Quarterback Rankings Going Into 2021

Quarterback Rankings Going Into 2021
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Quarterback may be the most important position in football, and without one, you put yourself at a disadvantage in the future. So here are my quarterback rankings going into this upcoming season.

  1. Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes is undoubtedly the best quarterback in the NFL. Mahomes has more impact and influence on the final outcome of any given game more than any other quarterback in the league. His ability to drop back 20 yards and still be able to toss it down the field 60 yards is like no other. Patrick Mahomes is one of seven quarterbacks who had a top seven passing grade via PFF in both 2019 & 2020.

    2. Aaron Rodgers Greenbay Packers

Aaron Rodgers makes an excellent case for the most skilled quarterback not only in the league but ever. Rodgers’s ability to get the ball out as fast as he can is jaw-dropping. It changes the way teams prepare for him and also how plays are called. The only issue is Rodgers is going through a rough patch with the Packers organization. If Rodgers does step on the field, he’s up on a similar tier with Mahomes. 

     3. Josh Allen Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen made a rare leap from year two to year three. That may be due to the acquisition of Stefon Diggs. I only expect Allen to continue that stride of greatness and come on a revenge tour after falling short of the Superbowl. 

     4. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks 

Every year Wilson does this thing where he’s playing like an MVP caliber quarterback for the first eight or nine weeks. Following those weeks, his level of play decreases an alarming amount. The main reason for that is because even with Wilson being a mobile quarterback, he still is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. The Seahawks added offensive line help, so I believe that’ll pay off in the long run for Wilson.

      5. Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens

The consensus belief that Lamar is a so-called running back is complete and total blasphemy. Lamar has almost as much influence on any given game as Mahomes. Defenses have to gameplan a different way for him, and that’s what makes him so good. Everyone knows Lamar can run, which makes linebackers and defensive fronts play differently. Baltimore couldn’t take a step forward due to their lackluster wide receiving core. They added Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, and Tylan Wallace.

      6. Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals

Similar to Lamar, Kyler is a highly mobile quarterback who can sling to rock impressively. Kyler, a former baseball player, can slide and get the ball fast using those baseball skills. Hopkins and Kyler are looking to be on a revenge tour of their own after falling short of the playoffs. This will be year three for Kyler, so I see him making a step up after a mediocre year. 

      7. Matthew Stafford Las Angeles Rams 

Disguised by a disgruntled Lions organization Stafford was one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. Stafford is now with a great coach, a great supporting cast, and doesn’t have to be in shootouts every week with having a top-five defense. 

      8. Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady has completely ignored father time and is winning super bowls at age 44. There is no telling whether Brady will decline or not because he’s the first to do what he’s doing. I don’t see the Buccaneers matching what they did last year, but I still believe Brady will stay on the path he did last year.

       9. Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans

Tannehill now has two top 10-15 receivers and a top-three running back on his offense. Efficiency wise Tannehill has been up there since becoming a starter for Tennessee, and he’s had a higher QB rating than Mahomes. 

      10. Justin Herbert Las Angeles Chargers 

Herbert is a Dark Horse MVP, and two former second-year quarterbacks to win it are Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. So it’s possible to do so, and Herbert has proved he can do just as much as those guys. I would have Herbert higher, but the loss of Hunter Henry is a bit more detrimental than I think most believe.

11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

12. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns 

13. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals 

14. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

15. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons 

16. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers 

17. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts

18. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

19. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars 

20. Daniel Jones, New York Giants 

21. Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

22. Cam Newton, New England Patriots

23. Jameis Winston, New Orlean Saints 

24. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers 

25. Zach Wilson, New York Jets 

26. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team 

27. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins 

28. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

29. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

30. Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears

31. Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans 

32. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos 

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