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Following a small hiatus from the NFL Draft, the Chinstrap Ninja staff has put together its 2011 Composite Rookie Dynasty Rankings. We will try to roll out two this week and two more next week.
First we will start with the quarterback rankings.
Our top rated quarterback was Christian Ponder.
Both Sockonfl and Consigliere had him as the No. 1 or 2 ranked quarterback this year. Why not with Adrian Peterson to tote the rock and probably Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Schiancoe/Kyle Rudolph as potential targets. EP felt he had more bust written on him though and ranked him sixth overall. Perhaps that decision was buoyed by Ponder's arm surgeries in college. Possibly another Chad Pennington. I guess time will tell.
The No. 2 rated quarterback was Blaine Gabbert. Both Consigliere and EP had him ranked as the No. 1 or 2 ranked quarterback this year. They must be relying on the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew can give him a solid running game to grow into a solid quarterback.
Sockonfl ranked him as the No. 7 quarterback overall. He felt it could be tough to play quarterback with a running back coming off major knee surgery and hardly any reliable targets in the passing game at this point.
The No. 3 rated quarterback was a tie between Cam Newton and Jake Locker.
Everyone had Locker ranked pretty much around the same spot. He does have a Chris Johnson running game to go along with a nice deep threat in Kenny Britt.
Cam Newton's rankings were a little all over the place. EP had him ranked as the overall No. 1 quarterback. Based on pure athletic talent alone, I don't think anyone could argue that. Consigliere had him more ranked in the mid range as the No. 4 best quarterback. Sockonfl was harshest on him with a sixth ranking. He felt that he didn't have enough receiving weapons to work with and that his legs will only get him so far in the NFL.
The No. 5 rated quarterback was Andy Dalton. Rankings were fairly consistent for him across the board. He steps in to a decent situation having AJ Green, Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham as receiving targets. The running game is questionable here even if Cedric Benson is brought back into the fold. If the Bengals can add a good young running back next year, this could be a team to reckon with for some time.
The No. 6 rated quarterback was Colin Kaepernick. Rankings were fairly consistent across the board for him. He figures to be much in the same type of situation as Dalton except he will probably get and sit and learn the offense behind a veteran quarterback (Alex Smith) in his first season. He also has a great offensive-minded head coach in Jim Harbaugh.
The No. 7 rated quarterback was Ryan Mallett. Consigliere had him as the ninth overall and EP had him as the eighth overall quarterback. They must feel Mallett will purely be backup material his entire career.
Sockonfl had Mallett ranked as the No. 2 overall rookie quarterback. His logic is much in the same vein that the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers a few years earlier to take Brett Favre's place, Mallett will do the same for Tom Brady in New England. Mallett has a very similar skill set to Brady in that they both have rocket arms and while no speed demons by any means, they both are elusive enough in the pocket and able to extend plays.
The remaining quarterbacks ranked figure to purely be backup material in the NFL. You can refer to the remainder of our table for those rankings.
You can check out the entire table of the quarterback rankings here.
Our entire football preseason page is starting to build as well so check that out as well.