As we emerge from the far side of NFL minicamps, we can start to have a look at the various quarterback situations around the league and break out some power rankings.
This is not power ranking teams in general, but rather focusing specifically on the quarterback situations and their respective strengths. Some of these passers will have poorer supporting casts, better defenses to lean on or be in more exciting offenses, but we are going to look purely at the strengths of the players that make up a team's quarterback depth chart.
In a league like the NFL the difference between teams is often down to the quarterback, which has never been a more important or more difficult position to play. Elite quarterbacks will hide a lot of ills, and having the best can make you a perennial contender.
Despite having some horrific offensive line play last season, Eli Manning was able to catch fire and drag his team to an improbable Super Bowl, with the help of an impressive pass rush on defense. Manning had less blocking help than almost any passer in the league, yet he was good enough to overcome all of that, to the point that most people barely noticed it was a problem.
The only problem with that plan is that losing those elite guys can send your entire franchise down the tubes—see the Colts circa 2011 after the indestructible Peyton Manning finally went down.
The best possible scenario for teams right now is to have an elite quarterback and a capable backup, but those are almost as rare as the elite passers.
At the bottom of the pile are the teams who have neither and are just sifting through the scraps to try to find a viable starter from somewhere.
So sit back and take a journey through the current quarterback situation in the NFL, starting at the bottom and working our way to the top.