When Andy Dalton was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he was the fifth QB taken, and was arguably drafted into the worst situation of any of the rookie QB’s. The Bengals had just lost their franchise WR and QB, so Dalton had no veteran QB to learn the NFL game from. He would have to deal with the NFL lockout, which prevented him from participating in mini-camps and OTA’s. Despite all of this, he’s leading the NFL rookie QB’s in TD throws, completion percentage, and the most important stat of all: WINNING!
Dalton’s six wins as a starting QB not only leads all rookie QB’s, but he’s nearly doubled up the combined total of wins his counterparts have. Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, and Cam Newton have a combined four wins. No other QB from this draft class has even attempted more than three passes. Going into the 2011 Draft, Dalton was projected anywhere between the fourth-eighth best QB prospect. Draftcountdown.com, a popular NFL Draft website, had Dalton graded as the eighth best QB prospect. There’s a lot of football left to be played this year, and time for the other rookie QB’s to shape their careers. But at the mid-point of the 2011 NFL season, Andy Dalton has clearly shown he’s much more than a second round QB. He looks more like the franchise QB of the Bengals for the foreseeable future.