Dak Prescott Ranked Over Big Ben In NFL Top 100


First off, can I say something?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

That’s really all you need to sum up the headline. Somehow, this is real life. A world where NFL players voted Dak Prescott over Ben Roethlisberger.

Prescott came in at #14 on this year’s list.

Roethlisberger, as you might remember, came in at 22nd place. Other players Prescott was ranked ahead of Aaron Donald, A.J. Green, Drew Brees, and Tyron Smith.

I don’t want to sound like a homer here. So take it away, Alfonso Ribeiro.

Yeah, this is bad. Awful. Terrible. Small-minded. Plain ‘ol stupid.

Prescott is a good quarterback who had a historic rookie season, there’s no question about that. It was even better than Roethlisberger’s rookie year, I won’t even argue that. But to put him above Ben…if I gotta explain it to you, you probably won’t ever get it.

This list is supposedly voted on by the players. I bet there are 89 other Steelers right now who have something to say.

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  • Gizmosteel

    It’s a what have you done for me lately world. Just nuts.

  • Ross McCorkle

    lmaoooooooo. I used to care about the “NFL top 100”, but it made me too angry, so I stopped a few years back.

  • Chris92021

    I really want to see what the actual ballots for this inane TV time slot filler looks like.

  • Big White

    zzzz

  • Chris92021

    Honestly I have no idea how someone can quantify who is the best player in the league. Typically it is always going to be someone who touches the ball often (RB or QB). NFL Network loves it because it fills up their time slots during the offseason while they desperately try to promote awful shows like Good Morning Football. The NFL Network is now at the same caliber as ESPN programming. That is how pitiful they’ve become.

  • Alan Tman

    He had a better year statistically. Plus the players don’t like Ben.

  • will

    Why?

  • Ross McCorkle

    Where the dollar is sacred and power is god

  • mem359

    It was easy enough to judge the careers of RG3 and Kaepernick after only their rookie year, right?

  • Sam Clonch

    I read an article by one of the creators of the list a few weeks ago, where he was trying to argue that it wasn’t based off who had the best 2016, but rather who was better in 2017. You know, the season that HASN’T HAPPENED YET. The series is ridiculous.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Not sure I’d even classify Dak Prescott as a good QB yet honestly; though I suspicion he’ll end up just that.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Indeed.

  • Ryan Alderman

    They don’t?

  • Alan Tman

    I want to make another point here. This is what happens to blacks everyday. The NFL is 76% black. The players voted, and that’s the results. He had a better year and if most people were polled in who they would want for their team it would be Prescott because he’s a rookie and Ben said this maybe his last year. Plus he’s catching fallout from the Kaepernick debacle. Mostly whites are demanding Kaepernick is being blackballed and Michael Bennett was quoted on First Take that QB’S in this league were accused of rape are still playing, but people are demanding that Kaepernick be thrown out of the league is ridiculous. Plus Collinsworth and other announcers saidthatBen was very arrogant in production meetings, and they didn’t like him. All this is dismissed in the Burgh, but black players are taken to task for dancing. Reporters say they should be traded. We think that is crazy!!

  • Rotten Sircus

    Ben has 2 Superbowl Rings …Dak has 1 Winning season …The Voters USE DRUGS !!! SMFH

  • Jaybird

    Horse sh*t. I’ll give you the statistic part , but you have absolutely no idea what other players think of Ben. None. How many NFL players do you know? How many have you asked their opinion of Ben?

  • dany

    I don’t follow this list nor nfl network but isn’t this precisely what the list is?? Top players of 2017 based on the previous year. That’s what I’ve always understood, it’s why because of a simple year long injury a great player even falls off the top 100. He wasn’t there, wasn’t one of the top of 2016. In that case the list is not wrong. Anyway that’s as much of an effort I can put into something so meanigless

  • Mark

    Yes that is flat out ridiculous and I’m Ben’s harsh’s critic

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think I’m over this show. I haven’t watched it all year (probably watch AB and Bell tho). It gets me mad at least once a year, but I think Im just str8 over it. 🙄

  • Alan Tman

    So if announcers say this about a QB on national tv then It’s a stretch that the players think the samething? Hines called Ben out about how he treated his teammates. Just check the Internet. Everything I said can be verified.

  • Alan Tman

    Check the Internet. It all can be verified. Look and see how he treated Eli on Hey Rookie.

