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Posted 26 Oct 2014http://www.washingto...-a-dim-outlook/
QuoteThere have been five quarterbacks besides Smith drafted in the first two rounds who have been at least 10 percentage points worse than the league average for completion percentage, interception percentage and net yards per attempt while, throwing 500 passes or more during their first two seasons: Brandon Weeden, David Carr, Alex Smith, Joey Harrington and Ryan Leaf.
Weedon has played in one game for Dallas this season but has yet to attempt a pass.
Carr would get three more seasons as a starter in Houston, but he would never post a passer rating higher than 83.5. He would spend the next six years as a backup.
Alex Smith would develop into a decent starter for San Francisco, and make the Pro Bowl in his eighth season while playing in Kansas City.
Harrington would be a starter for a few more seasons but never posted a passer rating above 77.5.
Leaf is perhaps the biggest quarterback bust of all time, playing just three seasons in four years after being selected second overall after Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft.
If we widen our criteria above to include any quarterback drafted in any round throwing at least 500 passes while being at least 15 percent worse than the league average for completion percentage, interception percentage and net yards per attempt we can narrow the list down to three: Geno Smith, Leaf and Craig Whelihan.
Whelihan played just two seasons in the NFL, compiling a 2-12 record while completing 47.9 percent of his passes for a career 52.4 passer rating. Not exactly the company you want your quarterback to be in.
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