play in the preseason, one could make a case that he might be one of the top 3 quarterbacks out of the 2012 draft if given the opportunity. 

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