Placing 32 NFL Starting Quarterbacks into Tiers for 2021

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Andrew Doughty Jul 22, 2021, 9:24 PM
Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins ended months of speculation, smokescreens, and debate as to which quarterback they’d select with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by picking Tua Tagovailoa over Justin Herbert. 

One year later, there’s no debate as to which quarterback is better, leaving only a debate as to how much better Herbert is than Tagovailoa, and if Herbert showed enough during a sensational rookie season to sit alongside Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford in the bottom half of second-tier starting quarterbacks for the 2021 season. 

In matching or breaking dozens of franchise and NFL records for rookie quarterbacks, Herbert made his argument as the best rookie quarterback in league history. Tagovailoa, meanwhile, in posting pedestrian numbers en route to six wins in nine starts, made an argument for a place among Jalen Hurts, Cam Newton, and other fifth-tier quarterbacks.

This week on High Motor by BetMGM, we placed each of the 32 (projected) starting quarterbacks into one of six tiers by evaluating their stock for the 2021 season. Age, contract, and other factors were not considered.

Listen below as we consider Russell Wilson’s inclusion in the first tier, Justin Herbert’s inclusion in the second tier, and more. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else podcasts are available.

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Andrew Doughty

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.