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Rookie QB Power Rankings Heading Into Week 3

Max Staley
Rookie QB power rankings heading into Week 3.
Rookie QB power rankings heading into Week 3. / Elsa/Getty Images

We've had two weeks to evaluate the 2021 rookie quarterback class. It's time to overreact and make some judgements that will look foolish two years from now – and probably even two weeks from now.

Each week we'll be ranking the five first-round QBs taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. We'll be ranking these players based solely on how they've played thus far, not how well we think they might play in the future.

Without further ado, here are the top-five rookie QBs.

Rookie QB Rankings

1. Mac Jones, New England Patriots

The fifth quarterback taken has been the best quarterback so far. That sounds surprising, but it really shouldn't be. Mac Jones was always heralded as the most NFL-ready passer of this class. More importantly, he landed in a far better situation than any of his peers – save for Trey Lance, who is extremely raw and has barely played. But the question with Jones was never "how good is he right now?" it was always "how much better can he get?" We still don't know the answer to that. But for now, he's clearly had the strongest two weeks of the class.

2. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence has been up and down. He's thrown for 450 yards with 4 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, adding 19 rushing yards on 3 carries. His stats actually aren't too dissimilar to the No. 2 pick Zach Wilson, but Lawrence has made more "wow" plays and his highs have been higher. Notably, his lows haven't been nearly as low as Wilson's. Lawrence has all the makings of being a blue-chip, franchise quarterback for the next decade plus. But there will be some growing pains along the way.

3. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears fans finally got their wish, as Justin Fields took over in relief of the injured Andy Dalton in Week 2. Fields looked okay. He completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards and an ugly interception that allowed the Cincinnati Bengals to get back in the game. But he also threw a 50-yard dime that would've been a TD had Allen Robinson not dropped it. Fields hasn't really played enough to top the first two names on this list, but he's ahead of Lance essentially by default. And he hasn't hurt his stock the way the last name on this list has. Fields' real test will come this Sunday as he draws his first-ever start against the Cleveland Browns.

4. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

Trey Lance played four snaps in Week 1 and didn't see the field in Week 2. He found the end zone from five yards out on his first and only career passing attempt. He was always going to be dominant in that Taysom Hill-style role, though. There's not much to say about Lance until he earns some more snaps.

5. Zach Wilson, New York Jets

In Week 1, Aaron Rodgers was so bad that his passer rating would've been higher had he just thrown the ball into the dirt every play. That's kind of what's happening with Zach Wilson here. Wilson has been so bad that he's been surpassed by two backups. The BYU product has thrown 5 interceptions, taken 10 sacks and fumbled once. He has 2 TDs and 468 yards. Sure, the New York Jets aren't helping him much. He clearly has special arm talent. And in his defense he has played two quietly scary defenses (Carolina and New England). But he just isn't getting it done right now. The rookie should begin to climb these rankings once his schedule lightens up. I'm still a Wilson believer. But for now, it's impossible to rank him anywhere other than last.

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