10. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Say what you will about Cousins but he is a good quarterback in the NFL. He threw for 4547 yards and 29 touchdowns last season in helping Minnesota easily claim the NFC North division title. He looked comfortable in the system that head coach Kevin O’Connell put together and will win you games during the regular season. The playoffs are a different story but he lands on this list at the bottom of it.
9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
At this point, Prescott may be the second best quarterback in the NFC after Aaron Rodgers bolted for the AFC (hypothetically of course). There are Cowboy fans that want the team to move on from Prescott but there isn’t much better out there and honestly, Prescott is a good option. He has showed that he can be a very quality starter in this league and helps keep Dallas competitive each and every season. Last year while coming off a major injury, he threw for 2,860 yards and 23 touchdowns. He does need to limit his turnovers but he is good enough to be in the top-10.
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (New York Jets?)
Rodgers remains under contract with the Packers but everything is pointing towards him heading to New York at some point. While he had a down year last season, just look at the weapons that he had to work with. The Packers seemed to do everything in their power to not give him a ton to work with so he had to make the most of the situation with unproven receivers and guys who probably shouldn’t be a number one or two. Assuming he does go to the Jets, he will have plenty of weapons to play around with and he showed that he can still really throw the ball all over the field.
7. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence really took a step forward last season and the Jaguars seem to be a trendy pick to make a run again next season. A late season winning streak saw the Jaguars reach the postseason and then they even took down the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild card round. Lawrence looked more polished and more like the former first overall pick under the guidance of head coach Doug Pederson. He threw for over 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns last season with just eight interceptions. He should continue to grow in the coming years as well, which is a scary thought for opposing defenses.
6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (for now)
Nobody knows where exactly Jackson will play next season but wherever he goes, he will likely be special again. His ability to be a true dual-threat quarterback is something that we haven’t seen in a long time and helped him earn the MVP award a few seasons back. It has been an ongoing debate with the Ravens on how much to pay their quarterback and if he leaves the team, they will regret it. Jackson is a special talent and one that won’t be easily replaced.
5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert played hurt for a lot of last season and still showed flashes of greatness. He did come up small in the playoffs but got that experience and it should help him going forward. Herbert gives the Chargers hope for the future and as long as he is there and continues to grow, the future is bright in Los Angeles.
4. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts showed everyone what he could do this past season. He almost brought the city of Philadelphia a Super Bowl trophy and he balled out in the biggest game of his life. He finished second in the MVP voting and had a season to remember. Not many expected Hurts to reach this level and he will need to sustain it over time but for now, he lands in the top five.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Allen had a letdown in the playoffs against the Bengals but that doesn’t take away from his talent. He is still an extremely talented player and a main reason as to why the Bills will be seen as one of the favorites for the Super Bowl this coming season. His decision making could be better but he is still young and can improve. His ability to both throw the ball and run makes him a dynamic athlete and quarterback.
2. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
There will be some that don’t believe Burrow should be this high but he has proved everyone wrong. The former first overall pick has played two full seasons and has gone to the Super Bowl and AFC Championship during that time. He was one of the favorites for the MVP award last season and really showed what he could do and why defenses need to be afraid of him. Burrow is the closest quarterback to knocking Mahomes off the mantle but he lands at number two for now.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes has to come in at the top spot. After the season that he just put together and finishing it off with a Super Bowl win, there was no other option. He is the best quarterback in the NFL and claims the top spot here once again.