Best Starting Quarterbacks In The NFL (2022) - The Delite

Best Starting Quarterbacks In The NFL (2022)

It’s that time of year again. Football season’s about to begin! And the cornerstone of those football teams is the one that starts every play, the quarterback. Let’s take a look at this year’s lineup of starting quarterbacks. And let’s see which of them are the best, and which ones are the worst.

32. Drew Lock – Seahawks

Drew Lock has a cannon arm, but there hasn’t been much consistency when it comes to accuracy. And his decision-making skills and overall confidence seem to drop with it. And, of course, this is still assuming that Lock can beat out Geno Smith for the starting position this season.

31. Davis Mills – Texans

Davis Mills ended up being the starting quarterback last season because of the drama surrounding Deshaun Watson. He had a good arm, but was still erratic and inefficient. And he didn’t have much support power either. The Texans think he could help save their franchise, but others don’t quite think that’ll be the case.

30. Daniel Jones – Giants

Daniel Jones, also know by the nickname “Danny Dimes”, is starting to run out of time. Although, things might not all be his fault. He’s lacking sufficient support from receivers and the mishmash of rushing and passings from previous eras hasn’t suited the team well. The Giants have given the team some help on offense with coached like Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka. However, if they don’t fix things, the Giants may end up moving away from Danny Dimes.

29. Marcus Mariota – Falcons

Marcus Mariota is hoping for a rebound. He’s starting fresh with the Falcons after being replaced in Tennessee by Tennehill. He put in some good work during his two seasons in Las Vegas and has good history with Arthur Smith. However, he still feels more like a bridge for the rookie Desmond Ridder.

28. Mitchell Trubisky – Steelers

Mitchell Trubisky only has a loose hold on the starting position. He’s a veteran newcomer to the Steelers against the rookie Kenny Pickett, as well as the backup Mason Rudolph. Trubisky used his time in Buffalo to sort of reboot himself, but his big arm and other natural talents don’t exactly make him a more accurate thrower. He also tends to get more skittish in the pocket. It’s possible he won’t even be the starter for much longer.

27. Jared Goff – Lions

Jared Goff was probably a bit surprised to find himself moved from the Super Bowl champion-bound Rams to the Lions. He replaced Stafford and hasn’t proven to be much different of a QB than McVay. However, the ceiling for play on the team wasn’t that high when it comes to QBs. And despite his supporting cast and targets, he hasn’t proven himself above average with his passes.

26. Baker Mayfield – Panthers

Because of the severity of his shoulder injury, Baker Mayfield ended up missing out on three games. And he played a lot more than he probably should have. And that led to the Browns wanting to part ways with him. The system at Carolina doesn’t inspire much confidence, but perhaps, if he’s healthy, he can turn things around.

25. Trevor Lawrence – Jaguars

It’s not really even Trevor Lawrence’s fault for the level of play the Jaguars displayed in his rookie season. The coaching staff was dysfunctional and had a lot of questionable offensive strategies. Doug Pederson and Press Taylor can hopefully get him back on track to turn him into an impressive physical weapon. More completions and a dedication to running game would help Lawrence out greatly.

24. Zach Wilson – Jets

Zach Wilson has a surprisingly good system to work in as a QB with the Jets. They upgraded his offensive line, wide receivers, and tight ends, giving him greater defense each play as well as superior targets. For his second year in the NFL, he can start to develop into a dynamic playmaker.

23. Justin Fields – Bears

Justin Fields had a rough first season, but that’s changing quickly with his new play-caller, Luke Gentry. He brings a lot of helpful RPO concepts. Fields will hopefully have more of an opportunity to put his good arm and athleticism to good use. Being given more freedom to run will also help him with his passing growth.

22. Tua Tagovailoa – Dolphins

This is going to be the season that makes or breaks Tua Tagovailoa’s career. He’s been lagging behind his fellow draft mates, in every regard. So, he’ll need to take advantage of his superior support system and new coach. Hopefully with his better receivers and protection, he’ll be able to turn things around. But if he falls short of expectations, he might not be the franchise QB the Dolphins need.

21. Carson Wentz – Commanders

Carson Wentz’s previous season at Indianapolis lacked contained play. To get the best out of him, the Commanders will need to get him some leeway so he can focus on his big arm and downfield passing game. Getting Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson are parts of a means to an end.

20. Mac Jones – Patriots

Mac Jones has actually gotten high praise from Bill Belichick. It’s for a simple reason: he “did his job”. Despite being a rookie, he had a grasp of complex, diverse offense and led the team into the playoffs. People even compare him to a younger Tom Brady. He doesn’t have any massive stats yet, but his career with the Patriots will probably be in the long term.

19. Ryan Tannehill – Titans

At age 34, it’s looking like Ryan Tannehill may be about to get phased out. He was an ideal passer with a good arm and athleticism in the past. He even proved to be capable of some good running on his own. However, he lost his way last season. It seems as though he’s hit his ceiling.

18. Jameis Winston – Saints

Jameis Winston is the Comeback Player of the Year. After tearing his ACL, he made a successful transition to efficient passer. He’s even considered the successor to Drew Brees. The Saints have also bolstered the strength of their offensive line, so Winston has the support to continue his career.

