For the past fifteen or so years, the NFL has been dominated with some familiar names when talking about the best quarterbacks in the league. Guys like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees have been at the top of the rankings, but there seems to be a changing of the guard at the QB position. Here, we look at the top 5 NFL quarterbacks 25 and under.
5. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: Age 23
Kyler Murray‘s dual-threat abilities vault him onto this list, and despite back to back losses, the formal number one overall pick has been rapidly proving himself as the Cardinals franchise quarterback. Leading the team in passing (919) and rushing (265), with 11 total touchdowns, Murray has proven himself as a rising star on a rising team in a stacked NFC West division. Oh yeah, and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins certainly helped his improvement.
4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans: Age 25
Houston’s unfortunate 0-4 start, as well as the loss of All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason, has certainly dampened Deshaun Watson‘s impressive talent. However, the Clemson product’s development is impossible to ignore, and despite a poor start to the 2020 campaign, the Texans have found their guy for years to come. His ability to perform when the lights are brightest also potentially can push him higher on this list, but the top 3 QBs on this list are a few of the hottest in the league.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: Age 24
Here’s a Josh Allen stat that will blow your mind: In the last 15 games, Allen has accounted for 36 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Not enough for you? How about his 42 career touchdowns in the red zone without a single interception (1 fumble). Nobody is taking the league by storm quite like the Buffalo Bills right now, and that is mainly due to the dominant play of their 23 year old signal caller. Much like Kyler Murray with Hopkins, getting Stefon Diggs has paid dividends for Allen’s development, and the Bills are beginning to look like contenders in the AFC. If only these next two guys weren’t also in that conversation…
2. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: Age 23
Who doesn’t love watching the reigning league MVP take off for a 50 yard rushing touchdown? Lamar Jackson has been so incredibly good since taking over as starting quarterback for the Ravens, and he’s only 22 years old! His abilities as a pocket passer are still improving, and as seen in his Week 3 showdown against the Chiefs, there is still room for growth in that aspect. However, Jackson continues to be arguably the most electric football player in the NFL, and if he keeps improving, the Ravens will soon have to find room for a third Lombardi Trophy. Think about his career trajectory compared to that of Patrick Mahomes: Backup behind veteran, league MVP, Super Bowl. Can Lamar pull it off?
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Age 25
There are a lot of great quarterbacks in the NFL. Russell Wilson might be playing the best football right now. But when you talk about straight up talent, who has the perfect blend of arm strength, accuracy, and intelligence, Patrick Mahomes has to be at the top of that list. What the 25 year old QB has done already in his career is unbelievable. And to think he’s going to keep getting better is terrifying for the rest of the league. From on the run dimes, his no look passes, and the 60 yard bombs that appear effortless, Mahomes is changing the game of football, and like the QB’s above him, is here to stay for a long time.
Honorable mention: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (23)