Earlier today we noted that Pat Kirwan of NFL.com ranked the NFL's top running backs and caused some disagreement around here when he ranked Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles in the "B" group. I was talking with some folks on Twitter about where QB Matt Cassel would rank and guessed the "C" or "D" group.
As it turns out, Kirwan already ranked the quarterbacks and Cassel was indeed in the "D" group. (This was written by Kirwan last week so I'm late in getting around to it)
The trade for Cassel proved to be a great move by the Chiefs. Very efficient quarterback in 2010 with 27 touchdowns and just seven picks. He gets a new receiving weapon in Jonathan Baldwin this season and is probably headed to Group B or C next year.
So basically he's saying there are 15 quarterbacks in the NFL better than Cassel. I think at this point that's pretty fair and there's really only one guy ahead of him that I would place behind Cassel (QB Carson Palmer).
Unless the Chiefs start to throw together a couple of Super Bowl wins, I don't think he gets into the "A" group. I think his ceiling is probably in the "B" group with guys like QB Eli Manning and QB Tony Romo.