28. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
- Average ranking: 27
- Highest ranking: 25
- Midseason ranking (Nick Foles): 29
Mitchell Trubisky won back the Chicago Bears job and ended the regular season on a pretty solid note. Granted, most of his good games came against terrible defenses and his true value showed in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers and then the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round (although we are not counting that game).
The Bears have some interesting decisions to make at the quarterback position because neither Trubisky nor Nick Foles, who was ranked 29th in our midseason ranking, is the right quarterback for the future.
27. Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers
- Average ranking: 26.8
- Highest ranking: 26
- Midseason ranking: 26
Nick Mullens is not the long-term starter for the San Francisco 49ers and it might not even be Jimmy G. However, Mullens started the most games and ended the season with the 49ers, so he is on the list.
Mullens is going to be an overqualified backup no matter what team he plays on next season. He was better than five quarterbacks this past season.
26. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
- Average ranking: 25
- Highest ranking: 20
- Midseason ranking: 24
Drew Lock is another quarterback that is entering a put up or shut up season in 2021. Lock has shown potential at times with the Denver Broncos but his 2020 season was not as good as the Broncos would have hoped.
I do not think that the Broncos give up on Lock quite yet as he has only started 18 games, but if he does not get better, the Broncos could be a team picking a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft.
25. Alex Smith, Washington Football Team
- Average ranking: 24.8
- Highest ranking: 19
- Midseason ranking: 28
Alex Smith went up three spots in our rankings and rightfully so. While he was unable to play in the playoffs and was not good against the Philadelphia Eagles, Smith is the reason why the Washington Football Team made the playoffs to begin with.
He probably won’t be the starter next season, but he came through for the Washington Football Team when it mattered most.
24. Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys
- Average ranking: 24.6
- Highest ranking: 19
- Midseason ranking: 32
Andy Dalton moved a ton from the midseason to the end of the season. Dalton was playing extremely poorly when he took over for Dak Prescott and even missed some time, allowing Ben DiNucci to play.
Dalton had a really solid run in the last third of the season and while he was not fantastic in Week 17, he showed a lot of heart in a game that Dallas narrowly lost.