The most important position in all of professional sports is a bittersweet conversation. With all of the controversy on quarterbacks each day of Training Camp based on what report or tweet you read, now is a better time than ever to review whom I believe will start for each team in the NFL. These starters will be ranked in order of 1-32. This is not a fantasy football ranking either. Clear cut NFL QB Rankings going into 2021. Enjoy!
1.) Aaron Rodgers
No matter what you say, Aaron Rodgers is an elite talent. Davante Adams is still on the roster and old friend Randall Cobb is back with the Pack. Look for the 2020 NFL MVP to have another 40+ Touchdown Season.
2.) Patrick Mahomes
Yes, Mahomes is human. Last year truly showed he isn’t the clear cut best in the league. Mahomes does have the brightest future at just the age of 25. Expect the Chiefs run at a dynasty to continue into 2021 and beyond.
3.) Tom Brady
One drive left in the game. I am taking Brady. He may not put up the highest stats but his ability to win a game cannot be matched. Bucs should come back hungry to repeat and be right back for a Super Bowl run this season.
4.) Russell Wilson
Wilson was the unanimous MVP halfway through last season. Some Offensive Line issues have been solved and Seattle should be right back in contention for the Lombardi Trophy. Lockett and Metcalf continue to be one of the games toughest WR duos and that won’t stop in 2021.
5.) Josh Allen
After his tremendous leap from 2019 to 2020 Allen looks to prove last season was not a fluke. The Buffalo Bills have found their guy and look to repeat as the AFC East champions which will not be easy by any means.
6.) Lamar Jackson
The best running Quarterback in the history of the league should see another fantastic year. I am most excited to see how the additions of Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman will increase the Ravens passing numbers.
7.) DeShaun Watson
It does not matter what team Watson lands on, he is immediately a Top Ten Quarterback in the league. The ultimate dual threat QB has done nothing but make plays on the field since his days at Clemson. Coming off statistically his best season in 2020, the man is looking to prove himself on the field now more than ever.
8.) Justin Herbert
The 2020 Offensive Rookie Of The Year should pick up right where he left off. Although the Chiefs will most likely win this Division, a Wild Card spot is definitely in play for the Bolts. Herbert has proved to be the best QB from his class and the sky is the limit.
9.) Dak Prescott
Dak was on pace to be leading the league in passing yards and Touchdowns before the gruesome ankle injury in October. With Lamb and Cooper both healthy he can produce similar numbers and lead the Cowboys to a possible NFC East Division Title.
10.) Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns can win a Super Bowl in 2021. It will be all up to Baker and the crew to put up points. Their defense is nothing short of fantastic and may even be in the top five when it comes to points allowed this year.
11.) Ryan Tannehill
Under Coach Vrabel, Tannehill has done nothing but win for the Tennessee Titans. He is also in elite company after acquiring Julio Jones to join Derrick Henry and AJ Brown on the offensive side. The Colts and Titans should be neck and neck for the AFC South Division Title.
12.) Matt Stafford
Stafford falls just out of the top ten and it is mostly due to his injury history. If the Rams offensive line can keep Stafford off his back this team can absolutely be elite. Stafford should eclipse 30 Passing Touchdowns if healthy for all of 2021.
13.) Kyler Murray
The offense in Arizona will dearly miss Kenyan Drake. Murray falls just out of the top ten but his legs make him one of the most dangerous players to game plan for in the league. AJ Green and DeAndre Hopkins should help their QB have an above average offense this season.
14.) Matt Ryan
The loss of Julio Jones is never a fun topic of discussion. However, Kyle Pitts is a generational talent and should fit in quickly due to his skill set and size. Ridley and Pitts should rack up the offensive stats and help Ryan keep the offense where it needs to be to compete for wins.
15.) Derek Carr
Derek Carr has held up his end of the bargain over the last few seasons. It is time for the defense to step up and help this Raiders offense become a complete team. Their new stadium will be full of fans in 2021 and should be a site to see as well as create an advantage for the hometown Raiders.
16.) Ben Roethlisberger
Many expected Ben to retire after the Cleveland Brown beatdown they received in the first round of the playoffs last year. The Steelers have lost basically their whole line so 2021 should be an interesting year for Ben especially this late in his career.
17.) Carson Wentz
Being behind the Colts offensive line is exactly what Wentz needs. If he can manage to stay healthy he can drive this team farther than old man Rivers was able to last season. Michael Pittman should take off in his second year in the league as Carson’s number one wideout.
18.) Jimmy G
As great as Trey Lance may be playing in camp it is a different world once an opposing NFL Defense is on the field. I truly believe Jimmy will keep the starting role for at least the 2021 Season where the 49ers are looking to win their very difficult NFC West Division.
19.) Jameis Winston
I am super excited to see Winston under this coaching staff. Payton was 6-1 over the past two seasons in starts without Brees. Expect the franchise to continue their success under Winston and reach the 2021 Playoffs.
20.) Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzmagic is back! Look for playmakers Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin to come through for the veteran and lead this Washington Football Team to their second straight NFC East Division Title.
21.) Cam Newton
The additions of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry leaves a great opportunity for Cam to prove himself. All of the weight of his future in the league will definitely be at risk in 2021.
22.) Kirk Cousins
If you put any Quarterback in an offense with Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Theilen they would do pretty good. Kirk comes in just a smidge below average for the NFL QB Rankings.
23.) Jared Goff
With a new start in Detroit we will see just how important Goff was in LA. His experience should help carry over to helping the Lions rebuild their roster and Franchise.
24.) Sam Darnold
Carolina is going to give Darnold the ultimate second chance to spark his career and turn things around. People often forget how young Darnold is and he can absolutely turn his career around and help this franchise get back to the playoffs sooner than later with the upgrade of their defensive unit.
25.) Trevor Lawrence
It is only right Lawrence begins his professional career a month after Peyton Manning gets brought into the Hall Of Fame. Lawrence is the most promising NFL Prospect since Manning and Luck and should get off to a solid start in Jacksonville surrounded by a group of above average pass catchers.
26.) Teddy Bridgewater
The Broncos have potentially a top five defense in the league. When it comes to their offense do not get your hopes up. Bridgewater should win the position over Drew Lock due to his exposure and experience in the NFL.
27.) Daniel Jones
Joe Judge continues to trust the young QB by going out and strengthening their wide receiver core even more both in the draft as well as Free Agency. With the NFC East totally up for grabs look for Jones and company to give it their best run.
28.) Joe Burrow
I was not a fan of the Bengals drafting a wide receiver over an offensive lineman in their most recent draft. If the Bengals continue to fail to protect their franchise QB a lot of optimism can be put to a halt in Cincinnati.
29.) Tua Tagovailoa
After having one of the best college careers as a Quarterback in NCAA History it did not take long for adversity to strike in the NFL. Tua was unable to win the starting job his rookie season but did get to start a total of seven games in 2020. It is finally his turn to try to get this Miami team to the playoffs.
30.) Justin Fields
Although most of the NFL world saw Andy Dalton as the starter come Week One. The performance of Fields in Training Camp is slowly changing the narrative. I do believe Dalton will start the season as the starter but it should not last long. Fields is exactly what the Chicago Bears franchise needed.
31.) Jalen Hurts
Hurts is a great competitor and leader. I am yet to hang my hat on Hurts being an NFL starting Quarterback. The Eagles are coming off a very difficult season and I do not see that changing in 2021.
32.) Zach Wilson
I see the upside of Wilson. He was so fun to watch last season at BYU. I also love this New York Jets receiving core. However, someone has to be ranked last. Interested to see how Wilson deals with adversity with the AFC East having three above average defenses.
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