  • Zarbor

    Yup, I think that’s correct. I stopped watching these sports analyst, fantasy metric pros and ex-NFL pros on NFL Network, ESPN and the like. I just watch the games. However, I do believe the list is for the 2017 year is based on what was done in the the prior year 2016 not their career. Its why the list changes every year.

    Agreed. Way too much effort for such meaningless crap

  • DAWAARE

    to be honest ben was good, but wasnt GREAT last season.

  • Jaybird

    Yes because if it’s on the internet it must be true.

  • 2winz

    Brady>brees>rodgers>Ben>matt ryan. thats my top 5 and i dont care if you disagree about the order but no way prescott can compare to any of these guys. Brees literally throws 5k a year it seems. Brady is Brady, no other qb has that many rings. Rodgers and Ben is a tough call but rodgers has less to work with and Ben can be inconsistent so I give Rodgers the point here. I also like Derek Carr too, I thought he was the best qb coming out of his draft class. so dak being aghead of any of these is ridiculous

  • Kenneth Wilt

    At the moment Dak has had one good year. He has accomplished less than either Vince Young or Cam Newton at the moment. Coaches will adjust to him and Elliott and this year will show who he really is as a QB.

  • Alan Tman

    Alex do a video cast Friday.

  • Mike Lloyd

    This isn’t that important Alex, IMO…

    I prefer our players get slighted; that other team’s player’s brush aside the Steelers…That the player’s here in Pittsburgh feel disrespected…it gets the player’s collective motor running. This makes them want to ‘show them all’…it’s like a guy being passed over in the draft after they were told by an organization they would pick them. Then, every time you play them; sticking it up their a**… This is a team with Championship aspirations. Let other organizations trumpet their players in the list positions. Then we can stick it to ’em. Winning is more important. Then comes respect.
    This isn’t a measure of talent. This is a popularity contest.

  • RickM

    Agree. The second year is the real proving ground for QB’s who have good rookie seasons. He may be just as good or progress even more. Or teams may have a better handle on how to defense him. Suggesting he’s already in the Top 15 is nutsville.

  • Dave D

    Not that I disagree with you on what this list is supposed to be. But of that is on fact true (which I believeit is), how do you explain JJ Watt at #35 then? It either IS our IS NOT a 2016 only list…

  • Matt Manzo

    I wish the nfl network would get more creative during the offseason! They have so much knowledge at their disposal, I’d love to see full shows dedicated to breakdowns of games and players. It’s just all reruns of nonsense now!

  • Matt Manzo

    I think this is an example of how much “flair” plays a part in this list. Dak was a fireworks show for the media, and he was on the Cowboys.
    I guarantee if you asked every player in the league whether they’d take Dak or Ben for one season, they’d all say Ben!

  • HiVul

    I’d say my top 5 QBs for 2016 were Ryan then Brady and then Rogers, Brees and Ben in no particular order. Not that I’m the authority on this stuff, but this is why I really don’t care if an analyst played the game or not.

    People often defer to players/former players, but more often than not what they come up with doesn’t make any sense. IMO they usually are lazy and/or emotional as analysts, but claim that their feelings are based on their experience, and therefore have value. There are exceptions, but not as many as I would have thought earlier in my NFL fandom.

  • Hard Row

    There are too many QBs on the list anyway. WRs too. With the way they changed the rules, it’s never been easier to pass in the NFL.

    A guy like Edelman wouldn’t even make a team back in the days when DBs could actually touch WRs without a flag.

    Dak doesn’t even belong on the list. He only threw for about 230 yds per game and it was all so safe with that run game. He had a great season for a rookie and was a very effective game manager but that’s not the same as being a great QB.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Dak hasn’t proven he can shoulder the load when his run game shuts down. Let’s see him win a playoff game or beat the Giants with Damon Harrison eating Zeke before we crown him the next Joe Montana hahaha. Cool regular season stats for one season though lol.

  • Alex Kozora

    Of course. I don’t lose sleep over it.

  • Alex Kozora

    What do you guys want to see??

  • Alex Kozora

    If that was how players voted, JJ Watt’s 1.5 sacks in three games wouldn’t have landed him 35th overall for the 2017 list.

  • mokhkw

    It has nothing to do with what happened before 2016, it’s about how the player performed in 16 and how they are expected to perform in 17. It has nothing to do with overall careers.

  • mokhkw

    Dak Prescott: better completion %, better TD-INT, better QBR, better W/L record than Ben in 2016. Why wouldn’t he be ranked ahead of him?

