Ranking 2019 NFL Quarterbacks by Tier

Ranking quarterbacks in the NFL is a lot harder than some may think. There are so many amazing talents in the league right now. We have the established and proven quarterbacks, star quarterbacks, and the rising stars. The quarterbacks being ranked are starting quarterbacks and potential starting quarterbacks. The tiers being used for these rankings are elite, great, good, average, below average, and unknown. The unknown category will include rookies who were just drafted that haven’t played a snap in the NFL, and some quarterbacks who are in year one or two of being a starter but have not been able to show their abilities due to injury.

Statistics and winning play a huge role in what category these quarterbacks fall in. Obviously talent plays a role as well as consistency.

Elite: Superstar quarterbacks who are capable of carrying a team regardless of their surrounding pieces. Players who will be in the Hall of Fame or players who are on the path of being in the Hall of Fame. These are quarterbacks who have separated themselves from everyone else and are proving that they are the best in the business.

  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Tom Brady
  • Drew Brees
  • Russell Wilson
  • Phillip Rivers
  • Aaron Rodgers

Great: Star quarterbacks who are consistently putting up great numbers, some who have the trajectory to be in the Hall of Fame someday. These are MVP contenders on a yearly basis. These quarterbacks have potential to be elite but they’re right on the borderline.

  • Andrew Luck
  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Matt Ryan

Good: Most of these quarterbacks are rising stars of the NFL. These quarterbacks have potential to be considered the best in the league or one of the best. Their track record is not long enough for them to be considered great or elite just yet.

  • Jared Goff
  • Carson Wentz
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Dak Prescott
  • Baker Mayfield
  • Matt Stafford
  • Mitchell Trubisky
  • Cam Newton
  • Kirk Cousins
  • Nick Foles

Average: Some of these quarterbacks are considered “game managers”. These quarterbacks have the traits and talent to be considered good but they’ve been just okay. Some won’t take an organization to the next level.

  • Marcus Mariota
  • Jameis Winston
  • Derek Carr
  • Andy Dalton
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Joe Flacco
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick

Below Average: Some of these quarterbacks are older players who aren’t producing anymore or they’re young quarterbacks still learning and developing.

  • Eli Manning
  • Sam Darnold
  • Josh Allen
  • Josh Rosen
  • Case Keenum

Unknown: These quarterbacks are rookies who haven’t taken a snap in the NFL yet or young quarterbacks who are first or second year starters who haven’t had the ability showcase their talent in a full season.

  • Kyler Murray
  • Drew Lock
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Jimmy Garoppolo

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