Quarterbacks drafted 2016-2020
Jared Goff – Another number one overall pick, Goff has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice, although rumors exist that there could be a rift between him and his coach that may lead him elsewhere in 2021.
Carson Wentz – Another number two overall pick who’s future is murky at best. Yes, the Eagles fired their head coach for not moving on from Wentz, but the organization did also draft a backup in the second-round last year that outplayed Wentz in 2020.
Paxton Lynch – Lynch played just five games in two seasons and was out of the league after the 2017 season.
Mitch Trubisky – Trubisky was drafted second overall and his seen tumultuous career come to an end in Chicago as the Bears have declined his fifth-year option.
Patrick Mahomes – The best quarterback in the game. The Chiefs hit the lottery on this one.
Deshaun Watson – Another superstar at the position, Watson’s future is very much up in the air, mostly due to the ineptness of the Houston Texans.
Baker Mayfield – After two questionable seasons, the number one overall selection finally had the type of year expected from him in 2020.
Sam Darnold – It could be him or it could be the team. Either way, Darnold will either be fighting for his job in New York this season or trying to catch on elsewhere as the Jets are likely to draft a quarterback just three years after using the second overall pick on Darnold.
Josh Allen – Allen has gotten better each season in Buffalo, earning a spot as one of the ten best quarterbacks in the league.
Josh Rosen – Rosen played just 16 games for three teams, winning just three, and is now out of the league.
Lamar Jackson – The 2019 MVP has thirty wins in three seasons and is largely considered one of the five best quarterbacks in the game.
Kyler Murray – Murray has played well but it has not translated into team success as he has just 13 wins in 31 games.
Daniel Jones – Jones regressed from his rookie year to his sophomore season posting an 8-18 record in two years.
Dwayne Haskins – Drafted 15th overall, Haskins went 3-10 for Washington, was cut before 2020 was over, and just ended up in Pittsburgh as a reclamation project.
Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert – All three had impressive rookie seasons, while Jordan Love never played a down with Aaron Rodgers still dominating the league.
Not counting the 2020 group, only six (Newton, Mahomes, Watson, Mayfield, Allen, and Jackson) of the 31 quarterbacks chosen in the first round truly panned out. Another three (Goff, Wentz, Murray) could be argued either way I suppose. Two others (Darnold and Jones) are teetering on the edge of ending up as cautionary tales.
Those are not good odds. The Dallas Cowboys are in no position to roll the dice when they already have someone special in the building. This franchise is desperate to get back to the mountain top, but that desperation cannot lead to such a terrible decision as moving on from Dak Prescott.