NFL Young Quarterback Confidence Rankings, from 1 to 17: most and least reliable QB of the last three projects


Another crop of young shifts is brainwashed in the NFL, but via links and apps and other technological innovations. The virtual offseason is in full swing. Independent learning is the only game in town.

It’s far from ideal, especially for the most important position in all team sports, but it’s reality and the only safe way for now, and maybe for a while. It will undoubtedly have an impact on the development process of many of these young passers-by and presents unique challenges for players and teams. And that made me think about how I would stack the quarters of the last three recoveries, given the lack of time on the field with teammates and coaches.

What if we came back and looked at all the selected quarters in the last three drafts – how could I stack them? Given the situations they find themselves in – the casts around them and the infrastructure and sustainability of their staff – who do I trust most to stand up to overcome these obstacles? Who do I think will struggle to make the most of these sub-optimal times?

I think of this as a Quarterback Confidence ranking; not exactly an accurate list of QBs to note from the last three projects, I think are the best, but close. I also take into account the people who are in the best position to thrive, given their organizations and lists and the amount of crime they already master. Taking all of this into account, which of this group of 17 QB is, I think, given the best chance of putting together a strong 2020 season and / or rising in the coming years as an opportunity to play – and having to play – – grows. This list is made up of players drafted from 2018 to 2020 who have already played in the regular season or who should play significantly in 2020.

  1. Lamar jackson

The league MVP is all ball. No BS in the off season. No distractions. The crows keep adding new pieces to him and he can throw in a now healthy Hollywood Brown in Miami. Watch out for the NFL.

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2. Kyler Murray

Took a few pieces as a rookie but also made great strides. Superb athlete and competitor with a coach who is all about QB. He will jump in 2020, whether he gets a normal training camp or not.

3. Josh Allen

I have reservations about the fact that Allen is one of the top 10 QBs in the way we typically rate them. Accuracy and percentage of completion will never be ideal. He has warts. But he’s already been in the playoffs, he’s got a solid cast on both sides of the ball, his legs are a tremendous asset and if he can just keep changing his decision making, he’ll be a winning QB. I don’t see him as a high-level smuggler, but overall, he can be very effective.

4. Tua Tagovailoa

Listen to me – Miami won’t press it, it probably won’t play until the second half of the season. The child has never failed anything and is ahead of schedule for hip surgery. Ryan Fitzpatrick will help him in any way possible. Chan Gailey should be a perfect coach for him. He doesn’t have to wear a deductible from day one. I think it will prove that many skeptics are wrong.

5. Joe Burrow

I have reservations on this offensive line, but the rest of this offense is ready to switch from week 1. Loaded with weapons. Very friendly QB head coach at Zac Taylor. Has had one of the greatest seasons in college football history in what amounted to an NFL offense … However, all eyes are on him all the time and the review and expectations will be off the charts, that’s why I slipped it here.

6. Sam Darnold

The schedule is brutal. His attacking cast leaves much to be desired (although they have made a concerted effort to improve the offensive line). But at least he already knows about Adam Gase’s offense and let’s face it, people don’t exactly talk about the Jets in the playoffs, and even a solid and confident season in 2020 puts him in a position to be seen as the QB of the present and future there.

7. Gardner Minshew

As the sixth-round pick in a starting role midway through week 1, he somehow overcame a very poor Jags alignment, with a toxic locker room full of players who wanted to go out and highlighted by an ugly their best young player (Jalen Ramsey) ugly, standing at 4-4 at one point. He showed me something and even if the Jags will not be good this season, this kid can establish himself as an NFL starter. He is super intelligent and is constantly learning. Jay Gruden will be good for him.

8. Baker Mayfield

Franchise legend Joe Thomas basically calls it all or nothing this year for polarizing QB. And after taking a big step back in year 2, and with yet another new coaching staff around, zero time to practice this new offense, and with the Browns in the spotlight to finally come back in the playoffs, you can’t help but wonder how it goes. There are still many great personalities out there, many of the same who imploded a year ago. I suspect they run the ball a ton and it will be fine, but this regime did not write this QB and 2021 will be loaded with options.

9. Jarrett Stidham

Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels really love this kid and think he’s a winner and, at worst, should or should have been the third or fourth QB taken in the 2020 draft if he was there. They like what he showed in the last off season and in the preseason when he learned of the offense. It needs better WR and TE than New England right now, but these staff think they can make it work, and given their CV developing QBs, I wouldn’t bet against them.

10. Drew Lock

John Elway practically used his draft to give his QB everything he could ask for. At the end of the day, I think the best for Lock may be where Allen was in 2019 – but with a solid defense, and you can access a wider eliminatory field that way. Elway’s journey with the young QBs gives me a great break, but Lock played better than I expected last season and Pat Shurmur will be great for him.

11. Daniel Jones

The turnover bothers me a lot. I still have serious concerns about their ability to protect it properly, and the Giants’ defense will not produce many saves, let alone three and three. Jason Garrett is not a QB whisperer and the Dallas attack finally took off when he pulled away. It’s not ideal. The Big Apple star is a different thing and this coaching staff is full of novices.

12. Dwayne Haskins

This child cannot take a break. Washington has the worst football offense on paper. It’s brutal. He still has a new set of coaches and ideas, and they have brought a backup to Kyle Allen, who has had a deep understanding of this system since his time in Carolina. I think Haskins can play, but the Skins have no history of incubating a young QB properly.

13. Justin Herbert

He could redshirt all year, which would be the best thing for him and the Chargers. Tyrod Taylor will hold it back, I guess, and we’ll see what 2021 brings. Many of the reviewers that I know well and that I really trust were not great Herbert guys, even though a general manager with solid QB experience thinks he will be Matt Ryan.

14. Jordan Love

I suspect it is difficult to go for him to Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers’s plight will last as long as he stays there, but by 2022 love will be man. The tensions are already high and too many teams have told me that taking Love in the first round was a huge effort for me to ignore them. This young coach has quite the job of navigation ahead.

15. Mason Rudolph

I would be shocked if he really turns into the replacement for Big Ben, but the Steelers still hold on to that idea. I don’t see an NFL starter here.

16. Ryan Finley

I saw him live in preseason and he looked really good. Then the regular season of the Bengals took place. As ugly as it may be, he was playing on a terrible team much earlier than he should have been.

17. Josh Rosen

Things have continued to happen against him since he was selected 10th overall just over two years ago (much like Haskins). But he didn’t show much when the Dolphins played it, and the way the team took off when Fitzpatrick returned was revealing. It does not inspire confidence, well, it is a trust list.


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