Every college quarterback dreams of becoming an NFL superstar. The current 2021 class of rookie quarterbacks received a massive amount of media attention. There was an unusually high number set to become franchise starters. It’s the most glamorous position in the sport but very few signal-callers take the league by storm.
Some of these young men received a baptism of fire. Trevor Lawrence, Zack Wilson, and Justin Fields are playing for inept franchises. Meanwhile, other heralded rookie passers Mac Jones and Trey Lance are finding their footing. But overall, it’s not looking like the best combo of situations overall. Let’s look at the signs of imminent disaster for this rookie class via USA Today Sports.
25. College Dominance
One problem these young quarterbacks have is that they are used to playing for the best teams. The upside of this is that they develop a winning mentality and receive top coaching. However, the downside is that they don’t endure a lot of adversity at the collegiate level. Jones and Lawrence played for Alabama and Clemson respectively. Wilson didn’t face much hardship at BYU in 2020 even though they went six and six (via USA Today).
The jump to the NFL is a massive one. While this is a talented class of quarterbacks, they are clearly undercooked. It remains to be seen how the growth of super-programs affects player development in the future. Nobody wants to lose, but it does help develop a grittier mentality. The likes of Lawrence and Wilson have won since they were children so the NFL is a rude awakening.