30. Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Another rookie comes in as Zach Wilson from the New York Jets had some serious growing pains in year one. Like Trevor Lawrence, Wilson managed just three wins on the season although he missed four games so his record ended up being 3-10.
He also had only nine touchdowns and 11 picks in his start while completing an ugly 55.6 percent of his attempts. Also like his fellow rookies who made this list, Wilson didn’t have a great supporting cast — and he was also dealing with a first-year head coach.
The good news is, his coaching staff wasn’t fired so perhaps Wilson can see some growth in year two.
29. Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
If this power ranking took place in Week 3 of the season, Sam Darnold would have been much higher. He started out the year on fire with three wins in a row. Then, the bottom fell out as he went 1-7 from that point and was even benched for Cam Newton at one point.
Darnold finished with just nine touchdowns and 13 picks as he continued to prove that the Jets picked him far too high in 2018 — and that his turnover issues at USC weren’t solved simply by pretending they weren’t a problem.
As far as 2022 is concerned, Darnold is a player to watch as it wouldn’t be surprising to again see him switch teams, or at the very least, have another veteran come in and challenge him for his job.