Posted: 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013
By David Fucillo
ESPN's Ron Jaworski is going through his second annual QB rankings, and he is now down to his Top 11. More importantly for our purposes, that Top 11 is going to include 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Jaws ranked Redskins QB Robert Griffin III No. 13, and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson No. 12. Here are the quarterbacks left to be ranked (listed in alphabetical order):
Looking at this list, how does your final set of rankings come out? I have a hunch Peyton Manning ends up No. 1, but I could see Aaron Rodgers getting that spot as well.
For Colin Kaepernick, as someone suggested on Twitter, it would not surprise me to see him and Luck ranked sooner rather than later. Given how the discussion revolves around the rookie quarterbacks, it would not be surprising to see Jaws bunch them up together. Jaws is a big fan of Colin Kaepernick, but I see bunching happening.
If I were to rank just this group, I might go with something like this:
1. Peyton Manning
2. Tom Brady
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Drew Brees
5. Colin Kaepernick
6. Matt Ryan
7. Andrew Luck
8. Eli Manning
9. Ben Roethlisberger
10. Matt Schaub
11. Joe Flacco
I am probably overrating Colin Kaepernick in many eyes, but his upside is monstrous. I probably would have Russell Wilson higher than No. 12, but this set of rankings is based entirely on these eleven quarterbacks. I think Joe Flacco is entirely overrated, although performing well in the playoffs does give him a boost. But I would not have him in the Top 11.
I give this list a little more credit than the NFL Network Top 100, but that's not saying much. It's a decent list, albeit not worth a whole lot. Jaws gets overly excited about some players, and I think that might skew his view to some extent.
Where would you rank Kap in this group? Do you go strictly by what we've seen and past experience, or do you try and project forward?