- Anthony Harris
Anthony Harris broke out in a big way in 2019. He was a favorite for PFF ranking as the top safety while posting six interceptions, 11 passes defended, and a touchdown.
- Allen Robinson II
Allen Robinson returned to form for the bears last year despite a weak offense. He posted 98 receptions totaling 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. All in the upper echelon of receiver statistics.
- Marcus Peters
Marcus Peters has been one of the most consistent corners in the game during his career. His 2019 season saw him post 14 defended passes and snag five interceptions while allowing a 55.6% completion rate, proving his value once again.
- AJ Brown
AJ Brown finds himself as the second receiver on our list. Despite less gaudy numbers than Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson He still put up 1051 yards while playing for debatably the most run-heavy team in the NFL. For example, their QB only threw for 2,742 yards which, based on today’s NFL, is a very low number.
- Aaron Jones
Jones posted a 1,000-yard season and caught 49 passes in 2019, but the notable part comes from his 19 touchdowns. He scores and definitely has a big impact on the game.
- Darius Slay
Slay is a big name guy with a reputation and, despite not necessarily playing up to it, is out of a location where he was unhappy (Detroit) and has plenty of talent left in the tank. Plus, not facing Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Devante Adams will help.
- Stefon Diggs
Diggs found himself as one of the very best deep ball catchers in the game last season, He has an explosive ability on every ball thrown to him.
- Jaylon Smith
Smith saw his pass game numbers improve with more defended passes, a lower completion percentage, an interception, and 142 tackles with a low missed tackle rate.
- Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is one of the games better gunslingers, throwing for 4,000 yards for the ninth-straight season. Plus, his receiving core is stacked next year, being led by Julio Jones.
- Kevin Byard
While Byard’s play has not returned to his 2017 All-Pro level he remains as one of the game’s top safeties who continued to intercept the ball and defend plenty of passes (he had a 57.4% percentage).
- Dak Prescott
Dak puts up the numbers people care about: yards and touchdowns. However, he turns over the ball at too large of a rate, and low deep ball accuracy puts him lower on this list than his talent suggests.
- Kenny Clark
Clark remained a force at the DT position and whiles edges and ends rule the game it seems he still produced 6.0 sacks and good run-stopping ability.
- David Decastro
DeCastro was probably the lone bright spot on the Steelers line and is very deserving of this.
- Tyler Lockett
Lockett had an impressive season. Despite sharing targets with DK Metcalf, he managed to be a very effective receiver with a high catch rate and was one of, if not the most effective, deep-ball receivers.
- Carson Wentz
Wentz does great things with little talent in comparison to many other QB’s. He has improved each year, and as long as he stays healthy, he will continue to climb.
- Josh Allen
DISCLAIMER: This is the Jaguars defensive end, not the Bills QB. Allen had an impressive rookie season with huge potential and a large impact on a bad defense.
- Josh Jacobs
Another rookie with an impressive campaign. Putting yourself in the OROY talks and breaking 1,000 rush yards as a rookie is impressive; he figures to be on lists like these for a long time.
- Buddha Baker
Baker quietly made just as much of an impact on defense as anyone, notching 147 tackles from the safety position.
- Minkah Fitzpatrick
Minkah made an impact in his first year. He is a true ballhawk and he is always someone for quarterbacks to be aware of.
- Kyle Fuller
Fuller is an underrated corner. He followed up a very impressive 2018 season with another strong campaign in 2019. More of the same is sure to come.
- Kirk Cousins
Cousins continued to post solid numbers while turning the ball over at a minimum and demonstrating deep ball and play-action effectiveness that ranked high among eligible players. On top of that, he won a playoff game and played well in primetime.
- Jason Kelce
The offensive lineman is at a premium nowadays, especially centers. When you find a durable and effective presence like Kelce, it’s special.
- Alvin Kamara
Kamara shows effectiveness running the ball and is a dual-threat in the receiving game as well, but always has limited carries.
- Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper had a solid year. He established himself as a true #1 receiver on a depth chart with good production mostly due to strong route-running ability. The concern is he seems to disappear in big games.
- Devante Parker
Parker broke out in a big way with 1,202 yards; it took him a while to break out, but he did it.
- Tyron Smith
A very talented lineman when on the field. He just can’t stay on the field it seems.
