One year after the five quarterbacks were drafted in the Top 15, only one was selected in the first 73 picks of the 2022 NFL Draft. The other three were drafted before the end of Round 3, and only two more were off the board before Round 7. It was certainly a down year for the quarterback class. Under the center at some point during the 2022 season.
So when will the young QB make its debut? Was first-rounder Kenny Pickett able to defeat Mitch Trubisky right from the Steelers gig gate? Will Atlanta’s Desmond Rider or Carolina’s Matt Corral push to start rebuilding the franchise? And how long does Malik Willis have to wait behind Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee?
NFL Nation reporters disassembled it all and made the best predictions about when newcomers QB could see the start of the first NFL after each started in the first week or vice versa. Gives you the possibility to land. In addition, let’s take a quick look at the expected role of the Midrounder QB selected by New England and Washington. Let’s start in Pittsburgh.
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Picket | Rider | Willis | Coral
The role of mid-rounder in 2022
draft: Round 1, No. 20
Competition to start: Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph
Chance to win your first job in the first week. 2%. Throughout the OTA and mini-camps, Pickett consistently served as the third string officer behind Trubisky and Rudolph. To replace Trubisky as a starter by the first week, Pickett must be the Second Coming of Johnny Unitas as soon as he enters the training camp. It’s not happening. And that’s okay-Steelers don’t have to rush to develop Pittsburgh.
Trubisky seemed comfortable and confident throughout his off-season training. His early relationship with the locker room shows that he will be the leader of this team. Adding the fact that the Steelers are paving the way for AFC champion Bengals makes it even more likely that Trubisky will start as a starter.
Chance to sit all season: 40%. The Steelers must believe that picket is the future of the organization. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have chosen him in the first round.But that’s not necessarily what he straight away future. If the Steelers navigate the season opener, including a match between Cincinnati and Cleveland, and a home game between Tampa Bay and New England, and Trubisky hasn’t lost the match, the Steelers need to stick to him.
If the Steelers can defend their strong defenses and improved attack lines to support Najee Harris’s running back, they need a stable quarterback that doesn’t make big mistakes. Assuming Trubisky really matured and learned a lot in Buffalo behind Josh Allen, he would be that guy.
Best Prediction for First NFL Start: Week 18 vs. Cleveland Browns. To be honest, I’ve been on Pickett’s 2022 NFL debut for as long as two weeks. The first is the saint after the 10th week vs. goodbye. If Trubisky isn’t performing, the goodbye gives the Steelers a natural break to make a quarterback start change. But if Trubisky is playing well, there is no point in making any changes at that point.
The second (and more likely) date is week 18. Even in the year when the Steelers weren’t supposed to participate in the playoff conversation, there was still a chance to fight in the second half of the season. It may not change this season either. Unless Trubisky loses to the team game, it makes sense to stick to him. But if Week 18 turns into a formal game with only bragging rights, the Steelers may give Pickett the taste of a rival game in AFC North. -Brook Pryor
draft: Round 3, No. 74 74
Competition to start: Marcus Mariota
Chance to win your first job in the first week. Five%. Mariota now seems to be far ahead of Lider. Atlanta welcomed Mariota as a starter, at least in the short term, because he is familiar with what Arthur Smith wants in the attack. In addition, Mariota looked sharp through OTA. So why is it 5%? There is always the possibility of injury. Ridder can also make big jumps once the training camp begins. Atlanta likes what Lider sees so far, but the first week’s debut doesn’t seem to be straightforward.
Chance to sit all season: 20%. In reality, if Mariota plays well and the Falcons are still mathematically eligible for the postseason, he will be a quarterback. The path to Ridder’s play at this point is:
Mariota is having a hard time as a starter.
The Falcon is excluded from the playoffs battle and decides that he needs to see what’s in the lidar.
Mariota gets injured.
Is it likely? Ridder takes some action as the season progresses, but when and what it looks like depends on both Mariota’s playing style and Ridder’s progress.
Best Prediction for First NFL Start: Week 15 in New Orleans Saints. The Falcons are saying goodbye and need to know if they are still in the playoff race at that point. If so, Mariota is probably still a starter. If not, it may be a good time to switch (unless Mariota is playing really well). That’s because it gives Lider an extra week to prepare and play four games. This gives Atlanta a reasonable sample size to determine what to do in the 2023 season QB.
If Mariota’s situation doesn’t go well, the 11th week against Chicago is another opportunity to watch. The Falcons will be out of the game on Thursday night of the 10th week, so the rookie can spend a little more time preparing to switch to the starter. -Michael Rossstein
draft: Round 3, No. 86
Competition to start: Ryan Tannehill
Chance to win your first job in the first week. Five%. Tannehill will dominate the snap this year, except for injuries and some catastrophic failures. Titans has taken a thorough approach to Willis’ development. At first, I got used to calling a play with a huddle and started by working from under the center. Quarterback coach Pat O’Hara worked extensively with Willis to coordinate the mechanics to improve accuracy. Coaching staff like what they’ve already seen in Willis, but that’s an ongoing task.
Chance to sit all season: 75%. Titans are still in victory mode, despite the draft they feel is a future quarterback. Tannehill has started all the games since taking over in the sixth week of the 2019 season. He will probably have a rebound season since last year and will continue to be a starter throughout 2022.
Best Prediction for First NFL Start: The 15th week of the 2023 season. Tannehill’s contract has $ 9.2 million in dead money since the 2023 season. Titan needs to know what’s in Willis before deciding to move from Tannehill. If Tennessee isn’t competing for playoff spots, it’s a great opportunity to give Willis the opportunity to show what he can do with live gaming action. -Talon Davenport
draft: Round 3, No.94
Competition to start: Sam Darnold, PJ Walker
Chance to win your first job in the first week. Five%. It prolongs it because offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talked deeply about how Coral had to learn a completely different language, and how it was time consuming and not easy. maybe. McAdoo also said he would be tough on Coral, so the ex-Olemis star is ready when it’s time. Unless Coral makes a big jump at the training camp, that time is probably not the first week.
The plan is to get a veteran (Darnold, Baker Mayfield, or someone else) to start the season and prepare Coral to take over if that player fails to get the job done.
Chance to sit all season: 0%. Darnold hasn’t proved he can consistently win in four professional seasons, so there’s no reason to believe it will change this season. Darnold gave Coral a chance, if he had a hard time, he could get on the bench early.The staff loves the energy that newcomers bring, and the more McAdoo is around him, the more he likes what he brings.
Best Prediction for First NFL Start: Sixth week at the Los Angeles Rams. The initial schedule is tight and five games are enough to see if Darnold and other veterans can win. So starting Coral against defending the Super Bowl champion on the street may seem tough, but the expectation that he will win is low, which will ease the pressure. In addition, his maneuverability towards the Rams front may be useful. -David Newton
What role will the Mid-Round QB play in 2022?
Bailey Zappe, New England Patriots (Round 4, No. 137): Zappe will probably be the Patriots’ third quarterback. Mac Jones is fixed in first place, so the only question is whether Zappe can challenge veteran Brian Hoyer in second place. At the moment it seems like a long way to go, but Heuer looked the same when he competed with Kevin O’Connell in 2009 before winning the job. -Mike Rice
Sam Howell, Washington Commanders (Round 5, No.144): Howell will be Washington’s third quarterback. The commander starts Carson Wentz and considers Taylor Heinicke as a high-end backup. But with Heinicke in the last year of the deal, Howell has a chance to become the primary backup in 2023. Also, keep in mind that Washington hasn’t started quarterbacks in every game since Kirk Cousins left after the 2017 season-and it used at least three starters in each subsequent season. -John Came