Jaws: Summer 2013 QB rankings
After studying every pass from 2012, Aaron Rodgers tops QB Big Board
For some, the offseason is a time for relaxation. But in my office, it's a time for scrutiny.
Since the Baltimore Ravens claimed the Lombardi trophy, I've broken down every throw from every quarterback in the National Football League in order to properly evaluate the best on my QB Big Board.
Following my last installment after the end of the 2012 regular season, we've seen some significant movement. And at least in one case, the postseason was a major catalyst.
Upon further review, here are my top 32 quarterbacks heading into the 2013 season.
Jaws' QB Rankings
Green Bay Packers
1. Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers is the most physically gifted quarterback in the NFL. He's got arm strength, a great release, accuracy, movement, toughness -- the total package. No quarterback is better avoiding, escaping, moving, then delivering the football with velocity and accuracy. And he had to do that a lot behind a less-than-stellar line in 2012. His arm is cannon-strong, but his release is lightning quick. No seconds are wasted in a windup. When you combine those tools with his ability to process matchups and make the right throw, well, you have the best QB in the National Football League.
Though he's not a runner, he's quick enough to capitalize when opportunities present themselves. He may not be as fleet of foot as some of today's QBs, but he'll make defenses pay if they fall asleep on him.
2. Peyton Manning
Manning had an outstanding season in 2012, truly remarkable given that he missed the entire 2011 season with a serious neck injury and had to adapt to a new team. I don't think I've ever seen a quarterback more aware and in total command than No. 18.
I've praised him for this before, but Manning's best attributes are total recall and application. He just banks information and then draws from it during games. What really stands out on film, though, is his ball location. He reads one-on-one coverage and delivers precision throws that result in completions. And he anticipates better than anyone because he knows what his receivers will do better than anyone ... even going to a new team.
Manning makes it look easy, but this is all the culmination of hard work and repetition. That's why Manning can face as daunting a challenge as he did in 2012 and still perform as one of the league's best.
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