The NFL has never been in better shape when it comes to quarterbacks.
There is a fantastic mix of young stars, all-time great legends, and exciting prospects heading into the season. But who is the best quarterback heading into the new season and where does your team’s passer rank?
Here are the top 50 quarterbacks going into the 2022 NFL season, ranked from bottom to top.
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50. Joe Flacco, New York Jets
Flacco hasn’t won a game as a starter since 2019 when he was with the Broncos, but he is still a quality backup. However, we are nearing the end of his career in the NFL as he turned 37 in January.
49. Blaine Gabbert, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This will be the third season in which Gabbert will be the backup behind Tom Brady and he has thrown just 27 total passes with the Buccaneers in two seasons.
Still, he has the trust of Brady and the coaching staff, which is all he really needs.
48. Chase Daniel, Los Angeles Chargers
Daniel has been a backup quarterback in the NFL since 2010, throwing just 261 career passes. He has played with six different teams, but he has done a great job of finding a way to stay in the league.
47. Cooper Rush, Dallas Cowboys
Rush has started just one game in the NFL. That being said, he was impressive against the Vikings on Sunday Night Football last season on Halloween. He threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cowboys to a win.
Rush has a below-average arm and isn’t the most athletic guy, but he knows where to go with the ball and is a capable option behind Dak Prescott. That’s really all you can ask for in a backup quarterback.
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46. Jacoby Brissett, Cleveland Browns
Brissett was less than impressive as the Dolphins’ starter last year, but he wasn’t awful. He is the definition of a bus driver at quarterback and he is only as good as the talent around him.
Brissett will be in a better situation this year as he’ll likely start several games for the Browns if Deshaun Watson is suspended for some period of time.
45. Nick Foles, Indianapolis Colts
Foles is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but he just hasn’t found a lot of success since that 2017 season.
He is now reunited with Frank Reich and will be the primary backup to Matt Ryan. It’s a pretty good fit for all parties entering the 2022 season.
44. Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
Since being drafted in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, Love has started just one game for the Packers. In that game, he looked overwhelmed and nowhere near ready to be the team’s next franchise quarterback.
The Packers signed Aaron Rodgers to a monster contract extension this offseason, making it very unlikely that Love will be the long-term option for Green Bay. He’ll likely have to wait another year or two before getting an opportunity elsewhere to play.
43. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders
Heinicke started 15 games for Washington last year and led them to a 7-8 record. He wasn’t awful, but he was far too inconsistent and his accuracy simply wasn’t good enough.
Heinicke is much better suited to be a high-caliber backup quarterback than an every-week starter. However, don’t be surprised if the fans start to call for Heinicke over Carson Wentz at some point this season.
42. Colt McCoy, Arizona Cardinals
McCoy started multiple games for the Cardinals last year and performed well. They won two of his three starts and he had a passer rating over 100.
McCoy will be 36 before Week 1, so his chance of ever being a full-time starter again is over. That being said, he’s proven to be one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
41. Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants
Taylor has had some horrendous luck throughout his NFL career, but he’s managed to be a quality quarterback for about a decade now.
He has reunited with Brian Daboll in New York, where he could get a shot at playing if Daniel Jones struggles at all.
40. Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens
After going undrafted in 2020, Huntley performed pretty well in 2021 when he was called into action. He played behind one of the NFL’s most injured offensive lines and the Ravens were down three running backs early in the season.
Huntley is certainly a lesser quarterback than Lamar Jackson, but his play warrants another look down the road.
39. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Smith was inserted into the starting lineup when Russell Wilson went down with a hand injury. While he was unable to elevate the talent around him, Smith didn’t look overwhelmed.
Smith will likely be the Week 1 starter for the Seahawks and he deserves that shot. Still, it’s hard to envision him being the long-term answer in Seattle.
38. Case Keenum, Buffalo Bills
Keenum is the ideal backup in today’s NFL. He is athletic enough to make plays with his legs and is accurate enough to execute the offense. Plus, he has a ton of experience and has made it to the NFC Championship Game as a starting quarterback.
His win over the Broncos with the Browns was impressive and it is the exact type of performance that teams are searching for in a backup.
37. Gardner Minshew, Philadelphia Eagles
Minshew continues to be one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL as he lit up the Jets in a start last season. He doesn’t have the size or arm strength to be a franchise-level passer, but his determination and play-making allow him to have success when called upon.
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36. Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints
Dalton is on his fourth team in as many years as he looks for his next shot at being a starting quarterback. He did not perform well in Chicago as it’s clear his arm and athleticism are starting to deteriorate.
