30. Zach Wilson (New York Jets)
• Cumulative ranking: 29.00
• Highest ranking: 27
• Lowest ranking: 31
A similar sentiment was shared about Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson looked like a rookie, an overwhelmed rookie at that, for a lot of the 2021 season.
He got off to a rough start and was on pace to lead the league in interceptions before a knee injury sidelined him over a month. Upon returning, Wilson showed significant signs of progress.
The second overall pick didn't throw an interception in his final five games to end the year. He was making smarter decisions and being safer with the ball.
Unfortunately, there wasn't enough star power to help Wilson climb above 27th on any of our rankings. While his future is uncertain, right now, he's one of the worst QBs in the NFL.
29. Justin Fields (Chicago Bears)
• Cumulative ranking: 27.33
• Highest ranking: 19
• Lowest ranking: 32
There was quite a bit of disparity surrounding Justin Fields as evidenced by the above votes. But while one voter went as high as 19th and another went as low as 32nd, most ranked him within the 25-30 range.
Much like Lawrence and Wilson, Fields looked the part of a rookie quarterback in 2021. While he may have shown a little more in the big play department than the other two, the rookie mistakes were still prevalent.
Fields finished with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions plus an additional two rushing scores and five fumbles lost. The turnovers were an issue for Fields, as were the unnecessary number of sacks he took.
Still, he lands slightly above his rookie counterparts likely due to the flashes of brilliance that were more frequent in his games.