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2015 St. Louis Rams: MMQB's Andy Benoit Ranks Nick Foles 24th-Best QB in NFL, Sam Bradford 22nd

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Rankings are, more or less, arbitrary. Benoit's QB rankings, though, show just how much gets invested into quarterbacks, even those at the bottom.

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Not gonna bury the lede here. MMQB's Andy Benoit ranked Nick Foles the ninth-worst starting QB in the NFL. He has Sam Bradford just two spots better.

All in all, it's hard to argue much with the rankings. The top 10 make sense, even if we could quibble over the individual spots. The bottom 12 are fine, though I'd probably have Derek Carr in there. The glut from Jameis Winston at 26 to Tony Romo at 10 is the Great Sea of Adequacy.

What stuck with me though is the investment.

Here's the run up to the top 10 and the draft pick required:

# Name Team Pick
32 Matt Cassel Buffalo 230th, 2005 (New England)
31 Robert Griffin III Washington 2nd, 2012
30 Marcus Mariota Tennessee 2nd, 2015
29 Josh McCown Cleveland 81st, 2002 (Arizona)
28 Brian Hoyer Houston UDFA, 2009
27 Geno Smith New York Jets 39th, 2013
26 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 1st, 2015
25 Blake Bortles Jacksonville 3rd, 2014
24 Nick Foles St. Louis 88th, 2012 (Philadelphia)
23 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota 32nd, 2014
22 Sam Bradford Philadelphia 1st, 2010 (St. Louis)
21 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 36th, 2012
20 Andy Dalton Cincinnati 35th, 2011
19 Derek Carr Oakland 36th, 2014
18 Alex Smith Kansas City 1st, 2005 (San Francisco)
17 Jay Cutler Chicago 11th, 2006 (Denver)

What's always difficult to fathom is the amount of draft capital stuck into candidates that remain among the worst at their position in the league. Granted, the guys like Mariota, Winston, Bortles and Bridgewater are obviously still a bit too fresh for context. But that's five picks from the top three picks of their respective drafts in the worst 11 starting QBs in the league. And this list doesn't even include those early picks who haven't even made it to the starting job to be included like Johnny Manziel (22nd, 2014), EJ Manuel (16th, 2013), Brandon Weeden (22nd, 2012), Jake Locker (8th, 2011), Blaine Gabbert (10th, 2011), Christian Ponder (12th, 2011) and Tim Tebow (25th, 2010), and that's just 1st-round QBs in the last five years.

Adam Stites, from Big Cat Country, dropped a piece at dotcom yesterday looking at the share of salary cap is team is devoting to their starting quarterbacks. It syncs well with the table above in exhibiting just how desperate teams are to get a solution at quarterback and hang on to them. In fact, the Rams are at the bottom of the table in that piece, committing just 1.08% of their 2015 salary cap towards Nick Foles. With recent speculation over whether or not the Rams would be able to sign Foles to a long-term extension, the thirst is real.

In the end, the rankings don't matter as much as what teams are willing to do to avoid being in the bottom third of said rankings: anything and everything.