November 9, 2020

Predicting the Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates in 5 Years

Oh, hello there, all you silly peasants stuck in the year 2020. 

Not us. We've somehow managed to invent time travel. And the first thing we did was teleport alllll the way to 2025.  

Why then? Well, that's because we wanted to see who will be dominating the NFL five years from now. And we also wanted to get away from the coronavirus. But we digress... 

We won't bore you with the details of what the world looks like — hint: it's not great — but we will tell you the five players who have been in the MVP discussion and are the faces of the modern NFL. 

You won't be surprised to hear that the MVP is still a quarterback award, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. What is surprising is the names who aren't in the MVP discussion, such as Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen. 

So who are these elite players who have taken their game to the next level over the next half-decade? Let's find out. 

Kyler Murray

Former Heisman winner Kyler Murray has looked as good as advertised through the first 24 games of his career, tallying 48 touchdowns and nearly 7,000 yards is one hell of a start to your career.

Now, Murray has an elite WR1 with DeAndre Hopkins to help him pad his stats. Add in Murray’s ability to escape the pocket and do damage with his legs and you have a quarterback who can rack up stats and wins.

With an offensive-minded coach like Kliff Kingsbury calling the shots, Murray will have some huge statistical seasons as he evolves throughout his career.

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow has played in just eight games in his career so this premonition could be either incredibly accurate or a complete joke in five years, but trust us: Burrow has looked like a legit future NFL star in his first half-season in the league.

He can make the throws, he can make things happen with his legs and he certainly has the confidence. While the Bengals are struggling this season, they're infinitely more entertaining with the highly accurate LSU product on the field.

If he continues to get better, Burrow could become the Bengals' Andrew Luck and a future MVP in this league.

Patrick Mahomes

Duh. We could just leave it at that and move on and everyone who has ever seen Patrick Mahomes throw a pass would understand. Already with one MVP, Mahomes is all but certain to lock down multiple MVP awards in his career. Hell, he could have five MVPs in five years with the way he is playing.

Through the first half of the season, Mahomes has been his incredible self which means he's the favorite for the 2020 MVP, and he should probably be the favorite every year for the next decade.

Mahomes is going to be an elite NFL quarterback for years. He is an Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre type quarterback who can win games on his own and will likely put up the career numbers that they did. If he stays at the pace he is on throughout his career, he will retire with a lot of all-time NFL records.

Justin Herbert

This name might be surprising, but if you've seen Justin Herbert play in his rookie season then it shouldn't be. 

Herbert, who made his debut in Week 2 against the Chiefs, has been must-see TV despite winning only one game in seven starts. He already has one of the best arms in the league, and his deep passes are absolutely majestic. 

At just 22, Herbert will only get better. If he's playing like a top-10 quarterback in his first seven games, then imagine what he'll be capable of when his mind catches up his physical talent. 

Hopefully, the Chargers will pair him with an aggressive head coach so that his talent won't be wasted and he can win multiple MVPs in his future. 

Trevor Lawrence

It is hard to put a player on this list who has yet to even play in the NFL but if anyone that is still in college deserves to be on this list it is Trevor Lawrence. A lock to be the No. 1 pick next year, Lawrence appears to be a legit NFL quarterback in waiting.

Mentioned as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck, the Clemson star has a lot of hype to live up to, but if he realizes his potential then he should be an MVP candidate early in his career. 

Of course, a lot can happen in five years so Lawrence could be compared to Patrick Mahomes or he could be JaMarcus Russell 2.0. However, I’m certainly leaning more towards Mahomes. 

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