Overall Average Ranking
"Patrick Mahomes: 3.86 Deshaun Watson: 8.57 Drew Brees: 9 Russell Wilson: 10.14 Dak Prescott: 11.14 Aaron Rodgers: 12.29 Kirk Cousins: 12.71 Ryan Tannehill: 13 Jimmy Garoppolo: 13.86 Philip Rivers: 14.14 23. Baker Mayfield: 23"
We’ve finally reached the end and have the final results. The results are pretty shocking, as the current greatest quarterback of all time and two-time Super Bowl champion over this time frame Tom Brady doesn’t even crack the top ten. Brady sits at 11th on this list, with an average ranking of 14.71 across each category. Brady’s absence from the top 10 of this list reminds me to again emphasize that this isn’t my top rankings, just a comparison of the statistics across the past three NFL seasons.
Other notable ranks who did not crack the top ten of this list include Justin Herbert who was 13th, Andrew Luck at 14th, Lamar Jackson at 16th, Ben Roethlisberger at 19th, Josh Allen at 24th, Carson Wentz at 29th, Joe Burrow at 32nd, and then Sam Darnold, Dwayne Haskins, and Josh Rosen who were all 44th, 45th, and 46th respectively.
When taking out players who have retired and won’t be playing in the 2021-2022 NFL season, Baker Mayfield ranks 21st among quarterbacks in this comparison. That should make the Cleveland Browns kind of cautious when looking at paying Baker Mayfield an astronomically large sum of money like every other franchise NFL quarterback has been getting on their extensions.
Personally, I think Mayfield is right on the edge of being a top-tier NFL quarterback and should be given a large extension, especially before Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen receive theirs. However, the statistics so far in his career likely argue otherwise. Many said that 2020-2021 was a make-or-break year for Baker Mayfield, but I believe that this upcoming season is equally as important.
Mayfield made some great strides from the Cleveland Browns from his 2019 campaign to his 2020 campaign, but he will need to continue to improve at the same pace, or else this team will likely not be considered a true super bowl contender.