Ranking The Best Player At Every NFL Position
A look at the best player at each position in the NFL.
This past season was a wild one and a lot of guys exceed expectations, while others fell short, so here is my top player at each position.
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes may not have won the MVP last season and was swallowed in the Super Bowl but, he is still the all around best quarterback in the league. His ability to sling the rock seventy plus yards with the way in which he scrambles just puts him on another level than every other quarterback.
Running Back: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
A back to back rushing champ that just won Offensive Player of the Year deserves the top running back spot. Henry should have been in the conversation for MVP this past season and will most likely be back in the conversation for it next year. A guy that will run through you or run past you is an absolute menace, and that is Derrick Henry.
Wide Receiver: Devante Adams, Green Bay Packers
I really wrestled with this selection between Adams, DHop, and Tyreek Hill but, as much as it pains me to say this as a Vikings fan, Adams is the leagues best wide out. Adams missed two games last season and still racked up 1374 yards with 8 touchdowns.
Tight End: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
I will accept the argument for Kelce but, I just love Kittle’s plays style a whole lot more because he isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty and burry a defender in the run game. To me, that matters. Kelce is a better receiver but, I’d rather have the guy who wants to throw a block and is also a threat in the pass game.
Offensive Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers
The second cheese head to make the list is Bakhtiari. His presence, or actually lack of, was definitely felt when Green Bay played Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship. With out Bakhtiari, the Tampa edge rushers disrupted Rodgers and the rest of the offense to the point where they couldn’t function.
Offensive Guard: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
BIG Q! If he has a long and healthy career, this absolute mauler will find himself enshrined in Canton, Ohio. He has only allowed three sacks through his first three seasons while going All Pro in two of his first three years.
Center: Corey Linsley, Green Bay Packers
Writing this list really pains me. As a Vikings fan it hurts putting three Packers on this list but, they all deserve it. Linsley was an All Pro this season and had a great handle on elite interior defensive linemen this year. The only other arguments could be Raiders center Rodney Hudson or Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen.
Interior Defensive Line: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Donald is labeled as a defensive end but, primarily plays the three tech position so this puts him in the interior defensive line category. Donald is the best and most dominant player in the league and there is absolutely no argument for another player. He won this past years Defensive Player of the Year award making it his third of his career.
Edge Rusher: T.J Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
Some would argue that he was robbed of the Defensive Player of the Year award. I’m not one of those people but, he will win at least one in his career. Watt is a menace to any offense that he plays whether he is rushing the passer or dropping into coverage.
Linebacker: Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
White balled out in the playoffs and Super Bowl and proved why he is the leagues top linebacker. His elite quickness puts him a notch above any other backer in the NFL. The way he can play coverage on a tight end or running back and can fill a hole on third and short prove how versatile he really is.
Cornerback: Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins
Corner is a tough position to analyze because sometimes, the top corners don’t put up big time numbers because people don’t throw their way. I think this may happen next season for Howard after he notched ten interceptions this year.
Safety: Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
The football Gods can often be cruel and man, they were cruel to Derwin. A knee injury kept him out the majority of last year but, I think that he the best overall safety in the NFL. His run support and pass coverage are a tier above most safeties. The only other guys that you can argue for this are Justin Simmons from the Broncos or Jessie Bates for the Bengals.