Manning, Brady, Palmer top final rankings

So who's the NFL's best QB? Who's the worst? And where does your team's QB rank? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton ranks the QBs 1-32.
Your QB rankings

Originally Published: January 2, 2007
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

So, who's the best QB in the NFL right now? Who's the worst? And who's in between? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton ranks the quarterbacks 1-32.

QB rankings
Rank (LW) Player Team Comment
1 (1)
Peyton Manning
Colts Manning and the Colts played with passion in a closing win over Miami to keep some momentum going into the playoffs. He was 22-of-37 for 282 yards and two TDs and he also had a nice scramble for another score. He exploited an undermanned Dolphins secondary and made no mistakes.
2 (2)
Tom Brady
Patriots Even though the Patriots' playoff seeding was already decided, Brady played three solid quarters on a terrible, muddy field in Nashville. He spread the ball to eight different receivers and had some big hookups with WR Reche Caldwell. Brady threw 24 passes and completed 15 for 225 yards and one TD.
3 (3)
Carson Palmer
Bengals He made some big plays when he needed to in the fourth quarter, throwing two TD passes, but it wasn't enough as the Bengals lost in OT to the Steelers. Palmer was a solid 20-for-38 for 251 yards, threw no picks and spread the ball around nicely.
4 (5)
Steve McNair
Ravens He is running the offensive game plan to perfection and although this is a run-first offense, McNair was precise and is uncanny at finding good one-on-one matchups. In a closing win over Buffalo, he was 23-for-35 for 216 yards and is ready to lead this team into the playoffs.
5 (4)
Drew Brees
Saints With no playoff implications on the line, Brees only played one full series in the loss to Carolina and was 4-for-5 for 46 yards and led the Saints to one scoring drive. He was replaced by Jamie Martin, who had solid numbers, throwing for 208 yards with one TD pass and one INT, but he was sacked five times.
6 (6)
Jeff Garcia
Eagles When Detroit beat Dallas earlier, Andy Reid pulled his starters early, including Garcia, and A.J. Feeley ran the offense the rest of the way to a win over slumping Atlanta. Feeley responded well, throwing for 321 yards and three TD passes and he did not throw an INT. The QB depth for the Eagles is impressive.
7 (13)
Matt Hasselbeck
Seahawks He finally played very well in a much-needed road win at Tampa Bay. He was excellent on third down (8 for 14 conversions), moved around the pocket well, did not force throws into coverage and did not throw an INT. He finished with 216 yards and one TD pass in a run-oriented offense.
8 (9)
Brett Favre
Packers He was vintage Brett Favre in a nice closing win over rival Chicago, throwing for 285 yards, including 209 in the first half. He put the ball in tight spots with a lot of zip and he showed everybody that he can still make any throw necessary. He can still play!
9 (10)
Philip Rivers
Chargers After spraining an ankle (not seriously), Rivers came out of the game in a win over Arizona, but while he was on the field, he was 19-of-24 for 231 yards and two TDs and one INT. He looked very sharp.
10 (7)
Marc Bulger
Rams The Rams rode the legs of RB Steven Jackson and the run game in a road win at Minnesota. Bulger finished 19-of-30 for 248 yards and one TD pass with no INTs. He did a nice job of finding his playmakers, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.
11 (8)
Chad Pennington
Jets He had another workmanlike performance in a nice home win over the Raiders. He threw for only 157 yards, but he was 22-for-30 with one TD pass and no INTs. He continues to have great chemistry with his receivers in the short-to-intermediate passing game and his play-action package is very good.
12 (15)
Tony Romo
Cowboys He had another off day versus a spunky Lions defense. The Cowboys have lost three of their last four games and Romo is officially a cold QB. He threw an interception, lost two fumbles and his ball security was awful. He finished with 321 yards and two TDs but he was also sacked four times and he just doesn't look sharp.
13 (14)
J.P. Losman
Bills He continues to give the Bills hope for the future with his arm strength and competitiveness, but it was in a losing effort versus Baltimore. He finished 20-of-35 for 237 yards and one TD, but threw two INTs. He did a good job of getting the ball to his best playmaker, WR Lee Evans.
14 (21)
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers Behind a ball-control run game, Big Ben managed the game well in a win over Cincinnati, and he threw for a respectable 280 yards and one huge TD pass in overtime to WR Santonio Holmes. He did throw one INT but played a fairly mistake-free game.
15 (NR)
Jake Delhomme
Panthers After missing three games with a thumb injury, Delhomme went all the way for the Panthers in a closing win over the Saints. He was a solid 23-for-27 for 207 yards and two TDs. He played a very clean game, with no sacks, no INTs and did a nice job getting the ball to WR Steve Smith.
16 (12)
Vince Young
Titans He finally looked like a confused rookie and had his worst game in a loss to New England. He was pressured all day, sacked five times, lost a fumble, was intercepted twice and had trouble reading the complex Pats defense. Still, he did make a couple of plays with his feet, including a long TD run.
