ESPN ranks the Top 25 college football quarterbacks of the 2000s
Quarterback remains the most vital position in order to succeed in football. That statement remains true at the college level and, based on a new ranking at ESPN, you can see how that position has evolved just in the last few seasons.
ESPN’s Bill Connelly recently released an article that ranked the Top-75 QBs since the turn of the century. Atop the ranking was Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield as, to Connelly, his career as a whole outweighed the special single seasons that some of the others behind him had.
ESPN’s Top-25 Quarterbacks of the 2000s
- Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma Sooners/Texas Tech Red Raiders
- Cam Newton – Auburn Tigers
- Vince Young – Texas Longhorns
- Tim Tebow – Florida Gators
- Joe Burrow – LSU Tigers/Ohio State Buckeyes
- Deshaun Watson – Clemson Tigers
- Kyler Murray – Oklahoma Sooners/Texas A&M Aggies
- Lamar Jackson – Louisville Cardinals
- Marcus Mariota – Oregon Ducks
- Robert Griffin III – Baylor Bears
- Trevor Lawrence – Clemson Tigers
- Colt McCoy – Texas Longhorns
- Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M Aggies
- Kellen Moore – Boise State Broncos
- Sam Bradford – Oklahoma Sooners
- Jameis Winston – Florida State Seminoles
- Matt Leinart – USC Trojans
- Andrew Luck – Stanford Cardinals
- Bryce Young – Alabama Crimson Tide
- CJ Stroud – Ohio State Buckeyes
- Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama Crimson Tide
- Phillip Rivers – NC State Wolfpack
- Carson Palmer – USC Trojans
- Case Keenum – Houston Cougars
- Jalen Hurts – Alabama Crimson Tide/Oklahoma Sooners
CLICK HERE for the entire ESPN Top-75 QBs of the 2000s
The list overall features some superstar names of players that succeeded collegiately and went on to more success in the NFL. Of the Top-25, you have 14 Heisman winners, 10 No. 1 picks in their respective NFL Drafts, and 10 winners of various national championships over the past two decades.
Even so, Oklahoma comes out of the ranking as the biggest winner. You start with Mayfield at the top spot considering he threw for over 14,000 passing yards and 131 touchdowns over his career with the Sooners as well as the Red Raiders. However, Murray also made the Top-10, Bradford made the Top-15, and Hurts just made the Top-25 for the Sooners as well. It says a lot about the program to have that many selections, especially considering three of them transferred in to Norman.
Then, after that, you have to look at it from the aspect of the new wave. Of these two dozen names, over half of them have come over the last 10 years. If you extend that date to 15 years, meaning 2008, and you get all but four of these names coming in the last decade and a half. That speaks volumes about where the position has progressed and, in turn, where it could up in another decade.
More than a few quarterbacks come into college and make their marks during their careers. Still, over the last 22 years, ESPN has designated these 75, and specifically this set of 25, as the best that college football has had to offer during that span.