Ranking NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks, from Dwayne Haskins to Patrick Mahomes

Who’s the best starting quarterback in the league? That question is easy to answer. Trying to rate the next 31? That gets a little harder.

Luckily for you, our dear readers, the Grading the Week staff has come up with an ironclad formula to rank all 32 — from Haskins to Mahomes. There’s some hits (Drew Lock at 20!) and some misses (Derek Carr at 10?), but no system is perfect. For a more detailed accounting of everything that went into it, see the box below.

32. Dwayne Haskins, Washington

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 2-5 (0-0)

There’s a very real possibility Haskins isn’t the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Ohio State product, he was drafted by the worst-run organization in the league, so we may never know.


31. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 0-0 (0-0)

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft, and reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has yet to throw a pass in the NFL. But we’re still confident he’s better than Haskins — so confident he’s the lone QB placed above Haskins in The Post’s patented ranking formula.


30. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 11-15 (0-0)

The league’s lone ginger starting QB had his moments when he wasn’t battling mononucleosis last season (7-6 record). While he has yet to live up to his status as the third overall pick of the 2018 draft, he still has time to turn things around.


29. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami

Age: 37

Career record (postseason): 55-83-1 (0-0)

Props to Fitzpatrick for holding down an NFL job this long despite never making a single trip to the playoffs. The Fitzmagic experience is a rollicking good time. But, let’s face it, the Bearded One is just keeping the seat warm for Tua Tagovailoa.


28. Josh Allen, Buffalo

Age: 24

Career record (postseason): 15-12 (0-1)

Josh Allen is a competitor. Josh Allen just wins football games. Josh Allen … is a wildly inaccurate passer. You take the good with the bad with the Wyoming wunderkind. Add it all up, and it’s probably a little better than where this ranking puts him.


27. Daniel Jones, N.Y. Giants

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 3-9 (0-0)

Jones is on his second play-caller in as many seasons after Pat Shurmur got the boot (and landed in Denver). There are some things to like about the second-year signal-caller. The main one: Giants running back Saquon Barkley.


26. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland

Age: 25

Career record (postseason): 12-17 (0-0)

Give Baker this much: When he plays poorly, he owns it. (Or shaves his mustache at halftime.) The Browns were everyone’s sleeper pick last season. Maybe they were just a year early? The talent is there. But what about that head?


25. Mitch Trubisky, Chicago

Age: 26

Career record (postseason): 23-18 (0-1)

We’re just going to assume Trubisky holds off Nick Foles for the starting job. After a general manager trades up one spot to nab you with the No. 2 overall pick (ahead of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes), you tend to get the benefit of the doubt.


24. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina

Age: 27

Career record (postseason): 22-12 (0-1)

A successful five-game cameo in New Orleans (5-0) produced a three-year contract and a starting job in Carolina. Bridgewater has the league’s best running back beside him (Christian McCaffrey). Time to prove 2019 was no fluke.


23. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis

Age: 38

Career record (postseason): 123-101 (5-6)

The NFL’s annual leader in on-field spaz-outs has left the West Coast for the verdant fields of Indiana. Could a change of scenery revitalize the aging signal-caller? Rivers has plenty of tape showing he can lead an explosive offense.


22. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 6-6 (0-0)

In a ranking of best hangs in the NFL, Minshew wins in a landslide. Unfortunately, this is about production. And despite flashes of brilliance as a rookie, Minshew remains a work in progress. Plus, the Jags are clearly tanking for Trevor Lawrence.


21. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams

Age: 25

Career record (postseason): 33-21 (2-2)

Remember how this guy took a team to the Super Bowl? Remember how he face-planted in said Super Bowl? It’s safe to say this is a big year for Goff, whose been both spectacular and subpar while piloting a loaded Rams offense the past three seasons.


20. Drew Lock, Denver

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 4-1 (0-0)

The local boy could make a big leap after all the new toys GM John Elway added to the offense. What we know after five games: Lock rarely takes sacks, he’s great on third down, and he doesn’t make many back-breaking mistakes.


19. Kyler Murray, Arizona

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 5-10-1 (0-0)

Arizona is loaded with offensive talent, including new addition DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. If you’re searching for a fantasy stud, look no further than Murray. Just don’t expect it to translate into a playoff berth for the Cardinals.


18. Tyrod Taylor, L.A. Chargers

Age: 31

Career record (postseason): 23-21-1 (0-1)

Don’t let anybody fool you. Tyrod Taylor is a perfectly fine NFL quarterback. Not only can he make plays with his legs, he rarely gives the ball to the other team. Still, we’re putting the over/under for Justin Herbert’s first start at Week 10.


