Simms’ Top 40 QB Countdown Culminates with the Top Four next Monday, June 13; In-Depth Breakdowns for Each Ranking Weekly on Chris Simms Unbuttoned Podcast
“This is still the most electrifying quarterback in the NFL.”– Simms on Lamar Jackson at No. 10
“You can win a Super Bowl with this guy.”– Simms on Derek Carr at No. 11
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 7, 2022 – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, three-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders, and 2019 No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals highlight the latest installment of Chris Simms’ countdown of the top 40 quarterbacks in the NFL.
NBC Sports’ Simms continues his countdown of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast and on “PFT Live,” unveiling quarterbacks 9-12.
Simms’ quarterbacks ranked 9-40:
|9.||Dak Prescott, Dallas||25.||Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia|
|10.||Lamar Jackson, Baltimore||26.||Jameis Winston, New Orleans|
|11.||Derek Carr, Las Vegas||27.||Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh|
|12.||Kyler Murray, Arizona||28.||Marcus Mariota, Atlanta|
|13.||Deshaun Watson, Cleveland||29.||Tua Tagovailoa, Miami|
|14.||Matt Ryan, Indianapolis||30.||Jared Goff, Detroit|
|15.||Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee||31.||Trey Lance, San Francisco|
|16.||Kirk Cousins, Minnesota||32.||Sam Darnold, Carolina|
|17.||Baker Mayfield, Cleveland||33.||Geno Smith, Seattle|
|18.||Mac Jones, New England||34.||Tyler Huntley, Baltimore|
|19.||Carson Wentz, Washington||35.||Davis Mills, Houston|
|20.||Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco||36.||Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants|
|21.||Daniel Jones, New York Giants||37.||Gardner Minshew, Philadelphia|
|22.||Zach Wilson, New York Jets||38.||Teddy Bridgewater, Miami|
|23.||Justin Fields, Chicago||39.||Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh|
|24.||Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville||40.||Drew Lock, Seattle|
Beginning in May and culminating next Monday, June 13 with his top four quarterbacks in the league, Simms will unveil four selections on each Chris Simms Unbuttoned episode and discuss his rankings on “PFT Live” with Mike Florio.
Simms, a third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2003 NFL Draft who played eight NFL seasons, will also offer in-depth player breakdowns and rankings explanations throughout each week on Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
Simms has had recent success in projecting quarterbacks – including those coming out of college by naming Patrick Mahomes as his most exciting prospect in 2017, listing Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen as his top-two QBs in 2018, and having Justin Herbert as his No. 2 QB in 2020.
The rankings will continue tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8 with numbers 5-8 on the next episode of Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Chris Simms Unbuttoned:
No. 12: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
“This is still one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the NFL. He runs like an elite slot receiver. He can make all the throws. He’s not good in the pocket… [When you] make him make plays in the pocket, it’s still a question mark. There’s going to come a three or four-game stretch where [the Cardinals] are going to play some really good defenses, like the Rams or 49ers, and they’re going to go… ‘We’re not going to let you run around.’ That still needs work. Leadership is another area where I’d like to see him take another jump in. He has to find a way…to have a little bit more of an effect on the football team.”
No. 11: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
“The ultimate field general. What is the negative about Derek Carr? He’s done more at the line of scrimmage than any other quarterback in football the last two years. He’s got size, he’s mobile, and he has a very good arm. You can win a Super Bowl with this guy. I have a lot of respect for the adjustments he’s made in his career, not only personality-wise…but some physical adjustments that have made him better. Davante Adams came [to the Raiders] for one reason: Derek Carr.”
No. 10: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
“This is still the most electrifying quarterback in the NFL. The physical ability is off-the-charts good. He has an incredible arm. The sidearm throws – he’s up there with the best in football. He’s like [Aaron] Rodgers a few years ago or [Josh] Allen or [Patrick] Mahomes now. [Last season] he didn’t see the field or make decisions as well as he did in years past. He was trying to make big plays just a little too much. The leadership on the team – he’s special. The Ravens think they can win every game they walk on the field…they go, ‘He’ll win it for us.’”
No. 9: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
“Physical, mental toughness – to me, Dak Prescott is towards the top of football in those departments. His mobility is a real thing. [He is] is up there in the discussion as far as being one of the best ‘I’m under pressure and the pocket is collapsing’ quarterbacks in all of football. He’s unaffected by it. That, to me, is where he is special. Franchise quarterback, difference maker, beautiful deep ball thrower. But I will say he did not have his best year throwing…out of these quarterbacks we’ve talked about today, [his arm strength] is at the bottom. I would say Derek Carr’s arm is stronger than Dak Prescott’s. But he does a lot of good things on the football field.”
To listen to the full player breakdowns on Chris Simms Unbuttoned, click here.