How do all 32 starting quarterbacks rank against one another as the 2021 NFL season quickly approaches?
The old saying is that if you don’t have a quarterback, you don’t have a chance. This is why the 2021 NFL Draft saw five signal-callers selected in the first round — teams know they need someone to run their offense to stand a chance.
Of course, franchises can still win big without an elite quarterback, see the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles for an example, but they still need a player who can run their offense and make the plays they have to. But still, it sure helps to have a guy who can make everyone around them better.
With that all being said, we look at all 32 teams and rank their starting quarterbacks as we get ready for the start of the 2021 NFL season.
32. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, reports suggested that John Elway was smitten with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. The former Super Bowl winner apparently loved his strong arm and thought they could turn Lock into a winner at the next level.
But when Elway and the Broncos decided not to take Lock in the first round, there were those who wondered if the reports were exaggerated. However, things worked out as Denver landed Lock in the second round, taking him 42nd overall.
As a rookie, Lock started out on the injured reserve after hurting his thumb. He returned late in the season and started five games — winning four of those contests. That fueled some excitement for the 2020 season and after Denver brought in a lot of pass-catchers to work with him, the expectations only grew.
Unfortunately, Lock regressed in year two. He completed just 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with a 16-to-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Even worse, the Broncos were just 4-9 with him as their starter.
Now, he enters the 2021 NFL season with Teddy Bridgewater nipping at his heels. There are also rumors that Denver could be a landing spot for Aaron Rodgers.
Either way, Lock’s position with the team isn’t certain and he no longer looks like the guy to take them back to the promised land.