Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

How the 2011 NFL Draft's Big-4 QBs Are Fairing in Sophomore Seasons

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Bank of America Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2011 NFL Draft thus far is remembered for the five quarterbacks drafted in the first 34 picks that included the Panthers selecting Auburn’s Cam Newton #1, the Titans selecting Washington’s Jake Locker #8, the Jaguars taking Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert #10, the Vikings drafting Florida State’s Christian Ponder #12, and lastly the Bengals selecting TCU’s Andy Dalton #35.

Because Locker has been injured for much of the 2012 season, we omitted him from this study. Here’s how the big 4 have stacked up against each other through Week 7, courtesy of NFL.com’s advanced stats lab tracker

 

 

 

And the cold, hard numbers:

Player

TD

Int

Rate

Att

Comp

Yds

Cam Newton

5

6

79.3

173

101

1387

Andy Dalton

13

10

87.7

243

156

1831

Blaine Gabbert

6

3

77.1

158

88

906

Christian Ponder

9

6

87.5

227

152

1492

 

While Andy Dalton took an early commanding lead for the top spot, his recent struggles have allowed Christian Ponder to catch up to his level of play. IT will be interesting to see how these four QBs continue to progress in 2012.

 

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