Rookie and Free Agent Quarterback Superheros
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We finally made it to the end of my quarterback superhero series. Click here for the AFC edition and here for the NFC edition. In this final part of the series, we are going to figure out the comic book counterparts for the top free agent quarterbacks and the incoming rookie signal-callers.
Superhero Comparison: Booster Gold
Reasoning: Credit to Jeff Miller on this one. Booster comes back from the future to get involved in major events involving time travel. However, it’s not always for altruistic reasons. He often does it so that in the future he is known as the greatest hero ever. As Jeff pointed out, he’s also a bit of a dork who often needs to be bailed out by the people he has come to save. Kirk Cousins is someone who has earned a lot of money in his career. Does he really want to win at this point or does he want to keep chasing the glory of cash?
Superhero Comparison: Arsenal (Roy Harper)
Reasoning: Sam Bradford is not quite the same level as Drew Brees or even Dak Prescott. However, he is an archer in his own right. He did briefly hold the single-season completion record last season until Brees reclaimed it.
Superhero Comparison: Peter Quill (Starlord)
Reasoning: You may think Starlord is way too powerful a hero for Case Keenum but hear me out. Peter Quill was held captive by space pirates for much of his youth. Case Keenum was in the clutches of Jeff Fisher and Gary Kubiak for his first few seasons. Will Keenum become the next hero of the galaxy or will he forever be stuck as the guy who lucked into saving the Vikings’ universe by finding himself in the right situation?
Superhero Comparison: Cable
Reasoning: Cable overcame being infected with a techno-virus to become one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. I’m just happy Teddy Bridgewater has found his way back to the football field. He was once one of the top quarterback prospects in the game, and with proper recovery, he can be a starting quarterback again.
Superhero (villain) Comparison: Mysterio
Reasoning: A.J. McCarron has never attempted more than 120 passes in his career and he’s already 28. He looked okay in his limited starting sample back in 2015, but keep in mind he only threw for 250+ yards in one of his starts. Using mirages just like Mysterio, McCarron is going to trick some poor team into paying him starter money. Just hope it’s not the one you root for.
Superhero Comparison: Damien Wayne (Robin)
Reasoning: Damien is insanely talented having been trained both by Ra’s al Ghul and Bruce Wayne. However, Damien has a habit of getting himself into trouble with his teammates because of his arrogance. By all reports, Josh Rosen’s teammates love him, but he has earned himself a reputation for speaking his mind. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but he will need to find the right team (the Giants would welcome you with open arms, Josh) to truly flourish just like Damien did with the New Teen Titans.
Superhero Comparison: Time Traveling Young Cyclops
Reasoning: Of the big names coming out this year, it’s Baker Mayfield who has had the best completion percentage over his college career. That laser-like accuracy will serve him well in the NFL. Additionally, he’s not your father’s Cyclops. He’s learned a few things from being in the future, such as the gesture he made against Kansas. That never would have flown in the 1960s where Cyclops is originally from.
Superhero Comparison: Cyborg (Teen Titans)
Reasoning: Sam Darnold isn’t going to be the most mobile guy on the field, but he knows how to use his weapons when he needs them. Cyborg is the heavy hitter for the Teen Titans. He’s not to outmaneuver opponents but when they’ve been worn down he certainly can take them out with his blaster cannon.
Superhero Comparison: Kid Flash
Reasoning: Lamar Jackson can do it all. He can throw. He can run. He could probably dominate at receiver, but why waste his talents there? Get him on the right team with the right coach and watch him go.
Superhero Comparison: Wiccan
Reasoning: Teams seem to think Josh Allen has a lot of unrealized potential. Scouts say he has a huge arm and had poor talent around him. I’m not entirely convinced, but it’s fair to wonder if there is some magic in store here.
Superhero (Civilian) Comparison: Foggy Nelson
Reasoning: Mason Rudolph’s college numbers may make him look like a hero, but don’t be deceived. It’s easy to look like a hero when you are throwing to the incredibly acrobatic Daredevil (James Washington). If your team needs a quarterback, I’d be hoping they take one of the five guys I listed ahead of Rudolph in the draft.
We did it, folks! As always, if you want to give me props for a certain comparison you can @RekedFantasy. If not, please turn your attention to my alter ego @FantasyReked. I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed writing it.