How Much Does Draft Age Matter for Quarterbacks? – The Wrong Read, No. 31
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Welcome to the 31st installment of the “The Wrong Read,” an article series that reflects on recent podcast episodes, pushing the ideas discussed on the podcasts to their logical conclusions and offering some further thoughts on the topics broached by the guests and hosts. The article below is about quarterbacks. With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, perhaps you will be interesting in reading about one of the top QB prospects in the 2018 class. Let’s call this the fourth article in a “Wrong Read” miniseries on draft age. Previous articles covered running backs, tight ends, and, a long time ago, wide receivers. What you’re currently reading will cover quarterbacks—how does draft age affect a QB’s career fantasy production? Are younger QBs at an advantage? At all other positions we’ve found that players who are 21 years old as rookies drastically outperform all other age groups throughout their careers. Is this the case at the QB position? Let’s get right to the charts.1
- Read any of the previous articles for a discussion of the scope of the data and other methodological issues. (back)