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Who are the best five quarterbacks in the NFL, right now?

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With Derek Carr getting paid, the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL are set. Based on the disputed (but widely recognized) “new money” analysis, they are: (1) Carr; (2) Andrew Luck; (3) Drew Brees; (4) Kirk Cousins; and (5) Joe Flacco.

That doesn’t necessarily (or actually) make them the five best quarterbacks. Identifying the five best quarterbacks in the NFL will be the focal point of Friday’s PFT Live question of the day.

We’re not looking for five quarterbacks you’d start a team with. We want your five quarterbacks based on guys you would take right now to help you win a game.

Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn will join the show, which will be the last radio/TV show featuring yours truly until July 24. (The TV show is preempted for most of the next month due to that Tour de France thing.) I’ll explain over the weekend the plan for fresh video and audio content during my supposed vacation, since I never actually take a vacation because my job isn’t really a job.

Join us at 6:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Radio. The show then shifts to NBCSN at 7:00 a.m. ET.

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66 Responses to “Who are the best five quarterbacks in the NFL, right now?”
  1. packfntk says: Jun 22, 2017 9:49 PM

    Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Luck are the top 4 in my opinion in no order. Ben, Carr, Ryan and Rivers fight for the 5 spot.

  2. unfkwthabl says: Jun 22, 2017 9:57 PM

    brady, brees, ryan, rodgers, rivers

  3. chris7676 says: Jun 22, 2017 9:57 PM

    Brady
    A-Rod
    Big Ben
    Brees
    Russell Wilson

  4. pauldeba says: Jun 22, 2017 9:59 PM

    Joe flacco is the elite member of that group

  5. smartanis says: Jun 22, 2017 9:59 PM

    2017: Year of the Bortles

  6. buess21 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:07 PM

    In no specific order

    Romo
    Brady
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Ryan

  7. Kapodaco says: Jun 22, 2017 10:07 PM

    For me, personally, I think I’d go as followed:

    1. Brady
    2. Rodgers
    3. Brees
    4. Ryan
    5. Luck

    Will be interesting to see how Ryan fares next year without Shanahan, and directly following an MVP season. If history is any indication, many have a down year afterwards.

  8. pkrjones says: Jun 22, 2017 10:12 PM

    Aaon Rodgers, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger.

  9. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 22, 2017 10:15 PM

    Where is Tannehill?

  10. chrispantages says: Jun 22, 2017 10:18 PM

    Rogers, Brady, Luck, Brees, and Newton

  11. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 22, 2017 10:19 PM

    1) Brady
    2) Rodgers
    3) BIG Ben
    4) Ryan
    5) Wilson/Brees

    Trust me, I am the QB tutor!

  12. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 22, 2017 10:19 PM

    1) Brady
    2) Rodgers
    3) BIG Ben
    4) Ryan
    5) Wilson/Brees

    Trust me, I am the QB tutor!

  13. ly008 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:19 PM

    Simple:
    1.Tom Brady
    2.Tom Brady
    3.Tom Brady
    4.Tom Brady
    5.Tom Brady

  14. ron69 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:22 PM

    According with the NFLN are Brady, Ryan, Rodgers, Prescott and Carr, I would insert Brees for Prescott

  15. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jun 22, 2017 10:35 PM

    1. Brady
    2. Rodgers
    3. Brees
    4. Garoppolo
    5. Brissett

  16. blah773 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:37 PM

    Flacco. Hilarious.

  17. GenXJ says: Jun 22, 2017 10:43 PM

    Aaron is a fraud. Even the t.v. broadcast cameras add at least a foot of height on this clown.

    1. Brady
    2. Big Ben
    3. Rivers
    4. Breed
    5. Ryan

  18. mikewhorio says: Jun 22, 2017 10:47 PM

    Why does Luck get some much love? It seems his reputation far exceeds his actual results. Putting him in the top 5 makes no sense. What has he done? Heck, I think Stafford is WAY overrated but I would put him ahead of Luck.

