The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, even more so in today’s league. You need a QB that can compete with the best to win a Super Bowl, and we are seeing examples of that year after year. Now we are seeing teams trade up in the draft and spend astronomical dollars to sway top-tier players at the position. With college athletes developing, the league is filled with young, athletic, and talented Quarterbacks.
The Cincinnati Bengals found their guy in 2020 when they selected Joe Burrow with the 1st overall pick, and after leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl in just his second year, where does he rank among the other 31 Quarterbacks In the league?
NFL Quarterback Rankings 27-32
32. Drew Lock – Seattle Seahawks
Drew Lock may or may not be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks, but if he is, I think it’s only suitable to start at the bottom. He has yet to prove anything in the games he has started, but he has the talent to be very good. That’s if he can put it all together. He finally has his chance in Seattle.
31 Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers
Darnold was a high draft selection, and he has the talent to be a good quarterback in this league. Still, the fact of the matter is he is already on his second team just a few seasons into his career, and he lost his job this past season to Cam Newton who was a free agent at the time.
The Panthers selected Matt Corral in the NFL Draft, and this is more than likely the future unless Darnold can show something early this season.
30. Jared Goff – Detroit Lions
Jared Goff is not a bad player by any means, but he isn’t the type of guy who will put a team on his back and win a shootout by the standards of his natural ability. Goff is a game manager; in the right system, he can be successful, but in the wrong one, it can be a trainwreck.
This could be Goff’s last chance at proving he can be a starting quarterback in this league, and he will have a lot more help with the addition of Jameson Williams and D.J. Chark to the wide receiving core. In addition, the defense got a lot better, adding a guy like Aiden Hutchinson.
29. Trey Lance – San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance has a lot of upsides, and it seems as if he will be the starting quarterback for the 49ers this season, which is why I have put him on the list, not Jimmy Garappolo. But Lance has yet to play a snap, so you can’t have him too high just yet.
However, I think most teams would prefer to have Lance than a lot of the QBs on the list around this area due to his extremely high ceiling. He will have a chance to show that this year.
28. Mitchell Trubisky – Pittsburgh Steelers
Assuming the Steelers decide to start Trubisky over Kenny Pickett in Week 1, this is where Trubisky would wind up being ranked after being a backup all of last season in Buffalo. Trubisky is nowhere near as bad as some people try and portray. However, he hasn’t necessarily lived up to the position he was drafted in, which is why he gets stereotyped very poorly.
He’s led a team to the postseason before, and being in Chicago for most of his career, that’s not known to produce good offenses; it will be interesting to see Trubisky in another scheme and offense like Pittsburgh.
27. Justin Fields – Chicago Bears
Justin Fields has a lot of upsides and showed it at times last season when Matt Nagy gave him a chance to go out there and start. Especially a mid-season Monday Night game on the road against the Steelers where they lost, but he made multiple big-time plays and sustained some big hits yet got right back up on his feet.
There was so much Quarterback shuffling that he never got that comfortable situation. This will be the first year where he gets that opportunity.