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Top 5 QB's in the NFL RIGHT NOW.

Updated on April 18, 2013

In the modern NFL, no position is more important than the starting QB. You simply cannot compete for a championship unless you've got a guy who can make all the throws, keep cool under pressure, and lead your team to victory.
This is my list of the top 5 quarterbacks in the National Football League at this moment.

Number 5. Drew Brees.

Who is he?
Drew Brees is a class act who recovered from a painful injury in 2006 to resurrect the hopes of a heartbroken New Orleans. He's pieced together several statistically brilliant seasons, including the 2011 season, where he set the NFL record for passing yards in a season with 5,476. He does have a Super Bowl MVP, from his big upset win over Peyton Manning and the Colts in 2009.

Why isn't he higher?
He, as well as the Saints struggle in the weather. That's not the main reason, but the Saints do not fare well in games when they have to play outside. See; The NFC Championship from 2006 or the infamous "Beast Mode" game against the Seahawks a couple years ago. Also, he doesn't lead his team as well as some of these other guys. The success of his team has been inconsistent, missing the playoffs three times. That's more than anybody else on this list.

Why isn't he lower?
Because he's a fantastic Quarterback. He throws one of the prettiest spirals in the NFL. He's probably the most accurate of any QB in the league, and has adequate arm strength despite his size.

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Number 4. Joe Flacco.

Who is he?
The 6'6 gunslinger out of Delaware is one of the most intriguing players in the NFL. The Charm City Slinger has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every year since he was drafted in 2008, and every time, he has won at least one playoff game. He is a smart, if conservative QB who has helped ease the franchise from defensive powerhouse to offensive juggernaut in a few short years. Despite never being voted into the pro-bowl, Flacco does have a Super Bowl MVP, which some might argue means more... Like everybody.

Why isn't he higher?
He hasn't accomplished enough yet. What he's done so far has been impressive, but he hasn't quite broken into the class of the elite. A 30 touchdown season, or even a statistically consistent season would help his case.

Why isn't he lower?
Over the last three years? He's been incredible in the playoffs. The best I have ever seen. 18 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions on his way to 7 playoff wins. For perspective, Manning has 7 career playoff wins. He plays well under any circumstances, in any weather.

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Number 3. Peyton Manning.

Who is he?
Quarterback, six-five, 230-pound quarterbacks with a laser rocket arm. C'mon people, he might be the best QB in the history of the NFL. Peyton Manning actually holds the record for most NFL records. He's got over 400 touchdowns, 4 league MVPs, 12 pro-bowls, 5 time first team all-pros, a super bowl ring, and he will be the last player to wear the number 18 for both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Why isn't he higher?
We all know the answer to this one. The post-season. Perhaps the greatest regular season QB in the history of football, the guy disappears in the playoffs. Already, Joe Flacco has more playoff wins than he does. Nobody knows why he can't seem to pull off the important wins, but he can't. And when you see who number two is, you'll understand why he can't possibly be any higher.

Why isn't he lower?
Because he's Peyton Manning? If you say Peyton, you don't think of One Tree Hill. He moved out west and almost guaranteed the playoffs for Denver until he retires.

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Number 2. Tom Brady.

Who is he?
I really have to answer this question? He's Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. The LeBron James of football. You either love him or you despise him, but unless you're a jets fan, you definitely respect him. Only Michigan Wolverines were familiar with the lanky Tom Brady when he came in to replace an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001, and I doubt even they knew what was about to happen. Twelve years later? Tom Brady has three Super Bowl championships and two MVP trophies. Not bad for a kid who wasn't even a starter in college.

Why isn't he higher?
He isn't the Brady of 2007 anymore. Don't get me wrong, he's still amazing, I mean... He's number two on this list, but he just isn't performing as well as our number one QB is at the moment. Tom Brady circa 2007 or even 2009 might have been number one, but for now, he'll have to settle for numero dos.

Why isn't he lower?

He's simply better than Peyton is right now. In 2011, it would've been a different story. But Peyton, while great, just isn't who he used to be. Three straight first round byes for the Patriots have had Brady sitting at home while Manning hasn't pulled off a post-season win since 2009.

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Number 1. Aaron Rodgers.

Who is he?
He is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers waited 3 years behind future hall of fame QB, Brett Favre before he was named the starting QB of the Packers, and he hasn't disappointed. Other than having incredible statistics, he's lead the Pack to the playoffs each of the last four seasons, including two division titles, both of which they were the top seed, and one Super Bowl championship.
He is considered the perfect prototype for a Quarterback. Big, strong, and capable of making any throw on the field, smart enough to make all the right throws, while still being athletic enough to extend plays.

Why isn't he higher?
Because it's not mathematically possible.He's the best QB in the NFL and should be for a few years. If I had to find flaw in his game, the only thing that I can think of is that he has had a pretty good receiving corps for his entire career and many fans (especially in Chicago) argue that anybody could be good surrounded by that much talent.

Why isn't he lower?
If I had to pick any NFL player to build my franchise around, it would be Aaron Rodgers. He has overcome the shadow of a legend, he has a league MVP, the NFL record for passer rating in a season, and he performs extremely well under pressure and in the post-season. It wouldn't surprise me if Rodgers ended up in Canton someday. High praise for a guy who's only started for five seasons.

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    • Ryan Daniel Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Smith 

      5 years ago

      Because this list is about right now. He didn't make the playoffs, didn't break 4,000 yards, and had only 26 tds with 15 interceptions despite having a good defense. If the game is on the line, i'd love to have Eli. He's unflappable under pressure... But looking at this post-season, Flacco has done more for me lately. That's what the NFL is all about. What have you done for me lately. They're essentially the same player, but since this list is about RIGHT now, I have to say Flacco over.

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      5 years ago

      How is Flacco on there but not Eli? Ridiculous.

    • Ryan Daniel Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Smith 

      5 years ago

      Jeff, I agree that over the course of careers, Rodgers can't compare yet, and maybe he never will, but at this moment in time, Rodgers has produced more over the last few years.

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      Jeff Gamble 

      5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Interesting overview. I like Aaron Rodgers, but he's no Tom Brady...


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