Ranking 2022 NFL divisions by QBs: AFC West The Clear Winner

The 2022 NFL offseason has been chock-full of big-name quarterback movement. Entire conferences have shifted in power thanks to the headlining trades — and, in the case of Aaron Rodgers, non-trades — of the last few months. But which divisions are most stacked with star power under center? We decided to rank all eight according to collective QB talent, and the pecking order might surprise you, especially considering where the greatest signal-caller of all time finds himself:

 

8. NFC South

  • Tom Brady (Buccaneers)
  • Jameis Winston (Saints)
  • Marcus Mariota (Falcons)
  • Sam Darnold (Panthers)

Yes, really. Brady himself is easily a top-three QB, even going on 45. Obviously we trust him under center more than just about anyone. But his divisional counterparts leave a lot to be desired. Winston is an intriguing flyer for the Saints (again), but he’s started a full season just once in the last five years, he’s coming off an ACL tear, and he’s on a team in transition. Mariota may have legs, but he’s got neither the durability nor the supporting cast to inspire trust in Atlanta. Darnold, meanwhile, is only a turnover-prone placeholder for whomever Carolina adds next.

 

7. NFC East

  • Dak Prescott (Cowboys)
  • Carson Wentz (Commanders)
  • Jalen Hurts (Eagles)
  • Daniel Jones (Giants)

Prescott still has plenty to prove as a playoff QB, but he’s a rock-solid pocket passer capable of top-10 production. Wentz is a ridiculed name these days, still struggling with forced throws and delayed decisions, but he’s still serviceable, and the latest change of scenery might actually reignite his flame. Hurts has been a limited passer to this point, but his mobility and resolve give him a high floor. Jones, meanwhile, might actually be able to lean on his dual-threat abilities under Brian Daboll.

6. AFC South

  • Matt Ryan (Colts)
  • Ryan Tannehill (Titans)
  • Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars)
  • Davis Mills (Texans)

You’d easily take Brady over any of these guys. But as a whole, look a little closer, and you’ve potentially got three top-15 starters in Ryan, who’s aging but should benefit from a sturdier setup in Indianapolis; Tannehill, who’s probably peaked but is due to rebound with an improved smash-mouth Titans team; and Lawrence, who can’t be much worse on a stocked-up Jaguars team under Doug Pederson. Mills also flashed in a tough spot in 2021, but can we count on him as a franchise arm?

Author: Lucy Green