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NFL Quarterback Council 2022 – Rating the highest 10 QBs in arm strength, accuracy, decision-making, rushing ability, more


The fashionable NFL quarterback must be talented in so many alternative skills, from reading the sphere to finding open receivers to airing out deep shots to with the ability to pick up vital first downs on the bottom when needed. How do the highest signal-callers compare in each skill area, though? How do the NFL’s better of the perfect stack up by specific traits and skills?

For a second straight yr, we asked NFL analysts — Matt Bowen, Tim Hasselbeck, Mina Kimes, Matt Miller, Jordan Reid, Louis Riddick, Mike Tannenbaum, Seth Walder, Field Yates and Football Outsiders‘ team of Aaron Schatz and Derrik Klassen — to rank their personal top 10 NFL quarterbacks entering the 2022 season in 12 distinct categories, from arm strength to field vision. We then combined those lists with a point-based system to generate a final rating in each area, all 12 of that are below.

Our analysts then reacted to every list, explaining why the quarterbacks at or near the highest of every group belong there and what surprised them most in regards to the final top 10s. We also broke down tape, gave an enormous stat to know and spun it forward with a rising QB to look at for every trait. Finally, we identified snubs who probably must have cracked each rating.

Let’s start with the perfect downfield throwers within the NFL, but you furthermore may can jump to every category to see how the highest quarterbacks align in the opposite 11 skills. Who has the strongest arm within the NFL this season?

Jump to:
Arm strength | Accuracy | Touch
Mechanics | Field vision | Decision-making
Compete level | Toughness | Within the pocket
Scrambling | Rushing | Second response

Arm strength

This category is all about the most important arms within the NFL. Pass velocity and the quantity of zip a QB can placed on a pass were aspects within the rating, as was the flexibility to hit the deep ball. Who’re the perfect quarterbacks throwing the ball vertically and driving it into tight windows with authority?

1. Josh Allen, Bills
2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
3. Justin Herbert, Chargers
4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
5. Matthew Stafford, Rams
6. Russell Wilson, Broncos
7. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
8. Derek Carr, Raiders
9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
10. Deshaun Watson, Browns

Better of the perfect: Josh Allen’s arm strength entered the realm of legendary when he aired it out during his pre-draft pro day back in 2018, and it continues to impress. He has an easy nature to his throws down the sphere that’s combined with strong accuracy. Per NFL Next Gen Stats, he accomplished 11.3% more of his passes thrown a minimum of 25 yards downfield than expected last season, the league’s sixth-highest rate. — Yates

Biggest surprise: The surprise for me here is how high among the “older” quarterbacks are on the board. Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert could be in a category of their very own. But for Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson, it’s a testament to their talent that they follow right behind; they’ve all played a minimum of a decade within the NFL and are still considered amongst the perfect by way of arm strength. — Hasselbeck

What the tape says: Herbert has quickly developed right into a refined pocket thrower, with the arm strength to hammer the ball contained in the numbers or challenge defenses vertically. He has physical traits that rival Allen and the flexibility to create game-changing plays, like we saw last season on a touchdown throw that traveled 63.8 yards within the air, per NFL Next Gen Stats. — Bowen


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Stat to know: In attempting to get an apples-to-apples throw comparison, I looked in any respect quarterbacks’ mean air time for out routes thrown 25 to 35 air-distance yards when the quarterback shouldn’t be on the run. The bottom air time on those passes since 2018, per NFL Next Gen Stats? Herbert at 1.14 seconds. It is not an ideal measure for arm talent because we aren’t measuring the peak of the pass, however it’s pointing us in the precise direction. Now-retired Philip Rivers had the longest air time on those throws in that span (1.42 seconds). — Walder

Riser to look at: There are such a lot of quality candidates here, but I’m actually picking someone who is not even within the NFL yet. Have you ever seen what Kentucky’s Will Levis does with the deep ball? He’s a master at attacking down the sphere and has that rare “it” factor along with his arm that makes every throw a possibility. His quick release and ball velocity allow him to string passes into tight spaces too. Levis is not on the Allen or Mahomes level, but he could find yourself close. — Miller