17. Matt Ryan – Colts

During his final season in Atlanta, Matt Ryan wasn’t quite at the same level he was in 2016 that earned him MVP status. His arm strength declined and his efficiency was lower. Fortunately, he got a welcome change when he ended up with the Colts. And the team’s thrilled to have him raise their new receivers. He might be ready for a big rebound.

16. Trey Lance – 49ers

Trey Lance has a promising second year, being the one to replace Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers starter. He has a natural talent and athleticism that made him an excellent prospect in the first place. And he has a reliable running game, sturdy line, and versatile targets. The only problem with him at this point is his relative lack of experience.

15. Jalen Hurts – Eagles

Hurts still has plenty of room to improve as a QB. And if he does, and hopefully soon, he’ll have enough goodwill to become the Eagles’ next franchise QB. Philadelphia needs to get back to opening up the passing game with their new wideout, A.J. Brown. Especially after leaning heavily on running plays last season. And Hurts’ big year last season was what helped lead them to the playoffs.

14. Kirk Cousins – Vikings

Kirk Cousins actually has some of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Helmed by Justin Jefferson, they really help out when it comes to Cousins’ throwing arm and overall efficiency. However, despite his own skill and support system, he still only ranks in the middle as far as starting QBs go.

13. Kyler Murray – Cardinals

Murray’s worked on being more pass-efficient and less run-dependent. The results have been mixed, but he’s still proven to be one of the most dangerous all-around QBs in the NFL. He has a confident mind-set that helps motivate him. However, without DeAndre Hopkins as a target, his stats took a bit of a hit last season. Hopefully he’ll be able to make up for it this year.

12. Derek Carr – Raiders

Despite offensive skill injuries and line shakiness, Derek Carr’s proven to have had two great seasons, back-to-back. He’ll likely feel rejuvenated, playing with Davante Adams, as well as having a few other good weapons. He’ll have a more dynamic team under their new coach, Josh Daniels.

11. Deshaun Watson – Browns

The controversy surrounding Deshaun Watson caused him to sit out the entire season while still with the Texans. Now he’s trying to reboot his entire career in Cleveland. Last season the question was constantly whether or not he would actually play. The question was never whether or not he would have a high level of play.

10. Matthew Stafford – Rams

Matthew Stafford has proven to be an upgrade for the Rams over Jared Goff. His big arm and execution ability on plays makes him quite useful to Sean McVay’s passing game. He got his first Super Bowl ring and seems to be on the right track to potentially become a Hall of Famer.

9. Lamar Jackson – Ravens

Lamar Jackson took a few bad hits last season and ended up missing five games. Although, the worry isn’t about Jackson, himself, but more so his receivers and offensive line. They made sure to change up his receivers to better suit Jackson, and he looks a lot healthier than he was in the previous season. He should be playing like the MVP he was back in 2019 again.

8. Russell Wilson – Broncos

Russell Wilson will be playing outside of Seattle for the first time in his entire career. He’s proven to be incredibly consistent in his career, even after his first true injury. It may take a little time for him to get used to the Broncos, but he’ll be bringing his all-around skill to the team.

7. Dak Prescott – Cowboys

Dak Prescott made a massive comeback after his terrible injury in 2020. He’s gotten right back into the groove with Kellen Moore’s offense, and the Cowboys have adjusted accordingly. Prescott’s a Super Bow-worthy passer. He just needs a little more from his team.

6. Joe Burrow – Bengals

People barely even remember that Joe Burrow had a torn ACL his first year. He’s demonstrated a strong downfield passing game. Additionally, he’s showed the top-flight arm, accuracy, and toughness that made him a top draft pick in the first place.

5. Justin Herbert – Chargers

Justin Herbert’s first two years as a quarterback catapulted him to the highest-ranking quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s accurate, aggressive when he needs to be, and has a perfect combination of size and athleticism. He has a good chance of winning his first MVP award.

Tom Brady has at least one more season left in him to chase after a final Super Bowl ring. The Buccaneers have some particularly strong weapons for Brady to take advantage of in Bruce Adrians, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown. There really hasn’t been a quarterback that shows how skilled he truly is better than Brady, even though he’s in his 40s.

3. Aaron Rodgers – Packers

Aaron Rodgers is turning 39 soon and is proving to be super-efficient after wining the NFL MVP award two years in a row. He’s settled into Matt LaFleur’s RPO offense too. He’s got an adjustment to make without Davante Adams and a more mixed receiving corps, but he’ll likely still be an elite player.

2. Patrick Mahomes – Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes’ production and performance has been superior to a vast majority of his contemporaries. He has to adjust to passing without Tyreek Hill as a target, as well as new coaches, but he’s still in the prime of his life. He can carry the Chiefs’ offense in a different way.

1. Josh Allen – Bills

Josh Allen might not have had the most efficient passing numbers last season, but that’s probably about to change. Just looking at him play shows he’s become the greatest all-around force in the NFL right now. He’s still putting some things together, but it’s looking like there’s a good chance for him to be the NFL’s next MVP.