Which Rookie QB Will Start First in 2019?


No, that's not a trick question. Remember, last year Cleveland drafted Baker Mayfield No. 1, but he did not become the starting quarterback right away. Could it happen again? Will Arizona groom the No. 1 overall pick in the draft before turning over the reins of the offense? Here's a look at which rookie quarterback will start first in 2019.

Kyler Murray

Ok, so you don't just draft a quarterback with the first pick to sit him on the bench. You also don't trade away your starting quarterback - the one you took in the first round last year - and then not play your new draft pick. It's real simple in Arizona. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury runs an Air Raid offense. It's the same offense that Murray ran at Oklahoma. Kingsbury wants a dynamic dual threat guy who can run his bag of tricks. Last year's Heisman Trophy winner looks like a much better fit than Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals traded to Miami. That is a statement-making trade. Murray will be the Day 1 starter in Arizona.

Dwayne Haskins

Washington's quarterback depth chart is full. It's so full that at least one guy is going to be packing his bags sometime during or at the end of training camp. The Redskins took Haskins with the 15th overall pick in the draft. They aren't going to draft a guy that high and just let him sit around. Alex Smith may or may not be back from injury. Washington signed Case Keenum, the starter in Denver a year ago, and also has veteran Colt McCoy on the roster. Keenum has been productive the last two seasons. Remember, he led Minnesota deep into the postseason in 2017. 

So, where does Haskins fit? Well, if Smith doesn't fully recover, expect Haskins to battle Keenum for the starting job. Keenum's experience might trump Haskins at the beginning of the season, but expect the former Ohio State quarterback to be in the lineup by midseason.

Daniel Jones

Who knows what the Giants were thinking when they drafted Jones out of Duke with the No. 6 pick. Jones has prototypical size but does not have the arm strength to go with it. Arm strength isn't everything, and the Giants are banking on Jones receiving tutelage from Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. He is the same guy who coached Giants veteran Eli Manning when he was in college at Ole Miss. Manning is still Manning. After being drafted so high, Jones has to play sometime. That time will be later rather than sooner.