Ranking the Quarterbacks from the 2012 NFL Draft Class

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Ranking the Quarterbacks from the 2012 NFL Draft Class
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Andrew Luck was selected with the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. Is he the best out of the 2012 quarterback class?

Last season, all of the talk was about the rookie quarterback class. This group of young signal-callers consisting of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were drafted in the first round. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected in the third round while Nick Foles was a fourth-round selection. This group of young quarterbacks was expected to be the future of the league.

Almost two seasons after making their professional debuts, it has started to become clear what type of players these second-year signal-callers will be.

Before we get too far into the story, I want to start off by saying that I didn’t include Brandon Weeden in this argument because of his overall level of play. He has been benched in favor of both Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell this season and he will likely not be a factor in the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition beyond 2013. Also, Weeden is already 30 years old.

After conducting research, I have placed the quarterbacks into three separate tiers. Luck and Wilson are in Tier 1, which is the battle for the top quarterback in the class. Tier 2 consists of Tannehill and Griffin, while the last tier consists of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles is in this tier due to him only receiving significant playing time this season, which provides a small sample size, but we’ll get into that more in the next slide.

The criteria that was used to rank these players includes team success, individual success and intangibles.

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