Atlanta Firebirds

Nick Arbuckle – 6af

Matt Barkley – 7aac

Aaron Murray – 8aaf

Summary: Aaron Murray had a hot season – but how much of that was him being able to pass to the best WR core in the league? Matt Barkley, once considered a no.1 overall pick in the NFL draft, has fallen a long way – but is still a great backup option with potential to turn his career around. Nick Arbuckle is local product – standard No. 3 option.

Birmingham Predators

Jake Coker – 6af

Garrett Grayson – 6a

Dak Prescott – 8aaf

Summary: Dak Prescott had an unbelievable training camp. Will he live up to the hype? Grayson is a former 3rd round NFL pick who found his way out of the league but still has interesting tools. Jake Coker is a great local option with potential to develop into a player.

Carolina Generals

Brandon Allen – 6aa

RJ Archer – 7

McLeod Bethel-Thompson – 7

Adrian McPherson – 7d

Erik Meyer – 8D

Arvell Nelson – 6

Warren Smith – 6

Summary: Why Erik Meyer didn’t start last year is a mystery – but I assume it had something to do with selling Johnny Manziel jerseys. Meyer will be 34 but has given every bit of evidence possible he should start. Archer and Bethel-Thompson are solid No. 2s who might be able to win a game or two if needed. Brandon Allen has the most potential among the other three. Arvell Nelson could win a job if given the opportunity to play dual positions (also experienced as a linebacker).This team has a lot of quarterbacks, almost too many to have split practice time effectively. Brandon Allen is an interesting rookie. It’s not quite clear why they are bringing in an older Adrian McPherson who is clearly at the very end of his career. Management likes Warren Smith but it’s doubtful there is a spot available for him.

Charleston Dragons

Darian Durant – 7df

Josh Freeman – 8c

Kellen Moore – 8c

Summary: Josh Freeman opened the year looking like a legit MVP candidate but tapered off as the season prolonged. He’s still young but has shown little drive to take it to the next level. Is he the SFL’s Jay Cutler? Kellen Moore had a great 2014 in Columbus but dropped off in 2015 and was replaced by Terrelle Pryor. He still shows the ability to be a solid QB with good decision making skills but was awful in Minnesota last year. Darian Durant is a long time SFL veteran who hasn’t thrown many passes but is an experienced No. 3.

Columbus Explorers

Dan LeFevour – 7c

Jordan Lynch – 6aaf

Terrelle Pryor – 9f

Summary: Terrelle Pryor had fantastic MVP type season, but had difficulty winning some games with his arm. Ran for over 1,000 yards – is a dynamic threat, but failed to pass for over 3,000 yards and had games where he couldn’t get any rhythm going on in the air. Is he a championship QB? LeFevour is a guy who has played well in limited snaps. Lynch is great redzone/wildcat QB who still has hope of developing into a more polished passer.

Dallas Six-Shooters

Trevone Boykin – 7af

James Franklin – 6aaf

Mitchell Gale – 6af

Johnny Manziel – 7df$

Summary: There are some big shoes to fill with Tim Tebow no longer in town under center. There was an opportunity to bring him back after his little experiment with baseball, but the Six-Shooters have moved on. Trevone Boykin had a great camp though and reminds you of a poor man’s Russell Wilson. The franchise is very excited about him. James Franklin is another young QB the team feels good about and believe can develop into a starter. Mitchell Gale may have actually outperformed Johnny Manziel who still seems to garner more attention off the field. It will be interesting to see if Dallas keeps him with the price tag attached.

Houston Wranglers

Connor Cook – 6aa

Jonathan Crompton – 7c

Brandon Doughty – 6aa

Matt Johnson – 6a

Drew Tate – 7d

Summary: It will be interesting to see who starts opening day in the return of spring football to Houston. Jonathan Crompton and Drew Tate are seasoned veterans but we probably know who they are – well suited for backup jobs. Connor Cook is the prized bull – but is unlikely to light it up on opening day. Brandon Doughty’s youth and potential should earn him a job. Outside chance they go with youth movement and keep Matt Johnson over Tate and Crompton.

