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Best quarterbacks available in the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency

It’s officially team-building season for the NFL, and that means all 32 franchises are spending countless hours figuring out how to shape their rosters for 2021 and beyond. And one of the big decisions is whether to address positions of need via the 2021 NFL Draft, the upcoming free-agency period or the trade market.

Teams assess their weaknesses and look at all potential options in a given position group. In this series, we’ll investigate the strengths and weaknesses of all positions this offseason, with an eye toward the draft, free agency and the potential trade options.

Here’s a look at the 2021 offseason quarterback market.

Best QBs Available via Free Agency (Free-Agent board rank)

  1.     Dak Prescott (1)
  2.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (18)
  3.     Jameis Winston (29)
  4.     Cam Newton (34)
  5.     Andy Dalton (35)

Editor's note: PFF’s 2021 NFL free-agency rankings offer three-year player grades, updated contract information, in-depth player analysis and PFF’s newly developed Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric for all of the top NFL free agents. Click here to view the full list.

The potential prize of the free-agent market is Prescott, but there’s still a high-percentage chance that he will re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys before free agency starts. If he’s available, it’s a potential top-10 quarterback who will be coveted by every QB-needy team not picking in the top four of the draft.

Prescott posted the highest grade of his career in 2020, albeit on a limited sample, and he did so in a Dallas attack that relied heavily on the passing game. He recorded the 11th-highest percentage of positively graded throws prior to his injury and has taken his game to a new level over the past two years.


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