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NFL QB Rankings 2022: Should Joe Burrow be in the highest 5?

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While Joe Burrow is undoubtedly an elite NFL quarterback, just how elite is he?

Just about anyone who actually watches football would say Burrow is a top-10 signal-caller. Many think he’s already reached top-five status, and a few even think he’s already got an argument for the highest spot.

In point of fact, Burrow doesn’t even have two full seasons under his belt, so it’s fair to see why some aren’t quite ready to provide him top-five status.

Over at Pro Football Network, Dalton Miller ranked every NFL team’s starting QB, and he has Burrow checking in at No. 6, trailing Justin Herbert, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.

Here was Miller’s assessment on Burrow being the league’s sixth-best QB, highlighted by the previous LSU Tiger rating No. 1 in completion percentage over expectation (CPOE).

Joe Burrow is already starting to hit mythical levels of status. The Cincinnati Bengals playoff run and Burrow’s “style” have put some lofty expectations on his future. The team didn’t look like a Super Bowl contender. They finished twelfth in offensive DVOA and twenty fourth on defense.

The LSU legend got here into the league an already polished product. He had good enough upside to be a implausible NFL QB, and his floor was high due to his particular skill set.

Burrow produced the very best CPOE within the league last season. He’s an accurate passer who manages the pocket incredibly well. Getting his LSU running mate in Ja’Marr Chase was all of the Bengals needed to unlock the offense.

Again, Burrow has played well enough to be ranked higher, but there’s nothing mistaken with taking a more cautious approach before anointing him a top-five QB.

Besides, so long as Burrow and nearly all of this offense stays healthy in 2022, he’ll move up this list when the 2023 edition comes out.

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