Los Angeles Stars

Case Keenum – 8

Cody Kessler – 7aaf

Travis Lulay – 7di

Summary: Case Keenum is loved by the coaches and has waited a long time for this opportunity despite several impressive training camps. Cody Kessler is right on his heels though and has had a wonderful camp. SFL Scouting Department thinks Cody Kessler might be the best young rookie QB behind Prescott. Travis Lulay is a seasoned vet who is an excellent No. 3. Could win some games if needed.

Louisville Cougars

Shane Boyd – 6f

Jeremiah Masoli – 7a

Christian Ponder – 7ac

Summary: Despite the 31 interceptions, Christian Ponder carried a very underwhelming Cougar team and did give them a major upset win on opening day. He’s surrounded by garbage but might actually be able to find a home in the Ville. Masoli is a solid No. 2 who could win a game or two. Shane Boyd is a dedicated veteran but it would be a disaster if he hit the field.

Michigan Stags

Shane Carden – 6a

Zach Collaros – 8af

Brock Jensen – 6a

Summary: Zach Collaros has proven himself to be a dependable veteran who completes a high number of his passes. However, his touchdown-to-interception ratio was solid at best in a season that produced some many groundbreaking offensive numbers. The franchise loves Brock Jensen – who had a nice camp – and turned down several trade offers from Omaha and Phoenix. Shane Carden is solid No. 3 developmental project.

Minnesota Freeze

Taylor Heinicke – 6aa

Josh McCown – 10df

Dustin Vaughan – 6a

Summary: Josh McCown is still arguably the best in the league but he will turn 38 next year and no longer has the same help from management as he did a few years ago. The team was hoping Taylor Heinicke would earn the backup job last year, but he missed most of camp with an injury. Now with Henry Burris retiring he has to be the guy. Burris’ retirement also leaves a spot on the roster for Dustin Vaughan as the No. 3 guy.

Nashville Renegades

Matt Flynn – 7

AJ McCarron – 9af

JaMarcus Russell – 6

Summary: AJ McCarron had an outstanding 2016. Can he repeat and establish himself as an elite SFL QB? It seems like Matt Flynn has been destined for the SFL for a long time and he has finally found a home as an extremely capable No. 2 QB. JaMarcus Russell, for all his talk, looked out of shape and inconsistent, but can still throw the ball a mile.

New Orleans Nightmare

Jason Boltus – 7d

Nick Davilla – 8

Zach Mettenberger – 8af

Summary: Up-and-coming Zach Mettenberger still put up impressive season numbers – but maybe not so impressive when you consider he threw about 20 touchdowns in the first quarter of the season before really struggling down the stretch – despite a stellar ground game and receiving options. Nick Davilla is probably the best No. 2 in the league and could start on several teams. Jason Boltus is an experience veteran who could drive the bus for a week or two if needed.

New York Marauders

Scott Hosch – 6a

Ryan Nassib – 8af

Marquis Williams – 6a

Drew Willy – 7cf

Summary: If you look at Ryan Nassib’s passing yards and TD-INT ratio, you might think he played well despite a terrible year for the defending champions. However, his 54.9% completion percentage is very alarming and his inability to complete passes on a consistent basis really hurt the team. Nassib is like the SFL’s Joe Flacco, except he won a title before his contract year. He’ll have something to prove to convince the Marauders they should pay him on another big deal.. Drew Willy is a very solid No. 2 who could win some games but has probably seen his opportunity to start in the league sail by. Marquis Williams probably has the slight nod over Scott Hosch in a race for a third spot. Aside from last season, New York typically liked to keep three quarterbacks.

Omaha Express

Vernon Adams Jr. – 6aa

Joe Callahan – 6aa

Jimmy Clausen – 7c

Brett Smith – 6a

Tim Tebow – 9a

Summary: Things are pretty interesting in Omaha. Once Tim Tebow decided to return to the gridiron the Express jumped on him. Tebow led Dallas Hartwell’s other team, the Six-Shooters, to multiple SFL Grand Finale games and proved he is one of the greatest offensive threats in the game with his ability to run. But what is so interesting is that the team used the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on small school QB Joe Callahan out of Division III Wesley College. Callahan had a solid camp but this will give him the ability to sit and learn. Vernon Adams Jr. is a rather interesting prospect as well. He really pushed Callahan in camp and with his dual-threat ability he may have earned the backup job. Jimmy Clausen was likely going to be the opening day starter because of his experience, but with Tebow now in town he might be headed out. Brett Smith is a favorite of the front office but he’s disappointed in camp.

