NFL: Ranking quarterbacks from 'Elite' to 'Delete'

It doesn’t take a genius to know that the quarterback is the most important position in the sport of American Football.

They are the ones who decide where the ball needs to be thrown, what adjustments need to be made at the line of scrimmage ahead of a play and more often than not have the fate of the game within their own hands, which is why they also happen to be paid the big bucks

But just who are the best of the best of the best around the National Football League? 

We did already back in June put together a list of quarterbacks, however that was based on their value when it came to playing Fantasy Football, which is must different to how players are treated when it comes to their legacy.

For instance, how much value do you put on the value of a Super Bowl ring? Does that automatically make you an elite quarterback? And if so does that put someone like Joe Flacco ahead of Dan Marino in the all-time list? And how much of that it put to the players around them rather than the skills of the individual throwing the ball, a point that would help someone in fantasy, but might alter their perception in the real world?

So there are a number of factors that need to go into the list, and as always with these things, they are subjective and everyone is going to have a different one.

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Can you name the #1 pick in each of the last 15 NFL Drafts? Starting with the most recent draft in 2022

Using, we have put the quarterbacks of the NFL into the following categories:


The cream of the crop, tip of the top. Legacy as some of the best in the game is pretty much secured even if they retired tomorrow


Just missing something to push them into the tier above

Very Good:

Can be relied on to win games, but they just don’t have that one thing special to push them above the rest


Middle of the road, need a lot of help in order to win games

Too Early To Tell:

Either rookies for 2022, or were new in 2021 and haven’t had enough of a sample size

Better Than Nothing:

Might be starting now, but don’t be surprised if their team are looking for an upgrade


Arguably lucky to even be in the league

So with the criteria out of the way, here is the lis that we have put together: 

Elite: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady

Great: Justin Herbert, Matt Stafford, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson

Very Good: Matt Ryan, Joe Burrow, Derek Carr, Mac Jones, Carson Wentz, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Ryan Tannehill

Average: Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, Mitch Trubisky, Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston, Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota

Too Early To Tell: Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Trey Lance, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corrall, Sam Howell, Davis Mills

Better Than Nothing: Drew Lock, Sam Darnold, Zach Wilson, Daniel Jones

Delete: Deshaun Watson

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