A subjective look at the 10-man quarterback class of 2021 and where they rank after the first week of exhibition football:
1. Justin Fields, Chicago
contract: 1st round, 14th overall University: Ohio State
Predicted starter Andy Dalton played two series against Miami, then Fields took over and immediately won over the local fan base. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and was not intercepted. Leading the Bears to a late field goal in the first half and a touchdown in the second half.
2. Trey Lance, 49ers
contract: First Round, Third Overall University: North Dakota State
The stats (5-for-14, 128 yards, one touchdown) didn’t do Lance justice. His 80-yard touchdown strike to Trent Sherfield in his second possession officially ignited the “Dump Jimmy Garoppolo” squad. Coach Kyle Shanahan kept Lance’s race a secret, but he did take four sacks.
3. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville
contract: First Round, First Overall University: CLEMSON
Played only two series as a starter and became a part of the No. 1 pick. Lawrence completed a passer rating of 90.5 with 6 out of 9 passes for 71 yards and a 35-yard long advantage. Then he took the night off, giving way to Gardner Minshu.
4. Zach Wilson, NY Jets
contract: 1st round, 2nd overall University: brigham young
There were reports from the Jets’ training camp that Wilson looked lost and had probably whispered a pass to Lance & Fields. Then against the Giants, Wilson played the first two series and led the Jets to a field goal and a fourth and a failed one to swoop down the ball.
5. Mack Jones, New England
contract: 1st round, 15th overall University: alabama
Came seemed able and worthy to eventually challenge Newton for the initial job, completing 13 of 13 passes for 87 yards without a turnover but no longer than 13 yards. A deep throw was dropped, but Jones played it safe for the most part. He was drafted to make good decisions and avoid turnover.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) 14 August 2021
6. Sam Ehlinger, Indianapolis
contract: Round 6, 218th overall University: Texas
With Carson Wentz ruled out for the early part of the season following foot surgery, the Colts’ early work has been put on hold. Ehlinger completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards in the fourth quarter and ran eight times for 30 yards, giving the Colts 10 late points in the win over Carolina. He had an interception.
7. Ian Book, New Orleans
contract: Fourth round, 133rd overall University: notre dame
A third wheel behind Tysum Hill and Jameis Winston, Book showed glimpses of being a defender against Baltimore. He completed 9 of 16 passes for 126 yards with a 38-yard long gainer but made an interception. Sean Peyton’s system should suit him.
8. Davis Mills, Houston
contract: Round 3, 67th overall University: stanford
Tyrod took over for Taylor after a series and completed 11 of 22 passes for 112 yards and completed an interception in a 26–7 win over Green Bay before giving way to Jeff Driskell. No one would be surprised if Mills climbed into the starter at some point, but the supporting cast minimizes the chances of success.
9.Kellen Mond, Minnesota
contract: Round 3, 66th overall University: Texas A&M
Not a great sign that Jake Browning was first seen as Kirk Cousins. 6 of 16 passes for 43 yards and a 33-6 loss to Denver completed a 47.1 quarterback rating that left Vikings coach Mike Zimmer with a bad taste in his mouth.
10. Kyle Trusk, Tampa Bay
contract: Second round, 64th overall University: Florida
It goes without saying that Trask has no chance of defeating Tom Brady. Based on Trask’s play in the 19-13 loss to Cincinnati, he has plenty of ground to make up for on backup — and the Bux’s backup is Blaine Gabert. Completed 4 of 15 passes for 35 yards.