THE MARKET FOR STARTING QBS IS TYPICALLY QUIETER THAN A CLAIRE'S AFTER CURFEW, BUT THIS YEAR FEELS... DIFFERENT. MIGHT ALEX SMITH'S TRADE TO THE REDSKINS BE A PRELUDE TO A WILD OFFSEASON OF MOVEMENT? WITH INTRIGUING OPTIONS IN FREE AGENCY (MARCH 14) AND A PASSER-PACKED DRAFT (APRIL 26--28), WE THINK SO. CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES
1 MASON RUDOLPH
With the arrival of this three-year OSU starter, Blake Bortles's time under center may be running short. The memes will live forever.
2 JOSH ROSEN
The No. 1 pick, out of UCLA. Calling it now. (You're out of excuses, Hue Jackson.)
3 RILEY FERGUSON
Don't look now, Andy Dalton. The Bengals nab the strong-armed QB from Memphis in the fourth round.
4 TYROD TAYLOR
The No. 2 rushing QB over the past three years finally lands somewhere he's wanted, and a revolving door at QB comes to a halt.
5 MIKE GLENNON
Released by the Bears, who eat $2.5 million, Glennon settles in behind yet another promising phenom in Patrick Mahomes.
6 JIMMY GAROPPOLO
Yeah, this guy ain't going anywhere.
7 JAY CUTLER
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8 A.J. MCCARRON
Circle of Life, Part I: After usurping Drew Brees to start his career, Philip Rivers now has to fend off McCarron, acquired by the Chargers in a draft-day trade.
9 ELI MANNING
Circle of Life, Part II: Beaten out by a younger N.Y. passer in 2004, Kurt Warner headed west to play for the Cards. Felled by QB dominoes, the younger Manning follows that path.
10 SAM BRADFORD SAM DARNOLD
"Sam, meet Sam and Sean McDermott."
" ... Oh, Nathan Peterman, you're still here?"
11 LAMAR JACKSON
John Harbaugh, last month: "When you have a veteran QB at this stage (Joe Flacco is 33), you are always looking for a young backup."
12 BAKER MAYFIELD
Six foot is the new 6'4" in the Big Easy, where Drew Brees signs up for another Super Bowl run and Mayfield becomes QB of the future.
13 KIRK COUSINS
Cousins, famous for keeping pics of local media in his locker, will need a big binder when free agency lands him in the U.S. media capital.
14 JOSH ALLEN
Ninety miles northeast of Philly, the Jets hope they've found Carson Wentz 2.0.
15 LUKE FALK
Having married off Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the Pats need another young QB. Enter the Pac-12's all-time passing yards leader.
16 CASE KEENUM
Pat Shurmur tries to take Keenum with him to the Giants, but the Vikes—comfortable relying again on a stout D and run game—give him a mid-range three-year deal (and the chance to atone for the NFC title game).
17 TEDDY BRIDGEWATER
He's sad to leave Minnesota, but he gets to return to his hometown (which has gambled poorly before on a dinged-up Vikings QB).