    I may find some of the Top 100 ratings surprising at times BUT I will take the opinions of people who actually played the game versus the actual players over anyone else.

    If Ben was a longtime Cowboy and Dak was a rookie Steelers QB I’d bet on a completely opposite reaction.

  • mrallnite111 .

    Ben R. 13 ints Qb rating of 95.4 compare to Dak P, 8 ints Qb rating of 104.9 might be the reasoning of some of the voters…

    Now if Ben played up to his potential, he’s top 3 every year, and we’re discussing the likelihood of winning our 10th, 11th, or 12th Super Bowl or (appearance)

  • Rob H

    Agreed, they have complete access to NFL Films, and all the people necessary to do that kind of programing, but don’t hold your breath. Much like ESPN, they are locked into catering to the lowest common denominator. They try and attract the younger crowds that advertisers covet, so they follow every market research report, and cater to people who want TMZ style reporting, short video clips, analysts with names they recognize, outlandish statements, and fake arguments/debates.
    The funny part is, they have no shot of attracting that crowd on a regular basis anyway, their attention spans are too short, what they want is in constant flux, and they have a million different options and platforms for getting streamlined versions and short snippets of whatever they are into at that moment.

  • Steve Johnson

    Exactly how do they rank these guys? IF it’s solely based on 2016, then Prescott played better than Ben. Ben was horrible on the road, just horrible. To be honest, I didn’t think he would have been ranked as high as he was.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    The ranking is for the top 100 players of 2017. So the vote is supposed to be for who you think will be best in the upcoming season. I dont really think most people understand that tho. Lol

  • dany

    but it is a steeeep downgrade from #2. Does anyone really think Watt is only the 35th best player? Heyward went from 80’s to out of the 100. Is he really not one of the 100 best players? Like I said I don’t know how this list works, but they’re obviously they’re basing a large percentage of it based on the previous year

  • Zarbor

    Yeah, that is why I don’t watch or follow those things any more. The players vote and I’m not so sure they all know it’s should be 2016 only. We can agree the list is stupid and should be ignored.

  • Zarbor

    I’m not disagreeing with you but you do know for the defense it can’t just be based on sacks only especially for a guy consistently double teamed.

    Its another reason the list makes no sense.

  • popsiclesticks

    There certainly could be some of that. I bet the average white fan subtly prefers white players’ jerseys and black players generally subtly prefer the opposite and I don’t think there’s anything racist about it, it’s just a thing that exists and it’s not really hurting anybody.

    That said, Dak was awesome last year. Like, he was really, really good and we saw first hand when he was dicing us up and throwing into really tight spaces at the end of that game.

  • popsiclesticks

    He was certainly a good QB last year, but if you mean he has to show he’s not a fluke, I can buy that.

  • popsiclesticks

    As the season progressed, he got really good, IMO. He made tough throws and he made them consistently. His line was great, but it wasn’t all clean pockets and hell, the Steelers had a great line as well.

  • popsiclesticks

    I can buy the argument that Dak might be somewhat of a flash in the pan until he proves he can do it again and again through his career, but he was damn good last year and I don’t think he often gets the credit he deserves. He made some tough throws to beat us, particularly near the end of the game. It wasn’t all clean pockets and 200 yard rushing games and Ben didn’t have his A+ year like he did in 2015. Plus, why does Dak get dinged for a great RB and great line? What if he had Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers offensive line, which by some PFF metrics ranked as best in the NFL over the last half of the season (or something like that)? I don’t think it’s nearly as egregious as some people think, IF you argue that it’s being based heavily on 2016 play alone.

  • Conserv_58

    Even J.J. Watt laughed at his ranking. He rightfully thought it was unworthy.

  • Scott

    Let’s see Dak play an entire season with a depleted receiving corps, missing his star running back for 4 games and his star receiver double covered like Ben did in 2016. Dak choked in his first home playoff game. These rankings are simply a popularity contest. Better than Ben? Talk to me in about 5 seasons.

  • Conserv_58

    Dak was also playing behind the #1 ranked OL in the league. That OL contributed mightily to Dak and Elliot having the tremendous rookie seasons they had.

  • Conserv_58

    I have no use for power and player rankings of any kind because they are nothing more than popularity contests. There is no more of a glaring example of that fact than to see that J.J. Watt was voted at #35. Even J.J. laughed at that one because he knew it was totally unjustified. The same goes for pro bowl selections. Besides, who watches the pro bowl any more?

