Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert among AFC West quarterbacks

Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass
Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The AFC West is going to be one of the most interesting divisions in football in 2021. The Kansas City Chiefs are the two-time defending AFC Champions, the LA Chargers have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league with a new coach, the Denver Broncos have a really solid roster top to bottom and the Las Vegas Raiders had some moments in 2020.

The Chiefs are the obvious favorites to win the division and rightfully so. However, it is safe to say that they likely will not be the only AFC West team in the NFL Playoffs, as the second-place team will likely be a wild card.

The biggest decider on what team might come in second is the quarterback position, which is the most important singular position in sports. Here is how the division stacks up.

Ranking the AFC West quarterbacks:

4. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos

Drew Lock is the worst quarterback in the division and it is not even close. In fact, Lock probably is not the most talented quarterback on his own team. The Broncos traded for Teddy Bridgewater this offseason and I would take Teddy B over Lock any day of the week.

Lock will likely get the starting nod to start the season simply because he is a former second-round pick and the Broncos might not want to give up on him this soon. However, his leash is definitely going to be short this season after the kind of year he had last year.

Lock looked impressive in his five games in 2019 but a full 2020 season showed that the accuracy, decision-making and simple "it factor" is not present with him. Could he turn it around and surprise us in year three with a really good supporting cast? Yes, crazier things have happened.

Should the LA Chargers be worried about Lock doing so? Probably not.