NFL quarterback tiers going into 2022, where does Tua Tagovailoa land?

Mike Gesicki #88 and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mike Gesicki #88 and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

We know the franchise QB is the future, but does the franchise have a bright future with a golden boy at QB?

This tier has all the QBs that have shown they are a special talent, have been a special talent, or are on the borderline of making a breakthrough to fulfill that potential. Quarterback talent does not equal wins but if your team has one of these players then they aren’t too far away from becoming contenders.

Wins, accolades, and Superbowl rings are what separates a great talent from a great player, some players have the ability to reach that next level but don’t because they don’t show up in the biggest moments.

We’ve seen plenty of brilliance and also head-scratching plays in this tier, but the upside is so ridiculously high that it sounds naive not to take the risk.

Quarterback tier A – True franchise QBs:

  • Kyler Murray – Cardinals
  • Justin Herbert – Chargers
  • Joe Burrow – Bengals
  • Lamar Jackson – Ravens
  • Matt Stafford – Rams
  • Derek Carr – Raiders
  • Deshaun Watson – Cleveland Browns

We all know these players are dominant once-in-a-lifetime talents, but it takes more than physical talent to will your team to a Superbowl win. The AFC is already jam-packed so I’m sure one of these QBs won’t even make a playoff appearance this season.

If Deshaun Watson can play this year he will have the clearest runway for success, but I think there is a player here that has the potential of being part of the elites and that player is Justin Herbert.

Herbert has gone punch for punch with Patrick Mahomes and has sometimes shown an edge, but his game still has mistakes he needs to tighten up before he makes the jump and takes his team to the next level.