Ranking all 32 Starting QB’s in the NFL 2017
1) Tom Brady, New England Patriots – No, I don’t rank him number one because he has won more Super Bowl rings than anyone else. I rank him number one because he is a tremendous QB who, when most guys would be retiring, is leading his team from 25 points down to win a Super Bowl. If you don’t think he is the number one QB today, you are being blinded by jealousy. Brady is a tremendous leader and that is what makes him great, no matter the situation his teammates still believe they can win because Brady is at the helm.
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – I put Rodgers over Ryan based on the body of his whole career. Rodgers also plays with next to no running game or defense. Having Rodgers on your team makes you almost a 10 win team no matter what else you put around him.
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – There have been nine seasons where a quarterback has thrown at least 5,000 yards. Brees is responsible for five of those seasons, and he is 178 yards shy of doing it two other times. If the Saints defense improves, Brees could make another Super Bowl run before his career ends.
4) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – Ryan is gaining on Rodgers. Another year like last year and he may catch him. Ryan has a ton of weapons and an ever improving defense. If the Falcons can overcome a Super Bowl hangover, the sky will be the limit.
5) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – Wilson continually improves every year, it’s just the team around him that is not as good as it once was. Wilson has great pocket presence and great feet, which allow him to get through his progression faster than most QB’s.
6) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Big Ben, in my opinion, is very underrated. He has the ability to extend plays, and while it is true that early in his career he had a penchant for turnovers, that has not been the case as much in the last few years. He is in the twilight of his career, but he is still one of the best in the business.
7) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford, without an injury to his hand last year, may have won an MVP and probably the NFC North. He doesn’t have a lot around him, but he makes the most out of what he does have.
8) Eli Manning, New York Giants – Manning had a bounce back season after a few rough years. The weapons they added in the offseason have things looking up big time for Eli and the Giants.
9) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – I know Luck catches a lot of heat, but he plays behind a poor offensive line and the defense for the Colts has been atrocious over the last couple of years. Luck constantly plays hurt, but if the line can improve, he will put up numbers. If the defense plays better, he could take the Colts on a playoff run. If you compare him to a Carr or Mariota, Luck has accomplished more.
10) Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders – I know Raiders fans will call me names for this, but Carr has not accomplished as much as the quarterbacks ranked above him. With that being said, it would not surprise me if Carr finishes the season in the top 5.
11) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – Dalton has cut down big-time on the turnovers in the last two seasons and has become a much more efficient QB for the Bengals. Last year, free agency and injuries took away a lot of his weapons, but with healthy receivers and the addition of Ross and Mixon in the draft, the Bengals could be on the verge of a big season offensively if the line can hold up.
12) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers –Rivers is near the end of a very good career and when he is on he is still very hard to defend.
13) Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys – Prescott had a great rookie season, can he do it again in year two? I believe he can, I rate him this low because his body of work is not enough yet to get a good feel for where he stands. If his rookie year was any indication, he will be top five before this season is done.
14) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – I know I am crazy! Newton is a front runner and when things are going his way, he is amazing. But when things go badly, he falls apart. Maybe as he matures, that problem will go away. Until it does, this is where I will rank him.
15) Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Much like Carr, he just hasn’t accomplished enough yet, but I fully expect he will be in the top 10 by the end of 2017.
16) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins – Cousins is a very good QB, my biggest question is does he want to be a Redskin or not?
17) Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston has been inconsistent, but with the weapons the Bucs have added, I expect him to have a breakout season this year.
18) Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings – Bradford had a solid season and people give him too much crap for the season he had. Bradford played well considering his offensive line was horrible last season and even if he wanted to throw deep, he would have been limited to the short passing game because of the offensive line.
19) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – After the past two seasons it’s hard to rank Flacco any higher than this. But, I have great respect for Flacco and he is still one of the last guys you want to see on the other side of the field.
20) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
I expect this to be Palmers’s last season.
21) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
This will either be a boom or a bust move by the Dolphins.
22) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
How will Smith respond to the Chiefs decision to go ahead and draft his replacement.
23) Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
Taylor is a good QB who has put up solid numbers, his problem is a .500 record and never playing all 16 games in an NFL season.
24) Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz has a solid rookie campaign, he started well and finished well. Consistency will be his key this year.
25) Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
Trevor wasn’t bad last year considering the offensive line he had to play behind.
26) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles had a disastrous 2016, this is a make or break year for him.
27) Brian Hoyer San Francisco 49ers
Hoyer is a stop gap for the niners not a solution.
28) DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson will start this season for the Texans and be expected to work magic. Can he? I don’t know. but I wouldn’t bet against the kid.
29) Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears
I have no clue how Glennon got another shot to be a starter in the NFL, but you can bet at some point this year Trubisky will take over the job.
30) Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff has a lot to prove after last year, fortunately he has a better shot with a new coach. Fisher is not known for having great luck with QB’s.
31) Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
I am guessing that Kessler whens the Browns QB competition, and I use the word competition here lightly.
32) Whoever is the Jets Starter, New York Jets
Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, or Bryce Petty, no matter who it is they will be last.
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