Ranking the next generation of NFL quarterbacks: Trey Lance flashes for 49ers, Joe Burrow net again

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Joe Burrow went nuts, especially in the second half, against the Chiefs in a win over Kansas City in Week 17. In a much more low-key game, Trey Lance showcased many of the abilities that made the No.3 overall pick in April when he left for the 49ers in a convincing win over the Texans.

There have been nine selected quarterbacks in the last two NFL Draft classes that have seen considerable playing time – over 10 passing attempts – in Week 16.

Let’s dive into the individual efforts of each quarterback and award a score per snap, taking into account each individual aspect of their performance.

Best throws:

  • At the start of the match, he escaped a free rusher and found a five-yard target. Great improvisation.
  • In the second, he dodged another bag and rushed three meters.
  • His first touchdown to Ja’Marr Chase was perfectly placed near the right forward mast.
  • In the fourth, he dropped one into the bucket at Tee Higgins for a big win.
  • The five-yard touchdown to give the Bengals the lead in the fourth quarter came with a perfect touch and field goal for Tyler Boyd.
  • The 35-yard strike to drive the sideline late was zipped through a small window near the sideline.
  • His final pitch of the game was another exquisite connection on the sideline with Chase against tight cover.

Worst casts:

  • In the middle of the second, he threw a deep ball at Chase which was shattered. The ball had to be further in front.
  • He was late and low on an in-breaker who was defended and fell incomplete.

Summary: Another stellar performance from Burrow. Big-time throws on the ground. Minimal errors. He is playing exceptional football at the moment.

Note: A
Season ranking: B +

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Best throws:

  • Late in the first, he hit Keenan Allen on a deployment near the sideline for 10 yards against tight cover.
  • He hit Mike Williams in stride on a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Worst casts:

  • In the third, he rolled to the left and badly missed a shot in the end zone.

Summary: The Chargers needed a lot of Herbert in this one. The bad shots were barely there. Ditto with high-end throws. Lots of throws underneath and open for him.

Category B
Season ranking: B-

Better Throws:

  • Just before the end of the half, Jones threw a well-placed, well-placed ball at Jakobi Meyers for a touchdown.

Worse Throws:

  • In the second, a longer throw to the sideline towards Hunter Henry was interrupted by a defender below.
  • At the end of the second he sailed a deep flag route by Hunter Henry.
  • In the fourth, he missed a back shoulder attempt on the right sideline.

Summary: Jones wasn’t asked to do much – and didn’t have to be done to beat the Jaguars in Week 17. Rookie Professional Performance

Rating: C +
Season ranking: C +

Best throws:

  • At the end of the first quarter, he looked left, before coming to his right to find an open catcher while rolling out of the pocket.
  • At the end of the second, he placed a perfect pass to Brandon Aiyuk in the back corner of the end zone, just high enough to pass the bottom corner, but the second-year gap was unable to bring him back.
  • Samuel’s 43-yard touchdown wasn’t a super tough shot, but it required monster arm strength deep through the field.
  • Early in the third, he tore a fastball between defenders on Aiyuk’s side run that maximized YAC’s potential.
  • His penultimate throw was a shot at Kittle in traffic through traffic.

Worst casts:

  • In the middle of the second quarter, Lance did not put enough arc on a wheel path executed by George Kittle who was intercepted.
  • At the end of the second, he threw behind Samuel on a scrambling drill.

Summary: There were a few misses from Lance in this one, but more flashes of his athleticism and supreme arm talent that should have the 49ers very excited about his future and a more vertical passing attack.

Category B-
Season ranking: C

Better Throws:

  • Late in the first, Lawrence threw an absolutely gorgeous ball on a deep blanket at Laquon Treadwell which was covered by two defenders. The game lasted 40 meters.
  • In the second offside action, he delivered a strike to Marvin Jones for 24 yards between two defenders.
  • Although dangerous because he passed out, Lawrence dropped one into the bucket at Jones for 22 yards at the end of the first half on a defenseman below.

Worse Throws:

  • He reversed a shot in the end zone in the first quarter.
  • Lawrence threw too far outside on a short target for Tavon Austin who was intercepted.
  • In the third, he was behind on a throw over the middle to Jones which was chosen by Kyle Dugger.

Summary: After a solid outing in Week 16, Lawrence took a step back in New England. Not surprisingly given Bill Belichick’s track record against rookie quarterbacks.