Snubbed: For many categories, players need reps and time to prove things. That is probably not the case with arm strength; a passer has it or he doesn’t. Trey Lance is unproven as an overall passer, however it’s clear he can throw the ball through a cruise liner and over the Golden Gate Bridge. He must hone the accuracy, however the raw power is stunning in every way, even on the move and from awkward platforms. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Joe Burrow, Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Zach Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Matt Ryan, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Trevor Lawrence and Baker Mayfield


Arm strength doesn’t suggest much should you cannot perfectly put the ball where it must go. Who can hit the tightest windows? Who locates their passes in the right spots? And who isn’t astray with their throws, displaying pinpoint precision?

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
3. Joe Burrow, Bengals
4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
5. Justin Herbert, Chargers
6. Matthew Stafford, Rams
7. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
8. Russell Wilson, Broncos
9. Derek Carr, Raiders
10. Deshaun Watson, Browns

Better of the perfect: Aaron Rodgers in some way sees throws others might never discover, however the icing on the cake is he also executes them. Down the sphere, on the move and when facing pressure, Rodgers excels regardless of the circumstances. He has accomplished 69.8% of his passes over the past two seasons, second best within the NFL. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Dak Prescott not being in the highest 10 is a glaring omission. His NFL Next Gen Stats completion percentage above expectation and variety of big-time throws (as measured by Pro Football Focus) are each in the highest 10. The identical argument might be made for the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins when taking a look at the info. — Riddick

What the tape says: Joe Burrow can deliver the ball with precise location from contained in the pocket or when working the perimeters on movement passes. And that creates opportunities for his receiving targets to run after the catch on crossers, in-breakers and vertical stretch concepts. — Bowen

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Stat to know: Over the past two seasons, Burrow leads the NFL in completion percentage over expectation (plus-5.0%), an honest proxy for accuracy. — Walder

Riser to look at: He has 4 NFL seasons under his belt and is taken into account probably the greatest in the sport, but Josh Allen is the straightforward selection here as a riser. Why? He has made exponential growth in his accuracy from the pocket in each season. Expect Allen to take one other major leap here in 2022, much like the one he made through the 2020 season. — Reid

Snubbed: The perception of Prescott’s accuracy suffers greatly from one or two bizarre misses per game. Except for those small handful of off-target throws, Prescott is essentially an accurate quarterback, particularly with regard to placing the ball away from defenders over the center of the sphere. He is not quite within the elite tier of QB accuracy, but he matches somewhere behind the highest 10. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott and Mac Jones


It is not only about pass velocity or placement. The way it gets there may be also key. Successful quarterbacks must master trajectory, whether it’s fitting the ball in a decent spot with zip or softly dropping it in over a receiver’s shoulder. In addition they must throw with anticipation, leading a receiver into the catch and navigating defensive coverages.

T-1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
T-1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
5. Russell Wilson, Broncos
6. Matthew Stafford, Rams
7. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
8. Justin Herbert, Chargers
9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
10. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Better of the perfect: Tom Brady’s preparation and skill to diagnose a defense before the snap are second to none, and certainly one of the trickle-down impacts of that may be a surreal ability to anticipate pass windows. He can throw the strikes. But what stands out is how well he gets the ball to where it must be — on the precise line or with the precise loft needed. — Yates

Biggest surprise: It is not terribly surprising to see Matt Ryan miss the cut considering the Falcons’ struggles, but I’d still include him in my personal top 10. He throws a brilliant catchable ball, especially on the intermediate level, which is one reason he finished with the second-lowest off-target percentage within the NFL last season (12.1%). — Kimes

What the tape says: Probably the greatest within the league at various ball speeds, Russell Wilson can layer throws to second-level zone windows or drop the ball within the bucket on boundary concepts. And he continues to be certainly one of the highest deep ball passers in the sport, with a capability to throw with touch down the sphere. That opens up vertical opportunities in any offensive system. — Bowen

