Where does Alex Smith rank among NFL quarterbacks?

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Dec 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) drops back against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

29. Josh McCown

McCown had a stretch in 2013 with the Chicago Bears where he looked good. Other than that, McCown has been nothing but a mediocre backup his whole career. Somehow, the Cleveland Browns gave him a three-year deal and the starting job.

28. Brian Hoyer

The man was benched for Johnny Manziel. Hoyer is a nice backup quarterback, but as a starter? He’s questionable at best. Last year, Hoyer ranked only above Drew Stanton in completion percentage at 55.3. Yikes.

27. Marcus Mariota

Now we enter the realm of the rookies. Nobody really has any idea how good Mariota will be for the Tennessee Titans, but it stands to reason he will struggle in 2015 without the greatest team around him. Mariota is a talented kid with a good head on his shoulders. Best of luck to him.

26. Jameis Winston

Why is Winston ahead of Mariota? Because he’s playing for a much better team. Winston has some terrific receivers to throw to, including Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Winston also is a more polished player, coming out of a pro-style scheme at Florida State. Expect Winston to make an immediate impact.

25. Robert Griffin III

Griffin looked like he was going to be one of the NFL’s shining stars after leading the Washington Redskins to a NFC East title as a rookie in 2012. Instead, Griffin has regressed horribly after blowing his knee out in a Jan. 2013 wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks. Over the past two years, Griffin has thrown 20 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with 11 fumbles. It appears 2015 will determine whether Griffin has a future in the nation’s capital.

24. Derek Carr

Carr had a promising rookie season for the Oakland Raiders and is poised to move up this list with another. After the Raiders added Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper to the depth chart this offseason, the second-year starter should be giddy. As a rookie, Carr threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdown, showcasing his powerful arm.

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