NFL Quarterback Rankings

by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

A few weeks ago, as I was reading the coverage of Kirk Cousins’ contract situation with the Redskins, I thought about how it related to the Bills handling of Tyrod Taylor’s contract. I see some similarities in how both teams made their decisions. The Bills don’t appear to believe Taylor is a QB who can get them to a Super Bowl, or even the playoffs. They refused to commit huge money to him, and it seems as though no one else was willing to do it. That’s why Tyrod is back in Buffalo under a “prove-it” deal. Same with Cousins. My take is the Redskins don’t think he’s the ultimate answer at the position, and aren’t willing to pay him long-term.

Basically, both teams ranked their quarterbacks and based on those rankings, are refusing to pay top ten or even top five money to players who don’t rank in those spots. So it got me thinking about how I would make my own quarterback rankings. So here it is. I present this without specific comments. I’ll save that for another post. The QB’s are not ranked based on any statistic or analytical formula. Just one guy who’s seen and covered a lot of football, and knows a good quarterback when I see one.

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Derek Carr
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Matt Ryan
  6. Andrew Luck
  7. Cam Newton
  8. Russell Wilson
  9. Matthew Stafford
  10. Drew Brees
  11. Eli Manning
  12. Jameis Winston
  13. Phillip Rivers
  14. Dak Prescott
  15. Joe Flacco
  16. Andy Dalton
  17. Kirk Cousins
  18. Carson Palmer
  19. Marcus Mariotta
  20. Tyrod Taylor
  21. Carson Wentz
  22. Alex Smith
  23. Ryan Tannehill
  24. Blake Bortles
  25. Sam Bradford
  26. Trevor Simien
  27. Jared Goff
  28. Brian Hoyer
  29. Tom Savage
  30. DeShone Kizer/Cody Kessler/Brock Osweiler
  31. Mike Glennon/Mitchell Trubisky
  32. Josh McCown/Christian Hackenberg

Ultimately, my point is if I’m the Redskins or the Bills, I’m not paying big money for the #17 or #20 ranked quarterback. I’m looking to find a top ten guy.
Agree with the list? Disagree? Go ahead and give me your feedback.

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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