Ultimate CFL QB

The Ultimate CFL QB

Ultimate CFL QB

Any team would love one of these…

Imagine if you would a quarterback who had precision accuracy, could run like a gazelle and had the heart of a champion. While many CFL QBs posses some or even most of these qualities… Is there one that has them all? This got us thinking, which QB is best at each required skill that is critical to being an elite QB?

We break down all of a quarterback’s skills into five categories and pick the best quarterback for each one, then put them together to make the ultimate CFL QB.

Let the madness ensue:

Vision – Being able to see the entire field is crucial for every field general. Having that offensive awareness to understand where defenders will be and be able to anticipate a receivers route is no easy task.

When we think of the #CFL QB with the best Vision, we thought of Ricky Ray. Ray has been able to decipher defences for years and that has aided him to being such a successful QB. His vision allows him to look off defenders and let receivers get open.

Toronto Argonauts' Ricky Ray, centre right, passes while being pressured by B.C. Lions' Craig Roh (93) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday July 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Accuracy – Squeezing the ball into tight spaces where only your receiver can make a play is something every QB covets but few can accomplish. Time and time again, Bo Levi Mitchell has an uncanny ability to just drop the ball into his receivers’ bread baskets.

His laser-like accuracy is a big reason why he is the front runner this year for the MOP Award. BO knows accuracy!

Bo Levi Mitchell (19) during the game between the Calgary Stampeders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, AB. Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

Arm Strength – A cannon for an arm is what most people think of when they think of the prototypical QB. We marvel at those QBs who are able to launch the ball 60-70 yards in the air for the deep ball. For this category, Zach Collaros is at the front of the line.

Collaros is able to make 40 yard cross-field passes look seamless and can do so from the pocket or on the run. Zach Collaros and arm strength are certainly synonymous.

Zach Collaros (4) during the game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON. Friday, September 16, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

Heart and Toughness – This category should just be named Mike Reilly, who embodies the meaning of heart and toughness. When one thinks of a QB who basically will lay it all on the line for his team, the #Esks signal caller comes to the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Reilly is not the kind of QB to slide three yards short of a first down to protect himself. Mike is going to dive face first and take whatever punishment awaits. Reilly’s gritty nature is what allowed him to lead the #Esks to a #GreyCup last year.

Mike Reilly (13) during the game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth stadium in Edmonton. Friday, August 26, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

Legs – A QB can’t always rely on his arm to get the job done. This is where some fast feet can come in handy.

The ability to take off when your receivers are covered to pick up that first down is not only huge for your offence but demoralizes defences. Jonathon Jennings is the master of this skill. The #Lions QB is a dual threat both with his arm and especially his feet.

B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings (10) runs as Edmonton Eskimos Phillip Hunt (54) gives chase during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday September 23, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

We assume there are several naysayers who do not agree with our picks. So tweet us who you think should be represented in each category (Vision, Accuracy, Arm Strength, Heart/Toughness and legs).

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