Warner, Hasselbeck and NFC West quarterbacks

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kurt Warner and Matt Hasselbeck earned high marks in Trent Dilfer's recently published appreciation separating current NFL quarterbacks into categories. Warner and Hasselbeck were among five players in the "star" category reserved for "quarterbacks who have overcome small holes in their games to produce in a big way and enjoy big-game success." As Dilfer put it, "These are consistent prime-time performers, with very little separating them from superstar status."

I had a chance to speak with Dilfer about the project. More than anything, he wanted this to be an appreciation, not a critique. He thinks quarterback who play in the NFL could be as good as ever based on how much teams are demanding from the position. "Anyone can criticize," Dilfer wrote. "I've set out to appreciate the position through a level of analysis that simply isn't available without a full understanding for what these players experience and how the game has changed."

Dilfer also categorized Marc Bulger, Matt Leinart, Shaun Hill and Alex Smith. Seahawks backup Seneca Wallace, Dilfer's former teammate and a player he admires, didn't fit nicely into any of the categories (it's unclear if he'll get a chance to start full time in the future).