Brock Purdy. Desmond Ridder. Sam Howell. Why do they all have in common? All three quarterbacks fell in the 2022 draft class only to find themselves in a position to start as rookies for their respective teams.

The trio now faces opportunities to serve as full-time starters entering Year 2.

Among those signal-callers to experience a similar fall in this year's draft, the Los Angeles Rams' Stetson Bennett is best positioned to travel a comparable path based on where he landed and the current circumstances surrounding the team's starter, Matthew Stafford.

Stafford, who turned 35 earlier this year, missed eight games last season due to multiple injuries. First, the veteran signal-caller required offseason elbow surgery. He suffered a concussion during the season before a spinal contusion forced him onto injured reserve.

The 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick has been beat up throughout his career. Though he's supposedly in a much better place today, according to Rams head coach Sean McVay.

"I don't think I realized it or anybody, and he would never say it because he's so tough, the amount of pain that he was working through, how limited he was," McVay told reporters. "But to have our quarterback, the command, the way that he really elevates [the team], his communication skills, it's been huge for us. He makes a significant difference."

Even so, the Rams front office must take Stafford's recent injury history into consideration when assessing the franchise's overall direction. Furthermore, the organization already got exactly what it wanted when it traded for the quarterback: a Super Bowl victory.