2. Justin Herbert, LA Chargers
Justin Herbert is the second-best quarterback in the AFC West and it is not really close. While Carr is underrated, he is not on the level that Herbert is on and there is a big difference between the level Herbert is on and the level that Carr is on.
While some may disagree, Herbert belongs on the tier with elite quarterbacks that are good enough to win a Super Bowl. I have no problem with ranking seven or eight quarterbacks ahead of him simply because Herbert has only done it for one year, but he has the ceiling of an MVP.
Quarterbacks are not as good as Herbert was in his rookie year then simply regress. There are two examples that Herbert naysayers love to bring up and both can be disproven: Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield.
Wentz was phenomenal and was an MVP candidate but then suffered multiple injuries and was in a terrible situation. If Herbert suffers two terrible injuries and then watches the Chargers put up a statue of Easton Stick in front of the stadium then I am willing to make that comparison. Until then, not a chance.
Baker was not as good as Herbert was in his rookie year and while he took a step back in year two he was really good in year three and nearly beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in the playoffs. It is not like Baker is a bust.
Herbert is only going to get better and by the time the 2021 season is over we are going to be talking about him as a top-five quarterback.