The AFC South has invested more into the quarterback position than any other division in the NFL. It contains three quarterbacks who were picked within the first 3 overall picks in the NFL Draft in their given years and one Quarterback who was given a contract whose value is north of $70 million (hahahahahahahaha.)
It is also a very youthful group. Andrew Luck, Brock Osweiler, Blake Bortles, and Marcus Mariota have only 11 seasons of experience between the four of them combined. Luck and Osweiler just got off their rookie deals, while it seems like Bortles and Mariota entered the NFL just yesterday.
So if we had to rank the 4 starting Quarterbacks in the wild wild west of the NFL that is the AFC South, how would it shake out?
4) Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans.
Putting together this list is hard for 3 reasons. Those 3 reasons are talented Quarterbacks in Tennesee, Jacksonville, and Indianapolis.
Osweiler meanwhile presents no difficulty in determining the 4th best Quarterback.
There really isn't any other Quarterback you can make a case for on this list. Not only has he not even come close to starting a full regular seasons worth of games, but he simply has just never shown any flashes to suggest he is anything more than an average Quarterback on his best day.
Thanks for adding him to the mix, Houston.
3) Marcus Mariota, Tennesee Titans.
As a Mariota skeptic in the 2015 offseason, I will fully admit that Mariota made me eat my words last season.
He still has some issues with his deep ball and ball security, but his release, intelligence, and ability to create explosive plays is top notch.
The only thing that I can really see holding back Mariota in the future is the people around him, specifically a suspect receiver group and a head coach that is...Mularkey.
2) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bortles bounced back from a historically poor rookie season to have potentially one of the best rebound seasons of all time.
He showed all the plus traits that he has shown from UCF and day 1 as a Jaguar--Escapability, deep ball, and toughness. He didn't transform himself as a player, he just built upon those strengths.
If Bortles wants to take the next step in his ascension as a player he will need to hone his decision making. But for now, you can be happy with his progress.
1) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts.
This is a tough one for me because when people say Luck was bad when he played in 2015, that is underselling it. He was terrible.
I also do not think his previous seasons are worth the fawning over them that they have received but it is ignorant to think that he is not at least talented. He can place himself back into the conversation of upper echelon NFL signal callers with a rebound season but for now, the gap between him, Bortles, and Mariota is not as massive as it once was.
So at the end of the day, the AFC South has 3 supremely talented, young, maturing Quarterbacks, and whoever is playing quarterback for the Texans.