While ranking every NFL quarterback player of 2021, who are the top NFL quarterbacks of 2021?
The NFL 2021 season is here. So naturally, there is a lot is riding on the team’s quarterback performance.
Since the quarterback has a vital role in scoring as many points as possible, the quarterback’s position is considered one of the most critical roles in the team.
With each passingF year, the level of quarterback players is getting better than ever. Of course, some of the quarterbacks are well-established with years of experience and extraordinary successes.
But, likewise, there are also promising young rookies making their way on the top in the 2021 season.
Considering all the recent performance by the players, we have compiled a list of the top 12 NFL quarterbacks of 2021 with their ranks and stats.
Top 12 NFL Quarterbacks of 2021
The source of the stats compiled in this list is taken from the website NFL.
Without further delay, let’s go to the list of the top 12 NFL quarterbacks of 2021.
|12. Justin Herbert||Los Angeles Chargers|
|11. Matthew Stafford||Los Angeles Rams|
|10. Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons|
|9. Kyler Murray||Arizona Cardinals|
|8. Dak Prescott||Dallas Cowboys|
|7. Lamar Jackson||Baltimore Ravens|
|6. Ryan Tannehill||Tennessee Titans|
|5. Josh Allen||Buffalo Bills|
|4. Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
|3. Tom Brady||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2. Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers|
|1. Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City Chiefs|
12. Justin Herbert
- 2020 stats: 16 games, 66.6 winning percentage, 4,336 passing yards, 7.3 yards per attempt, 31 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 234 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 18/1
23 year-old Justin Herbert excelled his rookie year last year when he had to take Chargers’ quarterback position on short notice when Tyrod Taylor suffered a lung puncture before kickoff on Week 2.
Herbert had a splendid rookie season, and he rose to the unexpected early opportunity he got. He has secured his spot as the starter in Los Angeles Chargers, positioning him for a huge sophomore year.
He finished his rookie season with NFL rookie records for most touchdown passes, most 300 yard games, and most completion, earning him the APL NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year title.
After an impressive performance during his rookie season, the expectations are very high for Herbert. He accelerated his learning curve with his arm, accuracy, and athleticism.
However, there are challenges to face in his second year as he will have to adjust to a brand-new offense, remain limited as a defense, and do a lot more, so he doesn’t get the sophomore slump.
With high expectations on this Chargers’ quarterback, he is on the 12th on our top 12 NFL quarterbacks of 2021.
11. Matthew Stafford
- 2020 stats: 16 games, 64.2 winning percentage, 4,084 passing yards, 7.7 yards per attempt, 26 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 112 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 18/1
Matthew Stafford is on our 11th list of top NFL quarterbacks as he is starting fresh with the Los Angeles Rams. He was traded for quarterback Jared Goff and a draft compensation by the Detriot Lions to the Rams.
Stafford was the fastest player in NFL history to reach 40,000 yards in 147 games. He became the fourth quarterback in the history of the NFL to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season and has the record for the most comeback wins in a season, a record eight in the 2016 NFL season.
Stafford is also in the top 20 all-time in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and became third in passing yards per game. However, there’s an impression that the Detriot Lions could give him neither the spotlight nor much passing help he deserved.
Now 33 year-old Stafford will have his chance to unlock his potential under the Rams. After changing his team for the first time this season, he is looking for his first playoff win.
He already has an impressive record sheet proving he is more than capable of putting together a phenomenal performance on the field. Many eyes are on him as he will have to show how transformative he can be with his new team.
10. Matt Ryan
- 2020 stats: 16 games, 65.0 winning percentage, 4,581 passing yards, 7.3 yards per attempt, 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 92 rushing yards, 2 rush touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 35/1
On our list, the next quarterback player is Matt Ryan, aged 66 from Atlanta Falcons. During his rookie year, he earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and in 2016 he was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
Ryan is one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history. There are several NFL and team passing records in his name over his first 12 seasons. Since season 2010, Ryan hasn’t failed to hit 4,000 passing yards.
While Ryan is considered a very durable and consistent quarterback of the Falcons, he has struggled over these past two years. He suffered a significant statistical regression from his Pro Bowl seasons.
However, he still has a chance to work his magic and overturn his recent statistical regression. In this season, there is a high chance he can outperform the mark once more.
9. Kyler Murray
- 2020 stats: 16 games, 67.2 winning percentage, 3,971 passing yards, 7.1 yards per attempt, 26 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 819 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 4 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 16/1
This 24 year old quarterback of Arizona Cardinals is NFL’s one of the dynamic players. Kyler Murray may be undersized but a very versatile quarterback.