Stat to know: Over the past two seasons, Kirk Cousins leads lively quarterbacks in completion percentage over expectation (plus-18.3%) when targeting corner routes — which frequently require touch — amongst those with a minimum of 20 such attempts. Josh Allen is second at plus-15.5%. — Walder

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Riser to look at: Trevor Lawrence might be listed as a riser on every topic here; he’s that good. But the perfect trait that we saw from Lawrence each in college and in his tumultuous rookie season was his ability to drop the ball within the basket of receivers. He leads players to sunlight, he throws with great arc and placement, and he knows when to dial up velocity. — Miller

Snubbed: At this stage in his profession, Ryan doesn’t have the arm strength he once had. Anticipation, touch and accuracy have been the driving qualities for him continuing to play like a top-15 quarterback, despite how rough last season’s statistics look. Ryan’s ability to feel out windows over the center and fire before they really open only falls in need of a number of of the elite QBs. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Matt Ryan, Josh Allen, Deshaun Watson, Derek Carr, Mac Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Tua Tagovailoa


In today’s NFL, quarterbacks have so many alternative throwing motions. But mechanics are still an enormous a part of success. That features a QB’s throwing motion, arm slot, release, follow-through and footwork, amongst other traits. Who’re essentially the most technically sound signal-callers within the league?

1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Joe Burrow, Bengals
4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
5. Matthew Stafford, Rams
6. Justin Herbert, Chargers
7. Josh Allen, Bills
8. Russell Wilson, Broncos
9. Matt Ryan, Colts
10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Better of the perfect: Who’s the perfect of the perfect here mustn’t be a mystery, as Tom Brady’s dedication to mechanics has turn out to be almost a side profession. He shouldn’t be fleet of foot, but no other quarterback stays on balance and is ready to throw when opportunity knocks higher than Brady. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Russell Wilson has great mechanics and needs to be top-three on this category. Considering his shorter 5-foot-11 frame, his mechanics must be flawless — they usually are. But I used to be also surprised that Derek Carr wasn’t in the highest 10. His throwing motion and footwork are exceptional, and I’d even have him in the highest five. — Tannenbaum

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What the tape says: It is the repetitive, upper-tier mechanics which have at all times separated Brady from the remaining. And we see it on the tape. Whether it’s a straight dropback or play-action, Brady displays the identical set, footwork, plant, firm base and throwing motion for every drop. He has mastered it. — Bowen

Riser to look at: With coach Doug Pederson now on the helm for Jacksonville, Trevor Lawrence could find his name on this list in a short time. His mechanics are partially liable for his excellent ball placement, and I feel he might be in store for a more consistent season in 2022. — Reid

Snubbed: The Niners’ Jimmy Garoppolo’s mechanics and fluidity on the move aren’t implausible. But inside structure and the confines of the pocket, Garoppolo has certainly one of the quickest and most consistent releases within the league. That consistency and swiftness play a big part in why Garoppolo is so accurate on those slant and glance routes that he hits over the center of the sphere. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Kirk Cousins, Kyler Murray, Trevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones, Mac Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield

Field vision

This looks at the flexibility to read the sphere. Included in which are awareness and recognition with regards to seeing defensive schemes or coverages, together with the fast eyes to discover blitzers, breaking defensive backs and open targets. Will a QB audible out when he must, diagnosing and understanding different defensive looks? And the way quickly can he get through his progressions? Does he get stuck on his first read too often and stare down receivers, making it easy for the defense? Or can he scan the sphere, make the defense bite along with his eyes after which find the open receiver?

1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
5. Justin Herbert, Chargers
6. Josh Allen, Bills
7. Matthew Stafford, Rams
8. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
9. Matt Ryan, Colts
10. Deshaun Watson, Browns

Better of the perfect: Patrick Mahomes is a threat to any defense for a lot of reasons, but one area that is especially difficult to defend is his ability to read the sphere each pre- and post-snap. Mahomes shows the instincts to elude pressure and keep his eyes down the sphere for uncovered wideouts. No play is over for the Kansas City QB until the whistle blows. — Yates

