NFL Top 100: 41-50
Everyone loves a good list. Normally we spend our time discussing NFL mystery boxes, autographed mini helmets, signed memorabilia and all kinds of sports collectibles. However, today we ignore signed jerseys and focus on just ranking the best players in the NFL. Let’s look at players 41-50!
- Dalvin Cook, Running Back - Minnesota Vikings
Cook dealt with numerous injuries early in his career, but he seems to have put that behind him. Cook posted over 1,500 yards this past season with an additional 16 touchdowns. He was no slouch in the receiving game either after posting 44 receptions for 361 yards.
- AJ Brown, Wide Receiver - Tennessee Titans
It looked like Brown was about to post other worldly numbers after the departure of Corey Davis, but the recent acquisition of Julio Jones has put a slight cap on that ceiling. Still, on talent alone, Aj Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL right now and he has put up these numbers on what many consider a “run first” team.
- Justin Herbert, Quarterback - Los Angeles Chargers
The reigning rookie of the year look every bit of a franchise signal caller in 2020. In 2021 if Herbert can just replicate these same numbers but just close out some of those close games, he will skyrocket on this list.
- Ryan Ramczyk, Right Tackle - New Orleans
Both of the Saints offensive tackles have made an appearance on this list so whoever starts at QB in New Orleans this coming season will be well protected. Despite being a monster in the running game, he has also greatly improved in the running game.
- Xavien Howard, Cornerback - Miami Dolphins
Oh boy did Xavien Howard ball out this past season. He lead the league in both pass deflections and interceptions with 20 and 10 respectively. This first team all pro selection was also very much in the conversation for defensive player of the year but ended up losing it to the great Aaron Donald.
- Budda Baker, Safety - Arizona Cardinals
Budda Baker has been an absolute enforcer in the middle of the Cardinals secondary. Many know him as the guy that got chased down by DK Metcalf, but he is a physical, ball hawking presence for this team and should continue to be just that for years to come.
- Joel Bitonio, Guard - Cleveland Browns
Similar to his Browns counterpart in Wyatt Teller, Bitonio was almost immovable in 2020. What elevates him to this point of the list is how he has done that exact same thing for basically every season since 2014.
- Chris Jones, Defensive End/Defensive Tackle - Kansas City Chiefs
Joes is that player you realize is good, but you have no real idea how good he really is until you look at his numbers. He put up 15.5 sacks at the defensive end position and then seamlessly moved to defensive tackle and still averaged 8 sacks over the last 2 seasons while also being an absolute force in the running game. There’s a reason he is one of the highest paid defensive players in the game.
- Harrison Smith, Safety - Minnesota VIkings
Harrison is the elder statesman of the safety group, but is still more than capable of getting the job done. In 2020 had nabbed 5 interceptions while also recording over 80 tackles once again.
- Roquan Smith, Linebacker - Chicago Bears
The Bears linebacker did a bit of everything in 2020. While collecting 139 tackles, Smith also added 2 interceptions and 4 quarterback sacks. Entering his age 24 season, this young star still has so much room to grow.
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