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It’s STILL too early to judge signal callers from 2017 NFL Draft

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There have been some eye popping results early this NFL season. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles quieted his numerous critics for a least a game with an impressive performance in a win over the Patriots. The Miami Dolphins lead the AFC East with an undefeated record, not the Patriots. However, the biggest surprises this NFL season thus far are the great performances of Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes. Fitzpatrick has more than “held down the fort” during the suspension of starting quarterback Jameis Winston and has created doubt about when or if Winston should get his starting job back after suspension. Patrick Mahomes has set NFL records for touchdown passes during the first two weeks of an NFL season and is a reminder of the interesting quarterback NFL Draft class of 2017.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky received the win in the Monday Night Football game over the Seattle Seahawks. He didn’t play particularly well and one of the interesting things about the game was when the TV broadcast displayed a graphic of Trubisky along with his first round cohorts Patrick Mahomes and Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. It showed their touchdown production of their short NFL careers and Mahomes stood out given his minimal playing time after backing up longtime Kansas City starter Alex Smith. Mahomes’ fast start might be viewed as the Bears making a mistake drafting Trubisky at the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft while Mahomes went 10th and Watson went 12th in that draft.

The quarterback position easily gets the most knee-jerk reactions of any NFL position. History says it is way too early to say that Patrick Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky, and Deshaun Watson will be the best signal caller from the 2017 NFL Draft. During the hyped 2006 NFL Draft which featured former USC stars Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and former Texas national champion Vince Young, it is hard to believe that while Jay Cutler clearly had the best NFL career of that quarterback class, it was Young that got off to the superior start by winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year.  The 2012 NFL Draft was viewed as one of the best quarterback classes of all time with former Stanford standout Andrew Luck and Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III as the headliners of a deep class. There were several impressive rookie seasons from quarterbacks in that group but Griffin III had the best and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. It is highly unlikely that Griffin III will be able to pass the careers of Luck and Russell Wilson, who has quietly emerged as the most durable from that class.

There is even recent NFL history that says that evaluating quarterbacks differs from year to year. The 2016 NFL Draft featured quarterbacks selected with the first two picks of the draft in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Both quarterbacks had losing records and watched the NFL playoffs at home while watching another quarterback from that draft, Dak Prescott, help get the Cowboys into the playoffs and have one of the best rookie seasons ever for a quarterback. Now all three quarterbacks are viewed among the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and there is no way to tell who will be the best when it is all said and done. The NFL season is a long one and putting together quality seasons will be important when we evaluate NFL QBs.

 

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