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Column: NFL insiders spot on with ranking of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford ( FEATURED ARTICLE)

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Column: NFL insiders spot on with ranking of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

matthew-stafford-throwing-motion.jpgDetroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is viewed as a tier-two quarterback with tier-one potential.  

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has put up some mind-boggling numbers in his first five professional seasons, but when all the factors are considered, he ranks in the middle of the pack among his peers according to a survey conducted by ESPN of 26 NFL general managers, head coaches, coordinators and pro personnel evaluators.

The participants were asked to rank the league’s 32 starting quarterbacks, on a scale from 1-5, with one being the best. ESPN averaged the scores, placing the QBs into one of four tiers. Stafford checked in at No. 13 overall (2.38 average rating), near the bottom of the second tier.

Stafford is sandwiched between former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco and rising star Colin Kaepernick. Looking over the complete list, Stafford’s ranking is perfectly appropriate.

No one, including those surveyed, question Stafford’s raw talent. The artic ” >


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