2011 NFL Predictions: The Most Underrated Quarterbacks

John SzurlejAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2011

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20:  Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows about Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Everyone watches Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Phillip Rivers.

While everyone knows they are all talented and are part of the elite passers in the NFL, there are many Quarterbacks that are either overlooked or ignored.

Not everyone has the teams around them like those guys do, however even if the above mentioned worked with less, they are still raw talents that could succeed regardless of where they played.

Then there are the rest.

Although some Quarterbacks like Dave Brown, Chris Simms and Troy Smith all made it to the NFL, the fact remains that they turned out to be pretty bad in their own respects.

Not every Quarterback that starts in the NFL will be measured without prejudice, but there are some that are severely underrated and deserve to be recognized.

Here is a breakdown of some current NFL Quarterbacks that are overlooked and underrated:


Ryan Fitzpatrick - Buffalo Bills

In the off-season Fitzpatrick must have a part time job as a magician because he has been able to amass an 81.8 percent QB rating while throwing 23 touchdowns and 15 picks and 3,000 yards in an anemic Buffalo Bills offense.

Without much to work with, Fitzpatrick has been able to steer a ship with no known course.  Although he hasn't had a lengthy tenure as a starter, if this is any indication of his ability, he deserves some recognition.


Matt Cassel  - Kansas City Chiefs

Cassel is another Quarterback that has compiled three successful seasons as a starting Quarterback. 

In his first year in New England, starting for the injured Tom Brady, it could have been looked at as a fluke considering the team that surrounding him.  When he left for Kansas City, a lot of speculation followed him.

Over the last three years he has averaged a QB rating of 84.1 while throwing a total of 64 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. 

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Cassell #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands off to running back Larry Johnson #27 during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by
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Matt Cassel has seen success while only having one legitimate receiver to his credit in Dwayne Bowe.

Although he gains much attention from fantasy football owners, I feel Cassel doesn't get the credit he deserves and that is why he makes this list. 


David Garrard  - Jacksonville Jaguars

Here is another Quarterback that makes the best of a situation.  Although Garrard has past his prime, I don't think anyone has told him so.

Over his career in Jacksonville Garrard has averaged a QB rating of 87.7 when starting 11 games or more. 

During this time he has thrown for 81 touchdowns and rushed for 11.

Garrard is an example that a good Quarterback can find ways to win and because of the team he plays for is overlooked. 


Jason Campbell  -  Oakland Raiders

Campbell has a QB rating of 83.2 averaged from his starts of 13 games or more.

During his career he has played for the Washington Redskins, and now, Oakland Raiders.

In each case, Campbell has been at the helm of teams that haven't been supportive of his efforts.  The time he has spent with such teams overshadows his accomplishments.

Although his 58 passing touchdowns over four seasons isn't overly impressive, it still shows his ability to be a capable Quarterback even with teams that are less than impressive. 



In each case, the Quarterbacks mentioned have faced adversity and had to endure long seasons in the NFL.  Despite their hardships, they have still shown that they can play the game to a high level.

For this reason, I consider this group as the most underrated Quarterbacks in the NFL today.