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Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger top list of NFL's best QBs

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On Wednesday, the 11th- and 10th-ranked quarterbacks (Matt Ryan, No. 77, and Cam Newton, No. 73) in "The Top 100 Players of 2015" were revealed on NFL Network. While we wait to see how the upper crust at the game's most important position shakes out, NFL Media analysts are taking their turns providing their top 10 quarterbacks heading into the 2015 season. NOTE: Click on tabs below to see each analyst's list.

TIER ONE

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The (green and) gold standard resides on a different level than the rest.

TIER TWO

2) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

If winning a Super Bowl behind one of the league's five worst O-lines (in 2008) didn't impress you, Roethlisberger's marvelous '13 and '14 seasons (the two best of his career?) should.

3) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Last we saw him, he was rallying his team from 10 down in the fourth quarter against the generation's best D in the sport's biggest game. Downside? He'll be 38 when the season starts.

4) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Three straight playoff trips and gaudy individual numbers say he's the generational player he was supposed to be. The fact that he ranked among the INT leaders in two of his three seasons says he still needs to improve.

5) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Yeah, he's got a great D and running game. He's also been to the Super Bowl the last two years and (despite that throw on 2nd-and-goal) has been as clutch as it gets.

6) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Sorry, Saints fans, but 2014 showed that Brees' best days are behind him. It'll be interesting to see how his ego adapts to a run-first offense. (John Elway adjusted and won two rings; Dan Marino balked and got zero.)

7) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Owning the mythical Best Rookie Season Ever and back-to-back NFC South titles doesn't do justice to his distinct skill set. Now that Newton's got two big WRs, his (in)accuracy issues should continue to dissipate.

8) Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

For all his virtues, thriving behind a crummy O-line isn't one of 'em. Nevertheless, he's bounced back from a mid-career swoon to keep a flawed Chargers team relevant the last two seasons.

TIER UNCLEAR

9) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

The Sheriff was dreadful last December and January. Was he badly injured or is he simply old? Until we know the answer to that, it's tough to reasonably project him in 2015.

TIER THREE

10) Eli Manning, New York Giants

... and four more for good measure:

11) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

12) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

13) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

14) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Follow Dave Dameshek on Twitter @Dameshek.

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