  • Terrible Towlie

    i doubt any players vote on this
    more like 6th graders

  • Conserv_58

    For you to use Michael Bennett’s moronic and clearly racist comment about Ben’s being accused of rape and is still playing to justify why Kapernick is not playing is the hight of sheer stupidity and ignorance. You then made another ridiculously feeble and unjustifiable attempt to justify your idiocy by sighting something idiot boy, Chris Collinsworth said a few years ago.

  • Terrible Towlie

    last year some players were asked if they voted on this…they said they didnt see any list to vote on around the locker room

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yeah this is pretty stupid.
    I watch NFL Network sparingly (usually just to see the headlines streaming) – if anything usually the programming devoted to the best games of 20xx, or A Football Life.
    Otherwise it’s pretty inane.
    And this is a perfect example.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Right but BB led his team to a conference championship, and Dak didn’t.

  • Terrible Towlie

    they always try to cater to the very young demographic ….yet its us old farts who have the $ and are asked to buy crap for their young demographic……the list is a complete farce

  • Conserv_58

    To me, the NFL network is only interested in catering to the 18-25 demographic. They are the age group that is the most active on social media and whom would be more likely to vote in their useless twitter and facebook polls. Watching the NFL channel, especially their morning programming, is like watching amature hour. As I’ve said before, their morning program is like watching college roommates discussing football.

  • Terrible Towlie

    why? they aint got no money

  • Conserv_58

    They’ve got mommy and daddy’s money. Where else would they get the money for their smart phones, tablets, computers and internet access?

  • Edjhjr

    Worst it reminds me of the cowboys game last year. Terrible

  • Edjhjr

    Also Ben was the only player accused not charged, to be suspended.

    You do know that….right

  • Edjhjr

    And what is it exactly that happens to blacks every day……. every day

  • SilverSteel

    I agree. BB has lost something concerning accuracy. I don’t know if it is age related but I hope he does better this year.

  • KiJana Haney

    This is disrespectful to ben but he did have a down year last year. With that being said he still was a top 5 qb

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Wonder how does Drew Brees, who threw for 5k yards while completing 70% of his passes, feels about being ranked behind Dak?! Lol. He certainly shows no signs of his game falling off. This is a terrible list.

  • John Pennington

    Ben cant continue to lose to teams that he should beat throw stupid interceptions into double coverage .He needs to put more time in the film room to take advantage of what teams are throwing at him to counter it.

  • Zarbor

    Doesn’t matter. The list is ridiculous. Just ignore it….and all those dopey analyst on these 24hr sport network that have nothing to talk about. They create nonsense hoping you will get riled up enough to talk and respond. It’s how they stay relevant and make money.

  • Dorian James

    The only list worth putting any stock in is the All-pro lists. It’s as accurate as it can get

  • Michael Conrad

    Lmao. Good point. He did a nice job but had an outstanding running game and the best O line in football to back him up. Ben does not care about ranking he is here to get to the SB. Winning the SB means you’re number one period.

  • Axe Skot

    America’s team.

  • pittfan

    Right! JJ gets voted #30 (or close to it) based primarily on previous years. And I’m okay with that. But a rook has a good year and he comes in 10-11 spots ahead of Ben? Nope!

  • JNick

    I get that, but man. Ben took his team to the AFCC game last year. It’s not like he had an off year…

  • Alejandro Caballero

    I think Dak had a better 2016 than Ben did

  • will

    We?

  • ThatGuy

    Everyone also knows though that this list is a joke… ask JJ Watt how he feels about it.

  • Alan Tman

    I guess Kaepernick went to jail or even got arrested?

  • Alan Tman

    They get out voted by the majority. Rightly or wrong, and go on. Just like this in reverse.

  • Alan Tman

    That was racist? Wow

  • Alan Tman

    So Will you think AB should get traded for dancing in the end zone?

  • Matt Manzo

    Imagine what the Depot crew could do if they ran the network!

  • Alan Tman

    How about doing something that doesn’t require a lot of work. Just go through the preseason how you see everything going. Then the season.

  • Alan Tman

    You cleverly avoid all the hard concrete, and walk in what is wet. Hines had it out with him about it too. Collinsworth would not go on TV and openly talk about it until Ben turned it around. You’re defending something you know nothing about. Do you know Ben? You sure act like it.

  • Alan Tman

    We have just as good a run game and better receivers. I didn’t see the Cowboys run for 270 in the playoffs. D Will was leading the league when Bell came back. That means it was the O-line.

