NFL: Grading the Rookie Quarterbacks

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2012

With an unprecedented five rookie starters at the quarterback position to begin the 2012 NFL regular season, this group of signal-callers will, in one way or another, forever be looked at as a group, regardless of how their individual careers play out. 

In the video above, my colleague, Matt Miller, and I give out our grades for all five of the rookies and give our analysis for each so far in this still-young NFL season. Obviously, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have generated most of the headlines so far this season, mostly due to their draft status as the first two players taken in last April's draft. 

Luck has rebounded nicely from a rough first game in Chicago, though he isn't exactly getting a ton of help. The Colts quarterback has formed a good connection with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne, but with minimal help from the running game and a weak offensive line, he'll continue to learn "lessons" as the year goes on. 

RGIII has gone somewhat in the opposite direction, opening with a sizzling initial performance and then falling into some bad rookie habits once defensive coordinators adjusted off the tape from that Saints game. 

That's not to say RGIII hasn't shown promise or been exciting to watch—he has. But there are certainly things he can continue to work on and areas in need of improvement, not the least of which is his tendency to hold onto the ball looking for a big play when throwing it away would be fine. 

Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden round out the rookie starting QB class. Make sure you check the video above for our grades for each and let us know in the comments below where you disagree and where you agree.