NFL QB Rankings 2024: Caleb Williams Debuts at No. 20, Brock Purdy Earns Top-10 Spot

    Who's the best quarterback in football? How big is the gap between Patrick Mahomes and everyone else? Find out in our 2024 NFL QB Rankings.

    With free agency behind us and rosters shifting during the 2024 NFL Draft, it’s time to rank some quarterbacks.

    In some respects, the quarterback landscape hasn’t changed much. Patrick Mahomes still is the best signal-caller in the game, and there’s a sizable gap between him and the next tier of QBs. But the 2023 season also saw some quarterbacks, like Mac Jones, plunge into irrelevance. With the dust settled, we put together updated NFL QB Rankings.

    This list, which includes the presumed starter for each team, will be updated throughout the offseason. We also took some liberties, such as assuming Zach Wilson won’t start for the Broncos and including both Steelers quarterbacks. Let’s have some fun with it.

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    2024 NFL QB Rankings

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    • Drake Maye, New England Patriots
      Maye is such a wild card: Could he, the No. 3 pick in the draft, beat out Jacoby Brissett for the starting job? Sure, but all signs point toward Maye beginning his career as a backup. He’s talented enough to develop into a star but flawed enough to be a bust. We’ll see.
    • Michael Penix Jr., Atlanta Falcons
      The Falcons stunningly used the No. 8 pick on Penix, whom some viewed as a Round 2 talent. In theory, Penix could beat out Kirk Cousins for the starting job, but the Falcons aren’t going to pay Cousins all that money to sit on the bench. So, Penix likely will sit for at least a season or two. The jury is out on whether he can start in the NFL.
    • J.J. McCarthy, Minnesota Vikings
      Minnesota traded up to select McCarthy with the No. 11 pick. Talented but inexperienced, McCarthy has all the intangibles you look for in a franchise quarterback — but does he have the arm? He’ll compete with Sam Darnold for the starting job in training camp.
    • Bo Nix, Denver Broncos
      Sean Payton reportedly believes Nix is a future star. We’ll see about that. Nix excels on intermediate throws but struggles with deep passes and other throws that require elite arm skill. Regardless, he joins a QB room that includes Wilson and Jarrett Stidham. Your guess on the Week 1 starter is as good as ours, but for now, we’re going with Stidham.

    33) Jarrett Stidham, Denver Broncos

    This appears to be Stidham’s job to lose, even with Nix now in the picture. Stidham has impressed in his limited opportunities as a starter, but he remains a likely backup in the NFL. Even if he wins the starting job, he’ll likely have a short leash as the Broncos look toward getting the Nix era underway.

    32) Sam Darnold, Minnesota Vikings

    Sam Darnold’s in a similar spot as Stidham. He probably will be the Week 1 starter for Minnesota, but McCarthy will be nipping at his heels. Darnold, the third overall pick in 2018, still has his believers. But he simply hasn’t proven himself as a worthy NFL starter. That said, don’t be surprised if he takes the job and runs with it — at least for a while.

    31) Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers

    Bryce Young might be in the top 15 a year from now. But, at this juncture, he’s one of the worst QBs in the NFL.

    That’s how he played as a rookie in 2023, completing just 59.8% of his passes for 2,877 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 11 interceptions. The 2023 first overall pick regularly looked like he was in over his head and needed a break. Of course, the Panthers deserve much of the blame for putting Young in a bad situation.

    30) Will Levis, Tennessee Titans

    The rookie made the most of his opportunities last season, racking up 1,808 yards and eight TDs to go along with four picks in nine starts. Will Levis still has much to prove, but he’s got the arm strength and mentality required to be a solid starter in the pros. Let’s see what he does in 2024.

    29) Jacoby Brissett, New England Patriots

    Brissett is the perfect bridge starter. He’s respected in the locker room and capable of winning games, but he won’t complain if asked to hand the keys to a top draft pick. If the Patriots eventually turn to Maye, Brissett will handle it like a pro.

    But Brissett also could be New England’s starting quarterback for the entire 2024 season. Maye needs a ton of work, and the Patriots can’t risk ruining his development. Brissett likely will be the Week 1 starter and keep the job until the Patriots have no choice but to play Maye.

    28) Aidan O’Connell, Las Vegas Raiders

    Aidan O’Connell might’ve been the best rookie QB in 2023 not named C.J. Stroud. The fourth-rounder was thrust into the starting role amid Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury and performance woes — and he delivered.

    In 10 starts, O’Connell completed 62.1% of his passes for 2,218 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with seven interceptions. He’s not the most mobile quarterback, but he’s got a strong arm, and he clearly has support in the locker room. O’Connell will compete with Gardner Minshew for the starting job in training camp.

