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2002 NFL Draft 1st Rd. QB Comps: Should Johnny Manziel Sit This Year?

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Jun 2, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback David Carr (4) throws a pass at organized team activities at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

2002 NFL Draft

David Carr

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
Yes Grade D D D

 

Carr was thrown in right away as a rookie and started all 16 games. He was a pinata behind a terrible offensive line and struggled to with turnovers. His rookie season he threw 15 INTs and had 8 fumbles to go along with his 9 TDs. His second and third seasons were not much better with 15 and 19 turnovers respectively. Interestingly his best two seasons were his last 2 in Houston except his fumbling problem got worse with 11 and 14 fumbles those years. Since then Carr has only played a total of 18 games in 5 seasons. The Texans moved on to Matt Schaub and now are once again in transition with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a placeholder until Tom Savage or another QB can take over. That Carr has stuck as a backup for this many years is a testament to him, especially after the beating he took with the Texans.

Joey Harrington

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
Yes Grade C C D

Similar to Carr is Harrington who was thrown in with the Lions before they had Megatron, or something resembling a clue of a franchise. Harrington played in 14 games as a rookie with stats that weren’t surprising. He had a 50% completion rate along with 12 TDs and 16 INTs that year. He followed that up with 2 full seasons where he played every game. He increased his completion percentages every year with the Lions but was not in the teams plan following his third season. He spent 1 year in Miami and 1 in Atlanta and has been out of the league since the end of the 2007 season. Harrington’s career was short but he could win a game or two for the teams he played for.

Patrick Ramsey

Started as Rookie? Year One First 3 Years Career
Yes Grade C D D

Similar in some ways to the first two is Ramsey, chosen at the end of the first round by the Vikings. Ramsey played in 9 games as a rookie, 11 in his second season (career high) and 9 again in his third season. His rookie year showed some promise, with limited expectations. He threw for just over 51% with more TDs then INTs, 9 to 8. His second season improved to 53% with 14 TDs and 9 INTs. Following his third season it was obvious that the Redskins were looking to move on. He stuck with them for 1 more season then spent parts of seasons with the Jets and Broncos. Ramsey has tried to catch on with others teams but has not played in an NFL game since 2008.

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