14: Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck
If this list was built on pure talent and potential alone, Andrew Luck would no doubt be in the top 10, but due to his injury and lack of talent surrounding him, he falls to #15, but all it takes is one good year for Luck to again show how brilliant he is. Despite a poor team surrounding him since his arrival in the NFL, he has still managed to put up big numbers, and with the Colts developing a good, young team, he may be ready to break out as the next Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
13: Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford
It takes a lot to be a big name QB in the NFL, and one of the most attractive traits for QB’s is arm strength, and there’s no one in the NFL who matches Matthew Stafford, and that’s reflected in the huge numbers he’s been putting up. Detroit has been horrible for a number of years, and despite Stafford’s best efforts, he hasn’t been able to take them very far, and even if he doesn’t change that this year, he’ll still put up fantastic numbers.
12: Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins is one of the more underrated players in the NFL, as he’s put up huge numbers for the Redskins over the past few years, and as they couldn’t see his talent, he moved on to Minnesota, and he’s now ready to break out as an elite level talent. With more weapons then he’s ever had in his NFL career to this point, Cousins will succeed as an individual and as the leader of a team this year, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he was a top 10 QB next year.
11: Houston Texans – DeShaun Watson
DeShaun Watson may have had his rookie year cut short a year ago, but during those games, he flashed incredible amounts of potential, and with DeAndre Hopkins on the outside, he may solidify himself as a top player very early on in his career. Returning from a serious knee injury may delay his return to his best a little bit, but once Watson hits his strides, he’ll return to tearing up the AFC South, and will solidify his spot as the brightest young star in the entire NFL.
10: Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz
The Philadelphia Eagles just won the Super Bowl with backup QB Nick Foles, but Carson Wentz won’t need to worry, his job is definitely safe, as he was the favorite to win the MVP award before his season ending injury a year ago. The Eagles have confirmed that Wentz is on track to start the season under center for the defending champs, and if he can get back to form, he’ll no doubt be in contention for the MVP award, and may even catapult him into the top 5 in the NFL.
9: Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton
Cam Newton is the most physically gifted QB that the National Football League has ever witnessed, and despite some struggles over the past few years, he remains one of the best in the league, and he’ll no doubt go down in history as one of the best. Newton hasn’t fully recovered since losing the Super Bowl in embarrassing fashion to the Broncos, but now that the team is ready to regain control of the NFC South, Newton is probably going to be back to his best as he heads into his prime years.
8: Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr
Some people may argue that Derek Carr is too high on this list, especially after his woes lately, but talent-wise, there are few in the game as good as the Raiders QB, and with everything lining up nicely in Oakland, it could be a big year for them. His connection with Amari Cooper is going to be legendary, and Carr has all the tools that you need to be a top 10 QB of all time, and if he can put it all together under Jon Gruden, he’ll no doubt achieve that feat.