The NFL is rapidly evolving into a quarterback league, but that does not mean a franchise needs to find the next pocket passer to get to the Super Bowl.
See the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers as examples of the detour to success. Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson and young phenom Colin Kaepernick were not first round picks, but they are taking the league by storm with their combination of passing prowess and mobility.
These two along with others like Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton have changed the definition of the prototypical quarterback and are living proof of how to build a top-tier team without a gunslinger like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
Over the next four weeks, I will release my 2013 quarterback rankings. In last year’s edition, Aaron Rodgers took the top spot after a spectacular season. It’s been a slightly down year for some of the best players in the game, whether due of an injury, underachieving rosters, or turnover proneness, meaning there will be a bit of a shake up to 2013’s top-10 group.
I’ll breakdown eight quarterbacks (in some cases tandems) from all 32 teams over four days, along with a recap of their season and my rationale for their ranking, beginning with quarterbacks 32-25.