Murray was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, and in 2020 he made it to the Pro bowl. He was also drafted ninth overall of the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft in the first round.
With an impressive arm that has already won the Cardinals many games, Murray is also one of the most elusive rushing quarterbacks in the league. Murray stands out on equal footing to Lamar Jackson regarding notable runners with his speed, quickness, and elusiveness.
He had an excellent season in 2020 last year. Moreover, he rushed and threw for a touchdown in eight of the Cardinals’ first nine games. And although Murray suffered a mid-season injury, he did not disappoint his team and fans alike.
Murray’s injury impacted his last season’s performance. However, hopes are high for this Cardinal quarterback as he is quickly climbing the ranks of top NFL quarterbacks.
8. Dak Prescott
- 2020 stats: 5 games, 68.0 winning percentage, 1,856 passing yards, 8.4 yards per attempt, 9 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 93 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 18/1
Dak Prescott is the next one on our list of top NFL quarterbacks in 2021. 28 year-old Prescott has proved during the year that he is a talented quarterback who needs to be taken seriously.
He was selected for the Pro Bowl twice, and during his rookie year, he set several rookie quarterback records, later becoming the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year.
Prescott appeared in five games last 2020 season. His performance was phenomenally before his season was cut short by his season-ending, threatening ankle injury. Before his injury, he cleared 450 yards passing and scored 31 or more points in four out of five games he played.
In addition to the recovered ankle, he has a new big contract in his hands this year. Therefore, the 2021 season looks exciting for this Dallas quarterback to find his form once again.
There’s massive pressure on this quarterback as he is expected to be back at his full strength this season. The player forhas his work cut out for him and will have to work his way into the top.
7. Lamar Jackson
- 2020 stats: 17 games, 64.4 winning percentage, 3,098 passing yards, 7.3 yards per attempt, 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 1,175 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 4 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 16/1
Lamar Jackson was the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game in NFL history, although he began his rookie season as a backup in the Baltimore Ravens.
Born on 7th January 1997, he started his first entire season as a starter in 2019, where he set several records. Jackson is the fourth African-American quarterback to win the NFL Most Valuable Player in the league history.
He had the record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback in his first season. Furthermore, he also led the league with 36 touchdown passes.
Although Jackson suffered a bit of a setback in 2019, he is still one of the most valuable quarterbacks in the NFL. In addition, the Ravens have suffered a loss of running back J.K. Dobbins in the preseason. Consequently, Jackson has the rushing workload on his plate this season.
With the kind of stats Jackson has pulled off in his career and the one in the previous season, it is very much likely that he will climb up to the ranks this season. He has one of the best upsides, and he can put close to Tier 1 of the quarterback.
6. Ryan Tannehill
- 2020 stats: 17 games, 65.7 winning percentage, 3,984 passing yards, 7.9 yards per attempt, 34 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 272 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 28/1
The next quarterback on our list is Ryan Tannehill. 33 year old Tannehill started his career as the primary starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.
In 2019, he was traded to the Tennessee Titans. He took the Titans’ control as the team’s starting quarterback and afterward led the team to the playoffs and an AFC championship game appearance.
Since joining the Titans, Tannehill became NFL Comeback Player of the year and was named to his first career Pro Bowl. Although he is one of the underrated rushing quarterbacks in the league, his arm and athleticism are significant assets.
He does not make any flashy throws, but he protects the football and finds his receiver with accuracy. The Titans have given him the perfect run-heavy offense that matches his skill set perfectly.
Tannehill is an experienced and durable veteran leader. However, since joining the Titans, his potential has flourished and has become much more fun to watch. Henceforth, many more expectations are riding on this Titans’ quarterback, making him one of the top NFL quarterbacks in 2021.
5. Josh Allen
- 2020 stats: 19 games, 68.4 winning percentage, 4,544 passing yards, 7.7 yards per attempt, 42 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 566 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 6 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 12/1
Josh Allen is a 25 year old quarterback playing for the Buffalo Bills. He was the highest-drafted NFL player from Wyoming and started his professional career as the backup quarterback.
Allen had many accuracy issues in his first season and was thrust into the starting position because of his poor performance. Nonetheless, in his third year as a starter, he made several franchise records.
In the last two seasons, Allen has made significant development. His development has shocked the whole NFL world. In 2020, he completed 69.2% of his passes which is a tremendous increase from his previous records.
In addition to that, he served as an effective goal-line running back for the Buffalos’, rushing for a minimum of 8 touchdowns in each of his three seasons. He has proved himself more than capable of taking over the games.
