Power Ranking NFL Rookie QBs Heading into Week 11
NFL rookie quarterbacks are not created equal.
That said, all five rookies who entered the season as starters have maintained their jobs, and all five have put forth efforts that suggests there's a good chance they'll still be starters in 2013.
Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson all have their respective teams in playoff contention, Robert Griffin III has proven to be the most electric player to enter the league since Michael Vick and Brandon Weeden has shown some pluck against tough opponents.
But how should we rank them all?
Follow along, as we take a look at which rookie stands above the rest as the best rookie quarterback through Week 10.
5. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
By virtue of leading the team with the worst record of any of the rookie quarterbacks this season, Brandon Weeden gets the low spot on the totem pole.
Weeden hasn't been terrible, though.
In fact, there's a lot to like about the 29-year-old rookie.
He has led his team to two victories—one of which was an impressive divisional contest against the Cincinnati Bengals—and has thrown nine touchdown passes compared to 12 interceptions.
Weeden is fearless in the pocket, stands tall and delivers strikes deep downfield, and if his receivers would just stop dropping passes, his numbers will improve dramatically.
4. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
With seven games left to play, Ryan Tannehill has the Miami Dolphins two games out of the playoffs. The team has lost two games in a row, and Tannehill struggled mightily in last week's contest against the Tennessee Titans, throwing three interceptions.
That said, of his nine interceptions on the year, six of them came in two games. Tannehill has had a couple of stinkers, no doubt, but his steady play the rest of the season has been a huge reason why the Dolphins have won four games.
Tannehill—like Brandon Weeden—will benefit greatly from a couple of reliable receivers. Many of his passes—including some of his interceptions—have been dropped or tipped.
The future is bright for Tannehill and the Dolphins—provided said receivers are brought on board to facilitate in Tannehill's development.
3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III's Washington Redskins have been hit hard on the injury front this season—especially at receiver. He has also dealt with some significant drop numbers by the guys who can play, which has made it tough for him to get into any kind of flow recently.
The Redskins have lost three straight games. The last two games, in particular, were ones filled with struggle for this rookie quarterback, as he only managed to complete 53.4 percent of his passes while throwing just one touchdown.
It's also been three weeks since RG3 ran one in for a score.
Perhaps the bye week was just what the doctor ordered for Griffin and the Redskins. If his play improves and his team starts winning again, he'll climb back up into the top couple of spots on this list.
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck has resurrected the Indianapolis Colts this season from the ashes of a 2-14 record a year ago to the point where it's not crazy to assume that they'll get into the playoffs.
That, in and of itself, is almost enough to land him the top spot on this list.
And, if it weren't for the unbelievable play of Russell Wilson the past five weeks, Luck would have the top spot.
For the season, Luck has only thrown 10 touchdown passes, while throwing nine interceptions. Sure, he has thrown for about 800 yards more than Wilson, but that's only because the Colts don't have a running game.
There's no doubt that Luck is the prototypical franchise quarterback every team dreams about, and what he's doing is amazing. That said, he isn't playing at the same level as Wilson.
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson has made incredible strides this season for the Seattle Seahawks.
His past five games, he's led his team to a 3-2 record—losing tough, tight games to the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, both on the road. Of his three victories, two were against the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings—both winning teams in the thick of playoff races of their own.
His team now has a 6-4 record heading into the stretch run.
Even counting his terrible performance on Thursday Night Football against the 49ers, Wilson's last five games have produced these mind-blowing stats: Wilson completed 78-of-128 passes (60.9 percent) for 1,012 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
No other rookie quarterback is as hot as Wilson, and his Seahawks are ready to make a big push to the playoffs in 2012.
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