Biggest surprise: The massive surprise here is that Russell Wilson didn’t crack the highest 10. For a man who consistently posts higher than a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, I feel he probably deserves to crack into the rankings. He clearly sees and processes things well, and his awareness is robust pre-snap, within the pocket post-snap and out of the pocket when forced to flee. — Hasselbeck



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What the tape says: At this stage of his profession, Matt Ryan’s arm strength and movement skills are diminishing, but his ability to quickly read it out puts him ready to deliver the ball on time as a rhythm passer. He recognizes late rotation and disguises within the secondary and senses pressure. And he has the flexibility to search out coverage voids and matchups he wants. — Bowen

Stat to know: Over the past two seasons, Mahomes has thrown the league’s lowest percentage of attempts into tight windows, despite a roughly average depth of goal. A few of that is unquestionably on account of scheme, but some can be a credit to Mahomes, who often finds the open man. — Walder

Riser to look at: Alabama’s Bryce Young is a real point guard for the Crimson Tide offense, beating defenses along with his vision, ability to anticipate what defenses are doing and touch passing. Young doesn’t have a fantastic NFL comparison given his size (6-foot, 195 kilos), however the top 2023 draft prospect plays like a football version of Allen Iverson along with his ability to see your complete field on the move and distribute the ball under pressure. He might be on this list once he’s drafted. — Miller

Snubbed: Derek Carr doesn’t at all times put his foot on the gas, but he sees the sphere exceptionally well, particularly within the short-to-intermediate area. He does a fantastic job handling protections before the snap, in addition to the entire shifts, motions and formational variety the offense will proceed to point out with latest coach Josh McDaniels. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, Lamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill

Decision-making with the football

This one is pretty straightforward. Avoiding turnovers, protecting the football, not taking unnecessary risks and keeping an offense out of harm’s way lead to higher efficiency. Forcing a pass into double-coverage or attempting too many low-percentage plays can get you into trouble in a rush. Strong decision-making means less opportunities for the opposite team — and certain more points for yours.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Russell Wilson, Broncos
T-5. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
T-5. Joe Burrow, Bengals
7. Justin Herbert, Chargers
8. Josh Allen, Bills
9. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
10. Derek Carr, Raiders

Better of the perfect: You possibly can see it for yourself whenever you watch Aaron Rodgers, but we are able to easily quantify this area, too: His 1.3% profession interception rate is the perfect in NFL history. Rodgers hasn’t thrown 10-plus picks in a season since 2010 and has a 136-to-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the past 4 seasons. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Kirk Cousins should a minimum of be above Josh Allen on this category. Love him or hate him, Cousins has done a pleasant job of taking good care of the football and never putting it in harm’s way because it pertains to throws that would have ended up in turnovers. — Riddick

What the tape says: The league’s best at identifying and throwing the one-on-one balls, Rodgers might be aggressive as a passer while still avoiding turnover situations. It’s the mixture of Rodgers’ elite traits and his ability to throw with efficiency, whether he’s working inside the structure of coach Matt LaFleur’s offense or forced to play off-schedule. — Bowen

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Stat to know: Rodgers led all QBs with the bottom interception rate last season at 0.8%. It was by a healthy margin, too. The subsequent-best QB by way of interception rate was Cousins at 1.2%. — Walder

Riser to look at: Justin Herbert had a terrific second season, but he did throw 15 interceptions (tied for third most). Expect him to chop that number down and proceed to turn out to be a greater decision-maker each inside and outdoors of the pocket. — Reid

Snubbed: The back half of the 2021 season was a rough one for Lamar Jackson, but that shouldn’t erase the previous two and a half seasons of play. When he’s rolling, Jackson is an instinctive quick-game processor and has a fantastic feel for what he can and can’t get away with over the center of the sphere. Furthermore, Jackson has incredible feel for when it is time to offer up on a play and leave the pocket while also not doing so too soon. That ought to qualify as decision-making just similar to the rest. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, Mac Jones, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill and Tua Tagovailoa

Compete level

The words that come to mind with this category are competitiveness and leadership. Who has essentially the most desire to win? It also speaks to a quarterback’s command of his offense and his ability to deliver within the clutch. You possibly can never count out the players who made this top 10.

