Ranking the projected starting QBs in the AFC for 2023 – #10 – #6
#10 – Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
At this moment in time, we can’t realistically rank Deshaun Watson much higher. He played quite poorly in 2022 in his action with the Browns. He’s an elite talent and I do think he’ll reach that peak at some point in 2023.
#9 – Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Like Watson, we can’t rank Russell Wilson higher even though he’s shown the ability to be elite. I think Wilson turns it around in year one under Sean Payton, but he turns 35 years old in 2023, so he might not be Denver’s starter for much longer.
#8 – Tua Tagovalioa, Miami Dolphins
If Tua Tagovalioa was in the NFC, he’d rank much higher, but being that he is in the AFC, I don’t feel comfortable ranking Touchdown Tua much higher than 8th. That’s OK, though, because what do these rankings mean, anyway?
#7 – Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson is the seventh best QB in the AFC, an that is no disrespect to Jackson, who is the best dual-threat QB in the history of the NFL. He hasn’t played up to previous levels he’s reached before over the last two seasons, and his injury concerns are valid and hurt his ranking a bit.
#6 – Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets*
This trade does appear to be happening, and once he gets here, Rodgers will be right in the middle of one of the most competitive conferences perhaps in the history of the NFL. Rodgers did have the worst season of his starting career in 2022, so I don’t think it’s fair to rank him higher in the AFC.