- Joe Mixon
Mixon had 1,139 yards behind a below-average offensive line. He established himself as a true offensive threat who figures to be big for the Bengals in their new-look offense.
- Marshon Lattimore
Lattimore’s stats may not jump off the page, but a closer look reveals just a 50% completion percentage allowed, something to be impressed about.
- Terron Armstead
Armstead is one of the game’s better and more durable offensive lineman, and as they say, the less talk you hear about an offensive lineman, the better they are.
- Fred Warner
Fred Warner was a big impact on arguably the league’s best defense. With good tackling numbers and top tier pass defense, he is one of the league’s top linebackers.
- Mike Evans
A consistent top wide receiver benefited from a very pass-heavy offense but put up his usual strong numbers in just 13 games.
- David Bakhtiari
Bakhtiari’s play slipped a bit last season but he still remained a pillar at left tackle.
- Courtland Sutton
Sutton took massive steps in his second year. If he keeps taking steps, he will be one of the game’s best soon.
- Marlon Humphrey
Humphrey has continued to play at a high level his whole career and that didn’t change last year and doesn’t look like it will.
- Keenan Allen
Allen continues to be a top tier wide receiver really coming into his zone. The last few seasons have seen him post career highs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. What more can you ask for?
- DeForest Buckner
Buckner is a force at the DT position, and with numbers that back it up, he lands himself as one of the higher-rated at the position.
- Demarcus Lawrence
Miller is coming off a down year; however, he’s still effective and someone defenses always have to watch out for as he still possesses explosive ability.
- Mitchell Schwartz
One of the most consistent tackles in the game. Effective in the run and pass game.
- Demario Davis
There isn’t a spot Davis wasn’t effective in from the linebacker position; he had four interceptions, 12 passes defended, and 110 tackles in 2019.
Father time has not caught up with Sherman yet. While his man coverage play has started going down a bit, he stills finds himself as an elite CB.
- Arik Armstead
Armstead provided a huge impact on the D-line of the 49ers, being able to play wherever he was needed.
- Preston Smith
Smith posted 12.5 sacks and became quite the dynamic duo with Zadarius Smith.
- Tom Brady
From a production standpoint, Brady’s play dipped a bit but was still very good with his new weapons. It’ll be hard to not see him continuing elite play.
- Darren Waller
Waller was basically a receiver playing tight end and that ended up with 90 catches and 1,145 yards as a tight end.
- Zach Ertz
Ertz finds himself as one of the few tight ends on this list. His impact on the Eagles is massive and he puts up large numbers at the tight end spot.
- Eric Kendricks
Kendricks proved himself to be one of the game’s elite linebackers. He improved his pass coverage to an elite level and had the production to prove it.
- Kenny Golladay
Golladay was the Lions best player last season, totaling 11 touchdowns and over 1,100 yards.
- Ronnie Stanley
One of the games few young stars at the offensive tackle position. He will only improve and is already a top tackle.
- JJ Watt
When on the field, J.J. Watt is one of the most impactful players on either side. The only problem is he hasn’t played a full season since 2015.
- Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney’s stats from last season may not jump off the page, but his impact is always there.
- Derwin James
James may have been injured for most of 2019, but when he’s on the field, he possesses game-changing ability.
- Ryan Ramczyk
In just his third season, Ramczyk earned his first of what will be many All-Pro selections.
- Chris Jones
Jones is one of the games best DT’s, consistently makes an impact in the pass rush and run-stopping aspects of the game.
- Calais Campbell
While his sack total dropped from 2018, he still played at an elite level and put up an impressive 33 pressures and 25 QB hits as well as being one of the game’s best run stoppers.
- Grady Jarrett
Jarrett finds himself up here based on his run-stopping production. Not many people on the Falcons defense had to be watched out for, but he was certainly one from the interior.
- Fletcher Cox
A force at defensive tackle. You’re hard-pressed to find a better DT than Cox.
44. Jaire Alexander
Alexander was one of the games best man to man corners last season in just year two.
- Justin Simmons.
Simmons proved himself to be one of the games best safeties last year, especially in pass coverage.
- Von Miller
Miller is coming off a down year. However, he is still effective and someone defenses always have to watch out for, being incredibly explosive from his OLB position.
- Zack Martin
Martin is one of the game’s best lineman and has been that way for years.
