#12 Tom Brady 6’4” 225 18th Year, Michigan
Taken straight out of our 2017 Pro QB Almanac
Viewed by many as the best to ever play the position Tom Brady responded to off the field adversity about as well as anyone could have predicted as he played some of the best football of his career in 2016. Brady stepped in after a four game suspension and ended up completing 67% of his passes while throwing for over 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. And as a footnote he also led arguably the best 4th quarterback comeback in Super Bowl history earning his 5th Super Bowl ring. Brady seems to get better every single year even as he is pushing 40 years old and has stated he wants to play well into his 40’s. The story really is too good to be true but the fact of the matter is that nobody works harder at his craft than Brady and he enters 2017 as possibly the greatest football player of all time.
Because Tom Brady is so technically sound as a thrower some have a tendency to overlook his physical ability as a passer. From a mechanical (Base, Feet, Balance, Throwing Motion) perspective Brady is as good as they come. He intuitively understands all of the micro elements that go into high level quarterback play. Touch, Timing and accuracy are Brady’s calling cards as a passer but his arm is strong enough for him to throw with velocity to all levels of the field as he has shown throughout his career. Even during 2016 his arm strength seemed to get better as the year wore on and when you add to the equation his release speed and level of comfort with not his receiving core but also the system that he plays in we can clearly see why he is such a consistent performer week in and week out. Josh McDaniels and Brady are joined at the hip and watching Brady run the show is a thing of beauty. Brady is the best before the snap quarterback to ever play the position at the NFL level and his ability to both process information and eliminate bad options both pre and post snap give him an edge every single time he steps on the field. Brady also combines both toughness and elite pocket presence while keeping his mind calm in the face of duress. As alluded to earlier, his crisp, clean and quick release allows him to fit balls into tight windows at all levels of the field. His vision as a passer also is extremely rare.
As long as Brady can remain healthy he will continue to perform at a Pro Bowl type level. His play will decline somewhat as he continues to age but most likely will not be noticeable for a few years due to the way he takes care of his body. Expect more of the same in 2017 as the Patriots are primed to make another Super Bowl run with Tom at the controls.