October 31, 2023
Keegan Poulton

Rookie NFL Quarterbacks: Ranking Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, Will Levis and Tyson Bagent (2 minute read)

A “Franchise Quarterback” is probably the most valued asset in the NFL, and we saw plenty of teams take a chance at the QB position in this year’s draft.

Three of the first four draft picks this year were at the Quarterback position, and for good reason, but have they all panned out? Childhood friends Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud were taken first and second and were shortly followed by Anthony Richardson. Will Levis saw his name drop all the way to the bottom, and a surprise name that has gotten an opportunity is Division II Star, Tyson Bagent. We are through 8 weeks of football, but is it still too early to tell how good these QBs really can be?

This is how I would rank this rookie class of QBs:

1 - C.J. Stroud, Ohio State | Houston Texans

CJ looks to be the most consistent QB so far from this draft class and has proven effective even with the young wide receiver group that he has been working with. He is 3-4 in his young career and has shown significant composure even though he is only seven games into his career. It would be crazy if this Texans team could make a playoff push, but that is definitely some hopeful thinking.

2 - Bryce Young, Alabama | Carolina Panthers

From having an incredible college career at Alabama to being the first overall pick, Bryce Young was thrust into a struggling Carolina Offense that has been looking for some answers. He has handled himself relatively well despite their record of 1-6. That one win did come against second-overall pick C.J. Stroud last week, so at least he has bragging rights in that respect,

3 - Anthony Richardson, Florida | Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Richardson was my favourite QB going into this year’s draft and someone that I deemed to have the most upside. He has shown flashes of both the arm strength and mobility that caught scouts’ attention when he was at Florida. Before getting injured, Richardson had gone 2-2 through his first four games. This guy puts up some ridiculous highlights, so I expect him to move up this list when he’s back healthy.

4 - Will Levis, Kentucky | Tennessee Titans

Will Levis fell in the draft and might have been a surprise selection by the Titans because they had drafted Malik Willis one year prior. With starting QB Ryan Tannehill going down, we got our first real glimpse of what Levis could do last week against the Falcons. He did not disappoint, showing off that big arm on multiple occasions, and it looked like he and veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had been playing together for years. Excited to see if he can force his way into holding that starting job out in Tennessee..,

5 - Tyson Bagent, Shepherd University | Chicago Bears

The Bears have had their fair share of controversy and drama to start off this year, so when Justin Fields got hurt, it looked like their season was only going to get worse. Up stepped undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent, who I’m sure not many NFL fans knew about, to try and give this team a new life. He has held his own in the starting spot, going 1-1 and looks like they will be rolling with him until Fields is back. Bagent is a tough guy to root against, as his jump from Division II football to starting QB in the NFL is definitely no easy feat.