17 (11)
Jay Cutler
Broncos He was knocked out of the game in the first half with a blow to the head, but he came back in the game and showed his toughness in a bitter OT loss to the 49ers that knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs. However, Cutler seemed a little disoriented the entire second half and it showed in his inconsistent play.
18 (16)
Michael Vick
Falcons Vick started but left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle and Matt Schaub went the rest of the way in a closing loss at Philadelphia. While Vick was 8-of-14 for 81 yards and one TD, Schaub finished the game 15-of-21 for 175 yards, one TD and one INT. Nine different Falcons caught passes.
19 (17)
Eli Manning
Giants The Giants won a big game at Washington to get into the playoffs, but they did it using Tiki Barber's legs, not Manning's arm. Manning finished 12-of-26 for 101 yards and one TD. More important, he threw no interceptions.
20 (18)
Rex Grossman
Bears In a game versus Green Bay where he was supposed to get some early work in and then hand over the game to Brian Griese, Grossman was awful. He was 2-for-12 for only 33 yards. He threw three INTs, fumbled a snap and his passer rating was 0.0! Griese was not much better in the second half and the Bears cannot feel very good about their QB position heading into the playoffs.
21 (20)
Trent Green
Chiefs He did not look good in a win over Jacksonville and was even booed by the Chiefs' fans. He was knocked out of the game briefly and was replaced by Damon Huard, who played well in a limited role. Luckily for Green, the KC run game with Larry Johnson keeps this offense going, but he just doesn't look comfortable.
22 (22)
Tim Rattay
Bucs He was a respectable 16-for-27 for 185 yards passing with one TD and no INTs, but with the exception of getting the ball to WR Joey Galloway, Rattay just didn't make enough big plays. Seattle totally controlled the game and the Bucs' offense had very little punch.
23 (27)
Alex Smith
49ers He finished the 2006 season on a high note, knocking the Denver Broncos out of the playoffs with a win at Denver. He is still inconsistent, but he has a lot of skills to develop and he improved from a 40.8 QB rating in 2005 to a 74.8 QB rating in 2006.
24 (19)
Jon Kitna
Lions He had a big passing day versus a struggling Dallas pass defense, throwing for 306 yards and four TDs with only one INT. Kitna did a nice job of getting the ball to his WRs Mike Furrey and Roy Williams, who combined for 17 catches and 206 yards, even though he was under pressure all day.
25 (24)
Kurt Warner
Cardinals With an injured Matt Leinart on the sideline, Warner ran the show for the losing Cardinals and played well. He was 22-of-32 for 356 yards and one TD and no interceptions. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers. He averaged over 10 yards a completion and he got the ball to his playmakers.
26 (23)
Jason Campbell
Redskins He had a decent night in a closing loss to the Giants, completing 21 of 31 passes for 220 yards, two TDs and one INT, and finally got the ball to both of his playmaking WRs, Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El. Campbell looks like he can be the Redskins' QB of the future.
27 (25)
David Carr
Texans He only attempted 15 passes, completing nine, for a measly 86 yards with no TDs and one INT (in the end zone). He never got into any kind of flow and his inability to move this offense may cost him his job in 2007. Not many big plays come out of this offense.
28 (NR)
Cleo Lemon
Dolphins Nick Saban took a long look at the unheralded Lemon and he responded fairly well in a loss to the Colts. He was 18-of-36 for 210 yards with one TD and one INT. He did a nice job of moving around the pocket to buy time, but as you would guess, his decision making was up and down.
29 (28)
David Garrard
Jaguars After throwing one interception and continuing to make the same mistakes that led to three straight December losses, Garrard was benched in the third quarter and replaced by the unheralded Quinn Gray, who flashed his potential with three TD drives and rushed for two TDs in a loss at Kansas City. His good performance further complicates the Jaguars' QB situation.
30 (29)
Tarvaris Jackson
Vikings He had an up-and-down performance in the season finale loss to St. Louis. Jackson was 20-for-34 for 213 yards, one TD run and one TD pass but also two INTs. He did a decent job of spreading the ball around to nine different receivers, but he was sacked four times. He has a long way to go before he can be a guy you can count on.
31 (NR)
Charlie Frye
Browns After missing three games with a wrist injury, but he did not have a great day in a loss to Houston. He was 25-of-34 for 187 yards, but he had a fumble returned for a TD and he also threw an INT. He couldn't produce in the red zone, but the Browns dominated this game statistically.
32 (NR)
Aaron Brooks
Raiders He posted decent numbers in another loss to the Jets, but there is no vertical component to this offense, especially with the Raiders' best two WRs, Randy Moss and Jerry Porter, out with injuries. Brooks was 15-for-26 for 136 yards with no TDs and one INT. Now the Raiders start a new QB search.

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.