4. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
• Cumulative ranking: 4.33
• Highest ranking: 4
• Lowest ranking: 6
Much like Justin Herbert, Josh Allen has managed to defy expectations in the NFL and become one of the game's best QBs. Allen broke out in 2020 and proved that his sudden emergence was far from a one-year fluke.
The 25-year-old finished with 42 total touchdowns (36 passing) and 15 interceptions completing 63 percent of his passes and averaging 6.9 yards per attempt.
Allen proved that he had the ability to completely take over games, and that was no more evident than in the postseason when he threw for nine touchdowns and zero interceptions in two games.
Amazingly, his four-touchdown performance in the Divisional Round wasn't enough to help his team advance, but that's only because he ran into the next quarterback on our list.
3. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
• Cumulative ranking: 2.5
• Highest ranking: 1
• Lowest ranking: 5
What is there to say about Patrick Mahomes that hasn't already been said at this point? Mahomes was one of three different quarterbacks to receive a first-place vote in our rankings and it's hard to argue with that.
An early-season slump (if you can call it that) was quickly erased from the mind when Mahomes started doing Mahomes things again. He cut down on the turnovers throwing just four interceptions in his final 11 games after tossing 10 in his first eight starts.
Mahomes finished with 40 total touchdowns (37 passing) and 13 interceptions throwing for 4,839 yards while averaging 7.4 yards per attempt. He was arguably the best QB in the NFL in 2021.
Mahomes will have the chance to add to his growing legacy with a second Super Bowl ring very much within grasp.