He has shown off his immense physical skills; his arms and athleticism are a force to be reckoned with. Josh has also shown that he is a capable young leader who can maintain the Buffalo’s new status as a playoff power making him one of the strong MVP contenders of 2021.
4. Russell Wilson
- 2020 stats: 17 games, 67.5 winning percentage, 4,386 passing yards, 7.5 yards per attempt, 42 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 563 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 4 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 14/1
Fourth on our list is the star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson. The Seahawks selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and he had a successful debut season.
Russell holds many records in his name and has been named to eight Pro Bowls. In 2019, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks. He was then the highest-paid player in the NFL at that time.
Regarded as one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history, Wilson truly lives up to it. At the starting of the 2020 season, the Seahawks embraced the mantra of “Let Russ Cook.” He has already thrown touchdowns in the first eight-game.
In the last year 2020 season, he started the season dominating the first half. However, it was not to last for long. Despite all the fallback, Wilson is still one of the most durable quarterbacks with strong rushing efficiency in the league.
Hence this makes Wilson one of the most enticing and top quarterbacks of the NFL 2021. There is a very high hope that he will play like an MVP-level game.
3. Tom Brady
- 2020 stats: 20 games, 64.4 winning percentage, 5,694 passing yards, 7.6 yards per attempt, 50 passing touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 3 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 14/1
Tom Brady is a veteran quarterback who is also considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady spent his 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
Brady has a long list of many career quarterback records. Additionally, he also became the oldest NFL MVP at the age of 40. He is the reigning Super Bowl champion and the only NFL quarterback to be named to two all-decade teams (the 2000s and 2010s).
In season 2020 with the Buccaneers, he was at his best as he’s ever been. He is the first player in NFL history to win a G.O.A.T’s seventh Super Bowl ring. His passing yards of 4,633 were the most since 2015 and his 40 touchdowns thrown were the most since 2007.
Brady has the two-decade experience, which itself is an achievement. He may be 44, but his performance in the playfield has never faltered. He has indeed proved that age is nothing but a number.
With the records that Brady holds in season 2020, there is no doubt that Brady is on the top of the ranking among the quarterbacks. He has helped reshape the Buccaneers with his Patriots spin. Therefore, there’s no denying the fact that Brady is indeed one of the top NFL quarterbacks of 2021.
2. Aaron Rodgers
- 2020 stats: 18 games, 70.2 winning percentage, 4,941 passing yards, 8.1 yards per attempt, 53 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 146 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 2 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 10/1
Aaron Rodgers is the reigning MVP, considered one of the greatest and most talented quarterbacks of all time. The Green Bay Packers selected him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Rodgers became the Packers’ quarterback in 2008. And after that, he has earned himself many titles and records like first-ballot Hall of Famer, Super Bowl champion, former league MVP, and the list goes on.
Just in the last 2020 season, he was voted league MVP by the Associated Press. Rodgers, who is 37, had his best season yet. He has brought forward the best game of his career.
He led the team to a 13-3 regular season campaign and an appearance in the NFC Championship. Rogers is undoubtedly at the peak of his career, and he has many more elite seasons ahead of him.
Rodgers’ physical skills are not to be undermined as his arms can throw the ball with precise accuracy anywhere downfield. Therefore, he is on second on our list of top NFL quarterbacks of 2021.
1. Patrick Mahomes
- 2020 stats: 18 games, 66.1 winning percentage, 5,590 passing yards, 7.9 yards per attempt, 42 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 360 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 2 fumbles lost
- 2021 MVP odds: 5/1
The quarterback that made it first on our list of the top NFL quarterback of 2021
is 26 year old Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him on the 2017 NFL Draft.
Just 4 years ago, Mahomes was a rookie backing up Alex Smith and, in 2018, became a starter. In just a short time, he was able to climb on the top of the NFL quarterbacks. He has become a top quarterback who may not be dethroned from his seat any time soon.
The quarterback of the Chiefs is one of the most talented players who is known for his consistency and trademark passes. He already has a historically prolific MVP season and Super Bowl MVP in his record.
Mahomes had an incredible season last year. Although the Chiefs lost in the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers, he put up a great show. Patrick still has a long way ahead of him, and he does not look like he will slow down anytime sooner.
Mahomes is surely the best quarterback in the NFL, and he is off to a great start to becoming one of the best players in NFL history. We can hope for much more stunning performances from this Chiefs’ quarterback.
Quarterbacks’ success and failures profoundly impact the team. However, the quarterbacks mentioned above have excelled and are on top of their games in the present context.
Based on their 2020 stats and records, these are the top 12 NFL quarterbacks of 2021.