At first glance, the top two quarters of the NFL Draft 2019 class do not have much in common.
Dwayne Haskins of the State of Ohio is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 231 pounds. He makes the best of his pocket, like a traditional quarterback.
Kyler Murray of Oklahoma is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 207 pounds. He is very dangerous because of all the ways he can quickly attack a defense.
Here's what they have in common: they started only one college football season.
What is the rarity of this level of inexperience in the NFL? NJ Advance Media has only identified three more quarter-shifts in the first round since 2000 that started one year at the FCS or BSF (formerly NCAA divisions I and AA, respectively).
"You would like to see a guy have several seasons, but there are guys who have been playing for a year and have had success," said Giants coach Pat Shurmur. "That's why they come in all shapes and sizes and their origins are all different.It's the real challenge: to predict and find those who will play well in our league."
Murray replaced Baker Mayfield, winner of the Heisman Trophy, who was first in the NFL Draft in 2018. He produced an almost identical number – 69% completions, 4,361 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions – compared to those recorded in each of the last two seasons of Mayfield.
Haskins replaced J. T. Barrett, who is the Big Ten career leader in touchdowns and touchdowns in total. He set 28 Ohio records in 2018 and seven Big Ten records, including one-season yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939).
Murray left 12-2 as a starter. Haskins went 13-1.
"These are guys who really have a lot of success in just one year," said Shurmur, who watched the recording of all the season's plays by two-quarters, met both at the NFL Combine and has included a private time face-to-face in monitoring their two Pro Days. "They played in top-notch programs and were very successful, and when you watch them on tape, they're both great players."
But what is the record of the NFL for beginners of a year in the NCAA?
In short, it's a success, a failure and a goal to be determined. Should not you care more about Haskins and Murray?
"The reality is that the game has changed a bit," said Dan Orlovsky, an analyst at ESPN, a former four-year-old quarterback in Connecticut, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL. "The teams are going to get coins (staff) to get their quarterback information (so), you explain to your young quarterback the cover before the breakup.
"Teams lack flexibility or recoil and know that your quarterback knows he's covering an area.You have accelerated the learning process.In the NFL, you eliminate many taboos."
Here is an overview of the short list that Murray and Haskins will join:
Mitch Trubisky (2017): Trubisky was a freshman in North Carolina and played 19 games against star Marquise Williams over the next two seasons, totaling 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns. It is a heavier workload than the average of the substitutes, but he only got his first start in 2016, when he set the school record in a successful passing season (3,748) , touchdowns (30) and total offensive (4,056),
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist ignored his last year of eligibility and became the No. 2 pick for the Bears, who swapped rank 3 to target Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. After a tough rookie season, Trubisky made his first Pro Bowl in 2018, taking 11-3 as a starter (two games missed) with twice as many touchdowns as interceptions (24-12).
Cam Newton (2010): Newton was Tim Tebow's Florida substitute for two seasons, one of which ended early due to injury. Later that year, Newton was arrested and suspended from the team, prompting his transfer.
The charges were dropped, but he ended up at junior high school, where he drove Blinn College to a national championship. He returned to the SEC and drove Auburn to a national title and won the Heisman Trophy during his first year on campus, under the cloud of a controversy regarding eligibility.
Newton was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft – none of the other three quarterbacks chosen in the first round are still out – and is a Pro Bowler three times with an NFL MVP and an appearance at the Super Bowl. Due to his great body and longevity, he surpassed Michael Vick as the last double threat quarterback.
Mark Sanchez (2009): The USC coach, Pete Carroll, is openly opposed to Sanchez becoming pro after a season as a full-time starter. He became the first quarterback of the USC since 1990 to have left school earlier than planned for the NFL draft. He made his first three career starts in 2007 in the place of a wounded John David Booty.
Strangely enough, it's Sanchez's first two seasons in the NFL, where he qualified 19th and 14th as No. 5 and second quarterback (Matthew Stafford). The Jets, led by a nasty defensive, have participated in consecutive AFC Cup championship games and Sanchez tied an NFL record with four road victories in the playoffs.
From the famous "Butt Fumble" of Thanksgiving 2012 towards the end of his Jets tenure, Sanchez has played for three other teams, making 11 starts in total, and has been suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy.