NFL Quarterback Class of 2020 Dominating In 2022

Written by Tony Ghaul

The 2020 quarterback draft class may go down as the best of all-time. Three quarterbacks were selected in the top six of the 2020 NFL Draft. Heisman winner Joe Burrow went No. 1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Miami Dolphins took Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5, which left Justin Herbert to the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6.

If the 2020 class only gave you those three top-ten successes, it would be a stellar group, but it doesn’t stop there. In the second round, with the 53rd pick in the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised many when they called the name of Jalen Hurts, the fifth passer drafted. Jordan Love was the fourth, taken by the Green Bay Packers.

Now in the 2022 season; as we head into Week 14, Burrow, Tagovailoa, Herbert, and Hurts all rank in the top ten in the NFL in touchdown passes.

Only two draft classes have finished with four-plus quarterbacks in the top ten of touchdown passes over the past 40 years, the legendary 1983 Class (in 1986) and the 2004 Class (in 2009.)

2020 QB draft class. Photo courtsey of Pinhead Sports

Burrow is second in the NFL with 3,446 passing yards and tied for second with his 25 scoring strikes. With a Week 14 win against the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals can lock up their second-straight winning season.

Herbert takes on Tagovailoa, who leads the NFL in passer rating (112.0). At 24, Tua could become the second-youngest player to lead the league in passer rating. With 3,339 passing yards, Herbert ranks fourth in the NFL, giving him 12,689 career yards.

As for Hurts, he has the Eagles with the best record in the NFL, and at 11-1, they’re on the cusp of clinching a second-straight postseason berth with a win on Sunday. Hurts, who is third in passer rating (108.3), also joins Burrow and Tagovailoa in the top five of completion percentage and is second only to Tua in yards per pass.

If the season ended today, Hurts would have the Eagles as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while Burrow’s and Tagovailoa’s teams are 8-4, tied for the top wild card in the AFC. At 6-6, Herbert and the Chargers trail the New York Jets for the final postseason spot in the conference.

With Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts all thriving in Year 3, the 2020 NFL Draft QB class has all-time potential.

The truth of this is: Dolphins are happy with Tua. Chargers are happy with Herbert. Bengals are happy with Burrow. Eagles are happy with Hurts. They all have their long term solution at QB.

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