Orlando Rockets

Trevor Harris – 7aa

Brett Hundley – 7aa

Ricky Ray – 9df

Summary: Ricky Ray guided the Rockets to their 2nd Grand Finale title but obviously can’t throw the deep ball like he use to. At 37-years old, Orlando has to be thinking about the future. Brett Hundley got a couple of starts late last year and showed some ability. CFL veteran Trevor Harris has also had two outstanding training camps and could probably compete for a starting gig on some teams.

Philadelphia Bulldogs

Shane Austin – 7

Cody Farjado – 6a

Randy Hippeard – 7

Bryce Petty – 7aa

Mike Vick – 9di

Summary: Michael Vick was great for fantasy owners last year but had difficulties getting things done for the team late in games last year. Rumors abound that Vick could be on the trading block with Bryce Petty having a solid outing to end 2016 and a good training camp that has solidified the team’s belief that he is the future. Make no-doubt however, there will be an immediate drop off if they go with Petty over Vick. Shane Austin is a great backup quarterback whose career numbers are 4/4 for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Randy Hippeard has been a very nice Arena League pickup. He dominated indoors and he’s had a solid camp and should push Austin for his job on the team. Cody Farjado seems like a clear odd-man out.

Phoenix Scorpions

Mike Bercovici – 6af

Cardale Jones – 6aa

Vad Lee – 6a

Mike Reilly – 8ac

Summary: Mike Reilly is expected to return to the helm for the Scorps despite an absolutely awful end to the year. Reilly was a god-send to the Scorpions, leading them to a .500 season in their inaugural year back without the team even having a full training camp. Reilly still looks well ahead of the rest of the quarterbacks on the team. Cardale Jones may be the quarterback of the future as the Scorpions traded a second round pick to Columbus for him. It’s a toss up between Mike Bercovici and Vad Lee for the No. 3 job. Bercovici is the local kid but management loves Lee’s athleticism.

Pittsburgh Forge

Austin Davis – 7a

Jonathon Jennings – 7aa

Charles McCullum – 6

Nate Sudfeld – 6aa

Keith Wenning – 6aa

Summary: The Forge looked north of the border, grabbing Jennings from the BC Lions of the CFL. Jennings spent some time with the Rockets last year but was the odd man out. Now he looks like the clear cut starter. Jennings has some ability and poise. At 24 years old, he has put himself in an excellent position to establish himself as a long term starter in Pittsburgh. Nate Sudfeld is a great, young developmental prospect who could challenge Jennings for the job in years to come. McCullum is an interesting product from the IFL, where he won MVP. A good athlete who comes at a cheap price, still wouldn’t expect much out of his career at 29 years of age. Austin Davis brings NFL experience and should really push Jennings right away, but seems half a step behind him. Keith Wenning is a guy who is looking to kick-start his career in the SFL, but has a lot to prove.

San Antonio Marshalls

Rakeem Cato – 6aa

Bo Levi Mitchell – 10f

Dan Raudabaugh – 7

Summary: Bo Levi Mitchell finally took down Clint Dolezel’s. Management has to be thanking their lucky stars that Nashville made such a lopsided trade last offseason to give them one of the best QBs in the league. Mitchell has likely established himself as the long term answer in San Antonio – but that 18 interception mark should not be forgotten. He is still a young passer who has yet to show McCown or Ray like dominance. Rakeem Cato was the toast of the town upon his arrival last year and while he is still a very interesting young prospect, is still located behind Dan Raudabaugh, who had a very nice camp, on the depth chart.

Seattle Orcas

Ryan Griffin – 8aa

Rex Grossman – 7d

Matt Nichols – 7aa

Keith Price – 6af

Summary: Ryan Griffin had a very Ryan Griffin type year – throwing for just over 3,000 yards but protecting the football with a near 5-1 TD to INT ratio. Griffin is probably the most underrated quarterback in the league after leading the Orcas to a near Grand Finale victory, but it’s tough to put him the elite category when the team is so dependent on the ground game and defense. Matt Nichols, from the CFL, out-performed NFL veteran Rex Grossman for the No. 2 job. The team should consider keeping the young and less expensive Keith Price over Grossman, who has vocally stated his desire to retire soon.

