Ranking all 32 NFL starting QBs: Can anyone top Patrick Mahomes?
32. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears -- The Bears' belief in Trubisky hasn't panned out. After having a good 2018 season, Trubisky took a step back in 2019 and now looks like he will lose his starting job to Nick Foles. Last season, Trubisky completed just 63.2 percent of his passes and looks to be headed toward bust territory.
31. Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots -- The times they are a changing. With Tom Brady off to Tampa Bay, the Patriots appear ready to turn the offense over to Stidham at least for 2020. The Auburn product threw just four passes during his rookie season, completing two of them for 14 yards while also throwing an interception. Stidham is a relative unknown, but at this point, he appears to be in the bottom tier of starting NFL quarterbacks.
30. Dwayne Haskins, Washington -- Haskins struggled mightily in the nine games he played last season. The Ohio State product completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Haskins was in a tough spot and now gets a new coaching staff in Year 2. He has the talent but needs some time to develop.
29. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts -- Rivers looked positively washed up in 2019. He threw 20 interceptions and cost the Los Angeles Chargers several games. The Colts hope Rivers can tone down the turnovers and take them to the next level. At 38, Rivers certainly appears to be on his last leg.
28. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars -- Minshew became an internet sensation during his rookie season, throwing for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. While the Jaguars are content on letting him start in 2020, it still feels like Trevor Lawrence will be the starting quarterback in 2021.
27. Daniel Jones, New York Giants -- Jones has a ton of potential and flashed his upside late in his rookie season when he threw for five touchdowns and 352 yards against Washington. Jones certainly can take a leap in Year 2, but for now, he checks in low on the list.
26. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams -- After setting the world on fire in 2018, Goff took a big step back in 2019. He threw the most play-action passes in 2019, but also recorded the NFL's lowest passer rating on those throws. With the NFL's 31st ranked offensive line returning, Goff could once again struggle in 2020 and have Sean McVay wondering if he's the franchise quarterback he was supposed to be.
25. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos -- Lock burst onto the scene in 2019, going 4-1 as a starter while throwing 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Now entrenched as the starter in Denver, 2020 will be a huge year for his development as he looks to show last season's success was more than a blip.
24. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers -- Herbert probably won't start given the odd offseason, lack of OTAs and minicamp. But the Oregon product has all the tools to be a successful NFL signal-caller and the Chargers already have done him a favor by hiring quarterback guru Pep Hamilton. Don't be surprised if Herbert comes in at some point in 2020 and plays his tail off. The Bolts have a loaded roster and just need competent QB play to make a playoff run.
23. Sam Darnold, New York Jets -- I know Darnold can absolutely sling the pill, but we're entering Year 3 and he hasn't been able to fully put it together. He's been hurt by a bad offensive line, poor weapons and the mono bug that zapped him last season. The arm talent isn't the issue with Darnold, but 2020 has to be the year he puts it all together.
22. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers -- Bridgewater thrived in relief of Drew Brees in New Orleans, but can he do the same in Carolina working in Joe Brady's chuck-it-around system? Bridgewater needs to show he can become a threat throwing the deep ball to take the next leap as a quarterback.
21. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings -- In all honesty, this is probably too low for Cousins. He had a good 2019 and even led the Vikings to a win over the Saints in the playoffs. But the upside isn't that high and I'm not convinced he's a guy you'd want quarterbacking your team in a must-win game.
20. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills -- Allen has a bazooka attached to his right shoulder and still is working on figuring out where the ball is going. He threw for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading the Bills to a wild-card berth but only completed 58.8 percent of his passes. He's got to get more accurate if the Bills plan to win the AFC East.
19. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins -- The sky is the limit for Tagovailoa if he can stay healthy. A left-handed gunslinger who reminds scouts of Drew Brees, Tagovailoa has a chance to be an all-world quarterback. If the Dolphins can keep him upright and on the field the AFC East is in trouble.
18. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns -- Baker Mayfield has worlds of talent, but he can't put up a repeat performance of his ghastly 2019 season. Mayfield completed just 59.4 percent of his passes and tossed 21 interceptions as the Browns' season went up in flames. With a rebuilt offensive line and an arsenal of weapons, Mayfield needs to have a bounce-back season in 2020.
17. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals -- Joe Cool (can we call him that?) is ready to turn the Bengals franchise around. After setting all kinds of records while leading LSU to the national championship, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner has the talent and swagger to own the NFL as well. He just needs the Bengals to put a competent team around him.
No. 16 Derek Carr, Raiders
It's prove-it time for Derek Carr. The Raiders spent their draft capital supplying him with the weapons he needs to have a career year during the Silver and Black's inaugural season in Las Vegas. I expect him to do just that. But if he doesn't, that could be all she wrote for Carr and Jon Gruden.
15. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
Will Ryan Tannehill turn back into a pumpkin after his resurgent 2019 season? He led the Titans to the AFC Championship Game but threw for under 100 yards in both of Tennessee's playoff wins. That's a feat that would have got his predecessor Marcus Mariota chucked into the Cumberland River.
14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is tough as nails and still can spin it with the best of them. If his back injury heals as expected, he will remain one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
13. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott wants to get paid, but the Cowboys just aren't sure what he's worth. Prescott has shown he can win when given an elite offensive line, an elite running back and good receivers in the passing game.
Every other quarterback wishes they had Prescott's riches. After throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2019, Prescott must take another leap, lead the Cowboys to the playoffs and prove he's an elite NFL signal-caller.
12. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
So you were one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL and led your team to a 15-4 record and a Super Bowl berth? What are you going to do for an encore? Garoppolo has spent all offseason with the wolves at the gates calling for him to be replaced.
Such is life when your team loses the Super Bowl. All Jimmy G does is win, and he should be even better in his second full season in Shanahan's system.
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Will this be the final ride for one of the last of the old guard? In Roethlisberger's last full season he threw for a career-high 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. After an elbow injury cost him the 2019 season, the 38-year-old veteran must prove he still can lead a team as the twilight of his career comes to a close.
10. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz played well with zero weapons outside of Zach Ertz in 2019, throwing for 4,039 yards and 27 touchdowns. With rookie Jalen Reagor now in the mix, Wentz should be able to improve on what was a solid 2019 season and cement himself as an elite NFL quarterback. If not, Jalen Hurts will be more than willing to take his place.
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
At 35, Ryan still is one of the best pocket passers in the NFL. He threw for 4,466 yards and 26 touchdowns last season and remains one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL. He isn't getting any younger, but he still remains in the tier below the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The bad man showed a little sign of slippage in 2019. No, you can't see it in the stats. The 26 touchdowns and four interceptions are great to look at. But Rodgers ranked 23rd in the NFL in completion percentage and failed to reach the 300-yard mark in a number of games, a feat he usually would hit with ease. Rodgers still remains an elite quarterback but the end might be closer than we think.
7. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
After some early growing pains, Kyler Murray lit the NFL on fire in the second half of the season. He throws one of the best deep balls in the NFL and can torch teams with his legs. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins should take the Cardinals' offense from good to great.
He thrived under pressure, notching a 6.5 percent "big throw" rate on 30 percent of dropbacks in which he alluded the rush, well above the NFL average of 4.8 percent. Murray is on the fast track to superstardom and don't be surprised if he becomes the third second-year quarterback in a row to win MVP.
6. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brady will be 43 when he suits up in Tampa. While his numbers dipped in 2019, that was due in large part to a wide receiver corps that struggled to get open and had issues with drops. Brady might not be the best quarterback in the NFL but he still ranks among the elite signal-callers in the NFL.
Now with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, Brady could have a resurgent season in Tampa.
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
We might be approaching the final season of Brees' run as an elite QB. The Saints quarterback started to show some cracks in the armor in 2019, but still threw for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns. But the playoff disappointment against the Vikings leaves Brees with yet another tough playoff loss on his ledger. Can he lead the Saints through a loaded NFC in 2020?
4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson undoubtedly is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, the football gods saw fit to saddle him with Bill O'Brien, who traded away his top weapon for a bag of chips.
Watson will have to carry a heavy load for the Texans in 2020, with Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller serving as his main weapons, but that's something he's more than capable of doing. A dual-threat maven who can dice teams up with his arm or burn them with his legs, Watson has proven he's part of the next wave of elite NFL quarterbacks.
3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Your reigning NFL MVP checks in at No. 3. There's nothing wrong with that. Jackson set the NFL ablaze last season and is primed to do it again. At 23 years old, Jackson threw for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns while also being one of the NFL's most explosive runners. He's going to be really good for a really long time.
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
I'd contend no elite quarterback has done more with less than Russell Wilson. As the Seahawks rebuild the defense on the fly, Wilson has continually won 10 games with a run-heavy offense that doesn't always allow him to do what he does best. He's one of the best improvisers and leaders in all of football.
The Seahawks had little business contending with the 49ers in the NFC West last year, but they did so because of Wilson's unquestioned greatness. There should be no doubting how elite Wilson is.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Need I say more? Patrick Mahomes has an MVP award, a championship and a Super Bowl MVP award all in his trophy case at the age of 24. He's set up to reign over the NFL for the next decade-plus as long as the Chiefs continue to surround him with weapons and a solid offensive line. No. 1 was a no-brainer and I don't see it changing anytime soon.