Each season, there is a constant debate on who the top quarterbacks in the NFL are. Whether its with the Madden ratings, the fantasy football stats, or just who you would prefer to build your football team around, you will never find a consistent answer to who is the best of the best.
Here is an individual ranking of the top five NFL quarterbacks entering the 2020 season:
5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson, 24, is everything a team looks for in a young quarterback. He is athletic, contains a strong arm, and doesn’t throw a high percentage of interceptions. The largest drawback for Watson is the fact that he holds onto the ball too long. He lead the league in sacks taken in 2018 with 62 and also has 19 fumbles across the last two seasons. Both numbers will decline with experience. He is also at risk at taking a step back in 2020 now that his top target, DeAndre Hopkins, was traded to Arizona. The Texans need to surround him with more weapons to fully realize his talents.
4. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
As the leader of the Eagles, Wentz already has eight game-winning drives; four of which occurred last season. After losing a majority of their offensive corps, Wentz was capable of carrying weapons such as Greg Ward and Boston Scott to an NFC East title. Individually, his largest drawback involves his previous durability. However, the fact that he has missed less games than Deshaun Watson and has a lower percentage of missed games than Donovan McNabb did in his career proves it isn’t as bad as it seems.
3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Despite the limited sample size, Jackson has already demonstrated the special type of quarterback talent he is. Jackson, 23, will only get better with experience. In his first full season with the Ravens, he lead the league with 36 touchdown passes while totaling 3,127 passing yards and 1,206 rushing yards. As a drawback, Jackson will be forced to learn how to take hits effectively. Otherwise, the injury concerns will become a factor over time.
2. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
As one of the greatest leaders in the NFL, Wilson has the ability to win when it matters most. To date, he has not missed a single game in his career. On the other hand, Wilson has yet to surpass 5,000+ passing yards in a single season. Across the last eight seasons, Wilson has totaled almost 30,000 passing yards. He has only thrown for 10+ interceptions in a single season on one occasion. With two Super Bowl appearances and one win, Wilson continues to provide a bright future.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
At the age of 24, Mahomes has continued to compile a tremendous career. To date, he has acheived a Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and currently owns the most lucrative contract in the history of sports. As a natural leader, Mahomes totaled 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns during the 2018 season. For the foreseeable future, Mahomes will continue to reign as the top quarterback. He continues to revolutize the quarterback position, and will likely bring the Chiefs to the multiple Super Bowls.
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