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ESPN’s Dan Graziano Predicts Every Starting QB In 2020

Will these be the starting QB’s in 2020?

ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote an article projecting every NFL team’s starting quarterback in 2020.

Projecting starting quarterbacks around the league three years in advance is a difficult task, but it’s an entertaining article nonetheless.

Graziano predicts Tom Brady will still be in the league three years from now, tearing up the NFL as uaual, except this time he’ll be 43.

Among the predictions are several college QB’s who Graziano predicts could fight for, or win, the starting job.

  • Arizona Cardinals – Blake Bortles:

Having signed with the Cardinals in 2018 after Palmer’s retirement, Bortles somehow beats out first-round pick Lamar Jackson in training camp to win the starting job — and maintains a tenuous hold on it through 2020.

  • Cincinnati Bengals – Andy Dalton:

Having staved off a 2017 challenge from backup AJ McCarron and one in 2019 from backup Baker Mayfield, Dalton remains the Bengals’ best hope. He’s back in 2020, having secured a midlevel extension after the 2019 season.

  • Cleveland Browns – Jake Fromm:

It’s 2020, and the list of failed Browns QBs has grown by five, including 2017 starters DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. So the Browns take Georgia standout Fromm with the first pick in that year’s draft. Because of course they have the first pick.

  • Miami Dolphins – Jalen Hurts:

Tannehill is still around, but he’s hurt again to start the 2020 season — and his hurt begets Hurts, the college champ from Alabama and rookie who gets the shot to show what he can do.

  • New York Jets – Sam Darnold:

The Jets don’t finish 2017 as badly as fans who dreamt of Darnold might have wanted. But Darnold’s subpar sophomore season, and the extra second-rounder they get in the Sheldon Richardson trade, put them in position to get him anyway. Darnold’s reward? The crushing scrutiny of Jets Nation.

What do you think? Can any of the current college quarterbacks make a run to starting NFL quarterback prominence?


Andrew McCarty :Andrew McCarty is a writer for The Spun.