22.) Trevor Lawrence – Jacksonville Jaguars
While he remains the guy with the most potential from last year’s draft class, Lawrence seemingly will have the best chance to succeed this year. With a competent offensive staff, and a huge improvement along the offense, Lawrence should have a fair shake at being productive this year. Not to mention the help in continuity with his guy Travis Etienne Jr. back from injury.
As far as competition, there is none. His backup is CJ Beathard who will likely provide little to no competition for him throughout this year. Could be a good stabilizing veteran presence to rely on though.
21.) Mac Jones – New England Patriots
Jones played well in the system last season because of how limited he was allowed to be. He got to play behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, and a good core of running backs. Now without his offensive coordinator, and apparent big issues throughout camp I am not too high on Mac Jones this season.
With a backup like Brian Hoyer, there is not much to worry about, however, with Bailey Zappe things could get interesting. Zappe is a statistical college football icon, however, he should not have much reason of playing in the NFL anytime soon.
20.) Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
Tannehill gets a short leash for me just because he can’t change the game much in my opinion. He is by no means an elite playmaker, but he is also not a top-tier guy on his feet. I think with the absence of AJ Brown and Julio Jones, and now the reliance on rookies at wideout, defenses will begin to stack the box on Derrick Henry and this offense will be super limited.
The backup situation in Tennessee gets extremely interesting because with his physical traits I think Malik Willis is a game changer for the Titans. The leash should be super short for me if I am Mike Vrabel as this defense is good enough to compete if the offense is stable.
19.) Trey Lance – San Francisco 49ers
I am not 100% sold on Trey Lance, nor am I sold on getting rid of the guy that just got you to the NFC Championship game. However, it is not my decision. The running upside for Lance is super exciting, and the weapons around him on offense, paired with that offensive line is something to get very excited about. He can transform his game into being a top-tier guy.
His current backup would be Jimmy Garoppolo, but with him likely out the door before the season begins, his backup becomes Nate Sudfeld, and the worry of being benched becomes limited to nothing.
18.) Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
Famous Jameis was quite the interesting QB over the first 7 years of his career. He has shown flashes of greatness, and flashes of why he shouldn’t be an NFL QB. His inability to be an athlete limits him. The weapons he will have in New Orleans this year should be some of the best weapons he has ever had. Could this be his breakout season?
His backup is the “Red Rifle” Andy Dalton, who can step in and win games when need be. He won’t push for a starting job but he is another veteran resource to lean back on for Winston in times of trouble.