Ranking All 32 NFL Starting QBs (2019)


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Patriots QB Tom Brady. Many consider him to be the greatest QB of all time.

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We are now four weeks into the NFL season and teams and their respective players have begun to show their true colors. Some teams look like legit contenders, others look like they may go 0-16 (*cough* Dolphins *cough*).

With that, here is our ranking of the 32 NFL starting QBs:

Not counting: Roethlisberger (Injury), Foles (Injury), Manning (Benched), Fitzpatrick (Benched), Bridgewater (Only playing for 6 games), Kyle Allen (Possibly only starting for a couple games)


Tier 1 (The Best of the Best):

  1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs- Mahomes is on fire. In his second season as a starter, he still manages to take the league by storm. In only his second year he has dominated on offense putting up numbers at a historic rate. Only time will tell if he will be the greatest.
  2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots- Brady has won the most rings, is still going at an elite level, and is possibly immortal? Everyone is waiting for Tom to show his age but he still proves he can win another one if he wants to. 
  3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers- Rodgers is an amazing QB, and has extreme levels of talent. It remains to be determined if the rest of the Packers can keep up.
  4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints- Brees leads the NFL in career passing completions and still has plenty left in the tank. With him on the team the Saints are Super Bowl contenders, all that seems to be able to stop them are blind refs.
  5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks- Future Hall of Famer, yeah we said it. Wilson has proved to be a huge threat through the air and on the ground. He can sling the ball for a 500 yard game at anytime, with no warning. He does well enough to support the Seahawks now that the Legion of Boom era is over. 
  6. Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers- Rivers is a very good QB that just can’t get it done in the playoffs. He is the definition of consistency, and it will never be his fault if the Chargers lose a game.
  7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- Ryan is always super consistent. It could be contributed to having Julio Jones as his No. 1 WR, or he could just be that good, either way, he’s good. Ryan will keep producing until his retirement, and if he can just win one Super Bowl, he would definitely be in the Hall of Fame conversation. 
  8. DeShaun Waston, Houston Texans- Watson takes a lot of hits. Yet he still manages to be an elite QB. No QB has less time to think with all the pressure he faces. Honestly if the Texans swap out turnstiles with NFL linemen there’s no telling the limit of this guy.

Tier 2 (Alright, You Deserve to be a Starter):

9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys- He’s looking for a big payday. Meaning this is the season for Dak to prove he is a franchise QB. Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore has done well so far to unlock the rest of Dak’s potential. Only time will tell if Dak will be the man for Dallas.

  1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens- Wait, he can throw too? Yes, he can! Jackson is probably the best dual-threat QB in the league right now. He can throw for 300 yards and run for 100 in the same game. We’re very excited to see what he can do the rest of the season. 
  2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles- Before his ACL tear two seasons ago, Wentz was the MVP front runner for the NFL. He always takes a couple weeks to get going, but when he gets going, he carves up defenses like a butcher. 
  3. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions- A veteran with multiple years of experience managing a bunch of bad to mediocre teams. He is probably one of the most clutch QBs in the NFL and will win the team a close game in the fourth quarter, but if the Lions go down early, there’s nothing that can be done. 
  4. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns- The Browns hype train has been derailed after a rocky start. It’s surprising how average Mayfield has been since acquiring star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Many would think he’d get better with the new weapon, yet he is not the same QB as last year. He will find his way though and begin to carve up defenses starting soon. 

