Ranking NFC South quarterbacks ahead of training camp

Where do Baker Mayfield and the Bucs stack up against the division?
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As NFL training camps kick off, the NFC South is one of the most intriguing divisions in all of football.

This is a division that is, truly, up for grabs. We could see any one of the four teams step up, improve enough in key areas, and take home the division crown. If we're being honest with ourselves, there's not one team that would shock the world by finishing on top.

Ideally, we'd like the Bucs to be that team, so long as the quarterback position gets solidified. Is Baker Mayfield the answer? How does he stack up against other NFC South quarterbacks?

Let's tackle that question and try to rank the four starters within the division, starting with the rookie.

4. Bryce Young, Panthers

The only fair option would be to put the rookie here at number four. Bryce Young may have been the number one overall pick in this year's draft, but he has yet to play a down of meaningful football in the NFL. It would be unfair to the other three starting quarterbacks within the division to rank Young ahead of any of them, regardless of how much hype the Alabama product has behind him.

Young very well should end up having a bright future in the league. He's got the leadership skills, accuracy and pocket awareness necessary to be a great quarterback. The Panthers also have a fairly under-the-radar supporting cast around him, featuring Miles Sanders at running back, Adam Thielen, D.J. Chark and Jonathan Mingo at wide receiver and then Hayden Hurst at tight end.

Young should be supported by a pretty sneaky defense, too, which will go a long way for a rookie quarterback. By season's end, it wouldn't be surprising to see Young climb up this list within the NFC South.