Washington Wave

Dom Davis – 7c

Thomas DeMarco – 7c

Everett Golson – 6aa

Bruce Gradkowski – 7

Tommy Grady – 7

Danny O’Brien – 7c

Summary: Coming off a winless season it is interesting and surprising that the Wave did not take bigger steps to upgrade at quarterback. Despite the number Tommy Grady looked like the best option they had last year, but it’s still not like he’s a huge upgrade over Dom Davis. Thomas DeMarco and Danny O’Brien both got time last year in the revolving QB door but neither he’s been able to separate from each other. NFL veteran Bruce Gradkowski is making his return to the SFL. He’s long past his prime but might be the most proven option the Wave have. Still, he’s at best a stopgap guy. Rookie Everett Golson earned a nice undrafted rookie contract and should get a roster spot due to his youth and potential, but it would probably be a mistake to play him early.

SFL Top 5 QBs

1. Josh McCown, Minnesota Freeze
– Still the best of the bunch. The question is – can the Freeze bolster their numbers and improve that defense and offensive line to give him a shot at another title?

2. Bo Levi Mitchell, San Antonio Marshalls
– This is a big year to prove he’s next great quarterback in the league. If he can cut down on those interceptions, expect to see him No. 1 on this list next year.

3. Ricky Ray, Orlando Rockets
– He’s lost some ability on the deep ball – but you can’t argue with the results; another SFL title in his pocket.

4. AJ McCarron, Nashville Renegades
– Same deal as MItchell. He has to show the consistency, but McCarron looks to belong to the next great generation of SFL quarterbacks.

5. Terrelle Pryor, Columbus Explorers
– A fantasy football God. Can Pryor now win games with his arm?

HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Griffin, Seattle
– Despite his win-loss record, Griffin continues to get little love from the media.

Commissioner’s prospect watch (Top 7 Rookies and Sophomores)

1. Dak Prescott, Birmingham Predators
– Everybody knows this guy is a tremendous athlete and a star in the making, but will the hype and the pressure be too much for him? He has to be an all-time great.That’s a lot on a rookie, especially one on an expansion team with little proven help.

2. Cody Kessler, Los Angeles Stars
– The Stars might be wise to let Case Keenum play this year but Cody Kessler looks like he can become a franchise quarterback. Even better, he’s got some great weapons that helped Kirk Cousins top 5,000 yards passing.

3. Bryce Petty, Philadelphia Bulldogs
– The Bulldogs are going to turn things over to Bryce Petty at some point, the question is when? Michael Vick still looks to be the better quarterback of the two, but he’s trending down at the end of his career while Petty clearly has a bright future ahead of him.

4. Trevone Boykin, Dallas Six-Shooters
– Don’t be shocked is the TCU produce ends up making a splash as a rookie. He’s got a great skillset that not many quarterbacks have. It’s going to be about accuracy and consistency, which come with time, but he’s able to make big plays with his legs while that part of his game develops.

5. Connor Cook, Houston Wranglers
– The Wranglers made a nice move to get Connor Cook before the rookie draft, but he still probably needs a little bit of seasoning. He’s got talent, but the Wranglers shouldn’t rush him, especially not as an expansion team with few proven pieces on the offense.

6. Cardale Jones, Phoenix Scorpions
– Cardale Jones is an interesting player who has a great pro skillset and a national championship ring, but who was also benched his senior year for a guy who better fit Urban Meyer’s system. Jones might go through something like a redshirt year as he continues to develop but the Scorpions seem very willing to give him a shot to be the long-term answer under center.

7. Joe Callahan, Omaha Express
– Perhaps the Omaha Express bought into the hype around Joe Callahan a bit too much, or maybe the guy is just slipping through the cracks again. Either way, to go from D3 to the No. 2 overall pick in the SFL Draft is a huge accomplishment. Omaha wasn’t the only team that has interest in him either. The question is, how ready can be be if his name does get called this year.

By the Numbers:
Total QBs: 85
10 Ratings: 2 (2.35%)
9 Ratings: 5 (5.88%)
8 Ratings: 12 (14.12%)
7 Ratings: 33 (38.82%)
6 Ratings: 33 (38.82%)