The 2024 NFL Draft is in the books, and the biggest wave of free agency is over. That makes it a perfect time to take stock of NFL rosters as we head toward the 2024 season.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the quarterbacks, running backs, and pass catchers for all 32 NFL Teams. I’ll be ranking each unit 1-16 in their conference. When it comes to taking stock of the whole unit, it’s not just about star power but depth. That’s especially true as we begin with quarterbacks. A total of 66 quarterbacks started in 2023, and 68 started in 2022. That means you need more than one—sometimes more than two! Today, I look at the first part of the NFC Quarterbacks, teams 16 through nine. Teams appear in ascending order.

No. 16: New York Giants

On the Roster: Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, and Tommy DeVito

About: We start with the Giants. Last year I had the Giants up higher, but we saw a dreadful 2023 campaign from Jones. The team was just 1-5 in his six starts as he tossed two touchdowns and six interceptions, fresh off signing a big extension in the off-season. Now, Jones has to prove himself in 2024. The team was rumored to have looked at Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy in the draft before ultimately grabbing a wide receiver in Malik Nabers.

There’s also some speculation that new quarterback Drew Lock—who started games for the Broncos and Seahawks—could have a legitimate shot at taking the starting job. Neither feels like an impressive option. The same goes for DeVito, who, as an undrafted free agent, made a splash last season. The Giants have options, but it wasn’t enough for me to put them up any higher.

No. 15: Minnesota Vikings

On the Roster: J.J. McCarthy, Sam Darnold, Nick Mullens, and Jaren Hall

About: Coming off Kirk Cousins, it was always going to be something of a step-down. But the Vikings weren’t able to land much in free agency. The team still has Mullens and Hall—each of whom started a game or games down the stretch in 2023. That stretch knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs, so it figured the Vikings would add to the room.

First, they added veteran Darnold. He had an up-and-down career with the Jets, then a rough 2021 season in Carolina. But coming in to spell Baker Mayfield in 2022, he went 4-2 as a starter in Carolina. He threw for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He didn’t have much of an on-field presence in 2023 but did serve as a quality backup and make a start for the 49ers. He feels like a solid bridge quarterback and could get a chance to start early in 2023.

The Vikings also spent a First-Round pick on Michigan quarterback McCarthy in the draft. McCarthy is somewhat of an unknown heading into 2024. That leaves the Vikings with four options—though I suspect at least one of Mullens and Hall will be released prior to the season. It’s likely that Darnold and McCarthy split the starts in 2024. I like that combination a bit better than the combination in New York, even if it doesn’t boast as much experience.

No. 14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On the Roster: Baker Mayfield, Kyle Trask, and John Wolford

About: We get to the tough part of the countdown now. If we were going purely by starting quarterback, Mayfield might be higher. But this is grading the unit as a whole. Mayfield was the first overall pick by the Browns and had an uneven tenure. After washing out in Carolina in 2022, he made some spot starts for the Rams. That was enough to earn him a shot at redemption in 2023 with the Buccaneers. He made the most of it, throwing for 4,044 yards, 28 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. But that was with Dave Canales as Offensive Coordinator—and now he’s in Carolina. So, that creates some questions. Behind Mayfield, the Buccaneers have a couple of career backups with little NFL experience. That leaves plenty of potential at the top—enough that I had to put them above the Giants and Vikings—but little in the way of depth.

No. 13: New Orleans Saints

On the Roster: Derek Carr, Spencer Rattler, Jake Haener, Kellen Mond, and Nathan Peterman

About: The Saints have a lot of people on the roster, but it’s not all that inspiring. Carr is a solid starter who was good with the Raiders and had a strong 2023 season with the Saints. For his career, Carr has thrown for 39,100 yards, 242 touchdowns, and just 107 interceptions. He’s a solid, veteran starter who should do fine for the Saints.

Behind him are development prospects—a lot of development prospects. Haener, formerly of Fresno State, was taken in the 2023 draft, while Rattler was taken in the draft in May. Mond and Peterman are players who never caught on. I suspect one or two of them will be off the roster by the start of the season. No matter who remains, the Saints will lack experience behind Carr. It was a tough call between the Saints and Buccaneers, but if pressed, I’m more intrigued by Haener and Rattler than Trask.

No. 12: Detroit Lions

On the Roster: Jared Goff, Hendon Hooker, and Nate Sudfeld

About: I love Goff, and I love his fit for the Lions. He was great again in 2023, throwing for 4,575 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions as the Lions got to the NFC Championship Game. In fact, the Lions are likely one of the big contenders in the NFC again in 2024. But, again, this is about the unit as a whole. And while the Lions had a veteran backup in 2023 in Teddy Bridgewater, the team now has little experience behind Goff. Hooker was a selection last year as a quarterback of the future, but he spent the season recovering from an injury he got at Tennessee. Sudfeld is little more than a career backup. So, I like Goff, but I am weary of the experience—or lack thereof—behind him on the Lions’ depth chart.

No. 11: Washington Commanders

On the Roster: Jayden Daniels, Marcus Mariota, Jeff Driskel, Jake Fromm, and Sam Hartman

About: This was a close call with the Lions, but I went with depth and upside to pull the Commanders up to No. 11. That starts with Daniels, the second overall pick, who figures to be the starter. For the LSU Tigers in 2023, he threw for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns, adding 1,134 yards rushing and 10 more touchdowns. He has great upside.

Behind him, the team added Mariota as a veteran backup. He’s played with several teams, including last season behind Jalen Hurts with the Eagles. Driskel also has backup experience, even playing for the Texans in 2022. Meanwhile, Fromm and Hartman are developmental players. I don’t think all of them will make the regular roster, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hartman on the Practice Squad. Overall, I like the way the Commanders are making over their room.

No. 10: Chicago Bears

On the Roster: Caleb Williams, Tyson Bagent, and Brett Rypien

About: The Bears had the first overall pick and used it to grab Williams. In 2023 at USC, Williams threw for 3,633 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also added ten rushing touchdowns. In 2022, he threw for 4,537 yards and 42 touchdowns. He’s got great talent and upside, but behind him, there isn’t much.

Bagent started a few games as an undrafted rookie in 2023, and Rypien started a few games during his tenure with the Broncos. Neither offers a lot of upside if they step in to play. So, while I like Williams, I can’t vault the Bears any higher with this quarterback room.

No. 9: Green Bay Packers

On the Roster: Jordan Love, Sean Clifford, and Michael Pratt

About: To end this first half of the NFC QB countdown, we come to Green Bay. At this time last year, I had the Packers at the bottom of the list. I was dead wrong. The team still doesn’t have much in terms of depth, which is why they are here, but Love had an incredible run in his first year as a starter. In 2023, he threw for 4,159 yards and 32 touchdowns. He looks like a star and is a Top 12 QB for me in Dynasty.

Behind him, the Packers have a complete lack of experience. Clifford was a late-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and Pratt was a Seventh-Round selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. I like Pratt as a development prospect, but it’s hard to feel confident of either quarterback should Love go down with an injury. While Love is great, the Packers’ depth is suspect. That lands them squarely in the middle of the NFC.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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