January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1), Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throw the ball during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Jaworski Quarterback List Breakdown (Part 2)

There is one more player that is ranked higher than Cam Newton that has neither visited nor won a Super Bowl.  Number 5 on Ron Jaworski’s list is Andrew Luck.

Luck is a fantastic quarterback.  Allegedly Mel Kiper Jr. saw Luck in high school and predicted that he would be a number 1 pick in the draft one day.  Luck led Stanford to national prominence, and has been lauded as the best QB in a class that features a fellow Pro Bowler (Robert Griffin III—21st on the list) and a Super Bowl winner (Wilson).  Luck has received nothing but praise for the way he has played well since first coming into the league with little surrounding talent.

In fact, no other player had started his career with a 4,000 yard season since…Cam Newton (he did it the year before).  And that lack of talent surrounding him includes a Hall of Fame WR (Reggie Wayne) and one of the most talented and electrifying young receivers in T.Y. Hilton, and a multi-faceted set of running backs. While the aggregate rushing yards total wasn’t a lot (in large part due to the fact that they were 23rd in overall rushing attempts), they ranked a respectable 13th in yards per attempt. Luck’s surrounding cast has been much maligned because the year before he was drafted, the team went 2-14.  Certainly Luck’s presence was important for their 11-5 finish the following year, but look more closely at the two rosters and it’s obvious that there was turnover all over that team.  And moreover, the AFC South isn’t renowned for its powerhouses. Luck is a quality player, but he doesn’t deserve to be ranked higher than Newton and certainly doesn’t deserve to be a top 5 player.

Taking umbrage with a QB’s rank is nothing new, but in order to more thoroughly flush out the topic I felt like looking back at last year’s rankings could help with identifying the validity and accuracy of Jaworski’s preseason pick this year. What do you guys think? How accurate was the former quarterback last season?

1)      Aaron Rodgers

2)      Peyton Manning

3)      Tom Brady

4)      Joe Flaco

5)      Matt Ryan

6)      Drew Brees

7)      Big Ben

8)      Eli Manning

9)      Matt Schaub

10)   Andrew Luck

11)   Colin Kaepernick

12)   Russell Wilson

13)   Robert Griffin III

14)   Jay Cutler

15)   Tony Romo

16)   Matthew Stafford

17)   Philip Rivers

18)   Cam Newton

19)   Andy Dalton

20)   Alex Smith

21)   Josh Freeman

22)   Sam Bradford

23)   Carson Palmer

24)   Ryan Tannehill

25)   Michael Vick

26)   Brandon Weeden

27)   Christian Ponder

28)   Mark Sanchez

29)   Chad Henne

30)   Kevin Kolb

31)   Jake Locker

32)   Matt Flynn

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