1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
3. Josh Allen, Bills
4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
5. Joe Burrow, Bengals
6. Matthew Stafford, Rams
7. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
8. Russell Wilson, Broncos
9. Justin Herbert, Chargers
10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Better of the perfect: Tom Brady finds himself atop one other category, and it should come as no surprise. His longevity — he’ll be the primary 45-year-old starting quarterback — shouldn’t be the byproduct of luck; it’s the fact of a person who has made nearly every decision in his adult life to positively impact his football playing profession. His competitive drive is boundless. — Yates

Biggest surprise: I could be guilty of recency bias here, but I’d consider rating Joe Burrow in the highest three after he willed his team through the playoffs despite getting absolutely obliterated behind the Bengals’ lackluster offensive line. He took 51 sacks through the 2021 season after which one other 19 within the playoffs. Each numbers led the league. — Kimes

What the tape says: I’m taking a look at Josh Allen’s tape from the AFC Championship Game last season here. Even in a loss to the Chiefs, it was a defining game for the Bills quarterback. He made plays each as a thrower and a runner that highlighted his physical traits in the sport’s key moments. — Bowen

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Stat to know: We are inclined to pay loads of attention to comebacks and fourth-quarter dramatics. But you understand what else shows leadership? Putting a game away before the fourth quarter even begins. Over the past five regular seasons, Brady has 20 wins wherein he took an offensive snap with a 99% win probability or higher within the third quarter. That is greater than another quarterback. Patrick Mahomes is second with 17, and nobody else is over 14. — Walder

Riser to look at: It would look like a stretch, but Burrow can keep rising and truly climb all of the method to the highest of this list. Flashback to his first bowl game against UCF, when he played his best football after an illegal hit to the face mask by a charging Knights defender. Or last season when the Titans sacked him nine times within the playoffs and the Bengals still won. Burrow plays his best after you rough him up, and that competitiveness is contagious. — Miller

Snubbed: Derek Carr might not be generally known as certainly one of the nice leaders in the trendy NFL, but his performance in late-game and shut situations speaks for itself. Over the past 4 seasons, Carr leads all quarterbacks with 17 game-winning drives and ranks third with 11 fourth-quarter comebacks. Since 2018 (including the postseason), the Raiders as a team rank fourth in passing DVOA when the rating is inside a touchdown within the fourth quarter or time beyond regulation, trailing only Kansas City, Recent England and Houston. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Derek Carr, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston and Jalen Hurts


Toughness rolls into compete level a bit, but our analysts checked out a quarterback’s bounce-back and resilience here, together with how well he can take successful. Physicality is the large trait on this section.

1. Josh Allen, Bills
2. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Matthew Stafford, Rams
5. Joe Burrow, Bengals
6. Russell Wilson, Broncos
7. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
8. Justin Herbert, Chargers
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Better of the perfect: Josh Allen has averaged greater than 100 rushing attempts per season through the primary 4 years of his profession, and while he has undoubtedly taken some licks, it feels he’s more often the one delivering the larger blow in a collision. At 6-foot-5 and 237 kilos, he looks like an out of doors linebacker who got lost and wandered into the middle of the offensive huddle. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Tom Brady is simply seventh? He’s certainly one of the hardest QBs within the NFL. You possibly can’t play at his level at 45 years old without being tough. And I feel Jalen Hurts must also be in the highest 10. He’s especially dangerous with the ball in his hands and breaks a ton of tackles. — Tannenbaum

What the tape says: Toughness might be defined in multiple ways. But I see it as the flexibility to take hits, play hurt and proceed to battle when the body is not right. That is Matthew Stafford. I see it throughout his tape. He’s a warrior on the football field who continues to make plays in adversarial situations. — Bowen

Stat to know: Baker Mayfield battled through injuries in 2021, including a torn labrum. The result were some pretty ugly numbers and eventually a trade out of Cleveland. Since he was playing hurt in 2021, it’s particularly vital we do not forget what he did in 2020, when Mayfield posted a 65.5 QBR, Tenth-best and only one spot behind Brady. — Walder



