Ben Roethlisberger is the seventh-best quarterback in the NFL, according to a wide-ranging ESPN survey.
ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando took an interesting approach to this project as he asked 26 coaches, executives and talent evaluators to give every projected starting quarterback a ranking between one, the highest, and five based on their overall attributes.
Roethlisberger received six one votes and his average of 1.85 ranked seventh among the 32 quarterbacks.
Rivers and Roethlisberger, each of whom were drafted in 2004, are at the top of the second tier of quarterbacks.
Here is what Sando wrote about Roethlisberger:
One of the offensive coaches placed Rivers and Roethlisberger in the top tier. He noted that Rivers wins with his mind while Roethlisberger wins with his physical abilities. Several GMs said they thought Roethlisberger had declined into the second tier over the past couple seasons. "If you were there in Pittsburgh, you saw him run the no-huddle, you saw the command, you saw him run and make plays," a coordinator said. "Other people will not think as much of him. He is a very good quarterback, able to get himself out of tough positions."
Said one GM: "Ben plays big-boy football -- and regardless of what you think, he knows how to win the game."