These young signal-callers appear to have a bright future in the league
The NFL is loaded with talent at the quarterback position, and it doesn’t seem like the league will be short of good players in this spot for the next few seasons. In Athlon Sports' "50 Best NFL Players of 2017," the quarterback position has 11 players represented, including the top two – Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
The question remains on what the NFL will look like with the big names at the position reaching the wrong side of 30, and stars such as Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Brady seemingly nearing retirement.
For the answer to that, fans will have to look to young quarterbacks to lead the way. Often times young quarterbacks aren’t put in the best position to succeed, whether that means coming off of the bench to replace an injured starter (like Tom Brady) or drafted to serve as the building block for a struggling team (Peyton Manning).
While it's entirely too early to see if any of these young quarterbacks will wind up in the Hall of Fame, they do appear to be more than capable of becoming household names in their own right.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz had an amazing rookie season throwing for just under 3,800 yards in 2016. Wentz had a lot of question marks surrounding him, especially coming from a FCS program, albeit North Dakota State, which won five national titles from 2011-15.
While it’s never good to buy too much into a rookie’s performance (just look at Robert Griffin III), Wentz seems to have the talent to have a very good career. And fortunately for him, the Eagles made one of their offseason priorities getting Wentz more weapons to throw to.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Through two seasons, Winston has definitely lived up to the hype that surrounded him going into the draft. Sure, he’s made his share of mistakes off the field, but there is no doubting that Winston is a leader on it.
Last season, Winston guided the Buccaneers to a 9-7 record, quite the improvement from the 2-14 record the team posted in 2014, which earned the them the right to take the former Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 1 overall pick in the subsequent draft.
Next season doesn’t figure to be any different, as the Bucs are continuing to add pieces around their franchise quarterback, namely free-agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end O.J. Howard, the 19th pick in this year's draft. Those two combined with Mike Evans could lead to big numbers from Winston in 2017.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Picking who’s better between Mariota and Jameis Winston, the first two picks in the 2015 draft, is no easy task as both teams are doing just fine with their respective quarterbacks. However, Mariota to this point has offered more versatility than Winston, thanks to his ability to make plays with his legs. However, this aspect of Mariota's game may be restricted going forward following a broken fibula he suffered late last season.
Another thing to note is that Mariota hasn't had the same receiving corps that Winston has, but that hasn't prevented from improving as a passer. And that production should continue to go up with first-round pick Corey Davis expected to play a big role in the Titans' passing game right away.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott may have had one of the best rookie seasons of all time, but it seemed like there was always a Cowboys storyline last year to cover that up. Questions of whether Tony Romo would get the starting job back and Ezekiel Elliott’s huge season overshadowed just how reliable Prescott was for the Cowboys.
Just one look at his stats will show you that his potential is through the roof. Prescott threw 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 459 attempts. On top of that, Dez Bryant missed the majority of October with an injury, so it’s not like Prescott was taking advantage of Bryant to get those stats.
Prescott possibly has the most potential of any player on this list, due in part that he is surrounded by a vast arsenal of weapons and is protected by one of the best offensive lines in the league.