Power Rankings: NFL Rookie QBs Through Week 13
Ranking the Rookie Quarterbacks Through Week 13
Rookie quarterbacks have been the talk of this NFL season since the start of the 2012 draft when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went first and second. At the start of the season there was a total of five rookie quarterbacks starting for their team, Luck, Griffin, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, and Brandon Weeden.
Entering week 13 of the season, two more rookies have earned the chance to start for their teams with Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles and Ryan Lindley for the Arizona Cardinals.
Beginning back in week one, Griffin and Luck were the only two really in the conversations about which rookie will outperform everyone else. The performances of both these rookies would be compared and experts who argue who is going to have the best career.
It was assumed that these two quarterbacks would battle each other out for rookie of the year and be compared for the rest of their time in the NFL.
Fast forward to this week, another quarterback is trying to make his case for rookie of the year and show that it is no longer a two person race. Wilson has played at a very high level for the Seattle Seahawks and is proving that he deserves to be in the talks with rookie sensations Griffin and Luck.
Other rookies like Tannehill and Weeden have had mediocre seasons as they try to keep their team from losing any more guys while Foles and Lindley try to do the best they can with the new opportunity given to them.
Here is the order of rookie quarterbacks based on performance through week 13.
Arizona Cardinals - Ryan Lindley
With an injury to regular starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, the Arizona Cardinals were forced to look at their backups. Ryan Lindley was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.
Lindley has not had a successful year in the two games he has started for the Cardinals. The young rookie has thrown five interceptions in two games with zero touchdown passes.
As a start Lindley has been a big disappointment for Arizona and is one of the worst performing rookies in the NFL.
The Cardinals will most like start Skelton in their next game against division rival Seattle Seahawks.
Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles
Nick Foles was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in third round to back up starter Michael Vick.
With the Eagles on a terrible losing streak, Foles got the chance to start and has been giving the starting role for the rest of the season.
Foles has been unsuccessful getting the Eagles a win with subpar performance in all of his starts.
The rookie has thrown only two touchdown passes with three interceptions and has six fumbles in his four games for Philadelphia.
It will continue to be a bumpy year for the Eagles as they continue to hope their rookie quarterback can improve over the rest of the season.
Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden was the first round pick for the Cleveland Browns who had little success with Colt McCoy last season.
Weeden has had a mediocre performance so far this season with the Browns only winning four games.
The young rookie has shown some highs throwing for 13 touchdowns and 2,820-yards but his 15 interceptions and a low QBR of 26.1 bring his stalk way down.
For a rookie, Weeden has not done to terrible but compared to the rest of the rookie class in 2012, he is far below them.
The Browns should continue to work with Weeden and develop him in their program. Over time he could be a solid starter for his organization.
Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill was the third quarterback taken in the first round of the draft by the Miami Dolphins in the eighth spot.
Tannehill, like the other rookies, has had a poor season so far as he has helped the Dolphins win five games this season including a fourth quarter comeback against the Seattle Seahawks.
The young quarterback has thrown for only seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a completion percentage of 58 percent and a QBR of 49.7.
Tannehill is continuing to try to make a name for himself in this league and has been a decent prospect for the struggling Miami team.
Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III
Now comes the big three, the rookies that have outperformed all the others and made strong cases for rookie of the year. Robert Griffin III was taken second overall by the Washington Redskins and is third on this list which might come as a surprise to some.
Griffin has earned a QBR of 73.6 over the season throwing for 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The young quarterback as also totaled over 2,600 yards thrown the air.
Though Griffin has had an extraordinary rookie year, his team sits on a 6-6 record with a chance to break into the playoffs.
It is hard to place these last three quarterbacks in order of performance but what is the biggest surprise is all three rookies could be leading their team into the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson has been the surprise of the rookie quarterbacks coming over of the third round to the Seattle Seahawks. He has come a long way to make a name for himself and to keep the starting role over back up Matt Flynn.
Wilson has thrown for 19 touchdowns with only eight interceptions and over 2,300-yards.
The rookie quarterback has had his most impressive performances towards the end of the season being the first rookie to complete 16 passes in a row as well as be the first rookie to have a QBR over 125 for three consecutive weeks.
Along with that Wilson has led three fourth quarter comebacks against big teams like the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, and on the road against the Chicago Bears.
Wilson has led his team to a 7-5 record with the chance to take first in the NFC West and make the playoffs.
With these high performances, Wilson has earned himself a spot in the talks for rookie of the year.
Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck
Along with the title of the first overall pick the draft, comes pressure to outperform and immediately be great in the NFL which is exactly what Andrew Luck has done this season.
Luck has thrown for over 3,500-yards this season and has taken his team to an 8-5 record with the first wild card spot.
The Indianapolis Colts ending last season with a horrible record and Luck has helped bring them back in the playoff race. Luck’s most recent performance showed his ability to perform under pressure with a last second win over the Detroit Lions.
Luck has everything it takes to become a star in this league and his performances this year could land him with the title of rookie of the year.
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