Quarterback is the most important position in football and the foundation on which dynasties are made. Teams draft QBs in the first round hoping that they can turn around their franchise and be their QB for years to come. That being said, there’s a lot of turnaround at the position, and only the great ones get to stay. So today, in a collaboration with The Sports Headline Show, we compiled a list of the top 15 QBs in the NFL in 5 years and predictions for where some will be playing.
1. Patrick Mahomes KC (Age-30)
No doubt about who gets #1 on this list. The Chiefs signed Mahomes to a 10-year contract for a reason. Mahomes has the physical tools and the surrounding talent to headline the NFL for years to come. His arm strength, mobility, and accuracy will help him to be the top QB for many years.
2. Trevor Lawrence JAX (Age-26)
Lawrence was undefeated in the regular season for a reason and is one of the best QB prospects we’ve seen in recent memory. The Jaguars who are trending up in the AFC South can spend their extra draft capital and cap space building around him.
3. Deshaun Watson MIA (Age-30)
Disregarding his ongoing legal situation, Watson has been a top 5 QB in past years and should continue to do so. His situation with the Texans isn’t favorable, but he’ll likely be on a different team in 5 years, my prediction is the Dolphins. His mobility and great arm talent are some of his best assets that should help him be at the top of this list.
4. Justin Herbert LAC (Age-28)
Herbert showed what he had to offer in year 1 and should continue his success in LA. He has the physical skills and the talent around him to succeed for many years to come. LA revamped their offensive line this past offseason by adding Corey Linsley and other vets to protect their franchise QB. Herbert was the best QB out of the 2020 class and should lead the Chargers to playoff contention.
5. Josh Allen BUF (Age-30)
Allen has flashed incredible arm talent throughout his short NFL career thus far. The only question about Allen is if he can have elite seasons consistently. He has a true WR1 in Diggs to help him to continue to grow over the next few years and should lead Buffalo to many AFC East titles.
6. Kyler Murray ARI (Age-29)
Kyler Murray is one of the most dynamic players in the entire NFL. His scrambling ability along with his rocket launcher arm makes him one of the most dangerous players in the NFL. As Kyler continues to develop and mature he should become a smarter and better quarterback. He has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL to throw to which should help him grow as a passer.
7. Lamar Jackson BAL (Age-29)
The former MVP should continue to have an impact for the Ravens. They addressed the wide receiver position this offseason which should help him grow as a passer. They are also one of the best teams at developing offensive linemen which will help sustain Jackson’s style of play. The only reason he isn’t higher on this list is his throwing isn’t as polished as the players above him.
8. Russell Wilson SEA (Age-37)
One of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the NFL is Wilson who has arguably the best deep ball. (In terms of ball placement, not arm talent.) The Seahawks seem to be transitioning to the Kyle Shanahan offensive scheme which as we’ve seen helps prolong players’ careers. Wilson will be 37 in 5 years, and likely won’t be as elusive as he is now which is why he is this low.
8. Dak Prescott DAL (Age-33)
Let’s keep this one simple shall we? Dak has maybe the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL, along with a scheme that loves to pass the ball. Dak’s supporting cast, along with his talent and scheme will benefit him for years to come. As a quarterback in McCarthy’s system, Dak will have no problem accumulating yards and touchdowns.
10. Baker Mayfield CLE (Age-31)
Baker Mayfield is coming off a strong third NFL season and is currently playing in the most quarterback-friendly system of all time in Cleveland. Head coach Kevin Stefanski has revitalized Baker’s career by implementing the ever-growing Kyle Shanahan scheme. His supporting cast and scheme will help him land within the top 10.
11. Joe Burrow CIN (Age-29)
A lot of people believe that Trevor Lawrence is the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. However in my opinion Joe Burrow takes the cake on that one. Burrow’s elite pocket presence along with his accuracy and ability to read defense stands out. One thing holding him back is that he’s consistently playing with horrendous offensive lines.
12. Jordan Love GB (Age-27)
Let’s keep this one short shall we? The Kyle Shanahan scheme which is being run with Matt LaFleur in Green Bay is the most quarterback-friendly system ever! Jordan Love has all the talent to be Aaron Rodgers’ successor in Green Bay when Rodgers eventually departs. The Packers have a knack for finding players in later rounds that can produce which is another positive for Love.
13. Justin Fields CHI (Age-27)
The ultra-talented QB from Ohio State has elite arm talent along with the ideal mobility to cause nightmares for opposing defenses. Fields’ presence in Chicago elevates their offense to a new level that hasn’t been seen in a long time.
14. Spencer Rattler HOU (Age-25)
Rattler is projected to be the #1 overall pick in this upcoming draft and will likely go to the Texans. Rattler has rare dual-threat ability and has a strong arm which should be able to fit with the modern NFL game. Hopefully, the Texans don’t mess this one up.
15. Zach Wilson NYJ (Age-27)
By this point, you have read about me talking about the most QB-friendly system ever at least 3 times. With that said Wilson has ideal mobility and can make NFL-caliber throws which should help him have a sustained NFL career. The Jets have also spent most of their high-round picks on talent to surround him, and are trying not to make the same mistakes they did with Darnold.