Joe Barrow. Justin Herbert. Jalen Hurts. Tua Tagovailoa. My apologies to Jordan Love, the 2020 quarterback class is closely tied to many of the key storylines of this NFL season. Three out of four passers are key players in the MVP race. Two of them ended with exciting junior seasons. All four are in line for massive contract extensions this offseason, with a billion dollars likely to be scattered among some of the league’s most promising young signalers.

Just one question: If the league were going to pick those quarterbacks again—knowing what they’ve learned over the past three seasons—in what order would they pick?

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What makes these quarterbacks even more fascinating is the way they address various arguments and evaluation elements. Burrow is a winner who didn’t lose to Patrick Mahomes and really made it to the Super Bowl. As a passer, Tagovailoa is having the best season of 2022, leading the league in most performance metrics. Hurts is the most versatile of the four and the one with the most significant improvement since being drafted. And Herbert, whose Chargers team plays Tagovailoa’s Dolphins on Sunday night, could be the quarterback you’d draw on paper if you wanted to build the perfect passer with prototypical arm strength, accuracy, and stamina.

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You already know all this. I know you want me to book these quarterbacks, and I know you’ll probably get mad about my rating. This is fine. You can literally put them in any possible order and defend it with some semblance of plausibility (although it’s hard for me to imagine a universe where Burrow is ranked fourth). If you rate these guys for who you want one disk in 2022 you may have one answer. If you are debating who would you like in the next 10 years? It may be different.

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Let’s lay out the pros and cons of all four before I make my choice. I’ll go in order of picking each signaler in 2020, which means we’ll start with the guy who completed the biggest game of Week 13.

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (#1 in 2020)

Pros: Precision, durability, franchise-changing confidence, clutch performance
Minuses: Bag propensity, lack of arm strength

The last two big draws of Sunday’s dramatic victory over the Chiefs were a microcosm of Burrow’s 2022 season. In second place with 2:05 left and a 3-point lead, the Bengals spread out the Chiefs and asked Burrow to pick a side. He started the game by looking to the right, where slot machine recipient Tyler Boyd had a leverage advantage on the corner of the slot. But he wisely saw that Joshua Williams was around the corner of the Chiefs trying to catch Boyd’s quick exit and looked the other way.

He was able to open a back-up tight end for Mitchell Wilcox at the sticks, but didn’t have time to make a clean shot. He was clambering under pressure from George Karlaftis and Chris Jones also began to close in, so Burrow slid down to get the sack. It might have been a reasonable game if the clock was running, but since the game started at 2:05, it had to stop right after the whistle for a two-minute warning. It was a bad shot as he scored second and fourth as the conversion wins the game and although the defense was not perfect he had plenty of time to get rid of the ball. Mahomes and Josh Allen are probably throwing Wilcox from the platform in this window.