  • Alan Tman

    Eli has two Superbowl wins and two Superbowl MVP’s. Where was he?

  • EdJHJr

    So Ben got suspended for what reason then? It wasn’t because he’s a black guy, so I guess this happens to white guys to??

  • Alan Tman

    Lol ok.

  • Conserv_58

    Get real. He’s forgotten more about football than you obviously don’t know.

  • Conserv_58

    Imagine what we as Depot posters could do. We certainly could put forth much better and more thought provoking content than what the immature garbage than the amateurs at the NFL network are.

  • Conserv_58

    He certainly was good last season. There is no denying that.

  • MattHat121

    We often say Ben is a “Top 5 QB” — some in this comment section are even saying that. Bear in mind there are at least 3 QB’s who’ve performed better than him, particularly in 2016:

    Tom Brady
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    Matt Ryan

    Then there are really really good QB’s like:

    Russell Wilson
    Cam Newton
    Andrew Luck

    So, if Ben is Top 5, he’s barely Top 5. That’s still really really good! (And certainly better than Dak). No shame in being #5, 6, or 7 in the league. But not a clear-cut Top 5 QB.

  • Conserv_58

    Obviously, you have a reading comprehension problem.

  • Conserv_58

    What about the FACT that Ben never got arrested, convicted of a crime or served time in jail don’t you understand?

  • Conserv_58

    This is more abject ignorance and clueless nonsense.

  • LucasY59

    IF Dak wins a SB this yr then he can be in the same conversation as Ben, but I kinda doubt the cryboys will even win their division, and am expecting a sophomore slump from Dak and Zeke (and Dak will look even worse because most of his success was due to Elliott making him look good)

  • SteelerFanInMD

    The list was voted on by the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Alan Tman

    You the one making no sense. Kaepernick never got accused of a crime. Lol

  • Alan Tman

    Yeah ok. You said what Bennett said was racist.

  • Alan Tman

    Maybe you can’t remember what you typed?? Lol

  • Jaybird

    Alan , most of the fans who are pissed at AB’s dancing don’t really care about his dancing. It’s the frigging 15 yard penalties on the ensuing kickoff that drove us nuts. Theres a huge difference. And i don’t care what color he is , I don’t want to see him hurt the team with those damn penalties. I’ve actually bought my daughter his jersey and he’s her favorite player but taking those 15 yarders is inexcusable. If you have a problem with dancing being called a penalty, take it up with Roger G. But don’t get on us fans for getting pissed that he kept getting hit with an unsportsmanlike.

  • Jaybird

    And Pouncey , Foster and Bettis all love Ben . We could go back and forth on this all night. Let’s just leave it at me being a Ben fan and you not so much.

  • will

    No….. in your previous post above you wrote “We think that is crazy!!”
    I was asking who “we” was????

  • Wayne’O

    I think Dak beat Ben head to head in Da Burg, his rookie season. Just sayin

  • Alan Tman

    Read the whole thing. You’re smart. You’ll figure it out.

  • Alan Tman

    So missing games for wrecking your motorcycle is better?

  • Alan Tman

    Yeah ok

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Well, the Cowboys schedule gets much harder this year. If Dak is so great, he should have 0 problem winning that division

  • will

    So you don’t know either! LOL

  • Jaybird

    Now your just rambling off for the sake of arguing. You made a comment about AB and I responded to it. Then you bring up Ben ?
    And by the way I don’t think Ben missed games due to the accident, it was becuase he had his appendix removed. He missed the opening game.

  • will

    So you are the spokesperson for all of us? Very presumptuous!

  • Aj Gentile

    Man I miss Uncle Phil

  • Alan Tman

    You still didn’t answer the question.

  • Alan Tman

    If you don’t feel that way say so.

  • Alan Tman

    Not really my point. My point is that with all of Ben’s drama I didn’t hear an outcry for a trade. But AB dances and Ron Cook is trying to run him out of town.

  • Alan Tman

    Again you disagree you want to bond with your buddies. Lol

  • Alan Tman

    You know what you are right that was presumptuous. I apologize Will.

  • will

    What question?

  • will

    Thank you

  • will

    ????

  • Alan Tman

    You don’t agree that Ron Cook, and the rest of his cronies were trying to get AB traded for end zone celebrations was crazy?

  • will

    End zone celebrations……..no need to trade…….now on the other hand that locker room video…………

  • Alan Tman

    Glad you are not the Rooney’s. Lol