Best Quarterbacks in the NFL
These are the top 10 best Quarterbacks in the NFL going into next season. Keep in mind that this is a prediction, not just the best NFL Quarterbacks from last season.
#10 – Justin Herbert
I thought the Dolphins got the far better QB in Tua in the 2020 NFL Draft. I was dead wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.
Justin Herbert was the greatest surprise of 2020 going on to break the record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie Quarterback. What was most impressive was his ability to make throws under pressure. Whether it was in crunch time or with pressure in his face, Justin Herbert passed the eye test. He was able to navigate the pocket to create more time and showed off many times his massive cannon of an arm.
Going into next season, the sophomore slump is not out of the question, but unlikely. The Chargers made it their goal to improve their offensive line and accomplished that. Justin Herbert will have more chances at a clean pocket next season and a full off-season to get his chemistry together with his receiving core.
#9 – Matthew Stafford
Sean McVay must be foaming at the mouth looking into next season. Jared Goff has been terribly overrated these past couple of seasons. His bad play is masked by the offensive mind that is Sean McVay.
Matthew Stafford is a massive upgrade. He knows how to read defenses and attack deep down the field. The same cannot be said for Goff.
Some may argue the transition from one offense to another will cause growing pains, but I believe Stafford will transition seamlessly. He has seen it all and enters an offense with a great offensive line and great wide receiver tandem in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
The Rams are one of my favorite teams to watch this season because of the addition of Matthew Stafford.
#8 – Lamar Jackson
Of course regression was on the way from Lamar Jackson’s MVP season. Teams are becoming savvy to his skill set. The reality is that he is a generational rushing Quarterback, but an average at best passer.
It may seem a little crazy ranking an average passer this highly on a list of best Quarterbacks in the NFL, but hear me out. His ability as a runner is so far and away the best in the NFL that it makes up for his woes as a passer.
It can’t be understated what his ability does to defenses. Because he is so dangerous as a runner in the read option, defenses need to dedicate someone to contain him. What makes Lamar so great is his ability to make that one guy who is solely dedicated to containing him miss.
For Lamar Jackson to rise into the top 5, he will need to progress as a passer. He has the ability to make deep throws, but needs to find more rhythm in the short to intermediate passes.
#7 – Dak Prescott
He was on pace to shatter the passing record last season, but then got injured. I’m not saying he would have sustained that historic pace, but it shows that Dak Prescott is potential future MVP in the making.
The reports of him now having lingering shoulder issues do have me worried going into next season, but not enough to leave him out of the top 10.
This Cowboys team is no longer one that relies on their offensive line and rushing attack. It is their passing game that wins them games. They have arguably the best Wide Receiver trio in the NFL and Dak Prescott knows how to deliver.
It especially helps when he does bring that dual-threat ability to the table to make up for any pass protection woes. That being said, the offensive line has gotten more healthy leading up to next season.
#6 – Deshaun Watson
Who knows what’s going to happen with Deshaun Watson. I can’t pretend I have any grasp on the legal situation surrounding him. What I do know is that Deshaun Watson is an elite Quarterback.
Watson is in my opinion the best dual-threat Quarterback in the NFL. There are QBs who are better passers and QBs who are better runners, but he is the best of both worlds.
He has been putting this Texans team on his back the past couple of seasons. Going into 2021, this team looks even worse and the future looks even more dim. Regardless of the talent put in front of him, Watson has proved he can produce.
I’m not sure what team he will play for next season, or if he will even play at all. With the uncertainty I still have to include him on this list because of the talent.
#5 – Tom Brady
Usually you will see the Super Bowl winning Quarterback higher on a list like this, but hear me out.
I believe Tom Brady is the best Quarterback in NFL history. I don’t even believe that can be disputed anymore. That being said, at 43 years old he is not a top 3 Quarterback.
It is historic what he is doing at this age, but I also believe there a few Quarterbacks you could have put in this situation last season and they would have done just as good if not better than Brady. I understand the leadership and preparation he brings to the table, but if you put any of the four Quarterbacks listed ahead of him they would have done better.
Fortunately for Brady, he entered the dream scenario with the Bucs. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown are what I believe to be the best Wide Receiver trio in the NFL. He also is at the helm behind a very good Bucs offensive line.
Going into next season expect a similar statline to last season.
#4 – Josh Allen
There is no Quarterback in the NFL who has made the jump forward quite like Josh Allen. He has gone from one of the most inconsistent throwers of the football to an elite NFL Quarterback.
Has has a tremendous skill set as disposal. This is an extremely gifted and physical runner with arguably the biggest arm in the NFL. As soon as Stefon Diggs was at his disposal, he transformed into a legitimate MVP contender.
Going into next season, he needs to continue this upward trajectory. He needs to keep moving forward with his progression as a Quarterback unlike some that become stagnant.
It’s also worth mentioning the last trait to make him better is his ability to protect the football. If he can do this then an MVP title is not out of the question.
#3 – Russell Wilson
Pete Carroll. If you need to hear anything going into next season, it’s simple. Let Russ Cook. This is no longer a defense first, run the football Seahawks team. This is a team who needs to succeed on the back of Russell Wilson.
He was on an MVP pace early last season, but Pete Carroll resorted back to that run first football. The reality is that the strength of this team is Russell Wilson and the combination of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. They compliment Russ perfectly.
Even with horrible pass protection, Russell Wilson finds ways to finish. You won’t see him pad the rushing yards, but he uses his rushing ability to escape the pocket to keep plays alive all while looking down field.
#2 – Aaron Rodgers
I’m glad the Aaron Rodgers saga is nearing it’s end. I was tired of hearing about the new gossip surrounding the Packers organization vs Aaron Rodgers.
Time to talk football. Speaking about QBs in the NFL who play the game right, Rodgers has perfect timing and rhythm. He shows great patience and makes players like Robert Tonyan look like the best at their position.
Let’s get this straight. He deserves his respect. Some may call this disrespectful for leaving the MVP from the number one ranking on this list, but I believe it’s justified. Not because he does things wrong, but because I have so much respect for the player ahead of him on this list.
#1 – Patrick Mahomes
It will take a special kind of player to de-throne Patrick Mahomes. Aaron Rodgers may be the more intelligent and rhythmic thrower of the football, but Mahomes is the future. He is the perfect model for the new breed of Quarterback as he has brought the new school excitement to a once pocket dependent position.
Even in a Super Bowl loss, he looked tremendous. The offensive line could not protect him, yet he was making diving side arm throws that hit off the chest of his receivers.
Andy Reid is the Quarterback whisperer and he has let Mahomes become what he is. I see him being the MVP favorite for many years because he is that good.
Bold prediction: Patrick Mahomes breaks the passing touchdown record this season. The defense isn’t that good, but they don’t need to be with Mahomes doing what he does.
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