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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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The Jaguars' quarterback situation is so desparate -- one passing touchdown, fewer than 400 yards, and two interceptions in two games -- that fans are actually petitioning the team to sign Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. Can you believe it? At least one group of fans plans on spending three hours and 16 minutes (in reference to a bible verse Tebow had on his eye black in 2009) at a rally to convince the team to sign him. We can't see a counter-rally in support of either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne materializing, but would this really be a good call for the Jaguars?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

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Jaguars go with Gabbert

Here's a secret about QB competitions: They rarely occur between two quarterbacks who don't possess significant flaws. Take the battle in Jacksonville, most recently won by Blaine Gabbert over Chad Henne. Neither quarterback had a completion percentage above 60 percent last season, their QBRs weren't stellar, and combined, they led the Jaguars to a record of 2-14. This year seems like Gabbert's last chance to stick as a starter -- in his two seasons with Jacksonville, he's compiled a mere 5-19 record.

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  • How many games will the Jaguars win this season?

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  • Who will be the Jaguars' starting quarterback by season's end?

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Will Maurice Jones-Drew be elite again?

Not long ago, Maurice Jones-Drew was a star running back, piling up yards and amassing touchdowns at a fantasy-god level. But last season, a Lisfranc injury in his left foot limited Jones-Drew to six games, 414 yards and a single score. Now Jones-Drew is back, cleared to participate in training camp as he faces a pivotal year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Can the 28-year-old prove to the Jags -- and the NFL -- that he deserves a big new contract? And how much will he help his team, which won just two games last season?

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  • The Jaguars went 2-14 in 2012. How many games will they win this season?

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The 2011 Luke McCown era in Jacksonville lasted two games (with zero touchdowns and four interceptions), and now it's time for the Jaguars' great draft hope to take his turn. Blaine Gabbert will be behind center when the Jaguars take the field against Cam Newton's Panthers (and as an aside, isn't it interesting how fast the Panthers have become Newton's team?) Sunday, and honestly, if Gabbert throws for more than 59 yards, it'll be an improvement.

Vote: Who has a brighter NFL future: Gabbert or Newton?


What is Gabbert's future?

The Jaguars will be looking for Gabbert to be their next franchise quarterback, but is he truly up to the task?

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