Still, he’s a quality backup quarterback that should help Jameis Winston in New Orleans.
35. Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
Darnold is going into the final year of his rookie contract and this is his last shot at being a franchise-level quarterback. The Panthers didn’t bring in anyone to challenge him and he needs to play well to earn a big-time contract in free agency.
So far in his career, Darnold has struggled with accuracy and decision-making. Last season, he finished dead-last in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt (4.8) and expected points added (-0.8). Darnold needs to be significantly better in order to have a starting job in 2023.
34. Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Dolphins
Bridgewater was decent for the Broncos last season as the team’s starter, but he just isn’t an exciting option. While he is a great leader in the locker room and accurately delivers the football, his average arm and lack of playmaking ability make him a lower-level starting quarterback.
He’ll continue to get chances because of his resume and leadership ability, but Bridgewater isn’t a quarterback that can take over a game single-handedly.
33. Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons
Marcus Mariota last entered the season as a Week 1 starter in 2019 before getting benched for Ryan Tannehill. Now, he is the clear-cut QB1 for Atlanta as the Falcons are in a full-blown rebuild.
Mariota is still highly athletic and pretty accurate with the football when given time to throw. As long as Atlanta can protect him, he should find some success.
32. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Jones has had his moments with the Giants, but he is just far too inconsistent and careless with the football. He just hasn’t been efficient yet in his career and his accuracy has been all over the place.
Can Brian Daboll unlock him or will the Giants move on from him in 2023? Needless to say, it’s a huge year for Jones.
31. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pickett is the only rookie quarterback on the list as he was the only one selected in the first two rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Pickett is pro-ready, but he likely doesn’t have the ceiling to be much more than an average quarterback in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers allow him to sit and watch Mitchell Trubisky from the bench to start the season.
30. Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
If you just look at the touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2021, you might think Wentz is criminally underrated here. But he was awful at the end of the season and was the biggest reason why the Colts didn’t make the playoffs.
Wentz will have one more shot at proving he is a starting-caliber quarterback in Washington. One area that he has to improve on is his completion percentage when pressured as he finished 28th in that category last season (37.7%).
If he can’t find a way to be successful under pressure, he’ll be one-and-done in Washington as well.
29. Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers
Trubisky wasn’t awful as the starting quarterback for the Bears as he actually led Chicago to a 29-21 record in his 50 starts. He even made the Pro Bowl in 2018 as he accounted for 27 touchdowns and averaged 7.4 yards per attempt.
The problem is that Trubisky’s play never really improved from that season and he actually regressed in 2019 and 2020.
The Steelers are hoping that taking a year and backing up Josh Allen in Buffalo is what he needed to fix some of his issues. He’ll likely get the first crack at replacing Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1.
28. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Tagovailoa has only started 21 games in the NFL, but he is firmly in a make-or-break season going into 2022. His numbers did slightly improve in 2021, but he still wasn’t good enough despite having a record of 7-5.
He has a ton of talent around him this year and likely needs to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs in order to remain the franchise quarterback in Miami.
27. Davis Mills, Houston Texans
Mills showed a lot of promise as a rookie, starting in 11 games for the Texans. His true passer rating (removing drops and throwaways) ranked 22nd in the NFL last season, and that was with a bad roster surrounding him.
Mills will need to make big strides to keep his job in 2023 and beyond, but there is some talent here.
26. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Mayfield is still a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a job open for him and his salary is too high for any team to take a chance on him.
We’ve seen him have success before, but he is more of a game-managing quarterback than someone who can elevate the talent around him.
25. Zach Wilson, New York Jets
The Jets did not give Wilson a lot to work with as a rookie and it showed. He finished the season with only nine touchdown passes and led the NFL with 370 yards lost due to sacks.
However, Wilson played better down the stretch as he did not throw in an interception in the final five games of the year.
He needs to do a better job of avoiding sacks, but an improved offensive line and receiving corps should help his play in 2022.
24. Jared Goff, Detriot Lions
Goff saw a big drop in efficiency after leaving Sean McVay and it is not surprising considering the lack of talent on Detroit’s roster. The big concern surrounding Goff is that his yards per attempt have now dropped in four consecutive seasons.
Detroit brought in some more weapons this offseason, but can Goff elevate the talent around him? If the answer is no, look for the Lions to move on after this season and search for someone else.
23. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo has a 31-14 record as a starter with the 49ers over the last five years and has led them to the NFC Championship Game twice. However, San Francisco appears to be ready to move on as he is just not quite good enough to get this team over the hump.
