- ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky put out a list of his top-five NFL QBs under 25 on Tuesday.
- Orlovsky put Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow atop the list above Lamar Jackson and three others.
- Football fans had plenty to say about the rankings, with many disagreeing.
ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky decided he wanted to set his Twitter mentions on fire on Tuesday morning.
Orlovsky put out a list of the top NFL quarterbacks under the the age of 25.
Top 5 QBs 25 or younger (in order)
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) June 21, 2022
The list was fairly straightforward. Cincinnati Bengals signal caller Joe Burrow sat at the top after leading his team to the Super Bowl last season. Former league MVP Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens check in at No. 2, ahead of Justin Herbert, Trevor Lawrence and Mac Jones.
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was noticeably absent, as was Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Needless to say fans weren’t a huge fan of their exclusion.
Tua > Mac Jones
Here’s their numbers side by side for the first 17 games:
Mac: 67.7%, 22 TDs, 13 INTs, 3801 yards, 92 rate, 0 rushing TDs
Tua: 66.2% 23 TDs, 11 INTs, 3746 yards, 91 rate, 6 rushing TDs
— Cam 🐬 (@TuaGangGang) June 21, 2022
So let me get this right, YOU believe Mac Jones, Tua's back up in college is BETTER than Tua? I'd love for you to tell me WHAT Jones does better than Tua, I'll wait….
— Drew 🇩🇴 (@El_Baron_deTete) June 21, 2022
Just completely ignored Kyler Murray
— Seth (@seth_silvani) June 21, 2022
Did you forget Murray or is he not top 5 to you?
— Life is Good (@HBCU__) June 21, 2022
Those weren’t the only complaints. Fans also felt Herbert should have been higher on the list, with many arguing he should be in the top spot.
Dan I love your breakdowns, but I think this is disrespecting Herbert too much. Burrow is great and so is Lamar, but Herbert has played better, and might even win MVP this year. Put him #1
— Melo (@MichaelOII21) June 21, 2022
Come on Dan you are better than this. Herbert is clearly #1. pic.twitter.com/G3n6Tvt698
— TooNzDaDon (@TooNzDaDon13) June 21, 2022
Is the correct ranking
— BLEHH (@stairway2sevenx) June 21, 2022
You’ve gotten a lot better over the years, Dan, I will say. But even as a ravens fan, I would still take Herbert over Lamar
— SelltheWizards #TedLeonsis (@ravenwizardd) June 21, 2022
Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields were other names that fans felt should have been included.
Fans especially criticized the inclusion of Jones. The second-year Patriots starter finished as the runner-up to Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase for the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021, but many felt he was protected by New England’s offense.
Orlovsky’s rankings are certainly debatable, but that’s becoming the norm for he and his ESPN NFL Live colleagues.