5 Young Quarterbacks Who Will Make the Leap in 2011

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIAugust 22, 2011

5 Young Quarterbacks Who Will Make the Leap in 2011

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    Everybody is always looking for the next big thing. The next Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Tiger Woods. 

    In this day and age, with all of our technology, it's hard to not make comparisons. 

    When you see Tom Brady throw an amazing pass, or watch Michael Vick dodge another tackle—it's hard to not get caught up.

    With all the new talent coming in and out of the NFL every year, it's hard to exactly plan out how every year will play out. But it is possible to predict a players' progress given what he has done in the past.

    With that being said, here are five young quarterbacks who I believe will make the leap in 2011.

Sam Bradford

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    Sam Bradford had an amazing freshman campaign in 2010. Bradford threw for over 3,500, completed 60 percent of his passes and had 18 touchdowns with 15 interceptions.

    The only freshmen quarterbacks in recent memory who had a first year of that caliber are Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger—pretty elite territory.

    Bradford built on his successful freshmen season against the Tennessee Titans this preseason, going 8-15 for 138 yards, along with one touchdown and one interception.

Matt Ryan

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    Matt Ryan's numbers last year were just off the charts for a third-year quarterback. Ryan completed 63 percent of his passes and threw for over 3,700 yards, with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

    Ryan managed to have a year like that while only throwing to Roddy White.

    With his flashy new wide receiver in Julio Jones, expect the Atlanta Falcons to have a great year, as well as Matt Ryan to have another great year. 

Joe Flacco

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    Joe Flacco is a very, very underrated quarterback. While some Ravens' fans might disagree with me, Flacco is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

    In 2010, Flacco threw 10 less passes, while managing to throw four more touchdowns, as well as two less interceptions.

    He's not a flashy quarterback, but he gets the job done.

Mark Sanchez

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    I bet you didn't see this one coming.

    Mark Sanchez is flat-out on the rise. Plain and simple.

    I don't think he'll ever become an elite quarterback, but Sanchez has shown improvement every year.

    In 2009, Sanchez threw for over 2,400 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

    However, in 2010, Sanchez threw for almost 3,300 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

    No glamorous numbers by any stretch, but 2010 was a much better year for Sanchez than 2009.

    The Jets have also been to two AFC championship games since Sanchez has been a Jet.  

Josh Freeman

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    Meet Josh Freeman. He's 6'6", weighs 248 pounds and he's the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The turn-around from 2009 is 2010 is absurd.

    2009: 55% of his passes, over 1,800 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

    2010: 61% of his passes, over 3,400 yards, with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

    And to think colleges wanted Freeman to be a tight end.

    Josh Freeman is my personal favorite out of these rising quarterbacks, and I'd be shocked if he didn't turn even more heads this season.