21: Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes
The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated over the past few regular seasons, but they’ve struggled in the playoffs, and this year, we don’t know if it will improve with sophomore Patrick Mahomes starting at QB, but we know the offense is going to be dynamic. With Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt out there, this team will be incredibly exciting to watch, and Mahomes will no doubt be a great QB, but at this point, he’s just too unproven to be any higher on the list.
20: Washington Redskins – Alex Smith
Several years ago, Alex Smith would have been considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history, but he was given enough chances to prove that he’s a really good QB, and despite being labeled a ‘game manager’, he’s still recognized as one of the better QB’s in the game today. After some great seasons in Kansas City, Smith has been traded off to the Washington Redskins, and although they won’t make much noise in the NFC East, Smith will have another good year and continue to prove his worth to the league.
19: Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott slipped all the way to the 4thround in the 2016 NFL Draft, but immediately he made an impact on the NFL by taking the starting job for the Cowboys, and despite his struggles during his sophomore season, he is still a very talented QB with a bright future. With Ezekiel Elliot by his side, Prescott is primed and ready to have a fantastic year, and if he continues to protect the ball, he’s a dual-threat like few others in the NFL.
18: San Francisco 49ers – Jimmy Garoppolo
Tom Brady is one of the best to ever play in the NFL, but for some reason, none of his backup QB’s have gone on to success after leaving the Patriots, but if his 5-game season as a starter in 2017 is anything to go by, Jimmy G may be about to change that trend in a big way. Garoppolo has everything it takes to be the face of a franchise, and The Handsome One has given the entire Bay Area optimism regarding his team, and with a full training camp heading into this year, he’s going to prove just how great he is.
17: Los Angeles Rams – Jarred Goff
After his rookie season, plenty of fans and analysts were ready to call Jarred Goff a bust, but he bounced back with an incredible sophomore season, and if he can continue to improve at this rate, he may be considered one of this generations best in no time. He still has a lot to prove, but it’s clear that Goff is a great leader and has all the physical attributes it takes to be a top QB, so he, like plenty of other young QB’s will continue to climb this list year after year.
16: New York Giants – Eli Manning
Eli Manning will no doubt be entered into the NFL Hall of Fame one day, due to his longevity and major Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots, but he’s definitely struggled over the past few years, and that results in his slide down our list. With Saquon Barkley and a healthy Odell Beckham on the offense, Manning could have a bounce back year in 2018 which could rejuvenate his career, but it will be one last ride for the worse of the two Manning brothers.
15: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston was a controversial player back at Florida State, and some people saw taking him #1 a big risk, but he’s put the Bucs on his back ever since then, and he’s blossomed into one of the best QBs in the NFL. He’s got Mike Evans on the outside, and that’s a major help, and even though the team probably isn’t going to go anywhere in the foreseeable future, Winston will continue to raise his game, to the point where he’ll be top 5 in no time.