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Somehow, Foles and Wilson have overshadowed Luck and Griffin from 2012 draft class

Four quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, and two with the first pair of picks. It was supposed to be the best class of elite quarterbacks to enter the league since John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino came in together as first-round picks in 1983.

That might still be the case at some point, but this quarterback draft class is probably becoming famous for how deep it is, rather than how dominant the top-end talent is. 

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went 1-2 and were already getting the Hall of Fame treatment before the 2012 campaign got underway, and Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were one step down from them in terms of expectation levels. 

Three of those four young pivots have become respected franchise-caliber starting quarterbacks, but they've had standard early-career troubles as well. 

What's amazing, though, is that the aforementioned depth is the story of this quarterback class, because the most successful two quarterbacks that draft produced actually came from Round 3. 

Nick Foles and Russell Wilson are currently ranked first and third in the league, respectively, in terms of passer rating. They have a combined record of 16-2 this season and 28-12 overall and a 2013 touchdown-to-interception ratio of 41-to-6.

41. To. 6.

They've been tearing the league apart, and they both might be destined to ride deep into the playoffs. 

That despite the fact few of us knew who Foles was until he relieved Michael Vick late last season. He was then outplayed by Vick in training camp before his sophomore year and forgotten by anyone who noticed him as a rookie. Now he's gone out and put up MVP-caliber numbers to take the reins of that Philly franchise. 

And that despite the fact few expected Wilson, who at 5-foot-11 is the league's shortest starting quarterback, to become anything special at all. He hasn't been given an especially good receiving corps in Seattle, but the guy is now 22-6 as a starter and displaying more poise and competence than big-shot peers Luck, Griffin and Tannehill. 

It just goes to show how little we actually know on draft day. 

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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