Rookie Stat Predictions for Every Novice QB in 2012-13
Every team with a rookie quarterback is wondering the same thing: What type of play will they get right now?
Sure, many rookies won't play too much in their first year, but others will start from the first game. Right now, there are several NFL teams whose seasons depend on the play of their rookie quarterback.
What type of numbers will Andrew Luck and company put up as rookies? Read on to find out.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Projected Stats: 22 COMP, 41 ATT, 284 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, QB rating: 71.6, 18 rushing yards
Throughout his college career, Robert Griffin wasn't the most durable player in the world. The Redskins are hoping Griffin's health holds up, but they should count on Kirk Cousins making a couple of starts.
Cousins won't light the world on fire—there's a reason he was a fourth-round pick—but he shouldn't be awful, either.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Projected Stats: 81 COMP, 151 ATT, 927 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT, QB Rating: 79.5, 134 rushing yards
At the moment, Russell Wilson is locked in a three-headed quarterback competition. Wilson may not win the competition, but he seems likely to get some playing time in 2012.
An undersized quarterback with plenty of ability, Wilson will go through some struggles, but his talent will shine through. Wilson will make some big plays with his feet and arm.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Projected Stats: 244 COMP, 420 ATT, 3,108 yards, 23 TD, 19 INT, QB Rating: 80.7, 120 rushing yards
It's almost guaranteed that Brandon Weeden will enter the 2012 season as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback. Weeden has some flaws, but he's a talented pocket passer and should be an upgrade over Colt McCoy.
Weeden will make his fair share of plays for the Browns, but he will also make mistakes and throw plenty of interceptions. Like most rookie quarterbacks, Weeden will be inconsistent.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Projected Stats: 193 COMP, 350 ATT, 2,660 yards, 17 TD, 15 INT, QB Rating: 78.0, 245 rushing yards
It's not yet certain how much Ryan Tannehill will play as a rookie, but he looks to get plenty of action. Tannehill is familiar with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's offense and the West Cost offense in general.
Tannehill is incredibly talented, but he is prone to making awful decisions. The No. 8 overall pick will cause Dolphin fans to gasp in awe and in exasperation.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Projected Stats: 214 COMP, 362 ATT, 2,824 yards, 21 TD, 16 INT, QB Rating: 84.8, 752 rushing yards
A legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate, Robert Griffin looks to make quite an impression as a rookie. Running quarterbacks typically fare well in their first season, and Griffin can run with the best of them.
Mike Shanahan's offense should take advantage of Griffin's skill set and allow him to make plays on the move. Griffin is incredibly talented, and he is walking into a great situation.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Projected Stats: 254 COMP, 416 ATT, 3,078 yards, 25 TD, 19 INT, QB Rating: 84.8, 314 rushing yards
The most pro-ready quarterback in over a decade, Andrew Luck should have an excellent rookie season. The only thing holding him back is Indianapolis's perceived lack of talent, which isn't as bad as it is believed to be.
Luck is an excellent athlete who should make his fair share of plays outside of the pocket. However, he can also stand strong in the pocket and drive the ball downfield.
Though he is familiar with an NFL offense, Luck will still throw plenty of interceptions.