As many football fans know, the quarterback position is one of the most important positions in all of sports. Without an elite quarterback, it is hard for many NFL teams to go very far. Landing a high-end quarterback talent in the draft can swiftly change the fortunes of a football franchise and help them stay competitive for decades at a time. With this in mind, here are the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL as the 2020 season’s September 10 kickoff quickly approaches.
With an NFL and Super Bowl MVP under his belt, the 24-year-old Mahomes has already established himself as a Hall of Fame-caliber talent. Mahomes’ immense arm strength and playmaking ability make him one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL day in and day out. There is no other quarterback that can measure up to his combination of insane individual stats and playoff success. With Mahomes now locked into a long term record-breaking deal with the Chiefs, that success should be expected to continue for years to come.
Wilson has been an elite NFL quarterback for almost a decade now. He puts up big numbers and makes huge clutch plays for the Seahawks seemingly every week despite Pete Carroll’s conservative playcalling. The Seahawks’ coaching staff looks to always have the running game involved instead of simply letting Wilson’s immense talent take over a game. Despite not yet winning an MVP, Wilson is a future Hall of Fame quarterback with a Super Bowl under his belt and is one of the few players in the past decade who can make any scheme or teammates better.
Jackson was propelled into elite quarterback status last season after putting up insane numbers and winning the 2019 NFL MVP. He is an unbelievable talent who is already considered the best and most dangerous runner at the quarterback position ever seen. In 2019, Jackson proved he can beat defenses through the air as well, making him and the Ravens offense seemingly unstoppable. He is truly a once in a lifetime talent, but the main question for Jackson is sustainability. If Jackson can come close to replicating last season’s insane stats and team success, he might even surpass Mahomes in being considered the best all-around player in the NFL.
Watson has emerged as a top NFL quarterback over the past few seasons. His improvisation and dual-threat playmaking ability elevate him as one of the most difficult players to defend in the league. His toughness and creativity despite dealing with a shaky offensive line make him an irreplaceable piece in the Texans’ offense. The Texans would be lost without Watson driving their offense. The main question facing Watson this season is how he will perform without his top weapon in receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Without Hopkins, the Texans quarterback should still perform at a high level considering his talent level and intangibles. If the Texans are able to surround Watson with capable weapons, he should win an NFL MVP by the end of his career.
Even in his 40’s, Brees is still one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. He has put up elite stats his entire career and won a Super Bowl with the Saints, making him a lock for the Hall of Fame. When it’s all said and done, Brees should be viewed as a top-five all-time quarterback when he finally hangs it up. He is still performing at a very high level, winning NFC offensive player of the month last December. With a great team around Brees in New Orleans, an NFL MVP or another Super Bowl title before retirement is certainly possible.