Following the NFL Draft, we are predicting NFL starting quarterbacks for all 32 NFL teams ahead of the new 2022/2023 NFL season.
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The NFL Draft has come and gone, and we now have more quarterbacks in the league. However, there also appear to be fewer starting jobs available than ever before.
In the 2022 NFL Draft, only one quarterback, Kenny Pickett from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected in the first round. He went No. 20 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Other top prospects, such as Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis, Matt Corral, and Sam Howell, were not drafted until the third round or later.
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There is also the lingering question of current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Owed $18 million, Mayfield is slated to be No. 2 on the depth chart behind the new $230 million guaranteed, Deshaun Watson. But Mayfield has made it clear since the team acquired Watson that he wants out.
The problem now, though, especially with the draft happening, is wondering where he’ll go. Wherever he goes, will he start?
There are only 32 starting quarterback jobs available. Here, we will be predicting starting QBs for each franchise on the opening day of the new NFL season. Perhaps, we might find a home for Mayfield where he will be starting…
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Predicting NFL Starting Quarterbacks: All 32
We’ll go in alphabetical order.
Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray
Despite some off-field drama this offseason, the Cardinals will have Kyler Murray as their starting quarterback this season. However, he’ll be without wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after he received a six-game suspension.
Atlanta Falcons – Marcus Mariota
After drafting Ridder in the third round, he’ll come in and serve as not only competition but a nice substitute for Marcus Mariota should things go south.
Out of the gate, expect Mariota, who signed a two-year $18.75 million contract ($6.75 million guaranteed), to start. This will be an excellent time for Ridder to learn on the sidelines.
Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson
The Ravens will have some decisions to make later in terms of fifth-year options and whatnot. But Lamar Jackson will be under center for this upcoming season.
Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen
Josh Allen, Josh Allen, Josh Allen.
This guy could win MVP.
Carolina Panthers – Sam Darnold
Although they only committed a third-round pick to Matt Corral, there doesn’t seem to be a sense that the Panthers will now trade away future draft capital for Mayfield plus the contract he’ll be owed.
If anything, they’ll need Mayfield to be cut. But the Browns don’t appear to be poised to do that.
Sadly, it’s looking like the Panthers will roll with Sam Darnold in Week 1.
Chicago Bears – Justin Fields
The Bears will be sporting second-year quarterback Justin Fields for his first entire season of starting. But the weapons around him will be a wasteland of talent as the team only brought in Velus Jones Jr. in the draft. He will be 25 years old when the season starts.
Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow
He brought took to the Super Bowl. Yes, he will be the starter for a good long while – Joe Burrow.
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Cleveland Browns – Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson. I’ll bet $230 million on it.
Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott
After signing an extension last offseason, Dak Prescott will be the starter in Jerry World for a while.
Denver Broncos – Russell Wilson
Detroit Lions – Jared Goff
It will be Jared Goff for at least one more year.
Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers
There would be no point in even predicting NFL starting quarterbacks if every team was like Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers. Come on now.
Houston Texans – Davis Mills
He’s still a young, developmental guy, but the Texans appear pretty committed to giving Davis Mills the reins for at least this next season.
This is a potential Mayfield spot, but given the state of their roster, it just doesn’t make sense.
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Indianapolis Colts – Matt Ryan
After trading for him in the offseason, the Colts will have their guy in Matt Ryan starting this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence
The No. 1 overall pick from a year ago, Trevor Lawrence, hopes that the team around him and the coaching staff perform better.
Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes. Obviously.
Las Vegas Raiders – Derek Carr
The three-year, $120.5 million extension (with $65.2 million guaranteed) strongly suggests Derek Carr will be the Raiders starter for a few more years.
Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert
He’s been electric since he’s come into the league. Justin Herbert will be looking ahead to another season of growth in the NFL.
Los Angeles Rams – Matthew Stafford
Maybe a Super Bowl repeat with Matthew Stafford? We’ll see.
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Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa
After bringing in former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as their head coach, he was quick to speak highly of Tua Tagovailoa. It will be interesting to see how McDaniel responds after this season if Tua does not perform.
Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins will be in Minnesota for at least the next two seasons.
New England Patriots – Mac Jones
Their draft this year was odd, to say the least. But their starter will be the No. 15 pick from a year ago, and that’s Mac Jones.
New Orleans Saints – Jameis Winston
The Saints brought in wide receiver Chris Olave and offensive tackle Trevor Penning in the draft. This was in order to help bolster New Orleans’ Jameis Winston-led offense.
New York Giants – Daniel Jones
It’s do-or-die time for Daniel Jones. This could be his last season as the Giants starter.
New York Jets – Zach Wilson
It’s year two of the Zach Wilson experience.
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Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Hurts
This is a sleeper spot should Mayfield get released, but after bringing in A.J. Brown in a draft-day trade, the Eagles will give Jalen Hurts another opportunity to cement himself as their long-term answer.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Mitchell Trubisky
The draft choice of Pickett at No. 20 overall would make you think it would be him. However, the team did also sign Trubisky to a two-year deal. With that said, the two-year agreement only has $5.25 million guaranteed.
There will be a preseason battle, and I’ll guess that Trubisky wins out to start the year.
San Francisco 49ers – Trey Lance
All offseason long, we were convinced this team would trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Yet he’s still on the team.
There has been some discussion within the team about being underwhelmed by Lance, but after investing multiple draft picks to go up and get him in last year’s draft at No. 3 overall, the team will find a trade partner for Garoppolo and start Lance Week 1.
Seattle Seahawks – Baker Mayfield
The current starter is slated to be Drew Lock, but I’m not buying it. This will be the best guess for the Mayfield landing spot after signing a low-money deal after he is cut from the Browns to secure a starting job.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom Brady
Tom Brady is back, y’all.
Tennessee Titans – Ryan Tannehill
He may not be interested in mentoring Malik Willis, and that’s fine. This may be Ryan Tannehill’s final season as the Titans starter anyway.
Washington Commanders Starting QB – Carson Wentz
Sadly, it’s going to be Carson Wentz. Sorry, Commanders fans.
So, we are done predicting NFL starting quarterbacks for the new 2022/2023 season.
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