ESPN bloggers say Joe Flacco is a top-11 NFL quarterback

April 26, 2011

ESPN continued its series of NFL positional power rankings today with its list of the league's top quarterbacks, and Ravens QB Joe Flacco finished tied for 10th with Cowboys QB Tony Romo. The rankings were compiled by ESPN's seven divisional bloggers plus senior writer and noted Flacco backer John Clayton.

Flacco, who completed 62.6 of his passes in 2010 for 3,622 yards and 25 touchdowns, was ranked as high as ninth on the list of one blogger (Bill Williamson) and was 10th on three other lists. He and Romo edged out Matt Schaub and Josh Freeman to share the final spot in the top 10. But Flacco did not make the list of AFC North blogger James Walker, who wants to see more from 26-year-old quarterback in the playoffs.

"Joe Flacco is a good quarterback, but I don’t consider him an elite, top-10 quarterback just yet," Walker said. "I need to see more consistency, especially in the playoffs and other big games against the Steelers. Flacco has a lot of natural ability, and I believe he’s ready to break through. But, in my book, Flacco needs to first prove it on the field in the biggest games to be elite."

Tom Brady topped the list, followed by Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. See the trend there? Each of ESPN's top five quarterbacks have won at least one Super Bowl title.

Here's the full list, and I can't say that I have any major objections with it:

1. Tom Brady, Patriots

2. Peyton Manning, Colts

3. Drew Brees, Saints

4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

6. Philip Rivers, Chargers

7 (tie). Michael Vick, Eagles, and Matt Ryan, Falcons

9. Eli Manning, Giants

10 (tie). Joe Flacco, Ravens, and  Tony Romo, Cowboys

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