If I had to rank Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan I'd put him in the very-good-but-not-great category. Many people would agree with that assessment.
But how close is he to being elite? I asked SB Nation Atlanta that question and here's what they said:
Matt Ryan is constantly, perhaps carelessly, tossed in the bin of "good but not great" quarterbacks. While his stats may tell some that he's a game-manager, I think 2012 is the year we see Ryan make that leap to "elite." He has a brand new playcaller that's paid early dividends, a wealth of offensive talent around him, and four years of experience as a starter. All that's left is a playoff win or two before we see Ryan join the ranks of the top five or six QBs in the league.
Stats are great but ultimately it's playoff wins -- and Super Bowl wins -- that allow players to join that elite category.
That said, it's only a matter of time until Ryan's stock receives a boost. He's young enough and the Falcons are built well enough that their playoff wins are coming. Maybe not this year, but Ryan has a long career ahead of him.