- Denzel Ward
Some may think Ward is much too high on this list, but he is essentially a shutdown corner allowing just a 48.2% completion rate.
- Lane Johnson
One of, if not the game’s best offensive tackles, Johnson’s one of the better run blockers in the league.
- Za’Darius smith
Smith had an impressive season, totaling 13.5 sacks and adding 50 pressures, both being some of the top numbers in the game.
- Tyreek Hill
Hill is one of the game’s top weapons, possessing scary speed and getting downfield in a flash.
- T.J. Watt
T.J. was a force in the pass rush game, totaling 14.5 sacks and really proved himself last season.
- Harrison Smith
Smith has been one of the game’s top safeties his whole career and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon.
- Deshaun Watson
Watson is this high based on his pure talent; his numbers may not back it up, but that can be attributed at least in part to one of the game’s worst offensive lines.
- Chris Godwin
Godwin showed up in a big way and was one of the game’s top pass catchers last season.
- Jalen Ramsey
Ramsey had a very down year last year but still figures to have the talent that made him an elite cornerback.
- Nick Chubb
Chubb put up an impressive season and was one of the few people who lived up to the potential that Cleveland had.
- Dalvin Cook
Cook stayed healthy for the first time and established himself as an elite back who can catch as well as run and has a nose for the endzone.
- Jamal Adams
Adams saw his play drop off a bit but was still elite and a big presence.
- DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins has some of the best hands in the game and is always among the game’s best receivers but is coming off a down year.
- Brandon Brooks
People just don’t beat Brandon Brooks; he allows very few sacks and is just as dominant in the run as he is the pass.
- Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott continued to be one of the game’s best running backs and one of the most impactful players.
- Devante Adams
Adams is one of the cleanest route runners in the game with no particular flaws and posted 997 yards in just 12 games.
- Travis Kelce
Kelce continually leads all tight ends in yards and is a top weapon in the passing game.
- Derrick Henry
Henry was a force last year, leading the league and rushing and carried the Titans offensive at times on his back.
- Joey Bosa
Bosa continually proves himself to be one of the game’s top pass rushers and impactful defensive players.
- Khalil Mack
Mack had a down year by his standards but was still always someone who made an impact in any game.
- George Kittle
Kittle was the game’s best tight end; he was a beast in all aspects.
- Danielle Hunter
Posting back-to-back 14.5 sack seasons and breaking the record for most sacks before age 25 shows his worth.
- Saquon Barkley
Barkley is an elite natural runner and he produces behind a sub-par offensive line.
- Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers continues to be a top tier passer who doesn’t turn the ball over and wins games.
- Shaquille Barrett
Barrett broke out in a huge way, leading the NFL in sacks with 19.5 and being the game’s most effective pass rusher.
- Cam Jordan
Cam Jordan is one of the game’s best ends, posting 15.5 sacks and continuing to be a top run stuffer.
- Bobby Wagner
Wagner continues to be one, of if not the best, linebackers in the game (with Kuechly now retired) in a truly impressive way.
- Tre’Davious White
He broke out in a big way last season, snagging six interceptions and had 17 passes defended to complement a 50% completion rating.
- Chandler Jones
He had 19 sacks last season and has been one of the NFL’s most underrated players. An absolute force.
- Myles Garrett
You may dislike Garrett for whatever reason (Mason Rudolph incident). But the man had 10 sacks in 10 games and is one of the most effective pass rushers.
- Drew Brees
He managed to put up 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions in just 11 games. Brees’ play is yet to be affected in any sense and remains an elite quarterback.
- Quenton Nelson
He is a force in every aspect, the game’s best offensive lineman.
- Julio Jones
Julio has been an incredible wide receiver his entire career and that isn’t changing.
- Michael Thomas
149 receptions (a new league record) and 1,725 yards make him a force.
He won an MVP, broke Vick’s QB rushing record, and threw 36 touchdowns.
- Stephon Gilmore
Very few people in recent memory have a claim to a shutdown season at cornerback as Gilmore had.
- Russell Wilson
Wilson gets it done. You name the time and place.
- Aaron Donald
No one has been this much of a defensive force in a long time, being able to stay healthy and consistently produce.
- Christian McCaffrey
CMC had an elite season one of the best in history: 1,300 rushing yards and over 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards put him here.
I can’t think of anyone else deserving of this spot.
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