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Graziani and Grieb continue to impress

So who has the best QB in the AFL? Gary Horton goes team-by-team and ranks them all.

Updated: March 11, 2008, 3:58 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

So who has the best QB in the AFL? Gary Horton goes team-by-team and ranks them all.

1. Philadelphia's Tony Graziani

He continues to be the model of consistency, playing an almost flawless game in an important win over Chicago. Graziani completed 21 of 32 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns, but more importantly, he did not throw an interception against a good Chicago defense.

2. San Jose's Mark Grieb

He played a clean game with 22 completions in 36 attempts for 228 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Grieb did a good job of spreading the ball around to his receivers, and he did an excellent job of identifying matchups in the Sabercats' comeback.

3. Los Angeles' Sonny Cumbie

He played a solid game and tossed seven touchdown passes even though he was under a lot of pressure from the Arizona pass rush. Many of his passes were deep balls, especially in the first half, and he did not throw an interception.

4. Cleveland's Raymond Philyaw

He played another solid game, going 24-for-38 with 297 yards and five TDs, and for the second week in a row he was voted offensive player of the game. He spread the ball around to five different receivers and continues to make good decisions.

5. Chicago's Sherdrick Bonner

He had a good statistical game, throwing for 306 yards and six touchdowns, but he also was intercepted twice and threw 20 incomplete passes. He got great performances from wide receiver Damian Harrell and full back Dan Alexander, but it wasn't enough versus a good Soul defense.

6. Tampa Bay's Brett Dietz

He finally played up to his capabilities, throwing for seven touchdown passes without his best receiver in the lineup, and Dietz threw only one interception and showed better decision-making. He looks like a guy who is ready to get hot.

7. Georgia's Chris Greisen

He played a solid game, throwing for 319 yards and five touchdowns, and 25 of his 30 completions were to his top two wide receivers, Tony Bergeron and Carl Morris. Still, Tampa Bay's defensive pressure led to two interceptions and two lost fumbles.

8. Utah's Joe Germaine

He was 29-for-38 for a whopping 374 yards and eight touchdowns, and all three of his receivers recorded 100-plus yards. But Germaine also threw two interceptions, and the Blaze played a typical game with great offense and practically no defense.

9. Dallas' Chris Sanders

He did a nice job filling in for injured Clint Dolezel, throwing for 268 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Six players caught passes and Sanders did an excellent job of identifying matchups and making good decisions.

10. Colorado's John Dutton

He is coming off a bye week but did play well in Week 1. Dutton now faces a Dallas defense that has a knack for totally shutting down good quarterbacks. Dutton must make good decisions and spread out the Desperados' defense, and good pass protection is also a must.

11. Orlando's Shane Stafford

He had respectable numbers (321 yards, four TD passes) but he threw two costly interceptions late in the game, was sacked twice and New Orleans broke up five of Stafford's passes. Part of the problem was shoddy pass protection, but right now this offense just can't finish.

12. Grand Rapids' Adrian McPherson

He made plays with his feet as usual, scoring two touchdowns on the ground and rushing for 45 yards. But while McPherson wasn't sacked, the San Jose pass rush flushed him out of the pocket all night and five QB hurries really bothered him.

13. New Orleans' Danny Wimprine

He did an excellent job of filling in for Steve Bellisari (knee), throwing for 311 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. Wimprine's decision-making was solid and he was cool under pressure versus a normally good Orlando pass rush.

14. Columbus' Matt Nagy

He had a respectable statistical game with 202 yards and four touchdown passes, but the Dallas defense really came after Nagy and his receivers struggled to get open. He really struggled in the first half, and the offense just isn't very explosive yet.

15. New York's Aaron Garcia and Rohan Davey

Davey did a solid job of filling in for the injured Garcia, throwing for 233 yards and six touchdowns, and he got a great game out of wide receiver Jason Willis (four touchdowns). He spread the ball around to five receivers in a surprise win.

16. Arizona's Lang Campbell and Jeff Smoker

Campbell was knocked out of the game early with an injury and Smoker did not fare much better. They were a combined 17-for-38 with two interceptions and they were sacked a combined five times. The Rattlers were unable to get untracked against the L.A. defense.

17. Kansas City's John Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was solid, with four touchdown passes and 238 yards, but he also threw two interceptions and he was only 2-for-8 on third-down conversions. Still, he continues to look good as a scrambler, running for three touchdowns.

Gary Horton, a pro scout for Scouts Inc., has been a football talent evaluator for more than 30 years. He spent 10 years in the NFL and 10 years at the college level before launching a private scouting firm called The War Room.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.