The 2016 NFL Draft was seen as a little bit of a wasteland when it got here to quarterbacks. Everybody had Jared Goff on the high with a bullet, then Carson Wentz was seen because the next-best quarterback however the drop off from there was precipitous. The Philadelphia Eagles have been so satisfied of the top-heavy nature of the QBs in 2016 that they traded as much as No. 2 with a purpose to take Wentz.
The complete feeling across the draft’s quarterbacks was unsettling. Goff was the lock as a result of there actually wasn’t anybody else, Wentz was unproven towards high competitors and significantly dangerous for a high 5 decide, and on the time the one different participant thought of worthy of a 1st rounder was Paxton Lynch, who was taken by the Broncos.
Quick ahead three years and that is what made the draft so beautiful. Right here was this assortment of passers, none of whom have been thought of locks, and even first spherical picks — and but three NFL groups appeared to get their franchise quarterbacks from the draft. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz led their groups to the Super Bowl, Dak Prescott turned the Dallas Cowboys right into a contender. Goff and Wentz obtained large new contracts, Prescott was on the precipice of 1. Every little thing was rolling.
A 12 months later all of it fell aside.
The Los Angeles Rams traded Goff, deciding he wasn’t their man after one other inconsistent season. Wentz was dealt from the Eagles as a result of his relationship with the staff deteriorated. Prescott by no means obtained his massive cash deal, and was misplaced to the season with damage. The underdog pack of quarterbacks who turned stars all fell again to earth on the similar time. Now, we look forward to the following chapter for the 2016 class and see who’s the most effective quarterback of a pack.
No. 1: Dak Prescott
There’s one motive why Prescott has turned out to be clearly the most effective quarterback of the category: Consistency. Throughout his 4 years as a starter he’s by no means posted a QB ranking beneath 85.0, and averaged 97.3 throughout this time.
Earlier than his 2020 damage Prescott was on a tear as soon as once more, throwing for 1,856 yards and 9 touchdowns in 5 video games. It was on tempo to be the most effective 12 months of his profession, till his season was dashed. We nonetheless don’t understand how he’ll get well from the fractured and dislocated ankle that ended his season, however all indicators level to him being again with littler concern for lingering issues.
If I have been going to start out a staff proper now with a 2016 quarterback it will be Prescott by a mile.
No. 2: Carson Wentz
I’ve written extensively about the problems that led to Wentz’s downfall in Philadelphia, and that’s what makes him second on this record. When Wentz is on he’s the most effective quarterback on this class. When he’s plugged in, and issues are going his method, Wentz might legitimately be probably the greatest quarterbacks within the NFL.
He confirmed this throughout the staff’s 2017 Tremendous Bowl run earlier than being injured. There was no scarcity of speak whether or not Wentz was the MVP of the NFL.
Now, issues are very completely different. There’s no question he needs to be completely broken down and built back up by the Colts, the place he’ll must be taught a wholesome dose of humility, and in addition belief his offensive line once more. That’s an enormous activity, however Frank Reich is aware of him effectively. future upside I simply really feel higher about Wentz’s prospects than Goff’s, which is why I’ve him second.
No. 3: Jared Goff
There may be completely nothing unsuitable with Jared Goff. That’s what makes the situation so weird. He went from main his staff to the Tremendous Bowl, to there being doubts, to changing into chopped liver in two years.
A giant motive for that was the massively misplaced religion the Rams had in him, making Goff one of many highest paid quarterbacks within the NFL. Should you’re paying a participant that a lot they should make a make a big impact on the league, and Goff was woefully inconsistent.
Goff stuffed his stats with mammoth video games towards good groups, then fell aside towards good defenses. It makes his total numbers look rather a lot higher than they are surely. There’s an opportunity he can discover that consistency with Detroit, however I’m not betting something on it.
No. 4: Jacoby Brissett
It’s weird the Indianapolis Colts now have two of the highest quarterbacks from 2016, however right here we’re. It’s been a wild experience for the previous third spherical decide who went from backing up Tom Brady, to taking up for Andrew Luck, and truly displaying some flashes alongside the best way.
Nonetheless, Brissett to me seems to be like a lifetime backup any staff would like to have. He’s going to step in the place wanted, win you some video games, and look nice within the course of — however issues go unhealthy underneath the load of a 16 recreation schedule. Particularly when defensive coordinators are aiming to cease him.
No. 5 (tied) Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Jake Rudock, Nate Sudfield
I’m not going to even fake there’s a must rank these guys. All can be preventing for backup and third string jobs within the NFL
Not within the league: Connor Prepare dinner, Brandon Doughty, Christian Hackenberg, Cardale Jones, Paxton Lynch.
I don’t have something to say actually. Lynch is the largest disappointment right here, as a result of it’s one factor to not dwell as much as expectations as a former 1st spherical decide, and one other solely to be out of the league in 4 years.
Lynch simply by no means had it, and the Denver Broncos realized it nearly instantly.