USA Today ranks Romo NFL's 23rd-best player

USA Today ranks Romo NFL's 23rd-best player

Published Jun. 18, 2012 12:37 a.m. ET

USA Today recently released its 2012 NFL preview magazine and it contains a top 50 players list, which includes a couple of Cowboys.

As to be expected, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware ranked No. 4 overall, one spot higher than where the magazine placed him a year ago. But somewhat surprisingly, quarterback Tony Romo cracked the list at No. 23, fifth-highest among players at his position.

“The only higher-rated passers last year were Aaron Rodgers, (Drew) Brees and Tom Brady,” wrote NFL writer David Elfin, who compiled the list. “Romo has a 47-30 regular season record, but his 1-3 playoff mark keeps him from being considered a truly elite quarterback.”

The other quarterbacks ahead of Romo: Rodgers at No. 1, Brees at No. 2, Brady at No. 5 and Eli Manning at No. 17.

In Elfin’s assessment of Ware, he includes the following comment from a unanimous NFC general manager: “Ware’s as quick as anyone there is. The first step quickness, his ability to go from speed to power and his overall athletic ability are tremendous.”

Romo, who did not make USA Today's top 50 last year, received a considerably low ranking on the NFL Network’s top 100 list which is still being revealed. In the rankings determined by fellow players, Romo placed at No. 91.

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