The NY Jets have experienced their fair share of up-and-down play from rookie quarterback Zach Wilson this season. Through fives weeks, Wilson has had his moments, but they've too often been overshadowed by mistakes and misfires.
But that's just what rookie quarterbacks tend to do. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief amongst a certain percentage of fans, Wilson has been right around on par with the other members of his draft class.
Rookie quarterbacks struggle. It's what they do. The time for hot takes and definitive statements about the career of a quarterback is not five games (or in some cases even fewer) into their professional career.
Instant gratification is the death of long-term satisfaction.
That's not to say that some rookie quarterbacks haven't performed better than others. Be it because of external circumstances or their own abilities, a few rookie QBs have shown a bit more promise than their counterparts.
The purpose of these power rankings isn't to indicate future success. This isn't meant to be a long-term projection-based ranking.
Instead, it's just a quick synopsis of how well the six rookie quarterbacks who have started at least one game this season have performed relative to their draftmates.
Let's take a look at how the 2021 rookie quarterbacks stack up through five weeks.