Ranking Chargers' Justin Herbert and all 32 starting quarterbacks in 2023

Just how high does Justin Herbert rank compared to his peers?
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Tier 7: Household name doesn't mean great quarterback

  • 21. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
  • 20. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
  • 19. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
  • 18. Matthew Stafford, LA Rams
  • 17. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

All of the quarterbacks on this list are household names. But just because you are a household name does not mean you are a great quarterback. Each of these quarterbacks is in different situations, with some being stuck in the mediocre tier (Jimmy G) and others being on the way down (Tannehill, Wilson, Stafford).

There is a good chance that at least two of these quarterbacks plummet down this list as the year goes along. Every year there are older quarterbacks who fall down the totem pole to make room for the young quarterbacks below them. Any of these five quarterbacks are at risk of experiencing this.

Watson is in his own situation that does not compare to anyone else in the league. Watson did not play professional football for two years and once he finally returned he looked awful. The 2023 season will prove if that was just cobwebs for Watson, or if he will be a flash in the pan.

Tier 6: Great athleticism, but maybe don't throw the ball?

  • 16. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
  • 15. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Daniel Jones is one of the biggest climbers from a year ago as Brian Daboll entered his life and schemed up the perfect game plan to make the most of Jones. Jones still has to prove a lot for Giants fans to be totally comfortable with him but he still took massive strides last season.

Justin Fields is one of the most polarizing players in the league heading into 2023. Fields has legitimate issues throwing the ball (compared to his peers) but is the most dangerous quarterback in the league with his legs.

We have seen this go one of two ways. Fields can either run an offense that is suited for him like Cam Newton or Lamar Jackson, or he could fail to ever catch on with his passing holes holding him back.