For the past two seasons in the NFL a sophomore quarterback has taken home the most valuable player trophy at the end of the year. In 2018, Patrick Mahomes won the 2018 NFL MVP as a second year QB and a first year starter. In 2019, Lamar Jackson followed Mahomes in the long list of NFL MVPs by taking the trophy home weeks after a tough playoff loss at home.
Does this trend continue? Will a second year signal caller take home the NFLs MVP award? I took to twitter to get the voice of the people via poll and check out the results:
Twitter polls only allow four options so I went with the top four drafted QBs, Stidham and Minshew were left out, but let’s get in to it.
6. Gardner Minshew +15,000
Gardner Minshew was thrust into the league after a week one injury to Nick Foles in Jacksonville, and the rookie had some really bright moments during his rookie campaign. In my opinion, Minshew is a great charismatic leader, a presence on and off the gridiron and a solid young QB for the Jaguars. I think he should have a similar career path to Dallas’ newest Cowboy, Andy Dalton. Minshew comes in at +15,000 (bet $100 to win $15,000) and I’m sure he will get a ton of action, but I just don’t think he gets it done just yet.
5. Dwayne Haskins +15,000
Dwayne Haskins, the former Ohio State Buckeye, fell to arguably one of worst rosters in the NFL last year. Haskins had a slew of bad viral moments this year as a rookie quarterback, from failing to rally his offensive line to taking a selfie with a fan with time still left on the clock. Haskins looked uncomfortable out on the field at times, but he did show flashes of success on the field and I’ve heard that many NFL players and former Head Coach Urban Meyer believe that Haskins can be successful in the NFL with the right tools around him. Also, adding Ron Rivera doesn’t hurt.
4. Daniel Jones +10,000
Danny Dimes stepped in for 2x Superbowl winning quarterback, Eli Manning, and had great success on the field with the weapons he was provided with. Jones started 12 games for the G-men and had 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and 3 games with 4 or more touchdowns. Danny Dimes has the luxury of having an elite running back in Saquon Barkley behind him and good young receivers on his side. Jones at +10,000 is a solid bet, but Jones is going to have to take a big leap or the Giants are going to have to add a massive weapon at WR to help him get out of the NFC East.
3. Jarrett Stidham +5,000 (Via Draft Kings)
The former Auburn quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, played the least out of all six rookie quarterbacks on this list mainly because of future first ballot Hall of Famer, Tom Brady. Stidham only played in 3 games this season, filling in for the 6 time Super Bowl Champ in Patriots’ blow outs. The intriguing part about Stidham is that he is inheriting the best coach in the NFL and arguably the best team from this list. Stidham is set to be the heir to the throne and Las Vegas is on board, at +5,000 Stidham has the 2nd best odds for 2nd year signal callers. A few early road wins and some passing touchdowns should have El Pres and the city of Boston lit up for the 2020 season.
2. Drew Lock +12,500
Buzz Lightyear was the co-star of the famous Toy Story saga and Drew Lock is in position to be the co-star to Patrick Mahomes and the AFC West. Lock had a great end of the season in 2019, leading the Broncos to a 4-1 finish with an impressive game over the playoff bound Houston Texans. Tons of fans from around the league have very high hopes for Drew Lock in 2020. The Broncos picked up Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Penn State’s KJ Hamler open up the field for Lock. If the Broncos are in the playoff hunt, it’ll be because of Drew Lock’s MVP type play. Great value with Lock at +12,500, I’ll throw some bread on Lock no doubt.
1. Kyler Murray +2,500
The heavy favorite among second year quarterbacks, Murray was the only rookie quarterback to start all 16 games for his team. K1 had 5 games over with over 300 yards and ended the season with over 2,700 yards, 20 TDs through the air, 4 on the ground and 12 INTs. The only QBs ahead of K1 in the MVP race are: Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Dak Prescott, all quarterbacks who have had success in the league. The Cardinals fleeced the Texans right before the draft and picked up top 3 WR in the league, DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins, Fitzgerald and Murray should be a deadly force in the NFC South. I’ll be putting a good amount off my budget on the 5’8″ Heisman winning quarterback.