Of course the highest-paid rookie in NFL history started immediately. His beating out A.J. Feeley for the starting job wasn’t much of a surprise.
Bradford was on track for success after being handed the keys to one of the worst teams in franchise history (1-15 in 2009) and holding his own. During one stretch, he set a record for most passes without an interception for a rookie. The Rams, though, never improved as a franchise, and Bradford was plagued by injuries.
The Titans were patient with Locker in Year 1, letting the rookie sit and learn behind Matt Hasselbeck. Locker was then given the chance to compete and took the job from Hasselbeck in Year 2.
The Eagles intended to let Wentz sit behind incumbent QB Sam Bradford… until Philadelphia traded Bradford to Minnesota less than two weeks before Week 1. Wentz was officially named starter a couple days after the Bradford deal.
Wentz regressed to the mean after such a hot start as a rookie — he didn’t throw a pick until Week 4 — but the Eagles felt confident they had found their next franchise passer, and they were right. Wentz in 2017 bloomed into a league MVP candidate before a knee injury cut his season short. Philly of course went on to win the Super Bowl without him in the lineup.
Paxton Lynch (sat):
Lynch has started just four games for the Broncos in the two years since he was drafted in the first round in 2016. That said, he technically hasn’t played enough for adequate judgment on this list. But considering the fact that the Broncos brought in Keenum to start in 2018, it’s safe to place a failure stamp on Lynch.