<
>
Get ESPN+

Ranking the new group of NFL quarterbacks to build around

play
Can Keenum take the Vikings to the Super Bowl? (1:12)

Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick break down Minnesota's Super Bowl prospects with Case Keenum at quarterback. (1:12)

Seven quarterbacks established themselves as NFL starters in 2017. No, I'm not talking about Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. I'm talking about rookie QBs who started a bunch of games (Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer). I'm talking about veterans who took hold of their chance to start (Case Keenum and Jimmy Garoppolo). And I'm talking about young guys with high ceilings who showed they can win in this league (Jared Goff and Jacoby Brissett).

So how would I rank them in terms of whom I'd start my team with? I'm talking about projecting their future upside and putting them in order from 1 to 7. It starts in Houston, in my opinion, with the rookie whose spectacular season was cut short:


1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

2017 stats: 126-of-204 passing (61.8 percent) for 1,699 yards with 19 touchdowns, 8 interceptions in 7 games (6 starts); 81.9 Total QBR