17. Cam Newton, New England

Age: 31

Career record (postseason): 68-55-1 (4-6)

One can only imagine the maniacal cackling coming out of Foxborough when Bill Belichick found out he’d get Cam for $1.75 million. Bill’s playing chess. The rest of the NFL is playing checkers. Watch Cam detonate this season — even with all the Pats’ opt-outs.


16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta

Age: 35

Career record (postseason): 109-80 (3-4)

How often do you think Matty Ice plays back Super Bowl LI in his head? Four, maybe five times a week? The good news for Ryan: Now he gets to see Tom Brady twice a year in the flesh with the Golden Boy playing for division rival Tampa.


15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

Age: 38

Career record (postseason): 144-71-1 (13-8)

After missing all but two games last season, it’s starting to look like the end is near for Big Ben. The two-time Super Bowl winner has talent around him — including a defense that is among the league’s best. Can he go out with a bang?


14. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia

Age: 27

Career record (postseason): 32-24 (0-1)

The North Dakota State product is a favorite of football guys everywhere. But are we sure he’s elite? Last year’s stats didn’t jump off the page, and he never seems to make it through a season intact.


13. Deshaun Watson, Houston

Age: 24

Career record (postseason): 24-13 (1-2)

One of the most electric playmakers in the NFL, Watson is a proven winner and leader. Unfortunately, he has two major bugaboos: He takes a lot of sacks and turns the ball over more than he should. Losing Hopkins doesn’t help, either.


12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit

Age: 32

Career record (postseason): 69-79-1 (0-3)

Weep for Stafford — a talented QB who’s spent his entire career languishing in Motown. Some might ding him for a lack of playoff success, but even the great Barry Sanders couldn’t deliver Lions fans more than one postseason victory.


11. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Age: 36

Career record (postseason): 113-60-1 (10-8)

The record was great in 2019 (13-3). The numbers? Not so much. The Packers offense was a hair above mediocre, and Rodgers isn’t getting any younger. That said, is there anyone you’d rather give the ball to trailing with two minutes left?


10. Derek Carr, Las Vegas

Age: 29

Career record (postseason): 39-55 (0-0)

There may be no greater indictment of this ranking system than this guy landing at 10 — eyeliner and all. But say this for Carr: he completes passes at a high rate and takes care of the ball. Put him on the 49ers, and he probably wins 12 games.


9. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay

Age: 43

Career record (postseason): 219-64 (30-11)

Nobody is more accomplished. Nobody is cooler under pressure. Nobody is … quite so old. The production was unspectacular in his final year in New England. With all the weapons at his disposal in Tampa, however, TB12 could make serious noise in 2020.


8. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco

Age: 28

Career record (postseason): 21-5 (2-1)

Not only is Jimmy G damn handsome, he’s good enough to not screw up one of the most loaded offenses in the NFL. Could you put just about any competent QB into this situation and watch them succeed? Yes. Some guys have all the luck.


7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota

Age: 32

Career record (postseason): 44-42-2 (1-2)

Do we like rating Cousins this high? Of course not. But even with Stefon Diggs out of the picture, Minnesota remains chock full of talent. And last year’s fourth-rated passer (107.4) knows how to use it — in the regular season.


6. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee

Age: 32

Career record (postseason): 49-49 (2-1)

Give this man a running game, and good things happen. Tannehill’s rating off play-action (143.6) was the best in the league last year, as was his yards per attempt (14.1). Amazing how much better Derrick Henry makes a quarterback.


5. Dak Prescott, Dallas

Age: 27

Career record (postseason): 40-24 (1-2)

Too high, you say? Prescott was second in the league in passing yards (4,902), fourth in touchdown passes (30) and third in net yards per pass attempt (7.68) in 2019. The man makes plays. He just needs to make more of them in big games.


4. Russell Wilson, Seattle

Age: 31

Career record (postseason): 86-41-1 (9-6)

Outside of one shortcoming — he takes sacks, lots of ’em — Wilson has it all. Accuracy, mobility, smarts, poise. The big question now is when will Pete Carroll finally hand over the keys to the offense and let an artist paint?


3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore

Age: 23

Career record (postseason): 19-3 (0-2)

Last year’s league MVP has answered every question but one: Can the uber-athletic, big-play machine win when it matters most? After back-to-back playoff duds, the pressure is on for Jackson to exorcise his postseason demons.


2. Drew Brees, New Orleans

Age: 41

Career record (postseason): 163-111 (8-8)

Brees may be on the wrong side of 40, but his production remains as good as ever: he led the NFL in completion percentage and was second in QB rating in 2019. Still, that’s a lot of tread on those tires. How much longer does he have?


1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City

Age: 24

Career record (postseason): 24-7 (4-1)

As if anyone else could top this list. Even with a down regular season (for him), Mahomes’ combination of accuracy, playmaking and pocket awareness remains unmatched — and he’s still only 24. Translation: The best is yet to come.