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Riser to look at: Justin Fields is a reputation to look at on this category. Due to state of the Bears’ offensive front, he will probably be tested week in and week out. In a latest scheme and with lackluster personnel around him, his physical and mental toughness could be considered amongst the perfect within the league by next season. — Reid

Snubbed: There might not be a quarterback within the league more willing to face tall in a muddy pocket and take a shot in an effort to get the ball out than Ryan Tannehill. He sports a tall, strong frame and is greater than willing to utilize it, at the same time as a runner. Tannehill is not essentially the most exciting player, but there aren’t many more willing and capable of take a physical toll than him. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Jalen Hurts, Ryan Tannehill, Baker Mayfield, Justin Fields, Malik Willis, Trey Lance, Trevor Lawrence, Derek Carr, Mac Jones, Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson

Pocket presence

Pocket presence refers to how a quarterback operates within the pocket. Some things our analysts checked out here include: ability to sense and avoid pressure, command and mobility inside the pocket, calmness under duress and the way a QB gets it done from each under center and shotgun formations.

1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
5. Josh Allen, Bills
6. Justin Herbert, Chargers
7. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
8. Matthew Stafford, Rams
9. Matt Ryan, Colts
10. Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Better of the perfect: While Tom Brady is among the many league’s least mobile quarterbacks in lots of metrics, his pocket navigation is the perfect due to his pristine footwork and the flexibility to marry that footwork to what he’s seeing and anticipating. And Brady has the mindset to face tall within the pocket to face pressure and knows when he must do away with the ball. All 10 of our voters put Brady at No. 1 on their list here. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Brady at No. 1 makes complete sense, considering the best way he makes subtle movements within the pocket to create space and find ways to get the football off. But Matt Ryan stands proud to me as a QB who manages the pocket in the same way, and I used to be surprised he was only ninth here. Most of the other quarterbacks on the list are either very willing or desperate to bail from the pocket. — Hasselbeck

What the tape says: There’s clinic tape here on Dak Prescott. I like his ability to climb and reset the throwing window, or slide to navigate a muddy pocket. And Prescott will hit the eject button against interior pressure, fading to create a latest throwing platform along with his shoulders square and eyes up to search out an open goal. — Bowen

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Stat to know: Brady makes his offensive line look good, fairly than the opposite way around. Tampa Bay quietly had just the Nineteenth-best pass block win rate within the league last season (60.3%, per ESPN and NFL Next Gen Stats), but Brady recorded the bottom sack rate (3%) and pressure rate (17%) amongst all quarterbacks. — Walder

Riser to look at: It is important to remind those that Justin Herbert was coached to not run and never manipulate the pocket at Oregon since he was too vital to the team to risk losing to injury. Now that he’s within the NFL, Herbert has began using his legs more, and it has turn out to be a dynamic a part of his game. As he matures on the position and grows accustomed to pro-level speed on defense, watch Herbert’s pocket presence turn out to be a significant strength of his game. — Miller

Snubbed: It’s rare for rookie quarterbacks to step in immediately and manage a pocket in any capability, let alone like a 10-year veteran. But that is what Trevor Lawrence did in 2021. Jacksonville’s offensive line was no higher than mediocre last season, but Lawrence’s ability to preempt blitzes and locate the weak spots within the protection allowed him to consistently beat pressure before it arrived. Furthermore, Lawrence’s movement is efficient and tight, which is surprising each for a rookie and for a long-limbed 6-foot-6 passer. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Deshaun Watson, Derek Carr, Kyler Murray, Trevor Lawrence, Jalen Hurts, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Mac Jones, Teddy Bridgewater and Ryan Tannehill


They may not be scripted, but loads of successful plays occur when a quarterback sees open field and scrambles for an enormous chunk. And sometimes that features a forced scramble, when pressure or a broken play leave the quarterback no option but to tuck and run. Creating outside the pocket — including making some throws on scramble runs — might be the difference between eventual points on the board and a stalled drive.

