It has become a tradition at this point. Ever since Chargers QB Justin Herbert lit up the NFL world in his rookie season we have ranked him among the rest of the league. He has undoubtedly been one of the quickest risers in the sport as he now enters the 2022 season in an elite tier of quarterbacks.
But where exactly does Herbert rank? We do these rankings before each season and after each season and while no games have been played in eight months, things have changed both for the Chargers and the rest of the league. These projections are a mix of current talent as well as 2022 projections.
Without further ado, let's continue the tradition and rank all 32 starting quarterbacks. And let us know where you would have ranked Herbert on your list.
32. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
It did not matter who won the starting quarterback job up in Seattle, they were going to come in at no. 32. Geno Smith vs. Drew Lock isn't really a QB battle that inspires a lot of confidence as neither guy is all that special.
This is going to be one of the most fun teams to watch in the league because of how they handle the quarterback situation. That being said, I wouldn't be totally shocked if the Seattle receivers elevate Smith to a higher spot on this list after the year, although he won't rank higher than 27th.
31. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
It was a bad pick when it happened and everyone knew it. The Daniel Jones experience in New York has gone exactly how many expected and if Brian Daboll can't fix him this year then this career as a starter will be over. The best part? Giants fans are still yearning over Justin Herbert to this day.
30. Mitch Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mitch Trubisky has won the starting job on the Steelers and with first-round Kenny Pickett behind him, he might not have the job for long. I actually like Trubisky more than most people (he still isn't good) and I really don't believe in Kenny Pickett. Either way, they should be better than Big Ben.
29. Jacoby Brissett, Cleveland Browns
Jacoby Brissett is going to start most of the games for the Cleveland Browns and for that reason we are considering him the starter before the season begins. We can revisit who the starting QB is of the team at the end of the year, but for now, the Browns have a bottom-five QB in the sport that ranks lower than Baker Mayfield.