- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

According to a recent poll by si.com writers, Jason Campbell ranks No. 25 among projected NFL starting quarterbacks, ahead of Rex Grossman and Byron Leftwich and behind players like Jon Kitna and Damon Huard.

Here’s the full list:


Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Donovan McNabb, Ben Roethlisberger, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick.


Tony Romo, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Vince Young, Brett Favre, Steve McNair, Alex Smith, Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme, Chad Pennington.


Jon Kitna, Eli Manning, Damon Huard, Trent Green (assuming he’s with Miami), Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman, Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman, Matt Schaub, Josh McCown, Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Frye.

Considering he has only seven starts, Campbell received a pretty good ranking. I would rate him ahead of Kitna and Huard and even with Cutler.

My top five would be Brady, Manning, Brees, Palmer, McNabb. No way would I have Vick in the top 10 or young players like Romo, Leinart, Cutler and Young rated ahead of Favre.

Matt Schaub should be ranked higher than No. 29 (he’s better than Vick) and Jackson should be last, behind Frye.

* The American Idol finale was last night and Jordin won all three rounds of the competition over Blake on The Washington Times scorecard. She can sing. He can’t. Period. Chris Daughtry appeared at the end of the show and we’re hoping Katharine McPhee — our Favorite All-Time Idol — is on tonight’s finale.

* Finally, a few words about Clinton Portis. Yes, what he said in his defense of Michael Vick was stupid. Yes, his non-apology statement released by the team did nothing to fan the flames. Yes, his comments on NFL Network didn’t do any good either. And yes, the commissioner was right to slam Portis. But Portis should not be suspended or fined for his comments. He didn’t break a law. He simply put both feet in his mouth.

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