Ron Jaworski QB rankings: Matthew Stafford comes in at No. 16

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The Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford came in at No. 16 on Ron Jaworski's list of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

ESPN is counting down Ron Jaworski's 2013 NFL quarterback rankings, and the list hit the halfway mark on Sunday with spot No. 16 being revealed as the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford. Stafford came in at No. 14 on Jaworski's list a year ago, so he dropped two spots following an inconsistent 2012 season.

Why isn't Stafford higher? It sounds like Jaworski is not a very big fan of Stafford's mechanics, which have received a lot of criticism since last season. Stafford's throwing motion seemingly changed from throw to throw in some games last year, and although Jaworski likes Stafford's arm, he wants to see more consistency from the Lions quarterback.

Via Pro Football Talk, here's a look at what Jaworski said about Stafford's mechanics:

"Too many forced throws. Overall, he just threw too many passes with poor balance and bad footwork, with a tendency to fall away from the throws," Jaworski said. "He needs more consistent mechanics to play at a higher level week in and week out."

A year ago, Jaworski basically said that Stafford had the potential to be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. Jaworski simply wanted to see "durability and performance over a longer period of time." From a durability standpoint, Stafford repeated what he did in 2011 by making it through the 2012 season without missing any games. His overall performance, however, was not on the same level as 2011, which is why Jaworski dropped Stafford two spots in his rankings.

For Stafford to actually jump up the list and potentially make the top 10 a year from now, he needs to be more consistent, and not just statistically speaking. Cutting down on interceptions and throwing more touchdowns is a given, but Jaworski clearly wants Stafford to be more consistent with his mechanics in 2013.

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