The Best NFL Quarterback of 2017 Will Surprise You

The 2017 NFL season is over, and we’ve now headed into the playoffs. Now that all the regular season numbers are in, we thought we’d take a look at who the best quarterbacks are for the recently-wrapped 2017 season. We are actually pleasantly surprised to learn that some of our expectations are not what we initially anticipated. Some notable names are also missing from this list, while the number one quarterback isn’t who you think it is. So without further ado, here are the top quarterbacks from the 2017 NFL season.

10. Russell Wilson

quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs off the field.

Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson | Rob Carr/Getty Images

Russell Wilson may be one of the most active quarterbacks on the field. Every time you think he is about to get sacked, he manages to get away from his opponents and turn nothing into something. For the 2017 season, Russell Wilson carried the Seattle Seahawks offense with a staggering 86% of the touchdowns. Seattle will not be in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Next: The man in the same position as his jersey number.

9. Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints quarterback, Drew Brees | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Drafted in 2001, this veteran has led the New Orleans Saints to many victories. Coming off a losing 2016 season, Drew Brees rallied the Saints to the top of the NFC South, and a number four seed in the NFC playoffs, all while setting the single-season record for completion percentage. Drew Brees still has some time left in his career to make it back to number one. If his play this season is any indication, he almost certainly will.

Next: Can he lead his team to victory?

8. Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Alex Smith is the number one quarterback in the NFL when you talk about his passer rating of 104.7. This marks his 13th season in the NFL, but he’s been somewhat of an enigma throughout his career. He has really only become an elite quarterback in the past few years, but that is mainly because half of his career with a merry-go-round of coaches on the 49ers. That said, his limitations as a passer were painfully clear in the Chiefs first-round loss to the Titans.

Next: This one really slipped under our radar.

7. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Matthew Stafford surprised us a lot this last year. This season didn’t seem all that exciting in Detroit, but apparently, we were dead wrong. Stafford ranks 4th in touchdowns, 6th in passer rating, 3rd in yards, and 6th in completion percentage. Every one of those stats speaks to a stellar team, yet the Detroit Lions managed to only squeak out a 9-7 season. Nevertheless, he is still proving to be a great quarterback, well worth the massive contract he signed in the offseason.

Next: Another veteran that should probably be considering retiring. 

6. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Ben Roethlisberger has been a veteran of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 14 years now. He has won a Super Bowl and he also may be able to do it again. The 2017 season led him and the Steelers to the number two seed in the AFC, and a first-round bye. This shapes up to be another great season for Ben Roethlisberger.

Next: We’re halfway there!

5. Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons quarterback, Matt Ryan | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Matt Ryan is bound to be a future Hall of Fame inductee. This man threw over 4,000 yards this season and had a completion percentage of 64.7%, all after losing offensive coordinator and QB guru Kyle Shanahan. Those are impressive numbers by anyone’s standards, and did well enough to carry the Falcons out of the wild card round of the NFC playoffs.

Next: A novice who is destined for greatness.

4. Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Dak Prescott has had an incredible first two seasons in the NFL, thanks to the unfortunate (or fortunate) career-ending injury of Tony Romo. Prescott threw 22 TDs this season and about 3,000 yards. Those are decent numbers, but the real reason he is so high on this list is his game management style. He knows how to properly manage his offense, and it has been paying off well for the Cowboys. His career is just starting, but we expect to see a lot out of him in the coming seasons.

Next: The GOAT…

3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady | Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Well, he may not be number one on this list, but Tom Brady may go down as one of (if not the) greatest of all time. It’s been another stellar season for Brady. He threw for the most passing yards in the NFL at 4,577, along with 32 touchdowns. Unfortunately, when you compare him to himself, this has just been another ordinary season. He’s really just on cruise control, and you can see it. The man is 40, and he may want to consider retirement at some point soon, before an injury takes him completely out of the game and his career ends on a sour note.

Next: No one saw this coming.

2. Case Keenum

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Case Keenum is a redemption story for the ages. It looks like he found a system that is really working for him in Minnesota. He threw 22 TDs this season, which is almost as many as he’s thrown for the previous four seasons combined. Besides his incredible rise to success, he also has incredible game management skills, and a laser accurate arm with a 67.2% completion rate.

Next: Even though he was out for the season with an injury, he’s still the best quarterback this year.

1. Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Overall, Carson Wentz was the number one quarterback, until he tore his ACL in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz helped get his team in an incredible position for a Super Bowl win but may have dashed those dreams with the injury. Even with playing a shortened season, Wentz still puts up some incredible stats. He threw 33 TDs, good for second in the NFL overall, despite missing the final three games of the year. On top of that, he had a passer rating of 101.9, and all this in only his second season in the NFL. Eagles fans need not fret, because you definitely have a franchise quarterback here if he can recover from his injury.

Next: Honorable mention

Honorable mention: Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Watson could have easily been rookie of the year. Unfortunately, his dreams were cut short by an ACL injury early in the season. Still, by that point, he scored 19 touchdowns in only 7 games. Had he continued on with that trend, he could have easily seen his numbers up around the 40s. On top of that, his passer rating was a staggering 103.

He will easily be in the top five QB’s next year and will recover well from this injury. He has already injured his other ACL in college, and he still came into his rookie season with guns blazing.

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