  19. elitekane says: Jun 22, 2017 10:55 PM

    1. Brady
    2. Rodgers
    3. Ryan
    4. Roethlisberger
    5. Brees

  20. thefox61 says: Jun 22, 2017 11:00 PM

    All of the above, for the most part, are all fine answers.
    However, I think the more interesting and difficult question is, who are the top five backup QBs in the league right now?

  21. magnusthe1st says: Jun 22, 2017 11:01 PM

    1) Rodgers
    2) Brady
    3) Ryan
    4) Brees
    5) Prescott

  22. jbcommonsense says: Jun 22, 2017 11:02 PM

    The current top 7 QBs:
    1. Brees
    2. Rodgers
    3. Brady
    4. Roethlisberger
    5. Ryan
    6. Rivers
    7. Luck

  23. yankees2009 says: Jun 22, 2017 11:05 PM

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Brees
    Ryan
    Wilson

  24. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: Jun 22, 2017 11:21 PM

    Rodgers
    Brady
    Brees
    Rivers
    Roethlisberger

  25. stewart09 says: Jun 22, 2017 11:36 PM

    If overall not just based on last year
    1. Brady
    2. A-rod
    3. Brees
    4. Big Ben
    5. Ryan
    6.Rivers
    7. Wilson
    8. Stafford
    9. Luck
    10. Newton

    If based just off last year Prescott would go above rivers and Ryan would be second.

  26. dwhcic says: Jun 22, 2017 11:43 PM

    Rodgers
    Brady
    Brees
    Roethlis”burger”
    Carr

  27. redstar504 says: Jun 22, 2017 11:47 PM

    Bias saints fan here but give me Brees if the saints could even get say a 25th ranked defense they would contend every year his play is darn near flawless and it has to be to even have a shot at winning. Take Brees away the saints are a 1-15 team at best.

  28. briang123 says: Jun 22, 2017 11:55 PM

    1) Brady 2) Rodgers.

    Everyone else

  29. dejadoh says: Jun 22, 2017 11:58 PM

    Until someone stops him, Brady remains the best QB.

    Brady
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Roethlisberger
    Carr
    Luck
    Ryan
    Flacco
    Wilson
    Dalton

  30. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 23, 2017 12:04 AM

    Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Bridgewater and Bridgewater.

    Queen Nation

  31. jkrc717 says: Jun 23, 2017 12:13 AM

    #1 Tom Brady – The GOAT. Only Tom Brady deserves to be recognized as elite.

    #2 Drew Brees – Up and down, but damn good.

    #3 Aaron Rodgers – Hard to judge him based on the fact that GB are allowed to cheat/do whatever they want. He’s good, but not as good as every claims he is.

    #4 Mathew Stafford – Won’t get the recognition he deserves because he plays for Detroit. The guy just shatters records. No QB in the league has his rare talent.

    #5 Matt Ryan – Just a solid, dependable, great QB.

    Andrew Luck – Has potential, but he needs to bounce back and show it.

    Big Ben – A consistent good QB.

    Russell Wilson – Good QB, but massively overrated.

    Philip Rivers – No.

    Cam Newton – Don’t make me laugh.

  32. pryrates2020 says: Jun 23, 2017 12:16 AM

    Rodgers, Brady, Ryan, Roethlisberger, Rivers

  33. swineherd says: Jun 23, 2017 12:36 AM

    Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Ben, yeah I see that, fine. Ryan, meh. Wilson, Presott, Luck??? Seriously, those guys are pretty replaceable

  34. piis314 says: Jun 23, 2017 12:49 AM

    In alphabetical order:

    Brady
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Ryan
    Stafford

  35. scmems07 says: Jun 23, 2017 12:51 AM

    Rogers
    Brees
    Brady
    Luck
    Stafford

    Anyone who has Wilson in their top 10 let alone their top five needs to get their heads checked. Not even his own team thinks he’s good. Try putting more thought into it and pick players who actually contribute to their team instead of holding them back.

