The Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB countdown, No. 4: Deshaun Watson

Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB rankings: Deshaun Watson
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He took the league by storm as a rookie, before suffering a torn ACL. By the time he returned, Patrick Mahomes was taking the league by storm. Last year, Lamar Jackson was taking the league by storm. Through it all, Deshaun Watson quietly and steadily has become one of the best quarterbacks in all of football.

He’s good enough to land at No. 4 on the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown.

Watson, a franchise quarterback who has shown every indication that he will be for years to come, has become everything that he was expected to be — and then some — in the NFL. The problem is that Mahomes has blown everyone else away, making it hard for Watson to get the notice he should.

He nevertheless should. The test comes this year, with receiver DeAndre Hopkins gone. As explained in the attached video (i.e., please watch the attached video), the trade that sent Hopkins to Arizona could actually make Watson better by leaving him without a security blanket and forcing him to work through his progressions faster (and stick with them) instead of extending the play and waiting for Hopkins to spring open.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

No. 19: Derek Carr

No. 18: Josh Allen

No. 17: Philip Rivers

No. 16: Drew Brees

No. 15: Tom Brady

No. 14: Ben Roethlisberger

No. 13: Kirk Cousins

No. 12: Kyler Murray

No. 11: Ryan Tannehill

No. 10: Cam Newton

No. 9: Matthew Stafford

No. 8: Dak Prescott

No. 7: Matt Ryan

No. 6: Carson Wentz

No. 5: Lamar Jackson

11 responses to “The Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB countdown, No. 4: Deshaun Watson

  1. #4? I’m not convinced. He’s hold the ball WAY too long to be #4. That leads to too many hits/sacks/injuries. His o-line usually stinks but he doesnt help the problem.

  2. this is a make or break year for coach Obrien, but its also a major prove it year for Watson. No Hopkins could actually make Watson get better, but it could also expose him. I saw Watson turn around and throw the ball backwards vs the Chargers. Personally I could never rank him 4 after seeing that.

  3. We are living in a time where three of the top four quarterbacks are black. I’m 49, and that wouldn’t have been possible even into my teens. What a great time to be an NFL fan.

  4. No way he is higher ranked than Josh Allen, Josh Allen showed him who was better in that playoff game last year

  5. pedersonisbetterthanmcvay says:
    June 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    We are living in a time where three of the top four quarterbacks are black. I’m 49, and that wouldn’t have been possible even into my teens. What a great time to be an NFL fan.

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    They may not have been in the top 4 all at the same time but these guys were damn good and all played in the early 2000s.
    Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair, and Donovan McNabb.

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