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Published: June 23, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2017 at 01:33 p.m.

Ranking best second-round quarterbacks since 1970

Derek Carr is the NFL's highest-paid player after signing a five-year, $125 million contract. But where does he fit among the best second-round picks of the post-merger era? Gil Brandt ranks his top 10.

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  • St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1981–1988<br>
&raquo; Two Pro Bowl appearances<br>
&raquo; Passed for 4,614 yards in 1984, the fourth-most in a single season at the time 10

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    10. Neil Lomax

    St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1981–1988
    » Two Pro Bowl appearances
    » Passed for 4,614 yards in 1984, the fourth-most in a single season at the time

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995–2002; Chicago Bears, 2003; Baltimore Ravens, 2004–2005<br>
&raquo; One Pro Bowl appearance<br>
&raquo; 2001 AFC Offensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; Tremendous athlete who finished with 2,874 career rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns 9

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    9. Kordell Stewart

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995–2002; Chicago Bears, 2003; Baltimore Ravens, 2004–2005
    » One Pro Bowl appearance
    » 2001 AFC Offensive Player of the Year
    » Tremendous athlete who finished with 2,874 career rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns

  • Arizona Cardinals, 1997–2002; Denver Broncos, 2003–2006<br>
&raquo; Considered the best athlete to come out of state of Idaho<br>
&raquo; One Pro Bowl appearance<br>
&raquo; 69-67-0 career record as NFL starter<br>
&raquo; Took Cardinals to playoffs as rookie, leading team to first postseason victory in 50 years<br>
&raquo; Holds two Broncos franchise records: Most passing yards in a game (499) and best playoff season passer rating (103.1 in 2004) 8

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    8. Jake Plummer

    Arizona Cardinals, 1997–2002; Denver Broncos, 2003–2006
    » Considered the best athlete to come out of state of Idaho
    » One Pro Bowl appearance
    » 69-67-0 career record as NFL starter
    » Took Cardinals to playoffs as rookie, leading team to first postseason victory in 50 years
    » Holds two Broncos franchise records: Most passing yards in a game (499) and best playoff season passer rating (103.1 in 2004)

  • L.A. Rams, 1973–1976; Philadelphia Eagles, 1977–1986; Miami Dolphins, 1987–1988; Kansas City Chiefs, 1989<br>
&raquo; NFC Player of the Year in 1980 after leading Eagles to Super Bowl<br>
&raquo; 73-69-1 career record as NFL starter<br>
&raquo; Voted to one Pro Bowl<br>
&raquo; Started then-NFL record 116 straight games<br>
&raquo; 170 regular-season touchdowns with Eagles is second-most in franchise history 7

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    7. Ron Jaworski

    L.A. Rams, 1973–1976; Philadelphia Eagles, 1977–1986; Miami Dolphins, 1987–1988; Kansas City Chiefs, 1989
    » NFC Player of the Year in 1980 after leading Eagles to Super Bowl
    » 73-69-1 career record as NFL starter
    » Voted to one Pro Bowl
    » Started then-NFL record 116 straight games
    » 170 regular-season touchdowns with Eagles is second-most in franchise history

  • Cincinnati Bengals, 2011–present<br>
&raquo; Three Pro Bowl appearances<br>
&raquo; One of six quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in each of first three seasons<br>
&raquo; One of five quarterbacks to pass for at least 20 touchdowns in each of first three seasons<br>
&raquo; 56-35-2 career record as NFL starter 6

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    6. Andy Dalton

    Cincinnati Bengals, 2011–present
    » Three Pro Bowl appearances
    » One of six quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in each of first three seasons
    » One of five quarterbacks to pass for at least 20 touchdowns in each of first three seasons
    » 56-35-2 career record as NFL starter

  • Philadelphia Eagles, 1985–1995; Minnesota Vikings, 1997–1999; Dallas Cowboys, 2000; Baltimore Ravens, 2001<br>
&raquo; Four Pro Bowl appearances, two-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame<br>
&raquo; 4,928 career rushing yards, 35 career rushing touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Tremendous athlete who was also a very good punter<br> 5

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    5. Randall Cunningham

    Philadelphia Eagles, 1985–1995; Minnesota Vikings, 1997–1999; Dallas Cowboys, 2000; Baltimore Ravens, 2001
    » Four Pro Bowl appearances, two-time First Team All-Pro
    » Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame
    » 4,928 career rushing yards, 35 career rushing touchdowns
    » Tremendous athlete who was also a very good punter

  • Cincinnati Bengals, 1984–1992, 1997;N.Y. Jets, 1993–1995; Arizona Cardinals, 1996<br>
&raquo; 1988 league MVP<br>
&raquo; 20th on career passing yards all-time list<br>
&raquo; Four Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro 4

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    4. Boomer Esiason

    Cincinnati Bengals, 1984–1992, 1997;N.Y. Jets, 1993–1995; Arizona Cardinals, 1996
    » 1988 league MVP
    » 20th on career passing yards all-time list
    » Four Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro

  • Oakland Raiders (2014–present)<br>
&raquo; 53 touchdown passes in first two seasons, second most in NFL history<br>
&raquo; Ranked 11th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017<br>
&raquo; Two Pro Bowls appearances<br>
&raquo; Signed new five-year, $125 million deal that potentially makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history 3

    Tony Avelar/Associated Press

    3. Derek Carr

    Oakland Raiders (2014–present)
    » 53 touchdown passes in first two seasons, second most in NFL history
    » Ranked 11th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017
    » Two Pro Bowls appearances
    » Signed new five-year, $125 million deal that potentially makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history

  • San Diego Chargers, 2001–2005; New Orleans Saints, 2006–present
&raquo; Third on all-time lists for career passing yards and touchdowns<br>
&raquo; 10 Pro Bowls, voted First Team All-Pro once<br>
&raquo; 131-101 career record as NFL starter<br>
&raquo; Super Bowl champion, MVP<br>
&raquo; Career record-holder in completion percentage (66.6) 2

    David Goldman/Associated Press

    2. Drew Brees

    San Diego Chargers, 2001–2005; New Orleans Saints, 2006–present » Third on all-time lists for career passing yards and touchdowns
    » 10 Pro Bowls, voted First Team All-Pro once
    » 131-101 career record as NFL starter
    » Super Bowl champion, MVP
    » Career record-holder in completion percentage (66.6)

  • Atlanta Falcons, 1991; Green Bay Packers, 1992-2007; N.Y. Jets, 2008; Minnesota Vikings, 2009-2010<br>
&raquo; Three-time league MVP<br>
&raquo; 186-112 record as NFL starter<br>
&raquo; 11 Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; NFL record-holder in most career completions, attempts, starts<br>
&raquo; Second on all-time lists for career passing yards and touchdowns 1

    David Stluka/Associated Press

    1. Brett Favre

    Atlanta Falcons, 1991; Green Bay Packers, 1992-2007; N.Y. Jets, 2008; Minnesota Vikings, 2009-2010
    » Three-time league MVP
    » 186-112 record as NFL starter
    » 11 Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro
    » NFL record-holder in most career completions, attempts, starts
    » Second on all-time lists for career passing yards and touchdowns