Where will Garoppolo land after undergoing shoulder surgery in March? That we don’t know. At this point, it would be fairly shocking if he was on the 49ers’ roster by Week 1 of the 2022 season.
22. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts took some big steps in 2021, improving his completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating. He led the Eagles to the playoffs despite Philadelphia leading the NFL in dead cap space.
Going into his third year, there are still questions about whether he is good enough to be a franchise-changing quarterback. Hurts deserves at least a few more years to develop, but he is certainly someone you can win with in the NFL.
21. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
Lance started two games for the 49ers last season and while he wasn’t fantastic, he certainly didn’t look out of place. He has a cannon for an arm and his athleticism will make him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league with the ball in his hands.
He’ll be the team’s starting quarterback this season and beyond, but how fast he develops will ultimately decide the 49ers fate in 2022.
20. Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Of all the rookie quarterbacks that played last year, Jones was the most consistent and reliable. He led the Patriots to a 10-7 record and they had one of the best offenses in the NFL, scoring 27.2 points per game.
In Year 2, Jones needs to take more control of the offense, and that likely means he’ll be throwing more often. If he can create more big plays down the field, there’s no reason why he can’t be viewed as a top-12 quarterback as soon as this year.
19. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Fields was inconsistent as a rookie, but there were a few games that really showcased his talent. His performances against the 49ers and Steelers early in the season were as impressive as it gets for a rookie quarterback.
Entering Year 2, Fields needs to speed up his internal clock and take fewer sacks. Otherwise, he is ready for stardom, as long as the Bears can put the right talent around him.
18. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s hard to adequately judge Lawrence based on last season due to the poor roster around him and the circus that was Urban Meyer. In 17 games, Lawrence threw only 12 touchdowns and averaged just six yards per attempt.
However, the flashes were there as he played incredibly well in the season finale against the Colts. Now that he is paired with Doug Pedersen, Lawrence will have a chance to thrive and establish himself as the next great young quarterback in the NFL.
17. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
It’s really unfortunate that Winston got injured last year because he was on pace to have the best season of his career. The Saints were 5-2 with him as the starting quarterback and Winston had thrown 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in those seven games.
Winston should be close to fully healthy by Week 1 and is in line for another great season, especially if Michael Thomas can get back on the field.
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If Winston can replicate his play from the first seven games of the 2021 season, he is a lock to win this award. Quarterbacks almost always win this award and he is one of the few quarterbacks returning from injury in 2022.
16. Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts
How much of an upgrade is Ryan over Carson Wentz? The Colts are hoping it’s a lot as Wentz was the biggest reason why the team missed the playoffs in 2021.
Ryan’s adjusted yards per attempt have declined in four straight seasons and that usually isn’t a good sign. But he still ranked third in the NFL in deep-ball completion percentage (47.8%) and under pressure accuracy rating (6.7).
If the Colts can adequately protect him, look for Ryan to be significantly better than what we’ve seen recently from him.
15. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
After accounting for 40 touchdowns during the 2020 season, Tannehill regressed in a big way in 2021. He threw just 21 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions and his passer rating has consistently declined from 117.5 in 2019 to 89.6 in 2021.
The Titans did have a ton of injuries last year and Tannehill was still able to lead them to the No. 1 seed in the conference and a 12-5 record, however, he wasn’t good in the playoffs. The Titans simply need more from their leader in 2022.
14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Cousins is a much better quarterback than he gets credit for in the national media. He is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL as he has had a passer rating over 103 in three straight seasons.
Despite having the most pressured throws (154) in the NFL last year, Cousins was able to throw for more than 4,200 yards and 33 touchdowns. Is he Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady? No. But he is a very good quarterback that can win a lot of games.
13. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Carr had arguably the best season of his career in 2021, leading the Raiders to the playoffs. He did that despite losing wideout Henry Ruggs midway through the year and head coach/play-caller Jon Gruden resigning in October.
Heading into the 2022 season, Carr has been reunited with his former college teammate Davante Adams. Las Vegas is talented enough to be a Super Bowl contender this season, but they’ll need Carr to be even better just to make the playoffs in a loaded AFC West.
12. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
In his third season in the NFL, Murray improved across the board. He was in the MVP discussion before missing time due to injury.
Murray is one of the most gifted quarterbacks in the league as he is a dynamic runner, but also a special passer. He led in the NFL in true completion percentage (76.4%) and deep-ball completion percentage (50%).
He needs to do a better job of handling pressure, but he is a legitimate MVP candidate when healthy.
11. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
Watson did not play at all during the 2021 season after demanding a trade from the Texans. He ultimately was dealt to the Browns for three first-round picks in March.
