March 20th, 2013
Last year was one of the best years in NFL history for rookie quarterbacks. The Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck as the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III as the second overall pick. Later on in the first round, the Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill and theClevland Browns selected Brandon Weeden. In the third round, the Eagles selected Nick Foles and the Seahawks chose Russel Wilson. Five of those six quarterbacks were starting in week one. Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russel Wilson all made the Pro Bowl. The three of them combined for over 10,500 passing yards. Nick Foles came in for the injured Michael Vick in the middle of the season. Ryan Tannehill did pretty well as he threw for almost 3,300 yards. Finally, Brandon Weeden was solid, throwing for almost 3,400 yards.
Two years ago, there was also a great draft class. That year's draft class included quarterbacks Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, and Andy Dalton. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton both made the Pro Bowl. Christian Ponder took over for Brett Favre, Cam Newton beat Peyton Manning's record for passing yards by a rookie, Andy Dalton threw 20 touchdowns, Jake Locker only played 5 games, and Colin Kaepernick played a backup role until Alex Smith got hurt in 2012. After the injury to Alex Smith, Kaepernick came in and brought the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
This year's quarterback draft class is also amazing. This year's quarterback class includes, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel, and Colin Klein. Geno Smith had an excellent college career and will likely be drafted in the top-10 of this year's draft. Mike Glennon had a great career at NC State, but likely won't be a starting quarterback in September. Tyler Wilson is a great quarterback and could lead a team to a Super Bowl if his team gives him a chance. Matt Barkley could be a top 10 pick, or a second round draft pick. EJ Manuel is a mobile quarterback and Colin Klein will not likely be drafted until at least the third round.
Rookies didn't typically make the Pro Bowl, until the last two years. For the past two years, five rookie quarterbacks have made it to the Pro Bowl! Rookie quarterbacks are just getting better. In the past, the rookie quarterback usually had a headset and clipboard for their first year in the NFL. However, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Cam Newton have changed that. Will rookie quarterbacks continue to be this good? Only time will tell.