Panthers QB Cam Newton passed for 374 yards yesterday against Chicago. And it says a lot about Newton's rookie season that those numbers feel kind of low. After all, the dude passed for four bills in his first two games. And he's not alone among rookie QBs running amok. Second rounder Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a win over the unbeaten Bills yesterday (throwing to another rookie phenom in AJ Green), nearly throwing for his second 300-yard game. Even Blaine Gabbert got a little frisky yesterday, and Yo Gabbert Gabbert is working with the NFL's version of the Clippers down in Jacksonville.
If the success of Newton and Dalton surprise you (and it's surprised me), you need to take a harder look at the three previous first round NFL draft classes. It used to be that drafting a QB in the first round had wildly unpredictable results. For every Peyton Manning you took, there was a Ryan Leaf. But take a look at the first round QBs from 2008 to 2010:
2008: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco