Chris Simms ranks Josh Allen as No. 1 QB over Patrick Mahomes

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Former NFL quarterback and current NBC analyst Chris Simms revealed the top four names on his 2022 QB countdown Tuesday, and while the No. 1 and No. 2 are likely who you would expect them to be, the order may surprise some.

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Long a Josh Allen supporter, Simms believes that the Buffalo Bills' quarterback has usurped Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs as the top player at his position in the sport.

"But Josh Allen is the best quarterback in the NFL right now, there is no doubt. He is the guy I would take right off the bat. No one is asked to do more for their team, or carry their team more on a weekly basis than Josh Allen.

"Again, out of the top four quarterbacks were talking about here, definitely the least talent around him, no doubt about it -- it's not even close, everybody.

"You talk about the physical ability, it's arguably the best. It's the strongest arm in football. Him and [Justin] Herbert and Mahomes are the strongest arms in the game."

Simms would go on to say that Allen is the second-best running quarterback in football to Lamar Jackson, a dangerous weapon that Sean McDermott and the Bills really like to lean into in the postseason.

Meanwhile, Mahomes came in at No. 2, with Simms acknowledging that he already believes that after just four seasons as a starter, Kansas City's quarterback is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the position.

With that said, Simms was critical of Mahomes' play within the pocket a year ago.

"He's an incredible scrambler, but why he's No. 2 is him in the pocket this year [2021] was not good. ... It was not good for his standards. And there were a few games where it where I would go 'It was not good for actually for a lot of quarterback standards.'"

The two, of course, met in the AFC Divisional Round last season, with Mahomes and the Chiefs winning perhaps the greatest game in NFL history 42-36 in overtime.

In the game, Mahomes completed 33 of 44 pass attempts for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown. Allen countered by completing 27 of 37 pass attempts for 329 yards and four touchdowns, adding 68 rushing yards on the ground.

Herbert (No. 3), Joe Burrow (No. 4) and Aaron Rodgers (No. 5) rounded out the top five on Simms' annual countdown.

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