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Halfway through the 2013 season, the heralded young quarterbacks of the past three NFL drafts have found success doesn't always come easily. While some young QBs have excelled or rebounded from earlier slumps, others have struggled with injuries, or struggled, period. Which of these quarterbacks with three seasons or fewer of NFL experience would you rather have? Click on the images to submit your rankings.

NFL's best young quarterbacks

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

drafted in 2011

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

drafted in 2012

Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

drafted in 2011

Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon

drafted in 2013

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

drafted in 2012

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

drafted in 2011

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

drafted in 2012

EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel

drafted in 2013

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

drafted in 2011

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

drafted in 2013

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

drafted in 2012

Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder

drafted in 2011

Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

drafted in 2012

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

drafted in 2012

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When you've got a good quarterback, you've got a chance to win in the NFL. When you don't, you change starters. Maybe you sign a free agent off the street as insurance. And maybe you take inspiration from Batman and illuminate the night sky with the Brett signal -- as in Brett Favre -- like the Rams reportedly did.

Now, don't expect live reports from Hattiesburg, Miss., as Favre says he's retired. For good. Really. But it makes us wonder how confident the Rams are in backup Kellen Clemens replacing the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams aren't alone in this boat -- not when the Browns are about to trot out their third starting QB of the season and the Vikings are choosing between Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.


Meet Me In St. Louis?

Brett Favre gained a reputation for wavering on retirement, but he was firm Thursday that his career is over.

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What do you make of the Rams calling Brett Favre to see if he was interested in being their starting quarterback?

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Is that Brett Favre's music?

The Rams reportedly reached out to Favre despite the fact it's been nearly three years since he has played in an NFL game.

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Could Brett Favre (44 years old) still start in the NFL?

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Valhalla I am coming

Matt Cassel, center, quarterbacked the Vikings' only win of the season. But Christian Ponder, right, is set to start if Josh Freeman can't.

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Who should start at QB for the Vikings when all are healthy?

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Opportunity knocks

Jason Campbell was passed over the first time the Browns changed quarterbacks. He'll get his chance Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Who should start for the Browns at quarterback when both are healthy?

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Hard times

Campbell is replacing Brandon Weeden, who has struggled mightily this season in Cleveland.

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How bad is the overall quality of quarterbacks in the NFL right now?

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Cassel to start for Vikings

Matt Cassel will get another chance to recreate his success filling in for Tom Brady in 2008, as the Vikings will start him on Sunday against the Steelers. Christian Ponder's injury is too serious for him to start, but missing this game could be risky for him. Ponder hasn't played well this season, and if Cassel provides stability at the position, he could do to Ponder what Lou Gehrig did to Wally Pipp. But, you know, with much less historical significance.

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  • Who will be the Vikings' starting quarterback at season's end?

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NFC North Preview -- 2013

Adrian Peterson ran all over the NFL. Calvin Johnson caught everything. But the Green Bay Packers emerged on top of the NFC North last season. Will Aaron Rodgers & Co. do it again? And will those superstars match their production from a year ago?

More: NFC East | NFC South | NFC West | AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West

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  • How many more Super Bowls will Aaron Rodgers win as a starting QB?

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  • Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season. How many will he rush for in 2013?

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  • What chance do you give Calvin Johnson (1,964 yards last year) of catching for 2,000 in a season?

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  • What type of player will Reggie Bush be in Detroit?

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  • Is Christian Ponder the Vikings' long-term starting quarterback?

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