At the end of the 2015 NFL season, ask yourself, who was the best quarterback in the game? We're not talking about who made the Pro Bowl or even who got the All-Pro votes. Who was really, truly, the best? Forget reputation and forget how much money each player makes. We want cold, hard analysis that comes from watching the games and grading the players.
That's what the B/R NFL 1000 is for, and it's back for another year.
The B/R 1000 metric is based heavily on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance for a possible best score of 100.
Potential is not taken into consideration. Nor are career accomplishments.
Quarterbacks are judged on accuracy (40 points), arm strength (20), decision making (20), mechanics (10) and the overall value of the position relative to the other spots on the field (10 points).
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each player was scouted by me and a team of experienced evaluators (Dan Bazal, Luke Easterling, Cian Fahey, Adam Heisler, Duke Manyweather and Marshal Miller) with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.
Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, Kirk Cousins' overall score (75) and ranking (28) were incorrect in the original version. Cousins' overall score and ranking have been updated to reflect corrections made to fix that error.