5 Promising Young QBs Currently In The NFL

Most football fans will agree that the key to building a solid foundation for a team is having a good quarterback. Some of the most famous players in the NFL have been quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Dan Marino. 

In today's NFL, there are a lot of young and talented quarterbacks who have superstar potential. These players are the future of the sport, as evidenced by the number of prop bets linked to these QBs based on yardage and number of touchdowns provided by sportsbooks with sign up offers. In this article, we cover the top 5 most promising quarterbacks on the field this season. 

Joe Burrow 

In 2019, Burrow led LSU to an undefeated season and the College Football National Championship, winning the Heisman Trophy along the way. This positioned him to be the 1st overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

In Week 11 of his rookie season, he sustained a season-ending knee injury. However, in his second year with the Bengals, Burrow and a superstar rookie class led them to their first playoff wins since 1990. The Bengals won the AFC championship and earned an appearance at the Super Bowl where they would lose 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams. His 2021 performance earned him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, and he also led the NFL in completion percentage for the 2021 season. 

Josh Allen 

Allen was born in 1996 and displayed his superior talent at the University of Wyoming. He would go on to be the 7th overall pick for the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 draft. 

After some ups and downs in his first two years with the Bills, Allen had a breakout season in 2020. During that season, he led the Bills to their first division title and playoff victory since 1995 and an appearance at the AFC Championship game. That year, he would be named Second Team All-Pro and receive his first Pro Bowl honor. 

In 2021 the Bills would repeat as division champions. In a wild card playoff game against the Patriots, Allen would become the first quarterback to lead a touchdown-scoring drive on every offensive possession of the game. In the next round, they gave the Chiefs all they could handle, but lost in overtime in one of the most exciting NFL playoff games in history.  In 2022, the Bills were favored by many to win the Super Bowl.

Justin Herbert 

Herbert is the youngest player on our list, being born in 1998. He went to the University of Oregon where he won the 2019 Pac-12 Championship and was MVP of the 2020 Rose Bowl. 

Herbert would be the sixth overall pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft. He became their starter in the second game of the season when Tyrod Taylor got injured and remained starting QB for the rest of the season. Herbert won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

In 2021, Herbert was named Pro Bowler for the first time. He became the first Chargers quarterback to throw at least 5,000 yards in a single season. 

Lamar Jackson 

Jackson was born in 1997 and won the Heisman Trophy during his sophomore season at the University of Louisville. In the 2018 NFL Draft he was the final pick of the first round as he was selected by the Baltimore Ravens. 

Jackson became the Ravens starting QB in his rookie season after Joe Flacco sustained an injury. Jackson led the Ravens to the division title and became the youngest NFL quarterback to start a playoff game at the age of 21. 

In 2019, Jackson turned the Ravens into a surprise contender for the AFC championship.  He would be named NFL Most Valuable Player, First Team All-Pro, and Pro Bowler. He was named to the Pro Bowl once again in 2021. 

Patrick Mahomes 

Mahomes was born in 1995 and during his junior year at Texas Tech University, he led all the NCAA Division I players in multiple categories. He was the tenth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. 

After backing up Alex Smith his rookie year, Mahomes was named the Chiefs starting QB in 2018. In his first season as the starter, Mahomes became the only quarterback to throw 5,000 yards in a single season in college and the NFL. He also joined Peyton Manning as the only players to throw 5,000 yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season. That same season he was named the NFL Most Valuable Player, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-Pro. 

In the 2019 season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl appearance and victory in 50 years, defeating the San Francisco 49ers. The following year, he led the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

So far in his career, Mahomes has been named to the Pro Bowl four times (2018-2021).

Final Thoughts 

All of these quarterbacks still have amazing accomplishments ahead of them as they continue their careers, but have already left an impact on the NFL in a short amount of time.  There are other young quarterbacks fighting to earn a spot on this list, but right now, these are the QBs setting the standard for everyone else to strive for.
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