Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks heading into 2017

By Antwon Smith
May. 29, 2017

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It's that time of year again folks my top ten list of skilled positions in the NFL and the first position will be the most important one, QUARTERBACK. Take a look at my top 10 QB's heading into 2017.

1. Tom Brady

2016 stats: 67% comp%

3,554 pass yards

28 touchdowns

2 interceptions

112.2 QB rating

Brady rallied the troops to one of the biggest comebacks in sports history and captured a record 5th super bowl title (most for a QB), so it's only right I put him #1.

2. Matt Ryan

2016 stats: 70% comp%

4,944 pass yards

38 touchdowns

7 interceptions

117.2 rating

The NFL MVP had the best season easily in his franchise's history and led them to their second ever super bowl appearance. He and the Falcons are aiming for a second straight appearance in the big game.

3. Aaron Rodgers

2016 stats: 65% comp%

4,428 pass yards

40 touchdowns

7 interceptions

104.2 rating

The baaaad man came up a bit short in the NFC championship last season against Atlanta, but his newly added weapons should have him in contention again this season in the NFC.

4. Drew Brees

2016 stats: 70% comp%

5,208 pass yards

37 touchdowns

15 interceptions

101.7 rating

The 5,000 yard man had another spectacular season in the big easy even though his teams' record didn't reflect it. Brees is getting new weapons as well but can they hurdle to Falcons in the NFC south?

5. Derek Carr

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Derek Carr had probably the best season in Raiders history in 2016 (28 td 6 int) and if he hadn't suffered a season ending injury, Oakland's chance of advancing in the playoffs would have been much greater.

2016 stats: 64% comp%

3,937 pass yards

28 touchdowns

6 interceptions

96.7 rating

6. Ben Roethlisberger

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2016 stats: 64% comp%

3,819 pass yards

29 touchdowns

13 interceptions

95.4 rating

Big Ben is closing in on calling it a career even though his stats don't say so and if he can get over the New England hump, he'll end his career on a good note. The 14-year vet still has a lot in the tank, but can he overcome injuries this season?

7. Kirk Cousins

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2016 stats: 67% comp%

4,917 pass yards

25 touchdowns

12 interceptions

97.2 rating

Kirk Cousins will have a lot to overcome this season in Washington. He lost is two top receivers in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcôn, so it'll be a tough task in a improved NFC East. Cousins is playing under the franchise tag and looking for a big payday after next season so he'll make the best of what he has to impress suitors.

8. Marcus Mariota

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2016 stats: 61% comp%

3,426 pass yards

26 touchdowns

9 interceptions

95.6 rating

The third year quarterback had a breakout season last year both passing and running the ball. He has some nice pieces that have been put around him, so look for him to move up the list after this season.

9. Russell Wilson

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2016 stats: 64% comp%

4,219 pass yards

21 touchdowns

11 interceptions

92.6 rating

Russell Wilson showed real toughness while battling injuries all season. He used his arm a bit more and gained trust in his receivers, thus getting more production from Jimmy Graham. If he can stay healthier this season then they could end up making another Super Bowl run.

10. Matthew Stafford

2016 stats: 65% comp%

4,327 pass yards

24 touchdowns

10 interceptions

93.3 rating

This young man finally showed the NFL that he could run an offense without a one man show. He spread the ball around and will probably improve on last season in an offense that suits his talents in Detroit. He was the heart of the offense because the could not run the ball last season, if they manage to improve upon that look out NFC North.

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