2017 NFL QB Tier Rankings

By Jason Gandhi


You may have seen the latest ESPN article on QB tiers. I did my own rankings and tiers but with the same meaning for each level! There are four tiers and 36 QB’s. I used the same list of QB’s that ESPN used as well as their format just with my own spots for own QB’s. Feel free to reply and let me know what you think!

Tier 1: A Tier 1 quarterback can carry his team each week. The team wins because of him. Expertly handles pure-pass situations.


  1. Tom Brady

  2. Aaron Rodgers

  3. Drew Brees

Tier 2: A Tier 2 quarterback can carry his team sometimes, but not as consistently. Can handle pure-pass situations in doses or possesses other dimensions that are special enough to elevate him above Tier 3. Has a hole or two in his game.

4. Ben Roethlisberger

5. Matt Ryan

6. Derek Carr

7. Andrew Luck

8. Russell Wilson

9. Philip Rivers

10. Cam Newton

11. Kirk Cousins

12. Matthew Stafford

Tier 3: A Tier 3 quarterback is a legitimate starter, but needs a heavier run game and/or defense to win. A lower-volume pass offense makes his job easier.

13. Eli Manning

14. Jameis Winston

15. Joe Flacco

16. Marcus Mariota

17. Dak Prescott

18. Carson Palmer

19. Andy Dalton

20. Carson Wentz

21. Ryan Tannehill

22. Tyrod Taylor

23. Alex Smith

24. Trevor Siemian

25. Sam Bradford

Tier 4: A Tier 4 quarterback could be an unproven player with some upside, or a veteran that is ultimately best suited as a backup. Teams might not want these guys starting all 16 games.

26. Colin Kaepernick

27. Blake Bortles

28. Jay Cutler

29. Brian Hoyer

30. Mike Glennon

31. Jared Goff

32. Tom Savage

33. Paxton Lynch

34. Brock Osweiler

35. Josh McCown

36. Cody Kessler



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