QB Rankings Part: 5, #10-6
Time for Part 5, the second to last part of the list! Today I’ll be breaking down my picks for the 10-6 spots on this list. Once again here’s a reminder of the criteria that I looked at when making this list.
1. How they performed last season. There are many quarterbacks who have had great careers, but their recent sample size hasn't been great. Recent success is one of the biggest indicators for me and is something I greatly take into consideration.
2. Team Success: Take Jameis Winston for example. He led the league in passing yards in 2019, but now finds himself as a backup quarterback because of his inconsistency and lack of team success. Winning is very important to me when it comes to a quarterback.
3. Age doesn't matter. This isn't a ranking for quarterbacks who I would build my team around for the next five years, those rankings would be a whole lot different. This is a list for who I would want behind my center for 2020. Whether you're 45 or 20, if you're effective you'll place high on this list.
4. Rookies at the bottom. Sure, many high quarterback draft picks have gone on to be stars in their first year of play. There are currently two rookies who will most likely be starters this year, but they find themselves at the bottom of this list because they've never played an NFL game. Give them a few games to prove themselves and this whole list will shift.
- Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy G is the first quarterback to make my top ten, a very impressive spot for somebody who has only made 26 career starts. 2019 was Jimmy’s 6th season in the league, but it was the first in which he started all 16 games for a team. Garappolo has a very impressive career record of 21-5, although some credit has to be given to the 49ers defense who has been one of the best units in the league during Jimmy’s tenure with the team. That being said Garoppolo is a great quarterback that any coach would love to have behind center. He threw 27 touchdowns this past season along with almost 4,000 yards, leading the 49ers to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance. Garoppolo has shown that he has what it takes to be a real quality quarterback in the NFL, and there’s still room for improvement which is the craziest part. He’s a borderline top 10 talent who I think could be one of the best quarterbacks in the league next year. (Picture Credit: WCVB Boston)
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
You like that? Yeah well, I think he’s a top 10 quarterback in the game right now. One of the more overlooked quarterbacks in the game is Mr. Cousins himself, who has been the Vikings starter for the last two seasons. Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards 4 out of the last 5 seasons, and has led the Vikings to winning seasons the past 2 years. Cousins has been lucky enough to have elite receivers and tight ends with him in Minnesota which include Stefon Diggs (who is no longer on the team), Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph. Cousins has a career record just above .500, but I think that’s rather impressive considering some of the lousy Redskin teams he played for. Besides being a great leader on the field, Cousins is one of the most accurate passers in the league, leading the league in such percentage in 2015, and completing over 70% of passes in 2018. He’s good for close to 30 passing touchdowns a year, always has one of the highest quarterback ratings in the league, and is a quarterback who I would be very comfortable having behind center. (Picture Credit: SKOR North)
- Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
One of the most controversial quarterbacks in the league is Cowboys play caller Dak Prescott. Prescott has been in the news recently, after it was reported that he requested a contract with pay upwards of $45 million per year, a figure that I think is way too high for any NFL player. Even despite the crazy contract talks, I think that Prescott is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, despite what some would say about him. He has started all 16 games for the Cowboys over the past four seasons, finishing those games with a record of 40-24. Over those four seasons he is averaging 3,944.5 passing yards, 24.3 passing touchdowns, 5.3 rushing touchdowns, and just 9 interceptions. Prescott also has a very good career quarterback rating of 97.0, an impressive rating for four full seasons. I think that Dak still has room to improve, especially in the postseason, but overall I think he’s an above average quarterback who doesn’t always get the respect that he deserves.
- Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The G.O.A.T, clocks in at the 7 spot on my list, for the time being. Brady shocked the NFL world when he left the New England Patriots, a team he won six Super Bowls with, and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season. Brady’s resume speaks for itself but I want to take a look at why he’s not in the top five for me. His age is obviously a big factor even though I tried to not factor that in when making this list (he’ll be 43 heading into the 2020 season). He also showed signs of regression this past season, despite having a few poor receiving cores with the Patriots. His quarterback rating in 2019 was 88.0, his lowest score since 2006. He’ll have some great targets to throw to in Tampa including former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Buccaneers Pro Bowl receiver, Mike Evans, which I think will help him regain his old form a lot. Brady did throw for over 4,000 yards this past season, but it just didn’t feel like he delivered the same energy to the team that he had in the past. I still think that Brady can be a very successful quarterback in the NFL as he climbs toward his mid 40s. With that being said I don’t think he’s got what it takes to lead a team at full strength for 16 games, let alone in a very tough NFC South division. Brady will definitely put up good numbers in Tampa, but he’s not who he used to be.
- Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Breakout player of the year. If you liked what you saw from Deshaun Watson in 2019, I guarantee you’re going to like what you see in 2020 even better. He may not have his top target in DeAndre Hopkins, after he was traded to the Cardinals this offseason, but I think Watson will breakout this year and show fans why he is a top three quarterback in the AFC. He has impressively led the Texans to a 21-10 record over the past two years in the 31 games he’s started. Watson’s play during his three seasons in the league has been beyond impressive, especially his rookie season, when he threw 19 touchdowns in just 6 starts before he tore his ACL. Watson has very strong offensive numbers, including a career quarterback rating of 101.0, but his mobility is what really puts him this far up on the list for me. Somebody who can pass and run the ball as well as Watson can, is elite in my opinion. In his short career Watson already has 14 career rushing touchdowns and 71 career passing touchdowns. He’s still a young quarterback, but he’s building a strong resume and I think he has a shot to lead the Texans to a deep playoff run for the 2020 season.