NFL: Ranking the Top 10 QBs vs The Sporting News Top 10
A couple of days ago, Sporting News ranked the 32 NFL QBs heading into 2018. While there were some names at the top that you would expect to be, some names may be on there too early. Even given their upside. While I believe that those names are certain to become household names, we still need to let the process play out. Thus, I have set out to refute that list. I am here to put some names in the top 10 that SN did not. You can see the Sporting News list here and compare their Top 10 to mine.
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Newton is a tough choice. Indeed, after his 2015 NFL MVP Season, many would have thought that Newton would be a top five for years to come. Nevertheless, he had some less than stellar years in 2016 and 2017. Although 2018 looks to be promising with some of the additions made.
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Ryan just signed a lucrative deal that makes him the highest paid QB for now. That is until Aaron Rodgers signs any deal. Nonetheless, Ryan cracks our top 10. He has been one of the most consistent QBs over that last couple of seasons and even took his team to the playoffs and a Super Bowl appearance two years ago It is not his fault his coaches got conservative. Thus, Matt Ryan is a top 10 NFL QB.
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is one tough SOAB. He is your prototypical two-way player. He can run and use his arm. His escapability is uncanny. Also, when he runs, he is smart and does not take unnecessary punishment. He is expected to take on an even larger role this season. We might even hear him in the talks for MVP.
- Alex Smith – Washington Redskins
Smith is a gamer and winner. He has a career winning percentage of just under 60%. However, even bigger than that is the fact that Smith does not turn the ball over (96 career INTs). He is very smart with the football. This should have some weight putting him into the NFL’s top 10 heading into 2018.
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
Cousins has been a top 10 QB in each of the last three seasons. In fact, in 2017 he finished seventh, 2016 he finished third, and in 2015 he was the 10th best QB in the league. Now you saying heading into 2018, with even better weapons in Minnesota that Cousins is only the 14th best QB. C’MON MAN!! He may not win the big game but he is for sure a top 10 NFL QB heading into 2018.
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers
Rivers is a very underrated NFL QB. He has been on some of the worst teams in LA and San Diego and still finds a way to keep his teams competitive. At 36 years of age, Rivers still finds a way to not miss many games. 2018 could be one of the best teams that Rivers has been on in his career.
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Even on the downside of his career, Big Ben is still one of the best QBs in the NFL. The leader of the Killer B’s is destined to be a Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible. Putting him outside the top 10 would be a travesty.
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
Again, a player in the downhill side of his NFL career. Brees can still play with the best of them. He led his team to a division title in 2017 and looks to repeat the same feat in 2018. The Saints do not need to rely on his arm as much anymore with the running abilities of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
- Tom Brady – New England Patriot
Brady can easily be claimed as the GOAT of NFL QBs. Not the LeBron way either. Brady constantly has his teams at the top of the NFL. No matter who the co-actors are, Tom Terrific will find a way to make everyone a star.
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers and Brady could be 1A and 1B. It is all your preference. Once Rodgers signs his deal, he will become the highest paid player in NFL history. Rodgers also leads his team in multiple ways. We saw last season, that if he is out, the Packers are average at best. Rodgers makes the Packers a perennial playoff team.
So, as you can see there are some differences between my top 10 and the Sporting News. You may not agree with how some are ranked in either listing. Also, this could all change before the season even starts. Especially based on injuries.
How would you rank the top 10 NFL QBs heading into 2018? Leave a comment below.
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