The 2018 NFL draft has produced one of the best quarterback classes of the past ten years. It gave us the three players who won a playoff game in the 2020 season, one former MVP, and an AFC championship runner-up this past season. I am of course talking about Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson. These three quarterbacks look like they will be competing for super bowls and playoff spots for the next ten years.
We also saw Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen go in the first round, but as of right now those two players have yet to live up to that potential. While they are still in the league and could turn their careers around, we will mostly focus on the three who have found the most success.
Ranking the 2018 NFL Draft QB Class
This was a tough ranking because you could probably argue that for Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. But a former league MVP should probably receive the top spot, and Jackson fits that bill. Lamar has also won 30 of his 37 career games, throwing an incredible 68:18 touchdown to interception ratio. And that of course doesn’t include all of his production in the running game.
From a true talent standpoint, you might think of Lamar as the best player, but you can’t argue how dominant he has been in his career. He remains one of the NFL’s hardest players to defend and should continue to grow as a pure passer.
Jackson from a pure talent standpoint is the best quarterback from this class. His success is growing every year and with the right pieces, the sky is the limit. Baltimore Ravens fans should be ecstatic about their bright future.
If you made this list a year ago you might have Josh Allen in third place. But after his most successful season in the NFL, and a trip to the AFC championship game, Allen looks like a franchise changer. He just put up his best stats and was more accurate than he has ever been. He was an MVP finalist and AFC runner-up.
While Allen has only one year of great NFL success, this season showed us how good he can really be. Probably the rawest of the five choices in the 2018 NFL draft, Allen has shown the largest development of all the quarterbacks from this class and has finally cemented himself as a future great player in the league.
While his stats have been the worst of three, his success puts him over Baker Mayfield for this list. Allen has seen two winning seasons, two playoff berths, and is 28-15 in his career as a starter. It’s no doubt the Buffalo Bills hit the nail on the head in the 2018 NFL draft.
As a Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield fan, this was a hard ranking to give. Baker just delivered a playoff win to the city of Cleveland and put together his best season in the pros. But he has yet to eclipse the success of Jackson or Allen. He may however have one of the brightest futures in the league and really made the case as a top ten QB last year. Mayfield has found the head coach he needs and the offensive weapons to help him reach the level of Jackson and Allen.
While Mayfield is the worst of the three right now, he still projects to be a successful and productive player for years to come. The quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft class look to be one of the best in recent history.
The 2018 NFL draft quarterback class has seen its fair share of comparisons to the class of 2004, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers. As all three quarterbacks were great for many years. It’s tough to really compare Mayfield, Jackson, and Allen because they are all so young. However, based on what we have seen, the best has been Jackson. There is still plenty of time for that to change.
If you make a comparison between Mayfield and the other two, you would see that he has had the least success. He also has had four head coaches in three years and hasn’t had a stable environment until right now.
That’s the most telling part. Baker had to go through a lot early in his career, that the other 2 didn’t have to. Jackson and Allen were put in much better spots and were able to strive much earlier. Mayfield is definitely closing the gap though, as these quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft class could go down as one of the best in NFL history.
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