1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
2. Josh Allen, Bills
3. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
5. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
6. Justin Herbert, Chargers
7. Justin Fields, Bears
8. Deshaun Watson, Browns
9. Russell Wilson, Broncos
10. Ryan Tannehill, Titans

Better of the perfect: Defenses can tolerate when Lamar Jackson gains chunk yardage on designed runs. Sometimes their scheme just beats your scheme. However it’s his scrambling — when a defense either generates pressure or holds up well enough in coverage that Jackson has no selection but to interrupt free — that’s downright demoralizing. And it rarely ends well for a defense, while often resulting in a Ravens highlight play. — Yates

Biggest surprise: Trey Lance will find yourself being the perfect on this category when it’s all said and done. For him to not even be on this list straight away, despite his limited résumé, is a travesty. And control Trevor Lawrence as well. Each of those young QBs will probably be in the highest five by the point the 2022 season is over. — Riddick



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What the tape says: Patrick Mahomes might be No. 1 on this list once we take a look at his ability to select up the sticks along with his legs in big-game moments or when scrambling to throw. He’s also probably the greatest I’ve studied at making plays late within the down. And there is a normalcy he brings to the position when he has to go off-script. — Bowen

Stat to know: Other quarterbacks have scrambled at the next rate, but no QB had more expected points added via scrambles last season than Josh Allen. And even when we extend the window back to the past two years, Allen still is No. 1. — Walder

Riser to look at: We have already seen a few of Malik Willis’ scrambling ability; he dashed away from Ravens first-rounder Kyle Hamilton within the preseason opener as he ran for a toe-tapping touchdown. We must always expect to see more of the identical once Willis gets starting reps. Which may not occur in 2022 given the job Ryan Tannehill has done in Tennessee, but once Willis does take over the job full time, he will probably be certainly one of the highest five runners on the position within the NFL. — Miller

Snubbed: Joe Burrow is not going to kill teams as a runner, but he’ll make them chase him outside the pocket. Burrow is larger than people seem to understand (6-foot-4, 215 kilos), giving him a tough combination of strength and short-area quickness to take advantage of his sharp instincts. Burrow’s magic outside the pocket played an enormous role in Cincinnati’s success last season, even when loads of it got here on scramble-drill throws fairly than Burrow taking off to run. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Joe Burrow, Trey Lance, Malik Willis, Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Dak Prescott and Sam Darnold

Designed-run ability

Many modern NFL quarterbacks have the flexibility to contribute within the run game, and offensive coordinators need to their QBs for designed runs and option reads more often. So whose speed, instincts, vision, elusiveness and physicality as a runner are essentially the most impressive?

1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
2. Josh Allen, Bills
3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
4. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
5. Justin Fields, Bears
6. Justin Herbert, Chargers
7. Trey Lance, 49ers
8. Deshaun Watson, Browns
T-9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
T-9. Malik Willis, Titans

Better of the perfect: Lamar Jackson is a runaway (pun intended) winner of this category, and the more salient conversation might just be whether he’s the perfect runner we have ever seen at quarterback. His ankle-breaking open-field moves and rare speed are incredible, and he’s a threat each yr to sail past 1,000 rushing yards. Since being drafted in 2018, he has averaged 6.0 yards per carry — tops amongst all qualified players, not only quarterbacks. — Yates

Biggest surprise: He’s a rookie, and we won’t even get to see him in motion this season, but I feel Malik Willis is already a top-five rushing quarterback. He displays a rare combination of power and elusiveness that ought to translate at the subsequent level. His 878 rushing yards at Liberty last season were the second most amongst FBS quarterbacks. — Kimes

What the tape says: Jackson is the league’s most electric player, with dynamic ball carrier traits which are used well within the Ravens’ system. That is where we see his vision to search out open daylight, the short-area burst and the house run ability. Jackson can cut at top speed, and he creates consistent issues for opposing defenses on account of the impactful run-game element he brings to the position. — Bowen

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Stat to know: Jackson has 1,028 rushing yards on designed carries over the past two seasons. He only played 27 games in that point, but that total continues to be over 400 more yards than another QB has in that span. — Walder

