Early 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks: Does Drew Brees Remain In The Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all think we have a good grasp of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, and to an extent we do.  The Top 4 or 5 names on this list are pretty obvious, though you may want to alter the order a little bit.  After that, though?  Things start to get a little bit cloudier.  Who are the names we should be targeting?  Who are likely to be overvalued on draft day?  Let’s take an early look at our Top 15 quarterbacks for the coming season (this list will be expanded as we get closer to the season):

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  7. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
  13. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins
  15. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

 

Thoughts:

  • The only argument for not ranking Tom Brady this high is his age, as he will be 40-years old to start the season.  That said he has shown no signs of slowing down, isn’t facing a suspension and has seen his supporting cast get better (the team added Brandin Cooks in the offseason and Rob Gronkowski should be healthy).  After averaging nearly 300 yards per game in ’16 as it is, while continuing to limit the INT (2 INT in ’16, his third straight season with fewer than 10), there no reason to think that he won’t be among the elite.
  • The gain of Brady is a loss of Drew Brees, as he will be without Cooks for the coming season.  The addition of Adrian Peterson could also indicate a more run based attack, which would obviously have a negative impact on Brees’ production.  Of course nothing seems to stop Brees from producing, though time will tell.
  • Jameis Winston didn’t take a step forward in his sophomore season, though he remained very productive.  He needs to cut down on his INT (18 in ’16, 33 over his first two seasons), though the additions of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard (who could potentially be a Top 10 tight end immediately) should significantly help.  The weapons are there and Winston could take a significant leap forward in his third season.
  • While Dak Prescott had an amazing rookie season, he only averaged 229.2 yards per game.  We also have to expect the INT to climb (4), especially if he’s asked to do more in the offense (though things should still center around Ezekiel Elliot).  It’s easy to get excited, but Prescott is more of a QB2.

Make sure to check out our early 2017 Rankings:

Early 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends: Will Zach Ertz Finally Emerge, Hunter Henry On The Rise & More
Early 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs: How High does Jay Ajayi Rise, Crowell Borderline RB1 & More

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