This past offseason was a big one for teams looking to rebuild and trying to land a franchise QB. The 2021 NFL Draft was one of the best in recent memory in terms of the quarterbacks that were available, but as we have seen in the past, a great college career does not always translate to success in the NFL. We saw 3 QB’s picked up with the opening 3 picks of the draft, as well as 2 more in the opening round. The way things played out was perhaps not as we expected once the season began, but it is perhaps to soon to be talking about successes or busts after a single season in the pros. Still, we thought it might be fun to take a look at what those 5 QBs did in their rookie season so you can continue betting against the NFL odds.
NFL – Top Rookie QB for the 2021-22 Season
Mac Jones – New England Patriots
Jones was taken 15th overall and was the last of the top 5 QBs chosen. He did not have a ton of expectation heaped on his shoulders, but he turned out to be the best of the bunch, helping lead the Patriots to the postseason. Jones played in all 17 games and ended up ranked 13th overall in the QB standings, going 352 of 521 for a 67.6% completion rate. He had 22 TD passes versus 13 INT and tossed for 3,801 yards. Jones looks like the real deal and will likely continue to improve.
Trevor Lawrence – Jacksonville Jaguars
Everyone looked at Lawrence, the #1 overall pick, as the one who could not miss. He showed some flashes of ability in a situation that would have been tough for any QB. The Jaguars were a disaster in 2021, but perhaps things will be better with a new head coach in 2022. Lawrence went 359 of 602 for 3, 641 yards in his rookie season, good for 17th overall in the QB rankings. He only managed 12 TD passes versus 17 INT, but in fairness, he was not surrounded by a ton of talent.
Zach Wilson – New York Jets
Wilson played in 13 games this season and did not do a whole heck of a lot to impress Jets fans. Again, it is tough to judge him based on this single season, as we are all aware that the Jets are an absolute mess at the moment. In those 13 games, Wilson went 213 of 383 for 2,334 yards. He tossed 9 TD passes versus 11 INT and ranked 30th out of 49 QB’s that started this season.
Justin Fields – Chicago Bears
Fields started 12 games for the Chicago Bears, and while he had some good moments, he also struggled a little at times. In short, exactly what you would expect from a rookie playing on a poor team. Fields went 159 of 270 for 1, 870 yards, but he also added 420 yards in the running game as a mobile style QB. He had 7 TD passes and 10 picks on the season, so room for improvement there.
Trey Lance – San Francisco 49ers
There was not a lot to go on with Lance, as the 49ers chose to go with Jimmy Garoppolo, who led them all the way to the NFC Championship Game. With Garoppolo likely to leave in the offseason, it may be next season before we get a serious look at Lance.