On April 29, fans of teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets will be tuning in to the 2021 NFL Draft in the hopes of seeing their long suffering team select a franchise-saving player early in the first round. The road to a Super Bowl starts with a good quarterback, and with highly touted prospects like Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Justin Fields available, fans will have plenty of reason for optimism going into the 2021 season.
When selecting a quarterback early in the first round, teams undoubtedly hope those players will become the face of the franchise, leading their teams to continued postseason success for many years and setting a new standard of excellence.
In order to determine each franchise’s best quarterback of all time, 24/7 Wall St. used data from Pro Football Reference to review a player’s statistics, honors, and postseason success with a given team.
For some teams, their greatest quarterback is obvious. For instance, no player has come close to the success of Tom Brady, so he is clearly the best QB in New England Patriots history. For others, it was difficult to determine the best quarterback because several had great success with the franchise — Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers both won three MVPs with the Green Bay Packers, but Bart Starr propelled them to five championships and won an MVP himself.
Unfortunately for other teams, it was difficult to determine the top QB for another reason — they have never had a truly great player under center for any significant amount of time. For whatever reason, some teams cannot seem to get a quarterback to pan out, even if they draft someone who seemed to be a highly touted prospect. These are the most disappointing draft picks of all time.
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