Tier 3 (We Think You Have it, Just Prove it):

  1. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams- Goff has a talented Super Bowl-caliber team, and star coaching staff behind him. His play can both hinder and help the offense, depending on how he feels like playing that day. 
  2.  Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills- Allen has a cannon. This guy can launch the ball all over the field, and that’s part of the problem. His accuracy is just above 50%. He can be a star in the league if he can fix his accuracy. Otherwise, he will find himself as the next Josh Rosen.
  3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers- Newton seems to be on the decline part of his career, whether he bounces back or not is up to him. He has carried the ball more  than David Johnson (a RB) in his entire career. He is very talented, however unless he can stay healthy and consistent he won’t be any higher on the list.
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers- Jimmy has led his team to a 3-0 start. He has showed promise since coming out of New England a couple years ago. He hasn’t been particularly exciting but he does enough to get the job done. This could be the years he shows how good he really can be.
  5. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders- Carr is actually a pretty good QB, but he is hindered by being the starting QB for the Raiders.
  6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals-Mediocre. You can use that word to describe the Bengals themselves which just makes the pairing a true fit. Dalton is the type of QB to lead the team to the playoffs, and then choke in the wild card round, which is what he has done on multiple occasions. New HC Zac Taylor helped Dalton set a career high passing yards in week one, so Dalton could still turn on the Jets, it’s just not coming in the foreseeable future. 
  7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings- They gave this guy $84 million because …? Cousins is just not a great QB, which is extremely disappointing considering the WR talent he has surrounding him in Minnesota. The Vikings run-heavy scheme is not helping him improve much either. Receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs need to get out of Minnesota immediately, because they are too talented to have Cousins as their QB.

Tier 4 (Hey, They’re Alright):

  1. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars- He was picked in the sixth round of this year’s draft. No one expected him to see the field in week one, but injuries are never expected. We would not be surprised if he is the Jaguars starter for the rest of the season. 
  2. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts- We originally thought the Colts were done for when Andrew Luck announced his retirement. But Jacoby Brissett has proven to be a solid QB option for the Colts. He won’t win any nail-biters or beat any large-caliber teams like the Patriots or Chiefs, but he can do enough to keep the Colts in the lead against lesser or equal teams.
  3. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals- Kyler Murray has been very dynamic for the Cardinals in both passing and rushing. He has the promise of being the next Russell Wilson, but he will continue to be dragged down by the team surrounding him.
  4. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears- Using only one word to describe Trubisky’s season so far is easy. That word? ‘Yikes!’ Only time will tell if it’s the coaching staff or Trubisky himself that is the cause of his inefficiency, meanwhile, he will continue to be outplayed by backup QB Chase Daniel. 
  5. Daniel Jones, New York Giants- There is still a lot to be seen from rookie QB Daniel Jones. He shows promise but not much is known as to what he could become. He could be the next Wentz, or the next Trubisky. 

Tier 5 (Impersonating an NFL Quarterback):

    26. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Winston has been known to have more turnovers than the local bakery. He has the arm of an elite QB, but the decision making of a ten-year old on a flag football team.

  1. Sam Darnold, New York Jets- Darnold as shown some promise in the games he’s played in, but his consistent turnovers limit is upside at becoming a well-respected NFL QB. 
  2. Case Keenum, Washington Redskins- A Journeyman QB who has talent, which can be seen with his time with Minnesota. Keenum is the definition of an up and down QB who will get the job done one week, and throw four picks the next week. Look for him to be on a different team by the start of next season.
  3. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans- The 2nd overall pick in the 2015 draft has been outplayed by almost every other QB this year. His consistency is a major problem, and while he has shown some great flashes, flashes aren’t enough to justify a starting QB job in the NFL.
  4. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers-Former second round pick who has shown some promise as a game manager, but will never come close to Roethlisberger’s prowess. He still has a long way to go before he proves he is the Steelers’ long time answer at QB.
  5. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos- He has never has been an elite QB, and will never be one. He has an elite defense in Denver yet he does not have the skill to give them wins.
  6. Josh Rosen, Miami Dolphins- When you are drafted in the top ten, and then are traded away by the next season, it’s never a good sign for your career. The potential of Rosen has waned into many expecting him to be an absolute bust. Not a good sign when Ryan Fitzpatrick beats you by training camp. Just wait until next years’ draft when the Dolphins draft Tua and trade Rosen away.