24. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
- Average ranking: 25.14
- Highest ranking: 24
- Preseason ranking: 21
Drew Lock has dealt with injuries this season, as has the Denver Broncos. And while he beat the LA Chargers, Lock has shown that it is going to take some time for him to reach his full potential in the league and he might not be as finished of a product as the Broncos had thought.
He is good enough to be the quarterback of a winning team if the Broncos were healthy and had a 2015-level defense. He is not a quarterback who is going to take over games and win them. Yes, he did it against the Chargers, but that was absolutely disgusting by Gus Bradley’s defense.
23. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
- Average ranking: 21.14
- Highest ranking: 18
- Preseason ranking: 16
There is a big jump here in average ranking as we start getting into the quarterbacks that have a lot of variances. Ironically enough, Mayfield’s lowest ranking was 23rd but since he did not have any high rankings by any of our staffers he ends up with the 23rd-highest average ranking.
Baker just cannot put two great games together in a row and until he does that he will hover around the 20-23 range among his peers.
22. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
- Average ranking: 21.00
- Highest ranking: 19
- Preseason ranking: 23
This is fitting. We ranked Tua 23rd in the preseason under the assumption that he would be the starting quarterback before our midseason update and what do you know: he is now the starting quarterback.
It is also fitting that we did not waiver too much from his original ranking after just two games. There is still a lot that needs to be seen to move Tua higher on this list.
21. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
- Average ranking: 20.86
- Highest ranking: 18
- Preseason ranking: 12
Kirk Cousins falls nine spots in our midseason update as he continues to be the most mediocre quarterback in the league. However, this year, he is not his mediocre-self that usually is good enough to win games around a talented group. He has been much worse.
His completion percentage has fallen almost four percent and his interception rate has more than tripled. When you are doing that, and not adding the big-play, take-over-the-game potential then you are a bottom tier quarterback.
20. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
- Average ranking: 20.14
- Highest ranking: 17
- Preseason ranking: 19
This is fair. Goff has not moved much from our preseason ranking and it is not a hard case to make for him being above Cousins. Goff’s completion percentage is 0.1% lower but his interception rate is less than half. Goff has 300 more passing yards and two more fumbles.