Case Keenum ranked incredibly low in QB power rankings
Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum comes in ranked extremely low on NFL Mocks’ top 32 quarterbacks power rankings list…
New Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has had a very good offseason.
Not only did he receive the first big contract of his NFL career at two years, $36 million, he was handed the reins to one of the most reputable franchises in the entire NFL and was ranked 51st on the NFL’s Top 100 players list by his peers (51st overall).
Keenum’s 2017 season was the best of his NFL career, but he’s still a tough sell for a lot of people.
Because of who Keenum was before his season with the Vikings, many NFL pundits find it hard to buy into him as a viable long-term option for the Broncos.
That seems especially true for Erik Lambert, my partner over at NFLMocks.com.
Lambert ranked the top 32 quarterbacks in the NFL, and Keenum came in at an incredibly low 26th.
He argues that the ‘proof of concept’ from last season doesn’t have the same conditions in Denver as it did in Minnesota, which seemed like a perfect storm surrounding Keenum to help make him successful.
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He no longer has the play calling of Pat Shurmur. He no longer has the favorable indoor playing conditions at home in Minneapolis. He no longer has the young Diggs and Thielen, but the aging Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Those are the arguments made here and I think they are all valid points.
Still, the playing conditions in Denver are hardly ever ‘unforgiving’ as Lambert points out, and as I argued when coming up with a bunch of reasons why Kirk Cousins should pick Denver over Minnesota, the weather in Denver in December and January is often very atypical of what you would assume winter weather to be.
The average temperature is not far under 50 degrees.
Bill Musgrave is a pretty darn good offensive play-caller in his own right, though obviously, Shurmur did an incredible job with all of the injuries the Vikings suffered last year.
I still think Keenum deserves more credit than what he’s given here, being ranked behind the likes of Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, and Joe Flacco.
Hopefully, Keenum is able to prove doubters wrong this season.