    27) Daniel Jones, New York Giants

    Daniel Jones’ 2023 campaign was wiped out by a torn ACL, but he wasn’t playing well before suffering the injury. At this point, his impressive performance in 2022 is an outlier. In his four other seasons as New York’s starter, Jones threw 47 touchdowns to go along with 45 interceptions.

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    Jones’ ability to make plays on his feet is impressive, but the reality is he’s not a great passer. He’ll probably start over Drew Lock, but Jones’ contract is such that New York won’t hesitate to bench him.

    26) Jayden Daniels, Washington Commanders

    Jayden Daniels, the No. 3 pick in the draft, has the ability to be one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s polished and accurate as a passer and dangerously fast as a runner. Daniels still needs to bulk up, but he’s a Week 1 starter and a potential star.

    25) Justin Fields, Pittsburgh Steelers

    After flaming out in Chicago, Justin Fields now gets a chance to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh.

    Fields, for all his talent, hasn’t proven capable of making NFL-caliber throws consistently. He was among the league’s worst quarterbacks in the fourth quarter last season and regularly came up short in big moments. Nevertheless, he’s got a real shot at beating out Russell Wilson for the Steelers’ starting QB job.

    24) Russell Wilson, Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers assumed almost zero financial risk by signing Wilson, so he isn’t guaranteed the starting job. Despite Mike Tomlin’s public support, Wilson is bound for a training camp QB battle with Fields.

    Wilson ranked in the top 10 in touchdowns and passer rating last season, but those numbers were fool’s gold. His arm strength diminished, he was alarmingly skittish in the pocket, and he rightly was benched by the Broncos for the final two games. Wilson’s best days are well behind him.

    23) Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

    Anthony Richardson electrified in four games before succumbing to a season-ending shoulder injury. The fourth overall pick from the 2023 draft was undeniably impressive, proving dangerous on the ground and surprisingly polished as a passer.

    But it was a four-game sample, and we’re not getting carried away. Richardson will skyrocket up this list if he picks up where he left off — but that’s a big “if.”

    22) Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints

    The Saints got the full Derek Carr experience in 2023. The former Raider made some big plays and threw 25 touchdowns, but he also displayed a maddening propensity for checkdowns and soft play in big moments.

    Carr is a classic good-but-not-great quarterback, someone who probably never will get over the hump.

    21) Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

    Geno Smith wasn’t nearly as good in 2023 as he was in 2022, but he still had some big games. Is Smith a true franchise quarterback? Probably not, but he’s good enough if he’s surrounded by a strong supporting cast. Seattle probably could do better, but it also could do a lot worse.

    20) Caleb Williams, Chicago Bears

    The No. 1 pick in the draft, Caleb Williams is being dropped to an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback. He’ll throw to Keenan Allen, DJ Moore, Rome Odunze, and Cole Kmet, giving him enviable room for error as he gets his feet wet in the pros.

    Williams isn’t a perfect prospect, and some evaluators worry about his ability to lead an NFL locker room. But Williams is one of the most talented QB prospects of the last decade and has “star” written all over him.

    19) Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

    What a weird season Deshaun Watson had in 2023. The former Houston Texan looked washed up early in the season but appeared to be turning a corner before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Watson’s play was erratic, but there were glimpses of a player who once was among the best QBs in football.

    Still just 28 years old, Watson could be headed for a bounce-back campaign. But he needs to stay healthy.

    18) Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

    The Lions and their fans would tell you that Jared Goff is one of the 10 best quarterbacks in football. We would strongly disagree.

    Has Goff improved since his days with the Los Angeles Rams? Certainly. But he needs to be managed, and when he faces a great defense, he’s prone to complete meltdowns. Goff deserves a ton of credit for turning himself into a quality NFL starter, but that doesn’t mean he’s great.

    17) Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Baker Mayfield enjoyed a career-best season in 2023, completing 64.3% of his passes for 4,044 yards and 28 touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions. He finally looked like a player both good and mature enough to lead a franchise. That said, Mayfield needs to repeat the success before we can rank him in the top half of NFL quarterbacks.

    16) Kirk Cousins, Atlanta Falcons

    Kirk Cousins is a slightly better version of Carr, which is to say he’s a good player but there’s a reason he’s never won anything. The veteran routinely comes up short in crunch time and can be tricked into making big mistakes. Plus, he’s coming off a torn Achilles and will turn 36 in August.

    The Falcons also clearly have their doubts despite giving Cousins a massive contract. The Cousins-Penix dynamic will be worth monitoring all season.

    15) Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

    One of the most polarizing quarterbacks in football, Tua Tagovailoa is what he is: a solid quarterback who needs to be propped up by elite weapons. Tua’s accurate, but he’s not much of a playmaker and is injury-prone. Still, Tagovailoa has established himself as a dependable NFL starter and a great leader.