Watson can be a top-five quarterback in the NFL, especially in Kevin Stefanski‘s offense. During the 2020 season, he led the NFL in yards per attempt (8.9) and finished second in true passer rating (113.3).
As good as he is, it has been a while since we’ve seen him play and you have to wonder when he’ll be on the field again as a suspension from the NFL is coming soon.
10. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
You can make a strong case that Wilson should be higher based on his resume and play over the last decade, however, his play started to decline a little bit in 2021, especially after the hand injury.
The change in scenery should help and he is on a much better team now than he was in Seattle. This is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league and someone who is absolutely phenomenal at the end of games.
9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott didn’t have quite the same year that we saw in 2019 or during the start of the 2020 season, but he was still fantastic.
Dak led the Cowboys to the top scoring offense in the NFL while finishing fifth in true passer rating (99.9) and fourth in true completion percentage (74%).
For Prescott to take the next step as a quarterback, he needs to be more of a threat as a runner. Will that part of his game return in 2022 now that he is more than a year removed from his leg injury? We’ll see.
8. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
After winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the Rams, Stafford has firmly established himself as a top-10 quarterback.
So what can he do for an encore? We’ll see, but don’t be surprised if he is even better in Sean McVay‘s offense next year now that they have Allen Robinson opposite Cooper Kupp.
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7. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are 37-12 with Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2019 NFL MVP. Why there is so much debate about his ability is beyond me.
Entering the final year of his contract, Jackson is poised to have a massive season in Baltimore. The offensive line is much improved and the Ravens will have both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards back from season-ending injuries.
Don’t be shocked if Jackson posts MVP-like numbers again in 2022.
6. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Allen is the favorite to win MVP in 2022 and it’s not hard to understand why. He is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the NFL on one of the league’s best teams.
The only real knock on Allen is his consistency, as he had 15 interceptions last season and six games with a passer rating under 80. Too often, he didn’t play to his talent level and it led to some frustrating losses for the Bills.
If he can clean those two things up, he should have a great chance of taking home the award and leading the Bills to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
5. Justin Herbert, Los Anges Chargers
If you compare the 2020-2021 numbers between Allen and Herbert, they are almost identical. Allen was the better runner, while Herbert was slightly more efficient as a passer. This just comes down to personal preference, so that’s why we listed Herbert one spot over Allen.
Herbert is a cyborg who is only getting better the more he plays. He makes some of the most ridiculous throws and plays you will ever see.
With an improved roster around him, he could easily be the league’s MVP in 2022 and could post numbers that we’ve never seen before.
4. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Outside of maybe Tom Brady, there is no quarterback in the league you would rather have at the end of a game than Joe Burrow. He is just so cool and calm in the fourth quarter and always seems to make the right play when it matters the most.
In his second year in the NFL, Burrow led the Bengals to the Super Bowl and they were just a few plays away from winning that game. He finished the year as the No. 1 quarterback in deep-ball accuracy, passer rating when pressured, and was No. 2 in expected points added (+190.1).
Despite all of that, Burrow could be even better in 2022 with an improved offensive line. That has to be a scary thought for the rest of the AFC.
3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At the age of 44, Brady posted career highs in attempts, completions, and passing yards. He had the second-most passing touchdowns of his career (43) and was completely dominant for Tampa Bay.
He led the NFL in passing yards, air yards, passing touchdowns, and a bunch of other passing stats.
Brady will return for his age 45 season and there is no reason at all to expect him to fall off. The move to Tampa Bay has helped extend his career as he has now thrown 83 touchdowns in two seasons with the Buccaneers.
Brady is still one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the NFL, even though he is almost 20 years older than some of his peers.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes has only been a starting quarterback in the NFL for four years, but the 2021 season was his worst. He threw a career-high 13 interceptions and saw his yards per attempt drop from 8.1 in 2020 to 7.4 in 2021.
However, even the worst year of his career would still be a fantastic season for most quarterbacks. He finished No. 1 in EPA (+198.8) as no quarterback in the league made their offense better and more explosive than Mahomes.
The Chiefs did lose Tyreek Hill this offseason and that might hurt Mahomes’ production, but look for him to be right back in the MVP conversation again in 2022.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
What more can we say about Rodgers? He has won the NFL MVP award in back-to-back seasons and four of the last 11 years.
He’ll turn 39 in December, but there are no signs of him slowing down as he led the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt (8.3), QBR (68.6), and true passer rating (111.5).
The only real question is how he will perform without Davante Adams. Otherwise, he is the clear-cut best quarterback in the NFL in an era loaded with elite passers.