Yes you read the title correctly, I am exhausted of quarantine, questions of voter fraud and online learning. Therefore I have decided to travel forward to 2025 when I will have graduated college, the country will once again be answering questions of election fraud and most importantly, I can legally buy my own alcohol.
Many have done lists like this in the past and hindsight usually makes them look borderline comedic, so in five years feel free to slander my name.
1.Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
I really hope this isn’t a surprise, by 2025 Mahomes may be considered the undisputed greatest signal caller of all time and I would be shocked if he isn’t the best quarterback in football. The only thing that can derail Mahomes at this point is injuries.
2.Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers
I pray that by 2025 Justin Herbert gets a head coach that doesn’t contribute to his team losing every lead. The Chargers were an underwhelming 6-9 in Herbert’s rookie season and if the team hadn’t faltered in so many close games their December games may have been meaningful. With a full offseason and a new coaching staff don’t be surprised if Herbert surpasses 40 touchdowns in his sophomore season.
3.Deshaun Watson Houston Houston Texans
Watson is already one of the league’s best quarterbacks and in 2025 he will still be 29 and in the midst of his prime. The Texans finally brought in a legitimate general manager in Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio and seem committed to him, handing him a six-year contract that makes him one of the league’s highest paid general managers, according to reports from Adam Schefter. Hopefully Caserio can surround Watson with talent and in addition to being a top-five quarterback with plenty of accolades he can add more playoff wins to his resume.
4.Josh Allen Buffalo Bills
Have we seen the best of Josh Allen? Honestly, I’m not sure, I used to be the biggest critic of Allen, but his progression since the team acquired star receiver Stefon Diggs has been drastic and he’s a unique athlete and a fierce competitor. I’m banking on some subtle growth in Allen over the next couple years, but don’t be shocked if he leaves the game as the greatest Bills quarterback of all time.
5.Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars (Probably)
Lawrence has not played an NFL snap, but he is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck for a reason and by year four Andrew Luck was in the discussion as a top-five player at his position. Lawrence’s unique talent can save the Jaguars franchise and with unique weapons of young talent and a load of cap room around him I don’t expect it won’t be too long before fans start raving about how well Lawrence’s talent has translated to the NFL level.
6.Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals
The former first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics made the right decision by sticking with football and has already established himself as one of the league’s premier young stars. Murray has accounted for more than 60 total touchdowns in his two NFL seasons and with DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona for the foreseeable future the two will likely be one of the league’s most lethal quarterback-wide receiver duos in 2025.
7.Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
The former Super Bowl champion will be entering his age-37 season in 2025, but if this season has taught us anything between the exploits of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is that the quarterback position can be a consistent fountain of youth that can keep on giving, which I’m predicting it will with Wilson. He may not be as athletic as he once was by the time he is 37, but he is one of the games purest and most accurate throwers. What the makeup of the Seahawks will look like is unknown, but I’m willing to bet D.K. Metcalf will still be in Seattle and that should be more than enough for the signal caller who may find himself in Canton in the near future.
8.Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens
I don’t think we have seen the best of Lamar Jackson and I think he has the athleticism to answer his questions about his passing. However, he is a system quarterback and the architect of his system, Greg Roman, may be a head coach by 2025. A lot of people are predicting Jackson to fall off in the future, I once did as well. But he does have Ronnie Stanley, a potential hall of fame left tackle for the foreseeable future and one of the best drafting organizations selecting the talent around him. The blueprint for Jackson’s success is clear, the Ravens just need to stick to it for the next five years to bring the best out of one of the league’s most unique talents.
9.Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
Before a brutal injury cost him his season Prescott was in the midst of a career year despite being held back by some awful coaching and an injury ravaged offensive line. The former fourth round pick has had trouble coming to an agreement with the Cowboys on an extension, but not many people can see him leaving. Expect Prescott to be a Cowboy and one of the top 10 gunslingers in 2025.
10.Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals
What the future of the Bengals or Burrow’s leg holds is somewhat of an unknown, but I have learned not to bet against the former Heisman Trophy winner. Burrow was a Rookie of the Year frontrunner before an injury against the Washington Football Team prematurely ended his season. With an ascending star in Tee Higgins to be one of his main targets, and Tyler Boyd alongside him, the future is bright for the former first overall pick and the city of Cincinnati.
Honorable Mentions (Warning: Baker Mayfield isn’t in here): Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders, Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins, Trey Lance (North Dakota State) 2021 NFL Draft Prospect, Zach Wilson (BYU) 2021 NFL Draft Prospect, Sam Howell (North Carolina) 2022 NFL Draft Prospect, Kedon Slovis (USC) 2022 NFL Draft Prospect