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Third-round quarterbacks

Expectations for Ridder, Willis and Corral

Three quarterbacks were selected in the third round back in April, and early reports have been good and bad. With Atlanta's Desmond Ridder, it sounds like he might push to start right away. With Malik Willis (Tennessee) and Matt Corral (Carolina), early indications have been nothing of the sort.

Willis, according to a recent report, might be Tennessee's No. 3 quarterback, confirming the belief that he needs a lot of development. Corral there hasn't been much on; just the feeling that Carolina is still planning on acquiring a veteran, either Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo, rather than starting Corral this season.

Expectations for all three players, though, need to be low. The hits at the position, in Round 3, are few and far between.

Since 2000, there have been 28 other quarterbacks selected in the third round. To this point, only two of those players have had a top-15 fantasy season at any point in their career. Russell Wilson is the star. Next best have been Matt Schaub and Nic Foles.

Table shows all the third-round quarterbacks drafted since 2000 who have started games at some point (I dumped guys like Garrett Grayson and Giovanni Carmazzi), with their best fantasy seasons listed. (And which year in the league that season was.) Davis Mills showed signs as a rookie of one day crashing that top-15 party; maybe this year. But a lot of guys who never amounted to much.

THIRD-ROUND QUARTERBACKS, 2000-2021, BEST SEASONS
YearPlayerYrGCmpAttYdsTDYdsTDPPRRk
2017Russell Wilson, Sea.6163395533983345863415.81
2009Matt Schaub, Hou.616396583477029570362.23
2013Nick Foles, Phil.2132033172891272213296.717
2017Josh McCown, NYJ16132673972926181245260.721
2011Colt McCoy, Cle.2132654632733142120214.422
2008Trent Edwards, Buff.2142453742699111173210.722
2006Charlie Frye, Cle.2132523932454102153202.223
2019Jacoby Brissett, Ind.4152724472942182284269.124
2013Mike Glennon, T.B.113247416260819370210.125
2005Chris Simms, T.B.311191313203510310145.628
2021Davis Mills, Hou.113263394266416440205.629
2019Mason Rudolph, Pitt.210176283176513420144.530
2016Cody Kessler, Cle.191281951380618096.832
2017C.J. Beathard, S.F.17123224143041363119.133
2007Chris Redman, Atl.878914910791016095.634
2015Ryan Mallett, 2TM581362441336515196.336
2006Andrew Walter, Oak.2121472761677330098.937
2014Charlie Whitehurst, Ten.9710518513267900104.337
2007Brodie Croyle, K.C.291272241227618087.239
2019Will Grier, Car.122852228022013.656
2003Dave Ragone, Hou.122040135051012.457
2017Sean Mannion, LAR3522371850-209.157
2008Kevin O'Connell, N.E.1246230-60.671
2021Kellen Mond, Min.11235000.376

--Andy Richardson

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