From young guys finally getting their chance to take over a team, to veterans starting in new places, this may be one of the strongest QB groups ever.
The 2017/18 NFL season was one of the best seasons in recent memory, despite it being marred with controversy. It concluded with the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Nick Foles, going all the way to defeat the New England Patriots for their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Now, the draft and Free Agency have come and gone, and if the amount of moves being made in the off-season has taught us anything, it’s that this season will no doubt top the last, as the league continues to go from strength to strength.
Before the season kicks off later in the year, you’ll no doubt see predictions about absolutely everything, whether it be MVP, Super Bowl competitors/winners, ranking the potential standings at season’s end and so forth. Today, we are going to go a different route, and rate every team’s starting QB from worst to best. From young guys finally getting their chance to take over a team, to veterans starting in new places and everyone in between, this may be one of the strongest QB groups in NFL history. Each and every one of them offers a plethora of strengths to their team, but we’ve done our best to rank them from #32 all the way down to #1.
So sit back and read along as we take a look forward to the 2018 NFL season, as we rank every starting QB from worst to best.
32: Buffalo Bills – AJ McCarron
The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs for the first time in decades a season ago, but they didn’t bring back Tyrod Taylor, and that’s left them with AJ McCarron, who is that mediocre that he will likely lose his job by the end of the year to rookie Josh Allen. AJ showed plenty of promise at Alabama, but he’s just not a starter at the NFL level, and this year is going to prove that as the Bills will go back to struggling in the AFC East.
31: Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill
The Miami Dolphins have been struggling to find consistency on the offensive side of the ball for years now, and they were hoping that Ryan Tannehill could be the leader for that, but he’s still struggling to find his footing, and last years injury certainly doesn’t help. The team has lost two of its biggest offensive threats in the past year, and that isn’t going to help him assimilate back into the team, and therefore, we don’t have much faith in him or the Dolphins, especially in the AFC East.
30: Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles
Despite having Blake Bortles struggle at QB all year long, the Jaguars made it within a quarter of reaching the Super Bowl, but for some reason, they re-signed him to a major contract, and it’s not a good thing for the franchise. He’s got the talent, but after all this time in the NFL, he has proved that he’s not up to scratch, and after losing his two top receivers, he’s going to struggle even further this year, and it could mean his permanent benching.
29: Cleveland Browns – Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor has plenty of potential as a QB in the NFL, but due to the lack of weapons up in Buffalo, he never managed to put it all together, and even though the Browns are definitely improving, we don’t think this is the ideal situation for him to improve in either. The team has plenty of weapons from Josh Gordon to Corey Coleman, but with #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield sitting there, the team will be eager to get him in, and it’s just not going to be a place that Taylor can succeed in.
28: New York Jets – Josh McCown
The New York Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the #3 overall pick, and with all his talent, it’s clear he’s the future of the franchise, but for now they have to settle with Josh McCown, and while it’s not great, it’s not the worst situation to be in. McCown had a career year in 2017, and while it’s unlikely he’ll top it this year, he will be a good placeholder while this very young team builds to Darnold in 2019.
27: Arizona Cardinals – Sam Bradford
The Arizona Cardinals have looked like Super Bowl contenders out West for several years now, but they’ve never been able to put it together, and with one last shot during their Championship window, signing Sam Bradford to a rich contract wasn’t the best decision to make. Bradford has been a solid performer over the course of his NFL career, but he just isn’t worth all that money, and before the end of the season, the Cardinals will be disappointed, and will need to appoint Josh Rosen as their starting QB.
26: Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota
While Jameis Winston is much further up our list, the #2 overall draft pick from his class is much lower down, and that’s due to the inconsistencies in his game, and with no real change in the Titans attack, we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Mariota has the ability to be a top 10, even top 5 QB in this league one day, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is yet to live up to the hype, and until he proves us wrong, he won’t climb this list.
25: Chicago Bears – Mitch Trubisky
The Chicago Bears have been touted as a dark horse team in 2018, and that’s on the back of this very young, talented offense led by Mitchell Trubisky, and if he can live up to the hype, he’ll no doubt find himself within the top 15, if not top 10 in the next few years. His rookie year was good, not great, and it looks like he has all the tools to be a big star in the NFL in the very near future, and although he’s not a big name like some other young QB’s, he’s going to develop into the franchise QB that the Bears have been seeking for a number of years.
24: Denver Broncos – Case Keenum
The Minnesota Vikings had a fantastic season a year ago, and it led them all the way to the NFC Championship game, but they tossed Case Keenum aside for Kirk Cousins, and now, he has another chance to make it to the big game with the Denver Broncos. The team looks incredibly dangerous, especially after adding Bradley Chubb to the D that is led by Von Miller, and if Keenum can replicate his career best year in 2017, they will be hard to stop in the AFC West.
23: Cincinnati Bengals – Andy Dalton
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL, because they’ve got a fantastic offense, but have still been unable to win a playoff game, and while Andy Dalton is a good regular season QB, he’s this far down the list due to his inability in big moments. The Red Rifle has a strong arm and is putting up huge numbers as of late, but until he proves he can win the big game, we just can’t justify putting him any higher.
22: Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco is one of the biggest name QB’s in the NFL these days, and he’s put together a fantastic career over the past decade, and that includes a Super Bowl win, but with a poor offense around him, he struggled over the past few seasons, and he’s slipped a long way down this list. With a big season, Flacco could again find himself on the fringes of the top 10, but the Ravens will be lucky to compete in the NFC North, and with Lamar Jackson waiting in the wings, we just can’t see Flacco finding his career best form again.