John Clayton released his annual quarterback rankings, which are sure to stir up a lot of debate among NFL fans. He ranked the quarterbacks into three categories: The Elite, The Chad Pennington Division (can’t tell if that’s a compliment or slight), and The Hit-Or-Miss Division. So where did Jets young quarterback Mark Sanchez rank on Clayton’s list?
23. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Analysis: The additions of Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes at wide receiver and LaDainian Tomlinson catching passes out of the backfield should allow Sanchez to be a 60 percent thrower. Another ally will be the motion packages offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer can install now that Sanchez has a year of experience in the offense.
Chance of being elite: 50 percent
He has Sanchez above the likes of other young quarterbacks Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford. Though, Stafford and Bradford have a greater chance of being elite. Surprisingly, Clayton gives Braford an 85% of becoming elite, which seems way too for a guy that has never thrown a pass in an NFL game. But then again, Clayton also consider Carson Palmer elite so who really knows what he is thinking. Back to Sanchez, he has all the tools to become elite, he just has to put it all together and be more consistent. He will never lead the league in yards or touchdowns, but can be a great quarterback for a long time in this league. He’s a long, long way away from that right now and for this season I’d be happy if he can cut down his interception total to a reasonable number (say 15).