Ranking Carson Wentz among the NFL quarterbacks

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 08, 2019 - 8:09 am
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Where does Carson Wentz rank among the other quarterbacks in the league?

That question has always been a tough one to answer, considering the rollercoaster that his career has been. At times he has looked amazing. At times he has looked terrible. At times he has been injured, and at other times he has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the league when on the move. 

Nine games into this season, it is equally as hard to place Wentz among the other quarterbacks, given the issues he has had at receiver, and how up-and-down his play has been. 

That doesn’t mean I can’t try. 

Here is where I would rank Wentz among the other quarterbacks in the league, both among the quarterbacks right now, and quarterbacks for the future:

Definitely Better: 

1. Tom Brady: He might not be what he used to be, but it is still hard to take any quarterback in the league over Brady. 

2. Aaron Rodgers: Perhaps the most talented quarterback in the NFL, Rodger has 17 touchdowns to two interception while playing with arguably a less talented cast of skill position players than Wentz. 

3. Russell Wilson: If the MVP race ended today, Wilson would likely be the winner, as he has put the Seahawks on his back this season and lead them to a 7-2 record. 

4. Deshaun Watson: Watson has proven this season just how special he is, throwing 18 touchdowns while rushing for five more.

5. Patrick Mahomes: The knee injury has derailed his season a little bit, but when healthy, he is arguable the best quarterback in the NFL. 

6. Drew Brees: Like Mahomes, an injury has sidelined Brees, but it is still hard to make an argument for taking Wentz over one of the best passers the NFL has ever seen. 

Better Right Now: 

7. Matthew Stafford: The Lions’ hot start has cooled off, but Stafford hasn’t, throwing 19 touchdowns while completing 64% of his passes. He is leading the NFL with an average of 312.4 yards-per-game. 

8. Dak Prescott: Prescott has just as many touchdowns, a better record this season, beat Wentz in their head-to-head matchup, has a higher quarterback rating and is completing a higher percentage of his passes 

9. Kirk Cousins: Cousins is a better pure passer than Wentz is at this point, and has more touchdowns and fewer interceptions so far while also winning their head-to-head matchup. His quarterback rating (112) is almost 20-points higher than Wentz’s quarterback rating (93.7). 

10. Lamar Jackson: If Wilson doesn’t take home the MVP award this season, Jackson will. He has been amazing this season and a major problem for opposing defenses. He threatens a defense each week far more than Wentz does. 

11. Jimmy Garoppolo: This one is close, but Garoppolo does two things Wentz still needs to work on — he is quick with his decision making and he is extremely accurate. Wentz might be more talented overall, but until he improves in those two areas, Garoppolo gets the edge. 

Overall: Wentz coming in at 12th overall right now feels right. He is very close to top 10, but his passer rating overall heading into Week 10 is 17th in the NFL, his completion percentage is 22nd and he is 10th in the NFL in touchdowns. The good news for Eagles fans is that Wentz can improve, and when you look at just the younger quarterbacks in the league, there are not many -- perhaps only four-or-five -- you would take to build your team aroud over Wentz. It will be very interesting to see how Wentz finishes his season, and how it impacts his ranking among his peers. With a fairly easy schedule and a chance to play the Dallas Cowboys -- and Dak Prescott -- for the division title, Wentz has a chance to skyrocket up this list with a strong second half of the season.  

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!

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