29. C.J. Beathard, San Francisco 49ers
While many teams in the 2017 NFL Draft saw C.J. Beathard from the University of Iowa as a late-round developmental prospect, the San Francisco 49ers though enough of him to where they traded up in the 3rd round to go get him. After inserting him into the starting lineup midway through the 49ers’ week 6 game against the Washington Redskins, Beathard has had his ups-and-downs, as expected for any mid-round rookie starting in the NFL. In four starts this year, he’s thrown five interceptions, and has a QBR of just over 35. However, the one thing going for him is that he led the 49ers to their first win of the year.
28. Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears shocked fans, and a whole lot of NFL teams, when they moved up to the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from the University of North Carolina. Trubisky was a streaky gunslinger with above-average arm strength, who played in a spread offense in Chapel Hill; in other words, he was going to need plenty of time to adjust to the NFL game. But the Bears ended Trubisky’s “redshirt” season after Mike Glennon played horribly as the team’s starting quarterback. Trubisky hasn’t necessarily been that bad this year, but that’s because the Bears aren’t asking him to do very much. In six games this year, he has only four touchdown passes, and averages only 165 yards passing per game, which is the 3rd lowest average in the NFL.
27. Blaine Gabbert, Arizona Cardinals
We all know that Blaine Gabbert is going to go down as one of the biggest busts in recent NFL Draft memory, after being taken with a top 10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft (one pick ahead of J.J. Watt). But Gabbert has still managed to carve out an NFL career for himself as a journeyman backup quarterback. As the third-string guy in Arizona, he’s now the starter for the Cardinals, after the team lost Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton to long-term injuries. He threw for three touchdowns — along with two interceptions — in his lone start this year, against the Houston Texans.