Riser to look at: Due to his combination of size (6-foot-4, 224 kilos), mobility and vision as a runner, Trey Lance is more likely to be used often within the QB designed-run game for Niners coach Kyle Shanahan. And I would not be surprised if he quickly becomes certainly one of the more dangerous runners on the position within the NFL this season. — Reid

Snubbed: Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t be only good on sneaks but in addition bootlegs and zone reads. In each of the past two seasons, he ranked second in Football Outsiders’ DYAR stats on designed runs, and 31 of his 36 designed runs since 2020 have been converted for either a primary down or a touchdown — highlighted by him outrunning three Packers defenders on a 45-yard read-option touchdown late within the 2020 season. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Ryan Tannehill, Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Zach Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Mitch Trubisky, Carson Wentz and Drew Lock

Second-reaction ability

To shut, we checked out a trait that results in so many highlights throughout an NFL season. Quarterbacks won’t at all times have the ability to sit down within the pocket and throw darts. With pressure coming off the sting or up the center, getting outside the pocket and making off-schedule throws on the run is essential in today’s game. Those are the off-platform passes from different arm angles and body positions, often on the move.

1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
2. Josh Allen, Bills
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
4. Justin Herbert, Chargers
5. Russell Wilson, Broncos
6. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
7. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
8. Deshaun Watson, Browns
9. Joe Burrow, Bengals
10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Better of the perfect: Yes, Patrick Mahomes can rise up and handle pressure within the pocket when a defense bears down on him, but what makes him such a play-wrecker is how he avoids the initial rush, buys time after which turns what looks like a large negative play into an explosive offensive play. He’s creative, mobile, fearless and determined on each snap. Since taking up as starter in 2018, Mahomes has a league-leading 37 touchdown passes from outside the pocket. — Yates

Biggest surprise: I used to be actually surprised that Kyler Murray wasn’t No. 1. He has a rare ability to make plays on the move, with short-area quickness and tremendous arm strength. And while Joe Burrow has a ton of strengths, I do not consider him a top-10 player on this category. I’d put Ryan Tannehill over him here. — Tannenbaum

What the tape says: Murray can find open rush lanes or escape pressure to create explosive plays as a second-reaction runner. And we all know the arm talent is there when Murray extends the pocket as a thrower on the move. I see high-end mobility here with a quarterback who can keep plays alive and still produce when things go south after the snap. — Bowen


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Stat to know: Over the past two seasons, Mahomes’ 72 expected points added generated on throws outside the pocket blows away every other quarterback, with Justin Herbert coming second with 52. And it is not just volume; Mahomes is efficient, too. He posted a 73.8 QBR on those throws and an 82 QBR on throws made while on the run. — Walder

Riser to look at: Jalen Hurts excelled in creating plays outside the framework of the offense during his first yr because the Eagles’ full-time starter, and it was something that improved during each of his college seasons. Hurts is mobile and savvy in knowing how one can get out of trouble. Expect him to proceed operating efficiently inside the structure of coach Nick Sirianni’s offense, but he’ll also proceed to be a playmaker when things break down around him. — Reid

Snubbed: The caveat here is that Matthew Stafford too often puts himself in position to throw off-platform for no real reason, and also you get a number of clunkers. But as a rule, he can deliver from awkward platforms, each out and in of the pocket. Stafford plays with great core strength and a versatile throwing motion that allow him to get essentially the most out of his arm, regardless of the predicament. — Schatz/Klassen

Others who received a minimum of one vote: Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, Baker Mayfield and Zach Wilson

* Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was included in our voting, but he’ll serve an 11-game suspension and won’t play until Week 13 at Houston. Watson has been accused of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault during massage therapy sessions in lawsuits filed by 25 women. One in every of the 25 lawsuits was dropped after a judge’s ruling in April 2021 that the plaintiffs needed to amend their petitions to reveal their names, and two other women filed criminal complaints against Watson but didn’t sue him. A grand jury in Texas didn’t bring criminal charges. Watson has settled or agreed to settle all but certainly one of the remaining lawsuits.

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