13. Steve McNair
Cam Newton might be the “remix,” but Steve McNair was the original version. The NFL simply hadn’t seen a quarterback with his size (6’2 and 230lbs) who combined the mobility, arm strength, pure passing ability, and overall poise that people saw in Steve McNair. Overcoming questions about the level of competition he faced at tiny Alcorn State University, McNair enjoyed a wonderfully successful career spanning 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, and then finishing out his career with the Baltimore Ravens.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection was also named the co-MVP of the NFL in 2003, when he led the NFL with a 100.4 passer rating.