  36. bighoser says: Jun 23, 2017 1:11 AM

    All of those guys ranked ahead of Carr are on the wrong side of 30. You’d take one of them for a season or 2 but if you had to choose a QB to lead your team for the next 10 years, it would be:
    1) Carr
    2) Mariota
    3) Luck
    4) Winston
    5) Stafford or Wilson

  37. paulus72blog says: Jun 23, 2017 1:59 AM

    Cody Kessler
    Brock Osweiler
    Kevin Hogan
    DeShone Kizer
    Tom Brady

  38. daytontriangles says: Jun 23, 2017 2:00 AM

    1: Brady
    2: Rodgers
    3: Brees
    4: Ryan
    5: Brady with one arm tied behind his back

  39. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jun 23, 2017 2:06 AM

    Good thing they didn’t stipulate “best LIKED” Poor little Erin would be dead last. It is amazing he hasn’t gotten the Kap treatment for as many of his teammates he has thrown under the bus.. Or perhaps that little mid season slide in 2015 was his players way of making sure he got the message.

  40. cylondetector says: Jun 23, 2017 2:19 AM

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Wilson
    Roethlisberger
    Brees

  41. jshawaii22 says: Jun 23, 2017 2:52 AM

    How does Luck make it into these “top” poles? He hasn’t done squat! Compared to Russell Wilson… at least he has the ring and 2 appearances in the Big Game to back up his claims. I’d take Carr over Luck right now, too.

    The rest is obvious — Brady / Big Ben / Rodgers / Ryan

  42. gambeast5533 says: Jun 23, 2017 3:18 AM

    1) Brady

    2) Rodgers

    3) Roethlisberger

    4) Brees

    5) Ryan

  43. cromagarmy76 says: Jun 23, 2017 3:49 AM

    Rodgers
    Brady
    Brees
    Luck
    Rivers

    …in that order.

  44. raidersin2019 says: Jun 23, 2017 5:51 AM

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Roethlisberger
    Brees
    Carr

  45. SidFarkus says: Jun 23, 2017 6:35 AM

    Carr
    Connor Cook
    EJ Manuel
    Brady
    Rodgers

  46. davepsu says: Jun 23, 2017 6:40 AM

    Brady
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Wilson
    Rot

    Can’t be Ryan; inconsistent. Can’t be Luck; unproven. Carr has the potential. Rivers puts up numbers not wins. If I want to win a game, it’s those 5.

  47. thesmartestmanever says: Jun 23, 2017 7:26 AM

    Wow, Matt Ryan has a good year in a system that made RGIII look like superman, and now he’s a top 5 quarterback?

  48. absolutevisuals says: Jun 23, 2017 7:28 AM

    Tough one. Brady, Ryan, Brees. But the last two is hard. Rodgers, Wilson & Rivers all can have a spot.

  49. mkreef says: Jun 23, 2017 7:30 AM

    What has Rodgers done? You can’t be the best QB in the league with 1 SB and a rotten post season record.

    How anyone could dispute Brady as far and away the #1 in the league (and heck, of all time) is beyond me.

  50. pastabelly says: Jun 23, 2017 7:37 AM

    I have a problem with Brees’ 15 interceptions. If you are going to give him credit for playing in that pass crazy offense, you also need to take away for those picks. Also, he HAS to throw more because he’s playing from behind.

    1. Brady
    2. Rodgers
    3. Ryan
    4. Roethlisberger
    5. Brees
    6. Carr
    7. Wilson
    8. Rivers
    9. Mariota
    10. Winston
    11. Flacco
    12. Luck
    13. Prescott
    14. Dalton

  51. pastabelly says: Jun 23, 2017 7:49 AM

    Oops, forgot Newton on my list. He’s ahead of Luck.

