Five NFL Quarterbacks Who Will Compete for Top 2010 Honors

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2010

Five NFL Quarterbacks Who Will Compete for Top 2010 Honors

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    Last year, Matt Schaub was the passing leader in the NFL.

    He can probably repeat what he did last year. But I wouldn't count on it. Schaub will have some competition this year for the top 2010 honors.

    I predict that these five guys will be the best quarterbacks in the NFL next season.

5. Matt Schaub

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    Matt Schuab had a great year last year. He will have a great year this year. But I don't think it will be as good as it was last year (4770 passing yards).

    Even though I don't believe he will put up the exact same numbers he put up last year, I do think that with the weapons he has around him, he has to be in the top five.

4. Carson Palmer

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    Before Carson Palmer got hurt, some people called him a top five quarterback. He didn't play like it last year.

    The Bengals' running game and defense had to carry the Bengals to the playoffs. They lost in the first round.

    Now, Palmer is two seasons removed from his injury, and he has more weapons around him then he has had in his entire career.

    I think Palmer will be a top five quarterback and redeem himself.

3. Peyton Manning

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    I can't make a list of top five quarterbacks without putting Peyton Manning on it. He's quite simply one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game.

    Peyton Manning will be looking to shut people up. The Colts lost the Super Bowl despite going 14-2 in the regular season. Peyton Manning got most of the blame for that loss because he threw an interception to Tracy Porter that sealed the deal for the Saints.

    If Peyton Manning is looking to shut his critics up, you better believe he will have a big season.

2. Drew Brees

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    He's arguably the most accurate quarterback of all time. Drew Brees and the Saints will be looking to repeat this season.

    Brees is not only a super-accurate quarterback, but he also has a lot of weapons at his disposal. Combine Brees' accuracy with his weapons in a pass-heavy offense, and you get ridiculous passing numbers.

1. Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron had his first Pro Bowl season last year. He took the Packers to the playoffs, where they were defeated by Arizona Cardinals (thanks to two blown non-calls).

    He set a Packers playoff record in passing yards. I think that playoff experience will help Rodgers a lot.

    I think Rodgers can break Dan Marino's record for passing yards in one season. He has the weapons, and his protection will be better.

    I also look at Rodgers' mobility and the way he can get away from defenders. He can get a pass off before defenders can touch him.

    The only person who can stand in Rodgers' way is himself.

Honorable Mention

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    Tom Brady (Patriots)

    Tony Romo (Cowboys)

    Eli Manning (Giants)

    Jason Campbell (Raiders)

    Donovan McNabb (Redskins)

    Kevin Kolb (Eagles)

    Matt Stafford (Lions)

    Mark Sanchez (Jets)