    14) Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Will the real Trevor Lawrence please stand up? One minute, he looks like a top-five quarterback; the next, he looks deserving of a benching.

    Lawrence has the talent to be an elite quarterback, but he needs to cut down on the mistakes — 39 interceptions in three seasons — and stop playing hero ball. This is a big year for Lawrence.

    13) Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers

    Congratulations, Packers fans: You somehow found another franchise quarterback.

    Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Maybe. After all, Jordan Love basically set for the first three seasons of his career and didn’t look great in his limited opportunities. But by the end of last season, he looked like one of the best young quarterbacks in football. Love has a cannon for an arm and is capable of playing off-script when necessary.

    12) Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

    Kyler Murray’s height will always be an issue, and he still hasn’t proven himself to be a great leader. Nevertheless, he’s one of the most gifted quarterbacks in the game and a true dual threat. The Cardinals might regret giving him that massive contract, but Murray has all the tools to be a franchise QB. Plus, he now gets to work with Marvin Harrison Jr.

    11) Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

    Jalen Hurts is very good, but last season proved he was a bit overrated. He doesn’t make great reads, and great defensive coordinators can make him look foolish. Hurts always will have a high ceiling because of his running ability, but he’s more limited as a passer than Eagles fans want to admit.

    None of this is to say we’re down on Hurts, who is a legitimate franchise quarterback. We’re just saying he’s not elite.

    10) Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets

    Nobody questions Aaron Rodgers’ ability. The doubts center around his age (40), recent injury history, and mercurial personality.

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    Rodgers is as capable of leading the Jets to the Super Bowl next season as he is dragging them into a lost campaign. He still is a top-10 quarterback, but he’s fading.

    9) Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers

    Some say Brock Purdy is a glorified game manager who’d be nothing without Kyle Shanahan’s offense. You can make that case if you want, but Purdy bounced back from Tommy John surgery to throw for 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl — in his second season. Give the guy some credit.

    8) Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

    Matthew Stafford looked finished in 2022, but he rebounded in 2023 while leading the Rams to a surprising playoff berth. The 36-year-old completed 62.6% of his passes for 3,965 yards and 24 TDs to go along with 11 picks. Stafford was his usual tough, gunslinging self and proved he still has plenty left in the tank.

    7) C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans

    The NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award winner was exceptional in 2023, quickly establishing himself as one of the NFL’s rising stars. It’s hard to poke holes in a player who threw for 23 TDs and just five picks as a rookie while leading his team to the playoffs.

    However, it is a small sample size, and defenses will adjust in 2024. If Stroud makes the necessary counter-adjustments, we’ll have a real star on our hands.

    6) Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

    You have to wonder whether Dak Prescott is the final evolution in the Derek Carr-Kirk Cousins analogy. His stats are elite, and he’s undeniably one of the best passers in the game. But is he good enough to lead Dallas to a championship?

    That remains a fair question as Prescott enters his ninth season with the Cowboys.

    5) Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

    Justin Herbert’s naysayers will point toward his record (30-32) and playoff collapse in 2022 while arguing he’s overrated. And it’s true that Herbert seemingly plateaued the last two seasons after taking the league by storm in his first two campaigns.

    But Herbert was also undermined by awful coaching and disappointing performances from the Chargers’ defense. He might be the most purely talented quarterback in football, even more than Mahomes. But with Jim Harbaugh now his head coach, Herbert is out of excuses.

    4) Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

    Josh Allen did his new-age Brett Favre thing in 2023, pairing unbelievable plays with boneheaded mistakes. He’s a force of nature when he’s locked in, but Allen’s also capable of losing games on his own. Still, for all his flaws, he’s obviously one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL.

    3) Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

    It’s easy to forget about Joe Burrow, who struggled last season before missing the final seven games due to injury. But he clearly wasn’t right from the start and probably should’ve sat for the first few weeks. So, his hold on this spot is tenuous.

    Nevertheless, when healthy, Burrow is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s tough, deadly accurate, and has a flair for big moments. Next season should offer a reminder of just how good he is.

    2) Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

    The two-time NFL MVP has come a long way as a pocket passer. Still the most dangerous running QB in football, Lamar Jackson is now just as capable of beating teams with his arm. Yes, his durability issues and postseason struggles are concerning, but Jackson’s regular-season dominance is undeniable.

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    The scariest part: Jackson still is just 27 years old. There’s a good chance the best is yet to come for the Ravens superstar.

    1) Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

    Let’s not overthink this. You could make a case Mahomes is already the second-best quarterback in NFL history, and he still is just 28 years old. After winning three Super Bowls in five years, Mahomes is the clear-cut best QB in football — and it’s not close.

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