10. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
I don’t care what anyone says, Cousins is a good quarterback in the NFL. I know the narrative that surrounds him at times but he is still a capable starter and a top 10 quarterback for now. He threw for 4547 yards and 29 touchdowns last season in helping Minnesota easily claim the NFC North division title. He will likely only get more comfortable in the system that head coach Kevin O’Connell put together and he will win you regular season games. Now the playoffs are a different story but he lands here on this list.
9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
At this point, Prescott is probably the second best quarterback in the NFC behind Jalen Hurts yet there are fans of the team that want him out of Dallas. Prescott isn’t a top tier quarterback but he is still very solid and gives you a chance to win games. When healthy, he has kept Dallas competitive each season and coming off a major injury last year, he throw for 2,860 yards and 23 touchdowns. If he can limit his turnovers, the sky could be the limit for the Cowboys this coming season.
8. Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets
Rodgers is now with the New York Jets, which is still weird to think about. The long-time Green Bay Packer takes his game to the Big Apple and now expectations are as high as ever for New York. He has plenty of weapons to work with and surely will be motivated to put the down season last year behind him. The Jets are getting a locked in Rodgers and they couldn’t be happier.
7. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence really took a step forward last season and the Jaguars are a trendy pick for a sleeper Super Bowl team. But let’s really look at things and while he was good down the stretch, it did take a late season winning streak to get them into the postseason. This isn’t knocking him or the team but facts are facts. Lawrence started to look more polished under the guidance of head coach Doug Pederson and his second season with the coach, should be much better. Like other young players on this list, Lawrence is only getting better and he really could take off in 2023.
6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Jackson finally landed a new deal with the Ravens and he is there to stay now. The former league MVP will be ready to go and surely ready to prove people wrong about him. He is so dynamic with the football and elevates the Ravens from good team to a great team. He now has a solid wide receiving group to work with and a new offensive coordinator so expect incredible feats from Jackson again this season.
5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert was being talked about on the same level as a Joe Burrow or Patrick Mahomes but last season showed that isn’t the case. However, he is still a top quarterback in this league. He has shown flashes of greatness and finally got a taste of the postseason as well. He did come up small in the playoff game but that could be a learning experience for him. The future is extremely bright in sunny Los Angeles for the Chargers.
4. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts showed everyone just how good he could be this last season. The MVP runner up balled out in the Super Bowl but let’s also not forget that just a season ago, there were many questioning about whether or not he could be the “guy” for the Eagles. He had an awesome 2022 and will need to show it again in 2023 to silence any doubters. However, I am not one of them as I love his game and the leadership that he brings. Hurts will be one of the top quarterbacks in the league again this season and I can’t wait to watch.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Many will wonder why Allen is ahead of Jalen Hurts but I’m not falling for recency bias. Allen has proven himself for a few years now and remains one of the top players in the league. While his decision making could be a little better, he is still young and improving. His ability to throw the ball down the field while also being a dynamic runner, makes him such a tough cover every time out. The Bills are going to be top players in the AFC again because they have Allen leading the charge.
2. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Now I know that there will be some that see Burrow this high and will get mad. But to those people, I say that either you are a hater or don’t actually watch football. Burrow has played two full seasons and has gone to the Super Bowl and AFC Championship during that span. He has placed himself right behind Patrick Mahomes and some people even believe that he is on the same level as Mahomes. He will again be one of the favorites for the MVP award last season and is only getting better, which is a scary thought for NFL defenses.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes lands in the top spot and for good reason there. He was once again the MVP of the league last season and brought home his second Super Bowl trophy. Mahomes has established himself as the top quarterback in the league as we enter into 2023 and will try to climb the mountain once again.