Recent draft classes have set a new expectation of immediate success from rookie quarterbacks.
The 2012 rookie quarterback class set that precedent dangerously high, with three rookie quarterbacks—Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)—all leading their teams to postseason berths and emerging as superstars in their first NFL seasons.
While Wilson’s quick rise to stardom was unexpected, Luck and Griffin were both considered elite prospects entering the 2012 NFL draft. The 2013 draft class, however, has no quarterback prospects of that caliber.
That makes the precedent dangerous. Expecting one or two quarterbacks from this draft class, let alone three, to emerge as superstars in their rookie seasons is a high bar to set that almost certainly wouldn’t be reached.
That said, recent trends indicate that even in a class that lacks any surefire franchise quarterback prospects, multiple teams will turn to rookie quarterbacks as early as Week 1 of next season.
While there may not be even one quarterback in this draft class who should be starting for an NFL team right out of the gate, there are 10 signal-callers in the class who could reasonably be expected to at least compete for a starting job. The following slideshow ranks those quarterbacks based not only their overall potential as a prospect, but on which are most NFL-ready as they prepare to join the league.