Manning, Rivers, Roethlisberger: Who's The Best Draft Pick From 2004

Fritzie J. McBritchesContributor IFebruary 13, 2010

The 2004 NFL draft is perhaps the best in terms of quarterback talent in recent years. If you take a look back at the draft, the top quarterbacks were obviously Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers.

In order to decide the best, each category will have a first, second, and third place winner. First place will receive five points, second will receive four points, and third will receive three points. The question now is to debate: who is the best?



In this category, the winner will be chosen based on total game statistics during the regular season and playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger–Through six NFL regular seasons, Ben has amassed a total of 19,302 yards and 127 touchdowns with 81 interceptions. He has completed 1,526 passes out of 2,411 attempts for 63.3%. 

In the playoffs, Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,239 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He has completed 172 passes of 278 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.9%.

Eli Manning–Through six NFL regular seasons, Eli has thrown for 18,644 yards and 125 touchdowns with 86 interceptions. Manning has completed 1,593 passes out of 2,793 for a completion percentage of 57.0%. 

In the playoffs, he has thrown for 1,297 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Eli has completed 121 passes out of 207 attempts for a completion percentage of 58.5%.

Philip Rivers–Through six NFL regular seasons, Philip has thrown for 10,697 yards and 106 touchdowns with 45 interceptions. He has completed 1,207 passes out of 1,914 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.1%. 

In the playoffs, Rivers has thrown for 1,820 yards while also throwing eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Philip has completed 134 passes out of 229 attempts for a completion percentage of 58.5%.

First Place–Ben Roethlisberger: He has more touchdowns and the best completion percentage. What more could you ask for?

Second Place–Philip Rivers: Very good numbers, but not as good as Roethlisberger.

Third Place–Eli Manning: Statistics are not as flashy, as Manning can be an underrated player.



This category is based on total wins in the regular season and playoffs. It also accounts for NFL Championships won.

Ben Roethlisberger–                                                                                         Wins:61       Losses:26                                                                                                           Win  Percentage  .701                                                                                           Playoff Wins:Eight                                                                                                                   Playoff Playoff Losses: Two                                                                                                  Win Percentage:  .800                                                                                           Super Bowl Victories: Two

Eli Manning–                                                                                                   Wins:50        Losses:37                                                                                                     Win Percentage: .579                                                              

Playoff Wins: Four                                                                                

Playoff Losses: Three                                                                                

Win Percentage: .571                                                                          

Super Bowl Victories: One

Philip Rivers–                                                                                                  Wins:46         Losses:19                                                                                                     Win Percentage:.707                                                                                           Playoff Wins: Three                                           

Playoff Losses: Four                                                                                                  Win Percentage: .428                                                                                        Super Bowl Victories: 0

First Place–Ben Roethlisberger: Again, Ben is able to dominate.

Second Place–Eli Manning: Eli's Super Bowl gives him the bump over Philip Rivers.

Third Place–Philip Rivers: Like I have said, he will always be associated with this group of players, and they really overshadow him. He just hasn't been able to do enough in the playoffs.



Passer Rating

In this category, it will all be determined by passer rating in the regular season and in the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger–                                                                                           Regular Season: 91.7                                                                                     Playoffs: 87.2

Eli Manning–                                                                                                     Regular Season: 79.2                                                                                        Playoffs: 75.3

Philip Rivers–                                                                                

Regular Season: 95.8                                                                                       Playoffs: 79.2

First Place: Ben Roethlisberger–Playoffs count, and that boosts him over Rivers.

Second Place: Philip Rivers–Great regular season, with a so-so post season.

Third Place: Eli Manning–This is not Eli's type of category. 



The results are in!!! In third place is Eli Manning with a total of 10 points. Manning is a good quarterback, but not as good as the other two.

In second place is Philip Rivers, who put up a good fight with 11 points. 

Finally, the winner is Ben Roethlisberger, with a perfect total of 15 points.

Thanks for reading my article. If you disagree or what to comment on something, feel free to!


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