  52. definitelynotmikeflorio says: Jun 23, 2017 7:56 AM

    1a Brady
    1b Rodgers
    3 Ryan
    4 Brees
    5 Roethlisberger

  53. pkrlvr says: Jun 23, 2017 8:52 AM

    What has Rodgers done? You can’t be the best QB in the league with 1 SB and a rotten post season record.
    ——–
    Rodgers doesn’t play defense. What he’s done are two mvp awards, consistently been at the top of the league in TD’s while having single digit int’s, and 8 seasons in a row of playoff appearances.

  54. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 23, 2017 8:56 AM

    People keep putting Dalton on a list but no Stafford. Laughable. I don’t understand why Cincy has attached it’s wagon to him.

  55. vottorific says: Jun 23, 2017 9:43 AM

    Rivers has to be there

  56. vottorific says: Jun 23, 2017 9:44 AM

    Pescot would be #6

  57. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 23, 2017 9:50 AM

    How come there is no love for Tyrod Taylor (-:

    At the top of my list is Tom Brady as he wins Super Bowls and no one can name 3 wide receivers he’s had over the past decade. It does not seem to matter who is on his team, he simply wins.

    Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are either numbers 2 or 3. Matt Ryan and Big Ben are also in my top five list.

  58. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Jun 23, 2017 10:05 AM

    I am a huge Rivers fan, but I don’t get why so many people have him listed top 5? Top 10 all day long, but I have a hard time putting in the top 5. I also think it is too soon to anoint Prescott. He had a great rookie year, but so did Vince Young. Let’s see how year 2 goes and then we can make a better judgement.

    1.) Rodgers
    2.) Brady
    3.) Ryan
    4.) Brees
    5.) Carr
    6.) Roethlisberger
    7.) Rivers
    8.)Wilson
    9.)Stafford
    10.) Luck

  59. sportoficionado says: Jun 23, 2017 10:11 AM

    1. Dakota 1. Rodgers
    2. Rayne 2. Brady
    3. Prescott 3. Roethlisberger
    4. 4. Prescott
    5. 5. Carr
    (my list) (non-homer, unfiltered list)

  60. kahnsbushymustache says: Jun 23, 2017 12:37 PM

    Well it sure as hell wouldn’t be Brady Quinn…

  61. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 23, 2017 7:42 PM

    wait, who was that guy in “Napoleon Dynamite”? Oh that’s it, Uncle Rico! Uncle Rico should make the top 5!

  62. cbell618 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:33 PM

    In order…

    Brady
    Rogers
    Brees
    Stafford
    Carr

  63. brazin99 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:44 PM

    Anyone who excludes Wilson from the top 7 really needs to do a little research on the 7 you would put before him.

    If I want to win the super bowl TODAY my list would look like this:

    1. Brady – Hard to rate anyone above him considering his record, consistency and commitment.

    2. Rodgers – Year in and year out Green Bay continues to be a top contender with limited elite resources around him.

    3. Brees – Here’s where it becomes tough but you gotta go with Brees because of his consistency over time with even less resources around him than Rodgers.

    4. Wilson – Argue all you want but research the stats first. Then consider what may be the biggest “statistic”… late 4th qtr comebacks.

    5. Big Ben – He may be on the short end of his career but for one game he could arguably be at #1.

    For the rest you have to figure various amounts of things like leadership, mobility, accuracy (see Cam), consistency, ability to carry his team, history, the mental half of the game, and last but not really least…commitment. Now toss in grit and you can start throwing out many of the pretenders.

  64. directdriver says: Jun 25, 2017 3:07 PM

    The top 4 is easy, as they are in their own tier, in age order:

    Brady
    Brees
    Roethlisberger
    Rodgers

    The 5th one is the tricky one. Just pick whoever you like!

  65. aarons444 says: Jun 26, 2017 11:23 AM

    Rodgers
    Brady
    Brees
    Roethilisberger
    Matty Ice

  66. joshgordonsbong says: Jun 26, 2017 2:09 PM

    1. Kaepernick
    2. Kaepernick
    3. Kaepernick
    4. Kaepernick
    5. Kaepernick

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