Wondering who are the best NFL quarterbacks? We’ve got you covered. Our guide covers the current top QBs and some legends from the past.

Whether you’re a football junky looking to flex your knowledge or you just want to be able to hold your own in fantasy football, you’re going to need to familiarize yourself with the NFL’s top quarterbacks.

That’s why we’re going to hit you with our ultimate guide to the quarterback scene. From the undisputed GOAT from years gone by to the league’s current crop of top playmakers, we’ll cover everything you need to know!

The New Guys: Fresh Faces Set to Light Up the NFL

1. Joe Burrow

The Bengals selected Joe Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he’s been proving why ever since. Not really a surprise, given he won the Heisman Trophy the year before. Despite troubles with injuries, “Joe Brrrr” has made a huge impact in Cincinnati.

In fact, during an anonymous poll of league execs, coaches, and scouts, Joe Burrow slotted in as the current second-best quarterback in the league. Talk about high praise from those in the know!

2. Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa

Tagovailoa joined Burrow in the 2020 NFL Draft but found himself picked fifth overall by the Dolphins. After acting as backup QB in his rookie season, he has emerged as Miami’s number one man.

“Tua’s” ability to make space for himself is something else:

PFF Twitter – Tua Outside of the Pocket is Art

The Hawaii native has since brought plenty of swagger to the field. Despite some concerns about injuries possibly cutting his promising career short, “Tua” has been rewarded with a contract extension and possible tags that he could be given the franchise tag in 2025.

3. Michael “Mac” Jones

Mac Jones had an epic challenge on his hands stepping into Tom Brady’s vacant position in New England, but he’s been rewarding Bill Belichick’s faith in him by putting out some surprisingly mature performances. Well, some people think ‘not,’ of course.

The Old Guard: Legends from the Recent Past

1. Tom Brady

You can’t talk about NFL quarterbacks without mentioning the undisputed GOAT. After spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Brady became an international celebrity. His stats and seven Super Bowl rings speak for themselves, but what was most impressive about his illustrious professional career was how long it lasted and how he seemed to be completely ageless.

In addition to setting the record as the oldest NFL MVP at 40 years old, he was also the oldest quarterback ever selected for the Pro Bowl at 44!

Winning 251 regular season games and 35 postseason games for a total of 286 wins is a record that any professional quarterback would envy. During his long-lasting prime, TB12 just couldn’t be stopped!

2. Ben Roethlisberger

Two-time Super Bowl Champ Ben “Big Ben” Roethlisberger is another unsurprising addition to our list.

In addition to being an all-around skillful QB, Roethlisberger had a cannon of an arm. This is evidenced by the fact that he still retains the record for the most 500-yard passing games at four. He also has the record for the most completions in a single playoff game with 47!

Retiring in 2021 after 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Big Ben” may not have had the same longevity as Tom Brady, but he certainly made a major impact on the Steelers and the entire league.

Don’t sleep on this legend of the game:

Pittsburgh Steelers Official YouTube – Ben Roethlisberger Career Retrospective

3. Drew Brees

With a long-lasting career that saw him win countless awards and set several lasting NFL records, Drew Brees stands as a true legend.

He may have traded his helmet for a microphone, but his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks the New Orleans Saints have ever had isn’t going anywhere.

Just a few of his career highlights include the record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 53 and the highest pass completion record in a single season at 74.4%!

Want to see what made Drew Brees an NFL legend yourself, check out this mind-blowing highlight reel: NFL Official YouTube – Drew Brees’ Historic Top 50 Plays

The Current Crop of Legends

1. Patrick Mahomes

Almost everything Patrick Mahomes does ends up on a highlight reel. The guy just oozes class, which explains why he is considered to be the undisputed top quarterback in the NFL today. Not only does he play with the type of confidence only the best players carry, his stats are insane.

The two-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champ was the unanimous choice for The Associated Press’s top spot for current quarterbacks. Lucky for Kansas City fans, Mahomes is showing no signs of slowing down.

If he keeps his already-stellar career going at this pace, there’s no question he’ll end up listed amongst the NFL’s greatest-ever players.

2. Josh Allen

Josh Allen is bringing hope to long-suffering fans of the Buffalo Bills. While his meteoric rise certainly has the Bills Mafia breaking tables, they’re not the only ones paying attention to what he’s doing for his team.

With two Pro Bowl appearances and a whole range of NFL records, Allen is becoming quite a force in the NFL. While his ability to run with the ball is unquestionably one of his greatest strengths, plenty of experts think he should tone it back in order to avoid potentially career-ruining injuries.

With any luck, Josh Allen will be able to avoid serious injuries and keep asserting himself as one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league today!

Final Words

So, there you have it! Our list of the best NFL quarterbacks. From legendary players from the recent past to those currently lighting up the sport, you should now have a pretty clear idea of who is who in the QB position.

If you want to stay in the know, make sure you keep paying attention. You never know which new first-round draft pick is going to assert himself as the next big thing!


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