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2016 NFL draft class leading QB youth movement

Who says there are no good young quarterbacks these days?

The 2016 NFL draft class alone has been the highlight of the NFL this season, and the top quarterbacks of that draft are coming off big Week 9 efforts. The Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff and Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz each threw four touchdowns in 51-point performances, while the Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott took down the then-6-2 Chiefs with a three-score game (two passing TDs, one rushing).

All three of those quarterbacks are leading the league in one way or another. Goff is orchestrating the NFL's highest-scoring offense (32.9 points per game), Wentz leads the league in passing touchdowns (23) and Prescott ranks second in Total QBR (79), trailing only Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson (81).

The trio of Goff, Wentz and Prescott all rank in the top 10 of Total QBR this season and have combined for a 19-6 record, a 71 Total QBR and 52 touchdowns against just 13 interceptions. Their teams all rank in the top four in scoring this season, with the Texans -- mostly led by Watson -- filling out the group.

When factoring in Watson and the Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota, who was drafted in 2015, half of the league’s QBR leaders this season have three or fewer years of experience.

HOW GOOD HAVE THEY BEEN?

While Goff is leading the NFL’s top scoring team this season, Prescott and Wentz are putting up the superior individual campaigns. In fact, in the Total QBR era (since 2006), no quarterbacks have been better in their second season.

Goff’s 59 Total QBR would rank 11th on this list, better than the likes of Joe Flacco (58.5), Cam Newton (56), Alex Smith (44) and Sam Bradford (31).

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