The 2018 quarterback class is one of the most highly touted in recent memory, with 4 potential star signal callers being selected in the first 10 picks. Let’s see how they’ve fared so far.
DISCLAIMER: Lamar Jackson will not be included, as he has not started a game yet and he’s mostly used to run the ball. We’re ranking quarterbacks not running backs.
1: Sam Darnold (New York Jets)
Considering his first ever NFL pass attempt was a pick six, Jets fans have to be very happy with Darnold thus far. He had a rough of it between weeks 2 to 4, then he made a solid improvement to bring the Jets back to contention. Although he’s been picked off 10 times in 7 games, He’s thrown for the most yards (1552) and touchdowns (10) out of any of the rookie quarterbacks. It certainly seems as if the game is slowing down for the 3rd overall pick, and hopefully Darnold builds off of the solid start he’s had.
2: Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)
The number one overall pick has been just about what most expected so far, solid but not flawless. He is certainly an upgrade from Tyrod Taylor. He has thrown for 1,291 yards this season, averaging out to 258 per game. Baker desperately needs help from his receivers, as the Browns wide receiving core has the highest drop rate in the league. He has won the Browns 2 games to this point, and keeping them competitive in the overtime losses to the Raiders and Buccaneers. Despite throwing 6 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, Baker has turned out to be solid thus far, and continues to improve on a weekly basis.
3. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
With Allen and Rosen it’s 3a and 3b really, but Allen has been a hair better than Rosen so far. The 2 touchdowns to 5 interceptions isn’t a good look, neither is the 138 yards per game. While Allen at times has looked erratic, you can’t pin it all on the 7th overall pick. Brian Daboll has been shaky at best with the offensive play calling. With an arm like Josh Allen has, checkdowns are doing nothing for him or the offense, let him off the leash. Allen also has no time to throw, as he’s been sacked 21 times through 6 games (2nd most in the league). That issue got him injured. While you can rightfully point the finger at those issues, you would still like to see improvement out of Allen, which so far we have not.
4. Josh Rosen (Arizona Cardinals)
For the hype surrounding Rosen as being the most NFL ready QB in the class, he has been pedestrian to this point. Averaging just 164 yards per game in his 5 games played, he has been dreadful thus far. Considering he has Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and David Johnson available to him, you should expect a little more out of the 10th overall pick. He turns the ball over quite frequently, but he doesn’t score frequently either. It’s still early, but Rosen has not wowed anyone to this point.