Grading the NFL Rookie Starting Quarterbacks Through Week 6

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterOctober 17, 2012

The NFL's 2012 regular season began with a record five starting rookie quarterbacks under center on opening weekend. Last week, I looked at their body of work and graded each one on the year they've had so far. This week, I bring in my colleague Josh Zerkle, and we update the grades for each of these guys. 

Obviously, Andrew Luck fell back down to Earth pretty hard against the New York Jets. While he didn't exactly have a lot of help, he missed two potential touchdown throws. That's brutal. This Colts team isn't talented enough to waste scoring opportunities, and they certainly aren't built to overcome mistakes from their best player. 

Russell Wilson continues to progress and pretty much halted the Matt Flynn talk that had started to bubble up the last few weeks with a three-touchdown performance against the Patriots. He still has a tendency to wait for receivers to break open rather than throwing it before their break, but he certainly threw a perfect ball on the touchdown pass that won the game. 

Ryan Tannehill continues to make me look foolish for thinking he would have an extremely tough rookie season. If anything, he's making things tough on opposing offenses. He may not throw for a ton of yardage, but he's not turning the ball over, and that's keeping the Dolphins in games and giving them a chance to win it at the end. 

Brandon Weeden continues to grow, but he still has a maddening tendency to muddy the top of his drop back from center and takes way too long to go through his progressions. On the plus side, he looks much more comfortable under center than he did at the start of the season. 

As for RGIII, this is clearly the star of the class. While some of that is due to the Redskins molding their offense to his specific skill set, you can't deny that he is playing lights out football. Whether throwing or running the football. RGIII has turned what was a moribund Redskins offense in 2011 into an explosive scoring machine in 2012. 

Let us know in the comments below what you think of our grades, and don't forget to give us your own as well.