NFC South QB power rankings heading into Week 1

Where does Derek Carr stand in a somewhat average NFC South quarterback room?
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It is finally here. Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season is upon us, and the New Orleans Saints look like a favorite to win the division.

The only problem is, if you look around at many experts' predictions, you'll see a wide variety of picks for the NFC South. Sure, the Saints may look like the best team on paper, but they still have plenty of questions, as do their divisional opponents.

But, when it comes to the quarterback position, the Saints have the best situation going into Week 1, right? Let's check in.

4. Desmond Ridder, Falcons

Look, Desmond Ridder's rookie campaign didn't offer us much to judge from. He started just four games, throwing for 708 yards, two touchdowns and zero picks while completing 63.5 percent of his passes. Those numbers are good for an average of 177 passing yards per game, which isn't necessarily a horrible average for a rookie in just a handful of games.

The problem is, Ridder was drafted in the third round and not as a top prospect. He played like a third-round rookie, not a top prospect. For now, we don't have enough to judge him on. Now, I know what you're thinking. If Ridder doesn't have enough for us to judge from, why is he sitting behind a rookie?

Here's why: Bryce Young was drafted as the number one overall pick. He looked the part in the preseason. He comes with a whole lot of pressure on his shoulders, and maybe I'm just betting on the kid. For now, I need to see more from Ridder if we are to put him higher on this list. And, remember, these could change very quickly.