If you were starting a franchise from scratch, who is the best active QB under 35 that you would take over JJ Watt?
Let's unpack this one:
If I was starting a franchise from scratch, I would rank the eligible quarterbacks as follows:
For me, the "Watt Demarcation Point" is between Newton and Ryan.
Ryan is the better player right now, but I'm not willing to overlook Newton's superior physical gifts. If his career plays out in a best-case scenario, Newton can conceivably surpass every quarterback on the list save Rodgers and Luck.
As for Ryan, I am an avowed fan. He is one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the game. But this is about what he's not.
If I'm choosing a quarterback over the most dominant defensive lineman of the 21st century (and perhaps of all-time), he must function as a rising tide capable of lifting all boats.
Ryan has yet to prove he can be that force.