By: Josh Shippen
The supplemental QB Index is back, in 2020 NFLHeads’ writers Sid Kalyani and Josh Shippen brought you the QB Index each and every week, and are bringing another one to you before the draft. Another one will be made after the draft and before the season starts.
- Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Mahomes is still the best quarterback in football, and it was extremely evident in the Super Bowl. Mahomes was able to perform in an outstanding fashion even when the team around him was falling apart.
- Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers’s amazing 2020 season could be easily gone in 2021 so be wary, but if Rodgers continues his amazing play then Green Bay is a Super Bowl candidate.
- Deshaun Watson
Despite the allegations surrounding Deshaun Watson, the case does not change that he is a transcendent player that changes the dynamic of this offense.
- Josh Allen
Josh Allen shows consistent improvement every single year, and he is about to go absolutely ballistic in 2020.
- Lamar Jackson
The fact that Lamar’s number one receivers have been nothing more than a bag of spoons, it is remarkable that Jackson has been able to manufacture such success.
- Dak Prescott
Prescott was on pace for over 7,000 yards before his gruesome injury in the early 2020 season. He was incredible and has the potential for one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in 2021.
- Russell Wilson
Russ was allowed to cook but the kitchen caught on fire towards the end of the season. Russ is still a good quarterback but maybe not as good as in recent years past.
- Tom Brady
It’s hard to believe that at age 70 or whatever he is now that Tom Brady is still top ten in a starting quarterbacks list.
- Kyler Murray
Murray is due for a big bounce in his third NFL season, especially if players like Andy Isabella finally begin to develop.
- Ryan Tannehill
I worry about Tannehill’s surrounding talent now that Corey Smith and even Kalif Raymond and Adam Humphries are gone, but if the Titans address the issue they’ll be fine.
- Justin Herbert
Herbert had a great year one, and if he starts to win his team some meaningful games he could be set up for a stellar year two.
- Matthew Stafford
While I think the Stafford trade will most likely collapse, Stafford is still an above average starter who has the ability to move an offense.
- Joe Burrow
Burrow’s ranking is the likeliest to climb when we see what he is like around an even adequate offensive line.
- Baker Mayfield
Baker definitely is not the best player on this offense, but he holds it together and certainly is not a detriment.
- Derek Carr
Derek Carr is not going to lead a team to the playoffs or to the Super Bowl, but it is equally likely that Carr is not going to be the reason that the Raiders lose games.
- Matt Ryan
Ryan looked a little cooked last year, but Julio Jones struggled with injuries and the offensive line and defense looked terrible so let’s cut him a little slack.
- Jared Goff
I don’t understand why this guy is getting so much crap, he may not be the best quarterback in the NFL but he does his job and is similar to Carr in that he will not be the direct reason for a loss.
- Daniel Jones
While I do think Jones is set for a colossal season, he has to show me something before I completely hail him as the future starter in New York.
- Tua Tagovailoa
Everybody complaining about Tua is going to realize how incredibly wrong they are once the Dolphins draft DeVonta Smith and help out the offensive line.
- Taysom Hill
Taysom had some nice starts in New Orleans, but I can’t help but see him as little more than a utility player that may not be good in a starting role.
- Jalen Hurts
The jury is, of course, still completely out on Hurts. From the good things he showed in 2020, he could be BA. Or he could flame out. We shall see.
- Carson Wentz
Wentz had a massive decline in 2020, and I guess my question is first and foremost why, and second will it carry over to Indianapolis?
- Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben looked pretty terrible towards the end of the year, there is an argument to be made that Mason Rudolph, his backup, severely outplayed him at the end of the season.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
We have seen Fitzpatrick in this bridge quarterback role innumerable times at this point, and there is no reason to expect anything different than what we have received in the past.
- Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo was extremely unhealthy, and did not play very well at all in the few games he was healthy in. The 49ers traded up to 3, leading many to believe that Garoppolo is done in San Fran.
- Kirk Cousins
Cousins had a horrific 2020 season and I think it will probably translate in 2021. If the Vikings did not have the worst backup situation in the NFL, I think Cousins might have already been replaced.
- Andy Dalton
No. No on all accounts. What is the allure to doing this? Dalton flamed out with the rest of the Cowboys in 2020, there is no reason to believe that he will thrive with the Bears in 2021.
- Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater is sort of a B level Alex Smith at this stage of his career, and while he may not be a starter he certainly is a high end backup.
- Drew Lock
Lock had an awful 2020 campaign, and while there is plenty of room for improvement I believe his tenure in Denver is coming to a screeching halt.
- Gardner Minshew II
GM2 was one of the biggest surprises in 2020, and looked much more like what we would have expected from this guy in 2021.
Wow, what a terrible re-signing by New England. New England posted one of the worst seasons in recent memory with Newton, who looks absolutely cooked in terms of passing.
- Sam Darnold
As much as I like to advocate for Darnold, he has been a pretty awful starter on pretty awful teams for the duration of the last four seasons.