All hail Lamar Jackson, the one true king of the AFC North, John Harbaugh and the First Men, Lord of the Purple Kingdom and Protector of M&T Bank Stadium.
It feels like just yesterday that the Ravens picked a 21-year-old kid out of Louisville at the end of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. That draft class saw five quarterbacks get selected on opening night and only one (poor Josh Rosen) has failed to hold down a starting job.
Though fellow draft pick Josh Allen has soared into elite status with his breakout campaign last season, don’t trust the recency bias. Jackson’s stats in his first three seasons in the league prove he was arguably the best pick all along.
In a post-draft interview, a giddy and bright-eyed Jackson said, “[The Ravens] are gonna get a Super Bowl out of me. Believe that.” We do, Lamar. We do.
That was some trip down memory lane.
All of Jackson’s talents aside, the Ravens will come up against some equally dominant quarterbacks in one of the toughest schedules this year.
From sharp-witted signal-callers to God-blessed throwing machines, the de facto leaders of these teams have the same dreams as Jackson.
May the best quarterback win.
These are the four best quarterbacks the Ravens will face in 2021.