By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 26, 2014
The NFC West is unquestionably the most talented division in the NFL. Quarterback is unquestionably the most vital position in today's game. How do the NFC West's batch of passers stack up against one another? Check out these rankings.
Shaun Hill, a journeyman who spent the last four seasons with the Detroit Lions, is crowned the best backup quarterback in the NFC West in these rankings. At 34, Hill is running out of time as an NFL player, but he's still reliable enough to fill in for Sam Bradford if need be. There would be a significant drop off in that scenario, but not so much so that the Rams would be incapable of winning.
At times, Carson Palmer appears to be the top passer in the NFC West. No other signal caller in the division came close to Palmer's 4,274 passing yards in 2013, but his 22 interceptions were the second most in the entire league. Cutting down on the giveaways will be key for Palmer and Arizona's prospects of sneaking into the playoffs this coming season.
A duel-threat quarterback who makes enough plays with his arm and his legs to keep the 49ers moving offensively while avoiding costly mistakes, Colin Kaepernick isn't a conventional quarterback, but he's a very good one. Producing more consistently will be in order for Kaepernick in 2014. Doing so will allow him to continue climbing up rankings such as these.
It's uncertain whether or not Sam Bradford will ever sniff his ceiling, which remains through the roof, but his talent alone still propels him when compared to his competition. Playing with a subpar supporting cast and through injuries during his first four seasons has probably impeded his confidence, but if the light bulb can finally come on in 2014, nothing will be stopping Bradford from becoming the division's top quarterback.
It's ludicrous to claim Russell Wilson is now suddenly an elite quarterback because the Seahawks have a dominant defense and won the Super Bowl. However, it's difficult to argue he isn't the class of the NFC West at the position. He's smart, he's accurate and he's a leader. Back-to-back seasons with a 100-plus quarterback rating suggest Wilson is one of the most efficient passers in the game.
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