The signal caller is more often than not the face of the franchise in the NFL. Teams often sell the farm in order to acquire a QB they believe can lead their franchise for years to come. In the 2016 NFL Draft we saw both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles give up an allotment of picks in order to select QBs they deemed to be of premier talent.
In the Rams’ case, they gave up their 2016 first-rounder, two 2016 second-rounders, a 2016 third-rounder and their 2017 first- and third-rounder. In the Eagles’ case, they gave up their first-rounder in 2016, which was the eighth overall pick along, with their third and forth round picks in 2016. In 2017, they will be giving the Browns their first-rounder and in 2018 they will be giving them their second-rounder.
It’s only year one, but the Rams’ decision to sell the farm and draft Jared Goff looks regrettable. On the contrary, the Eagles’ decision to trade up for Wentz looks like it was a good decision.
Here, we take a look at the eight best and seven worst QBs since 2000.
15. BEST: Aaron Rodgers
Every time the San Francisco 49ers hear or see the name Aaron Rodgers they wish they selected him first overall in 2005 as opposed to Alex Smith. Where the Niners have been burnt by not selecting Rodgers, the Pack have been blessed. Rodgers led Green Bay to a Super Bowl Championship in SB XLV, is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time NFL MVP. Rodgers also holds the NFL record for the highest passer rating with 122.5 for the 2011 NFL season, which unsurprisingly was an MVP season for the Chico, California born signal caller. The thirty-three year old Rodgers has thrown for 36,527 yards and 293 TDs in his twelve year career. Although it’s more like a nine year career since Rodgers didn’t get his start until 2008 when Brett Favre finally departed. Rodgers is on the younger side of thirty-three as opposed to the older side of it.
14. WORST: Mark Sanchez
To New York Jets fans Mark Sanchez was a thorn in their side for four plus years. The Jets and Rex Ryan gave Sanchez all the opportunities in the world to succeed, especially in his first two seasons as the team had a promising run game and intimidating defense. As a Jet, Sanchez never threw less than thirteen picks in a year. Sanchez finished his Jets career with 72 TDs and 73 INTs in 62 regular season starts. He never had a completion percentage higher than 56%. Sanchez had a decent year in 2014 for the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s now thirty years old and he is a backup for the backup as he sees himself third on the Dallas Cowboys’ depth chart behind Dak Prescott and Tony Romo.
13. BEST: Kurt Warner
It’s hard to find a more unique success story than that of Kurt Warner’s. In 1994 he went undrafted but was invited by the Green Bay Packers to training camp. However, he didn’t make the team’s final roster. From there Warner went to stocking shelves at a grocery story and the Arena Football League. In 1998, Warner was given a shot by the then St. Louis Rams. Two years later Warner rewarded the Rams with a Super Bowl title. Warner would lead the Rams to another Super Bowl in 2002, where the Mike Martz led team would fall short to some guy named Tom Brady. Warner would play with the Rams until 2003 when he was released. Warner would spend a year playing for the New York Giants and would conclude his career spending five years with the Arizona Cardinals. Warner reached the Super Bowl once with the Cards as well. The Iowa native finished with 32,344 career passing yards, 208 TDs and a respectable 9-4 playoff record.
12. WORST: J.P. Losman
Poor J.P. Losman was drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft alongside fellow QBs Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. While his draft mates are still playing in the league and at a high level, Losman has been out of the league since 2011. Losman was given a fair shake in Buffalo as he was on the team’s roster for five seasons. Losman never proved to be the long term solution for the Bills as he not only turned it over often by airing it out but by fumbling as well. After five seasons in Buffalo, Losman would serve as a backup in Oakland and Miami where he only saw the field once and twice respectively for both teams. Losman finished his career with 33 TDs, 34 INTs and 24 fumbles.
11. BEST: Donovan McNabb
The Philadelphia faithful may shower Donovan McNabb with boos, but you’d be hard pressed to find a Philadelphia sports star sans Allen Iverson that didn’t win a title for Philly that isn’t hounded with boos. McNabb was never able to bring the Eagles their first ever Super Bowl title but the team was highly competitive throughout his stint. McNabb had the team reach the NFC title game four straight years from 2001-2004, despite only reaching the Super Bowl once. He also led them to the NFC title game once more in 2008. McNabb is the Eagles all-time leader in pass yards with 32,873 yards, 216 TDs and 2,801 completions. McNabb is now forty years old and has been out of the league since 2011 after unmemorable stints with the Washington Redskins in 2010 and the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.