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Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking the Quarterbacks In the NFC West

The NFC West is a high-speed and hard-hitting division, undoubtedly one of the best divisions in football.

Aside from the strong running backs and great all-around defense, the division has some pretty good quarterbacks — four of them.

How do they rank?

4. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford is one of the best up and coming QBs in the game today. His team had their beat season in years with a record of 7-8-1, mostly due to Bradford’s best season of his career, with 3,702 passing yards, 21 touchdowns (24 in previous two years), and a passer rating of 82.6.

Bradford will someday be atop this list, but the addition of Carson Palmer to the division has him at number four.

3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

The recently acquired Palmer makes the Cardinals a million times more dangerous, not to mention an extremely strong draft.

Palmer is the only proven quarterback in this division, but had no success as an Oakland Raider. He did throw for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns, but was stopped in the redzone numerous times. He should throw for more in Arizona because of the newly revamped defense getting more stops.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is the definition of “overcoming your problems.”

Critics said he was too short and that he wouldn’t succeed in the NFL. He sure proved them wrong.

Wilson, coming out of the University of Wisconsin, has taken over the league by storm. He will be the future of this division, the NFL, of football.

His defense gave him so many extra possessions last season, which immensely boosted his stats. Wilson earned 3,118 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and a passer rating 100.0, all in his rookie season.

1. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick is the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback. He is young, fast, big, and most importantly, he can throw.

If he is able to produce the kind of stats he had for half a season, the Niners will be in great shape to contend for a championship.

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