2020 Rookie QB Rankings
To the surprise of no-one Joe Burrow, who is poised to start week 1 without any clear competition for the starting role, is the clear cut number 1 ranked QB for this year's rookie QB class. While there were some questions on the talent that surrounded this Cincy offensive line with the signing of Xavier Su'a Filo, the debut of Cincy's 1st round pick of last year's draft, Jonah Williams, and strong supporting cast in young prospects: Jordan and Johnson; recently extended Trey Hopkins, Burrow looks to have landed in a solid position despite the team's struggles the year prior
The question remains: Can Burrow handle the hype and pressure of being a NFL QB?
He will have a lot more help than his fellow Heisman Trophy winner/1st overall pick comrades as he is accompanied by a solid WR core in: Green, Boyd, Ross and 2nd round pick, Tee Higgins. He will have one of the league's biggest question marks in Joe Mixon, but his involvement in this offense will be crucial in the Burrow's development from making the transition from college to the NFL. It'll definitely be interesting to see what Zac Taylor and co. can do in the upcoming season.
Next up, we have Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama Alumni also finds himself in a good situation with the Dolphins this year. He currently finds himself behind NFL journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is coming into his 16th season on his 8th team, is not considered to be a long term answer for this team. Despite low expectations last year and front runners to be the first overall pick, this did not stop the Dolphins from getting 5 wins and a big win over reigning AFC East champs; New England Patriots. Tua should inject the type of youth and big play ability to make this team very competitive especially with finally emerging star WR1 in Devante Parker and new additions to their RB core in: Brieda and Howard; should bring exciting outcomes for this Dolphins team. Only time will tell when Tua will eventually take over the helm, but once this happens. You can certainly expect fireworks once he steps on the field.
Los Angeles ChargersQB2
Sitting tight at number 3 is Justin Herbert. There were high expectations for the strong armed QB, who opted to not enter the draft last year and stuck around at Oregon for his senior season has not quite lived up to the hype, but has a fantastic ceiling on a Charger squad that is only 2 years removed from their last playoff appearance. With the departure of longtime QB, Philip Rivers, LA will turn to Tyrod Taylor to start week 1. While Taylor does hold a strong grip on the starting position for now, if memory serves us correctly, he is simply a placeholder for the real starter later in the season. Although, a strong performance from through this pass heavy offense could keep Taylor as the starter for the majority of the season. Barring an injury, we shouldn’t expect to see Herbert until late in the season. Herbert does have the raw talent, arm strength and prototypical strength for an NFL QB, standing at 6’6” and weighing 236 lbs, he fits this offensive scheme perfectly and would give the Chargers the best chance to utilize their weapons in: Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler. Only time will tell when we will see Herbert in action, but rest assured, this should be one of the more anticipated starts this season.
Rounding out my rookie QB rankings is: Jacob Eason. Eason, like Burrow and Herbert, has the prototypical NFL QB size and has good mechanics, he definitely has the least chance of starting this year sitting behind Rivers and Brissett on the depth chart, currently. A strong preseason performance and rapid change in post-draft concerns, in regards to his decision making and pocket presence could have him move past Brissett who struggled last year despite having one of the league’s best offensive lines in the game. With Rivers currently on a 1 year deal, it would be beneficial for Eason to ride the pine this year and work under a very seasoned, semi-successful veteran.