We have roughly three more weeks of ranking lists to look forward to prior to training camps getting started around the league. A recent one by Andy Benoit of MMQB included a stab at the quarterback hierarchy.
After deciding on Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning as his top four, Benoit has Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ranked fifth overall and ahead of Philip Rivers and Drew Brees, respectively.
Has evolved from a randomized, talent-based quarterback to a fully cerebral field general. And the talent’s still there.
While I’ll argue that Luck shouldn’t be behind Roethlisberger, fourth or fifth place is probably the correct place for the Steelers quarterback.
The 2014 season was Roethlisberger’s best to date as he tied Brees for the lead league in most passing yards. (4,952). He also threw for 12 total touchdowns in back-to-back-games and became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 500 yards in a game twice during his career.
In case you’re curious, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens was ranked 8th overall by Benoit while Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks hit the list at No. 12.