2. Aaron Rodgers
Any Packer fan who comes across this might be outraged by this statement but it is something that I have already covered in detail: all the chips are aligning for Justin Herbert to be an MVP candidate and surpass last season’s MVP in the process.
This is not to say that Aaron Rodgers is going to have a terrible season next year. However, it is fair to think that his production might go down as the schedule gets harder for him next year, especially with the relationship that he has with the team.
This was covered in that previous article linked above but Rodgers has to play all the best pass defenses in the league from last season. Green Bay has to play the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th ranked passing defenses in the league from last season.
Rodgers will still be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league but the top of the quarterbacks list is crowded. Just look at Lamar Jackson. A year after his MVP year he took a step down and many people started ranking him lower as a result.
With Herbert ascending into the MVP conversation, Rodgers is going to become a very close sixth-best quarterback in the league. It feels absurd to write, but that is how deep we have become at the position.
With that being said, my projected top five quarterbacks in the league next season, in no particular order, will be Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson.
I would put Deshaun Watson in there but who knows if he pays next season with everything surrounding him this offseason.