2015 NFL Player Rankings: Quarterbacks

Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is considered the best at his position

Just like last year, Athlon Sports' 2015 NFL Preview magazine includes NFL player rankings at every position. The rankings in the magazine are provided by Dan Shonka of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services, a company that's been in the football talent evaluation business for more than three decades.

 

Quarterback is considered the most important position on the field, so it should be no surprise that the top 10 is littered by those who have taken their team to the ultimate goal — winning a Super Bowl. Led by reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, this year's top 10 quarterbacks include seven signal-callers that have combined to win 12 Lombardi Trophies and two others who could join this exclusive club in the near future. And while it's entirely likely that first-round draft picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, will get the starting nod in Week 1 for Tampa Bay and Tennessee, respectively, you won't see either rookie listed below since they have yet to take a single snap in an NFL game.

 

Rankings courtesy of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services

 

Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL

 

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Quarterbacks

 

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay    

The consistent and confident signal-caller was awarded his second league MVP after he completed 341-of-520 passes for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns. He threw only five interceptions and hit 65.6 percent of his throws.

 

2. Tom Brady, New England    

Joined Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only QBs in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. Brady may now have passed Montana, his boyhood idol, as the greatest QB to play the game.

 

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans    

There was no drop-off in Brees’ performance in 2014 — in fact, he delivered one of the best statistical seasons of his career. He continues to be an outstanding ball handler in play action and is one of the most accurate passers in NFL history. 

 

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh    

Signed a new contract in 2015, confirming the Steelers’ faith that he is playing at an elite level. His career 7.9 yards-per-attempt average is tied for sixth in NFL history. 

 

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis    

In his third season, the former Stanford Cardinal threw for 4,761 yards and 40 TDs. The big righthander processes information quickly and is a respected team leader.

 

6. Tony Romo, Dallas    

Heading into his 13th year as a pro, Romo time and again has demonstrated the athletic ability to elude the rush, see the open receiver and hit him for a big play. 

 

7. Philip Rivers, San Diego     

The five-time Pro Bowler is back in San Diego after some speculated he would be traded to the Titans. Few field generals sense the rush and step up and away from pressure as effectively as Rivers.

 

8. Peyton Manning, Denver    

Age and time may well be the only opponents that the five-time MVP will not be able to defeat in his quest for another Super Bowl win. The 17-year veteran has 14 Pro Bowl appearances and is still one of the league’s undisputed superstars. 

 

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle    

The youngest QB to win a Super Bowl, Wilson had a banner 2014 season, throwing for 3,475 yards, rushing for 849 and accounting for 26 touchdowns.

 

10. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants    

The 34-year-old concluded last season with a career-best 63.1 completion percentage and threw for 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the Giants’ version of the West Coast offense.

11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta

12. Joe Flacco, Baltimore

13. Cam Newton, Carolina

14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit

15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati 

16. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 

17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami

18. Alex Smith, Kansas City

19. Carson Palmer, Arizona

20. Jay Cutler, Chicago

21. Geno Smith, N.Y. Jets

22. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville

23. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota

24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets

25. Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia

26. Nick Foles, St. Louis

27. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay

28. Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee

29. Matt Cassel, Buffalo

30. Derek Carr, Oakland

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