ESPN ran rankings on every quarterback in the league last week based on input from coaches and league execs. This week Ron Jaworski continues with his own ranking of the NFL's quarterbacks and the Kansas City Chiefs' Alex Smith comes in at No. 14 on this list, which is two spots higher than the other ESPN quarterback ranking.
How about these numbers for Alex Smith the last two seasons in Kansas City? Forty-one touchdown passes and only 13 interceptions. Smith is not aggressive throwing the ball down the field, but he does not turn it over. It's a fine line. Smith had the fewest attempts of any NFL quarterback on throws 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage. But he was very efficient in the red zone. Thirteen touchdowns, no picks.
I want to get back to Smith's 24 attempts all season beyond 20 yards. He only completed eight. It's where his arm strength limitations do show up. And that's not going to change at this point in his career. Here [example of a play on the screen] he had what he wanted. Donnie Avery deep across the field. With the body position of the single-high safety, he would not be a factor on the throw. But this pass lost energy on the back end, allowing the beaten corner to make the interception. There's a lot to like about Alex Smith. He just does not provide all the dimensions you want in a quarterback.
No. 32 - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 31 - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
No. 30 - Ryan Mallett, Houston Texans
No. 29 - Geno Smith, New York Jets
No. 28 - Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns
No. 27 - Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
No. 26 - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
No. 25 - Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
No. 24 - Matt Cassel, Buffalo Bills
No. 23 - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 22 - Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams
No. 21 - Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
No. 20 - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 19 - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
No. 18 - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
No. 17 - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
No. 16 - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 15 - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
No. 14 - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 13 - Eli Manning, New York Giants
No. 12 - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
No. 11 - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
No. 10 - Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
The rest of the top 10 is still to come.