Top 5 NFL Quarterbacks (2020)
Here at RTF we like to do two things consistently. Rank sports things and rank how other people rank sports things on our podcasts and blogs. With that in mind, we compiled the rankings for the Top Five quarterbacks entering the 2020 NFL Season. In light of every platform creating rankings including the NFL releasing their Top 100 Players list, we thought it was time to give the public the most accurate and undisputed list for quarterbacks (this probably means our list will be discussed on our own podcasts).
We asked every host of a podcast and every writer on the blog platform to send us their list of top quarterbacks. After receiving the individual rankings, we scored every quarterback based on the rankings. While some of the people we asked in the survey refused to comment, the majority of the RTF members gave us their rankings allowing us to have a clear and unbiased result. Below are our top five quarterbacks.
5. Drew Brees
Drew Brees has been the model of consistency in his Hall of Fame career at New Orleans. While showing that he has been one of the best quarterbacks of the past two decades, Brees continues to be one of the best in the NFL. While never winning an NFL MVP, Brees still leads one of the best offenses in the NFL. Drew Brees doesn’t appear to be slowing down soon as he looks to win his second Super Bowl this season and continue to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
4. Tom Brady
Tom Brady was the most talked about player this off-season. After years of success in New England that included six Super Bowl victories, Brady decided to take his talents to Tampa Bay for the final years of his career. Brady is regarded as one of the best, if not the best quarterback of all time, however, the past few seasons have been Brady’s worst. Whether the recent years were possibly a sign of Brady’s decline or just a sign of Brady being unhappy in New England is going to be put to the test in this upcoming season. Brady is still regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the game and has shown he can become the ultimate competitor when needed.
3. Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson took over the league by storm last season, winning the NFL MVP and guiding the Ravens to the best regular season in the NFL (14-2). Only two years into his NFL career, Jackson is already making all the scouts look silly for calling him a running back and the teams that passed on him look even more silly. The big negative has been obvious, Jackson has yet to win a playoff game. In the two playoff games that Lamar Jackson has played in, he has underperformed and let down a favored Ravens at home while at it. Jackson enters this season as one of the best and looking to get the bitter defeat of last season’s early playoff exit out of his system as the Ravens enter this season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
2. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson has consistently shown that he is one of the leagues top quarterbacks. Russell Wilson has been able to constantly make the Seahawks a playoff contender even when they have given him a depleted roster. When given a solid supporting cast, Wilson has been able to make the Seahawks Super Bowl contenders and this upcoming season looks to be one of those years. Wilson won a Super Bowl in his third season in the league but since the interception in Super Bowl 49, the Seahawks have failed to reach the NFC Title game. Russell Wilson enters this season with a rebuilt roster that is ready to compete for a Super Bowl, Wilson looks poised to earn his second ring.
1. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes was far and beyond declared the best quarterback in the league by the RTF Sports members. In fact, only three voters didn’t think Mahomes was the best quarterback in the league (they thought he was at least the second best) and the rest of the league can agree. Mahomes has played at level far and beyond the rest of the quarterbacks, with instincts and throws that we haven’t seen in the NFL before. Mahomes has already earned the league's MVP, a Super Bowl Championship (and game MVP), and the largest contract in league history and doing so only in three years into his career. Patrick Mahomes is poised to be one of the best the game has seen and might change the position forever as he is doing things we have never seen before.
Honorable Mentions (all the quarterbacks that received at least one vote:
Aaron Rodgers, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford, and Jimmy Garopollo