We ranked the Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks Heading into the 2021 season.
The Top 10 Best List rankings were formulated by how well they did in 2020. Their health status. Their career numbers. The overall team. The team’s strength of schedule.
And more importantly which quarterback has the best chance of taking their team to Super Bowl LVI.
#1 – Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
- 2020 stats: 18 games | 66.1 pct | 5,590 pass yds | 7.9 ypa | 42 pass TD | 8 INT | 360 rush yds | 3 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost.
With a far better offensive line than what we saw in Super Bowl LV. Not to mention a fully healed turf toe. The 25-year-old will not only be superb again in 2021. But after losing in the Super Bowl he’ll come into 2021 with a chip on his shoulder.
So look out NFL because as the great Denzel Washington once said “King Kong Ain’t Got S**T On“ Patrick Mahomes.
#2 – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- 2020 stats: 18 games | 70.2 pct | 4,941 pass yds | 8.1 ypa | 53 pass TD | 6 INT | 146 rush yds | 4 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost
Aaron Rodgers has been so good for so long that it’s hard to grasp just how great he played during his 2020 MVP-winning campaign. But the Packers better draft him some help in the 2021 NFL Draft or they’ll be hell to pay.
#3 – Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2020 stats: 20 games | 64.4 pct | 5,694 pass yds | 7.6 ypa | 50 pass TD | 15 INT | 3 rush yds | 4 rush TD | 1 fumble lost
In Year 1…Tom Brady reinvigorated a stagnant franchise without a playoff win in 18 years to a Super Bowl title.
At 43, Tom Brady is the undisputed G.O.A.T. after finishing with one of the best statistical seasons of his 21-year career.
#4 – Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
- 2020 stats: 19 games | 68.4 pct | 4,544 pass yds | 7.7 ypa | 42 pass TD | 11 INT | 566 rush yds | 9 rush TD | 6 fumbles lost
Josh Allen made one of the biggest year-over-year progressions of any starting quarterback in years.
Unfortunately, Josh Allen ran into a buzz saw in Kansas City, which unless he’s able to get past he’ll always be an NFL bridesmaid.
#5 – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
- 2020 stats: 16 games | 70.2 pct | 4,823 pass yds | 8.9 ypa | 33 pass TD | 7 INT | 444 rush yds | 3 rush TD | 3 fumbles lost
What Deshaun Watson achieved this season with an injury-ravaged receiving corps, inconsistent running game, dysfunctional defense, and unreliable O-line is nothing short of astounding.
Due to his legal trouble who knows when we will get to see Deshaun Watson play again, as the NFL is set to benched the talented QB for most, if not all of the 2021 season.
#6 – Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
- 2020 stats: 17 games | 67.5 pct | 4,386 pass yds | 7.5 ypa | 42 pass TD | 14 INT | 563 rush yds | 2 rush TD | 4 fumbles lost
Wilson started 2020 on fire, leading the Seahawks to the first 5-0 start in franchise history while establishing himself as the early MVP front-runner with some otherworldly numbers.
But then the Seahawks hit a wall and the wheels fell off. Without a 1st round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, expect a repeat in 2021 unless they hit it big on the limited number of picks they do have.
#7 – Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
- 2020 stats: 17 games | 64.4 pct | 3,098 pass yds | 7.3 ypa | 26 pass TD | 11 INT | 1,175 rush yds | 8 rush TD | 4 fumbles lost
Lamar slew that pesky playoff dragon with an electric touchdown run and a wild-card win at Tennessee.
But it returned the next week when Lamar threw a catastrophic pick-six in the Ravens Divisional Round loss at Buffalo. We won’t even mention Lamar’s “Daddy” the Kansas City Chiefs.
#8 – Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
- 2020 stats: 17 games | 65.7 pct | 3,984 pass yds | 7.9 ypa | 34 pass TD | 8 INT | 272 rush yds | 7 rush TD | 1 fumble lost
Over seven years with the Dolphins, Tannehill posted triple-digit passer ratings in 22 games. In his first two years with the Titans, he has 21.
#9 – Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
- 2020 stats: 16 games | 66.6 pct | 4,336 pass yds | 7.3 ypa | 31 pass TD | 10 INT | 234 rush yds | 5 rush TD | 1 fumble lost
Unexpectedly thrust into action in Week 2, Justin Herbert abruptly proceeded to eviscerate defenses with graduate-level throws, set the rookie record for touchdown passes and run away with Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
#9 – Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
- 2020 stats: 16 games | 67.2 pct | 3,971 pass yds | 7.1 ypa | 26 pass TD | 12 INT | 819 rush yds | 11 rush TD | 4 fumbles lost
The guy just moves differently — but he still has plenty of room for improvement as a traditional passer. This is a tantalizing/terrifying thought, depending on your rooting interests.
Close But No Cigar 2021 NFL Quarterbacks
- 11. Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns
12. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
- 13. Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams
- 15. Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders
16. Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
- 17. Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings
- 18. Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers
19. Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints
- 20. Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals
- 21. Jared Goff Detroit Lions
- 22. Andy Dalton Chicago Bears
- 23. Ryan Fitzpatrick Washington
- 24. Cam Newton New England Patriots
- 25. Carson Wentz Indianapolis Colts
- 26. Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles
- 27. Daniel Jones New York Giants
- 28. Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins
- 29. Sam Darnold Carolina Panthers
30. Drew Lock Denver Broncos
31. New York Jets Expected to be Zach Wilson BYU
- 32. Jacksonville Jaguars Expected to be Trevor Lawrence Clemson
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