Last week on the Saturday morning top 10, we looked at the overall top 10 quarterbacks in the league. This week we put a different spin on it. This is the top 10 quarterbacks you’d take if you were starting a new franchise. In other words, a player who would be a Pro-Bowl type quarterback for the next ten years or so. Naturally this eliminates any over thirty players. Ok enough setup, here’s the list:
10. Andrew Luck – Luck barely gets under the bar being 29 right now. The Colts QB is as talented as any in the NFL. Injuries have set his career back, but now he seems healthy and firing on all cylinders.
9. Josh Rosen – Full disclaimer, we have no idea what kind of quarterback Josh Rosen is in the NFL. He has had the misfortune of playing for the worst team in football during his rookie season. Still, there have been enough glimpses to make him worth a spot on this list.
8. Sam Darnold – Darnold is in a pretty similar situation as Rosen. His Jets are only slightly better than the lowly Cardinals. Darnold was my QB1 coming out if the draft, and still has a shot to be the best of the bunch from the 2018 class.
7. Carson Wentz – Injuries derailed a spectacular 2017 season for Wentz. He has struggled to regain his form this season, and is once again injured. Wentz may be in danger of losing his starting job permanently to Nick Foles.
6. Jared Goff – Coming off a breakout 2017, Goff has come back to earth a bit recently. There is some whispers that he may be a product of the brilliant coaching Sean Mcvay provides. That’s probably selling Goff short considering his tremendous arm talent.
5. Derek Carr – Carr has had his share of ups and downs in his short NFL career. He went from an early season MVP candidate in 2016, to a complete mess last season. Carr seems to be bouncing back under Jon Gruden despite the terrible season the team is having.
4. Jimmy Garoppolo – Last season Garoppolo could do no wrong. After being traded to the 49ers, he won his first five games for the team. A season ending injury dampened some of the hype this season, but the ceiling is still very high for Jimmy G.
3. Deshaun Watson – After a slow start, Watson at one point rattled off nine straight wins for the Texans. He has reestablished himself as one of the top young quarterbacks in the league following his injury last season.
2. Baker Mayfield – Confidence might be the most overlooked trait when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks. Baker Mayfield has that trait in spades. A confident, borderline cocky quarterback is exactly what the Browns need to finally turn their franchise around.
1. Patrick Mahomes – It’s simple really, there may be no more talented quarterback in the NFL than Patrick Mahomes right now. He has everything you want in a quarterback except experience. That will come this season with a long playoff run.