Note: C-
Season ranking: C

Better Throws:

  • Late in the second, Hurts dodged a defenseman in the pocket and accelerated down the field for 22 yards.
  • Near the start of the second half, Hurts started with an impressive field goal on a corner drive to Dallas Goedert thanks to tight cover.
  • A few plays later, Hurts looked left then rushed right and found Greg Ward for 27 yards.
  • In the fourth, as he moved to the right, Hurts kind of threw a pass on target at Goedert who was running across to the other side of the field.

Worse Throws:

  • In the second, he missed a well-covered Smith in the end zone.
  • At the start of the third, Hurts missed the shot on a swing pass.
  • He missed Goedert on an intermediate cross in the fourth.

Summary: Hurts have had better games this season. Importantly, he wasn’t bad against Washington. Didn’t make a lot of mistakes. He kept the ball out of harm’s way and showed his scrambling ability when things fell apart.

Rating: C +
Season ranking: B-

Better Throws:

  • Late in the first, he looked to the right and then landed a shot down the middle for a 13-yard gain.
  • His nine-yard touchdown at Braxton Berrios was thrown towards the sideline which had to be on time and with a zipper.
  • In the third, he threaded the needle diagonally towards Berrios for 11 yards.
  • In the next play, Wilson fired a laser at Keelan Cole 21 yards above the middle. The pitch was torn and just high enough to pass over the defender below.
  • Late in the match, he caught a bad shot from a shotgun and threw a handgun pass at Berrios in the apartment. Ultra-fast release.

Worse Throws:

  • On his first pitch of the game, Wilson didn’t see a defensive lineman fall and almost threw a pick.
  • At the end of the second, he was behind on a throw that should have been intercepted.
  • Halfway through the fourth, he attempted a handgun throw at a receiver that was late and off his intended target.

Summary: This is Wilson’s best performance of the season – at least with the victory over the Titans a few months ago. He had a few hiccups but pitched with more confidence, speed and precision than in just about every other game this season.

Rating: B +
Season ranking: C-

Better Throws:

  • His first pitch of the game was a beauty. He looked to the right before coming back to midfield and inserting it into DeVante Parker for 20 yards.
  • At the two minute warning, he rolled left and passed Mike Gesicki for 14 yards.
  • At the start of the fourth, he dropped one into Jaylen Waddle’s bucket over 45 yards. Excellent location.
  • Late in the game, Tagovailoa sent the ball to his outside receiver for nine yards with the defender nearby.
  • His late interception was actually a good pitch to Gesicki who deflected the tight end’s hands.

Worse Throws:

  • He held the ball too long in the first and took a bad sack.
  • Halfway through the first, he rolled to the left – his strong side – and skipped a pass to an open Mack Hollins.
  • Tagovailoa sailed on a breaking road at the end of the first quarter.
  • Before half-time, Tagovailoa didn’t have enough air on an out-breaker who was smashed by a defensive back below.
  • Halfway through the third, he knocked down a super short pass to Waddle.
  • At the start of the fourth he recovered the ball on a rigged play, felt no pressure and was attempting what appeared to be a kickback later, but was tagged and dropped.

Summary: It was not a good game, in a critical point, for Tagovailoa. He missed a variety of shots and his lack of arm strength really limited what the Dolphins could do offensively.

Rating: D +
Season ranking: C +

Better Throws:

  • With less than seven to go in the second, Mills slipped into the pocket and delivered a strike to Nico Collins near the sideline for a first down.
  • On the next play, he dropped it into the bucket at Brandin Cooks for 24 yards.
  • While Fred Warner tripped slightly on the play, Mills’ touchdown against Cooks was a well-placed back throw.
  • At garbage time, he found Collins tiptoeing on the sideline for 20 yards.

Worse Throws:

  • In the middle of the second, Mills was behind on a throw to a covered Brandin Cooks that should have been intercepted.
  • A few games later, Cooks missed him sorely on the field of a clean pocket.
  • In the third, he passed out from a pitch that went straight to a 49ers defenseman and was picked.
  • Late in the game, Mills threw low and outside on a shallow cross towards Collins who was covered.

Summary: Mills took a step back against the 49ers. Was it a brutal exit? No. The talent of the arm flashed a bit. But he was less aggressive than he had been in previous starts and had a few clear misses.

Rating: C +
Season ranking: C +

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