32. DeShone Kizer - Cleveland Browns
2016 stats: N/A
Following in the footsteps of greats such as Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden (and that’s just over the past four years), the second round pick out of Notre Dame has performed similarly. Kizer is a good athlete with plenty of potential to be a starter in the league for the next decade. He has prototypical size at 6’4” and 234 pounds, but needs to improve his accuracy as a passer if he’s to experience any success in the NFL. He’s too young to draw any conclusions at this point, but Kizer looks unlikely to be the Browns’ long-term solution.
31. Brett Hundley - Green Bay Packers
2016 stats: 2-for-10 (20.0%), 17 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
Green Bay fans are certainly devastated to see Hundley’s name appear on this list instead of Aaron Rodgers. A broken collarbone has seemingly ended any and all playoff hopes for the Packers, so it’ll be up to Brett Hundley to prove the naysayers wrong. Placed in a nearly impossible situation of trying to replicate Rodgers’ brilliance, the UCLA native has struggled thus far. He is a plus athlete with tremendous mobility, but he possesses shaky arm strength and below-average accuracy. Simply put, he’s a back-up waiting for the franchise quarterback to return.
30. Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals
2016 stats: 19-for-48 (39.6%), 192 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Carson Palmer breaking his arm essentially ended any postseason hopes for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. Enter Drew Stanton, the perennial back-up who sports a 52.7 percent completion percentage, 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career. Stanton is merely a stop-gap for an Arizona team who can’t wait for the offseason. With the Cardinals widely expected to select a signal caller in the quarterback-rich 2018 NFL Draft, Stanton is a good bet to help Arizona secure a high pick.
29. Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Bears
2016 stats: N/A
The Jay Cutler era officially ended in 2016, and the Mike Glennon era didn’t last for much of 2017. Rookie Mitch Trubisky has already taken the reins, but hasn’t really been given the opportunity to show anything. Chicago’s ridiculously conservative run-first (and run always) offense leaves many wondering if Trubisky will ever develop into an above-average passer in the NFL. It’s still way too early to draw any conclusions, but Bears fans would definitely love to see the Chicago coaching staff show a bit more faith in the rookie.
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