Commentary

Dolezel returns from an injury and takes spot among league's best QBs

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

Originally Published: April 8, 2008
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 Matt D'Orazio

D'Orazio, now 3-0 as the starter, continues to play spectacular football with very few mistakes and his chemistry with WR Chris Jackson gets better every week. D'Orazio and Jackson teamed up for three touchdowns in the first 20 minutes and D'Orazio finished the win over Utah with 300 passing yards and six touchdowns.

2. Dallas' Clint Dolezel

Dolezel finally returned from a separated shoulder suffered in Week 1 and looked great, throwing for 220 yards, five TDs and ran for another score in the Dallas' 58-51 win over Cleveland. He played a very clean game with no interceptions and was named the offensive player of the game.

3. Georgia's Chris Greisen

He continues to play at a high level and has this rebuilt Force offense really starting to gel. They looked good in a win over Kansas City as Greisen threw for 236 yards and seven touchdowns, with only one interception. He seems to find a new favorite target each week. This week it it was WR Carl Morris, who had seven catches and four touchdowns.

4. New Orleans' Danny Wimprine

He continues to play almost mistake-free football and the VooDoo have won five straight. He threw for 222 yards and five touchdowns in a good win over a solid San Jose defense and, more importantly, he did not throw an interception. Wimprine continues to get the ball to his favorite receiver, James Jordan.

5. Utah's Joe Germaine

He is a one-man show for the disappointing Blaze. Germaine puts up excellent numbers every week, but gets no defensive help. In a road loss at Philadelphia, he threw for 250 yards and five touchdowns against an excellent Soul defense. He does a good job of spreading the ball around and finding the right matchup.

6. Columbus' Matt Nagy

He keyed a nice win over slumping Tampa Bay with 222 passing yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Nagy gives the Destroyers consistent production each week. He does a nice job of reading defenses and picking out favorable matchups, but he can't do it all himself every game.

7. New York's Aaron Garcia

Garcia finally got through a complete game healthy and put up the kind of numbers we are used to seeing. He was 26-for-42 with 311 passing yards and seven TDs in a lopsided win over Grand Rapids. Better pass protection and an opportunistic defense (four interceptions) made things a lot easier for him.

8. Chicago's Sherdrick Bonner

He played a respectable game in an overtime loss at Orlando, but did not make a lot of explosive plays and couldn't get the ball to WR Damian Harrell enough (five catches and no touchdowns). Bonner finished with 256 yards and four TDs, but he was unable to exploit a Predators secondary that usually struggles in coverage.

9. Colorado's John Dutton

Dutton may have played his best game of the season in a solid win over a visiting Los Angeles defense that seems to have fallen apart in recent weeks. He threw for 332 yards, eight touchdowns and he even ran one in. He spread the ball around to six different receivers and his one interception was his only real mistake in the game.

10. Cleveland's Raymond Philyaw

He played a solid statistical game versus a terrific Dallas defense, throwing for 321 yards and five touchdowns. He spread the ball around to five receivers, but came up short in a tough loss to the Desperados. The Dallas defense produced five QB hurries, eight pass breakups one interception and kept Philyaw a little off balance.

11. San Jose's Mark Grieb

He posted impressive numbers with 330 yards passing and five touchdowns, but he also threw three costly interceptions (two of which turned into TDs) in a loss to hot New Orleans. Grieb is making some uncharacteristic questionable decisions, but always seems to fight his way out of adversity.

12. Orlando's Shane Stafford

Although he struggled to get in any kind of a rhythm versus an excellent Chicago defense (five turnovers and four interceptions), he made plays when he had to in an exciting overtime home win over the Rush. He finished the game with 255 passing yards and six touchdowns, but he also had 10 passes broken-up and that won't win a lot of games.

13. Tampa Bay's Brett Dietz

The Storm have lost three straight games and don't look like an elite team right now. Dietz is putting up good numbers and spreading the ball around nicely (six receivers caught passes in a loss to Columbus). His 290 yards passing and six TDs should be good enough to win, but this offense seems to always make one or two mistakes that costs them down the stretch.

14. Grand Rapids' James MacPherson

He had a tough game versus a New York defense that's struggled most of the season and it led to a surprising lopsided loss. MacPherson threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted four times, sacked twice, and had eight passes broken up. His offense never had a chance.

15. Los Angeles' Tom Hicks

The coaches decided to give the veteran journeyman Hicks a shot over Sonny Cumbie and received basically the same results. He threw for a respectable 295 yards and five touchdowns, but threw two costly interceptions to Colorado DB Rashad Floyd in a disappointing road loss.

16. Kansas City's D. Bryant

The Brigade made a change at quarterback, replacing John Fitzgerald with Bryant, and the rookie actually played pretty well in a loss to improving Georgia. He was 31-for-45 for 322 yards and six touchdowns, but he was sacked twice, had four passes broken up, and threw two interceptions. Still, he looks promising.

17. Arizona's Jeff Smoker

The Rattlers had the week off, but still need more consistency and explosive, big plays from the quarterback position. Whether it's Smoker or Lang Campbell, the pass protection is so inconsistent that the QBs can not get into any kind of a flow and they don't have enough time to find their receivers.

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.