It is time to throw away the American inferiority complex with its place in the sport, where many blindly claim that technique should come above all in choosing and developing the best prospects and that the U.S. is not an international power because it cares too much about athleticism.
2019 NFL Quarterback Class: Most Likely Failure in Recent History
This year's NFL quarterback draft may go down has one of the most disappointing in recent history, if not all time. For context of what I mean by worst quarterback class, we go back to the 2013 NFL draft that saw EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson and Landry Jones all get drafted within the first four rounds. Of the eleven quarterbacks drafted that year, only Matt Barkley started a game in the 2018 season.
That is the kind of quarterback class we could be looking at this year.
First and foremost, Kyler Murray. The Heisman winner and former Sooner was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the first overall pick. Not only are bringing in an undersized Kyler Murray into one of the worst O-Lines in the NFL, they are joining him with a head coach who has failed at every head coaching job so far. The Cardinals are essentially setting Murray up for failure.
Daniel Jones was the second quarterback chosen in what some consider one of the biggest reaches in NFL history. Jones, ranked 68th amongst all college football quarterbacks in passing percentage and sixth in his conference. Basically, Jones was mediocre at completing passes at a level where it is much easier to complete passes . . . Not sure what the Giants saw in Jones but this has the makings of a huge bust.
Next up is Dwayne Haskins of the Washington Redskins. Dwayne is unique in that he enters a relatively good situation and completed a high percentage of his passes. However, Haskins started a grand total of 14 games in college. Which means if Haskins, presumably starts for the Redskins in the entirety of next season, he would have started more NFL games in one season than he did in 3 college football seasons. Haskins is a complete and utter coin flip that may or may not end up a success. No one really knows but it is a worrying sign that once Haskins was analyzed more during the draft process, his stock dropped. In comparison, Mitch Trubisky came into the draft process with the same kind of inexperience but his draft stock shot up all the way to the number 2 overall pick. Haskins will have a lot of work to do.
The rest of the quarterbacks drafted are of the same sort of mystery. Drew Lock showed flashes in the most difficult college football conference. Will Grier put up some incredible numbers over the last two seasons. While, Ryan Finley comes in with the most experience of any other player mentioned.
It remains to be seen if this quarterback class will end up a success, but what we can say is they have more to prove than any other class in recent history.
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