50. Jaylon Smith MLB Cowboys
103 tackles, 4 sacks, 2INT,1FR
Smith ended the season third in total tackles and had 16 TFL’s, proving his worth in run defense. His 10 deflections and two picks helped the cowboys against the pass as well, and coach Heli will be hoping he continues to develop in the coming seasons.
49. Bobby Wagner MLB Seahawks
85 tackles, 4 sacks, 2INTs, 7FF, 1FR
Clear to see where Wagner made his money this season, forcing the ball out. His 7 forced fumbles rank him second in the league in that category.
48. Clay Matthews LOLB Packers
51 tackles, 10 sacks, 2INTs, 6FF
Clay proved he can still get it done in the league, getting double digit sacks and forcing the ball out plenty of times.
47. Leveon Bell RB Seahawks
981 yards, 4.2AVG, 8TDs, 27 catches, 257 yards
Leveon’s moved to the Hawks after a tough start with the Steelers, but he quickly found his footing in the North West and was consistently pumping out good numbers.
46. Jerome Baker MLB Dolphins
102 tackles, 6INTs, 2FF, 1 safety, 1TD
A great year for the rookie linebacker, taking over the head defensive job on the Dolphins and hitting the 100 tackle mark. His turnovers certainly helped his team, and he managed to throw in a cheeky safety too.
45. Todd Gurley RB Rams
910 yards, 5.4 AVG, 8 TDs, 24 catches, 290 yards, 1 rec TD (11 games)
Gurley’s season was hindered by a mid-season injury, but he still managed to nearly break the 1000 yard mark and stay at 5th in total rushing yards.
44. Saquon Barkley RB Giants
915 yards, 5.4 AVG, 9TDs, 10 catches, 120 yards (12 games)
Much like Gurley, Saquon’s rookie season was cut sort due to injury, but despite playing a number of games less than everyone else, he stayed at 4th in rushing yards and 3rd in rushing touchdowns.
43. Philip Rivers QB Chargers
4210 yards, 22TDs, 21INTs, 66%
Rivers led the league in passing yards and was one of only 3 QB’s to get over 4000 yards on the season. Chargers would have probably liked a few more touchdowns to go with it, but he proved to the league there is still life in his old legs yet.
42. Oren Burks MLB Packers
119 tackles, 3 sacks, 4INTs, 1FF, 1FR
The rookie LB for the Packers led the league in tackles and was in the running for the DROY award. Getting a few picks along the way, quarterbacks will need to look out for the new head of the Green Bay defense.
41. Blake Bortles QB Jaguars
2865 yards, 29TD’s, 18 INT’s, 64%
Blakes season came down to scoring plays over huge yardage totals. His 29TD’s over 15 games ranked 4th in the league, and his touchdown-INT ratio showed that this isn’t the same Bortles from previous years.
40. Jimmy Smith CB Ravens
53 tackles, 9INTs, 1FF 1TD
The Ravens top corner performed this season, leading his team in picks and deflections (15). He’s getting up in age, but he proved he can be the Ravens number 1 CB for a few years to come.
39. Ricardo Allen FS Falcons
55 tackles 9INTs 1FF 2TDs
Allen had a good season for the Dirty Birds, leading his team in picks and taking advantage of the dominant pass rush in front of him.
38 . Bud Dupree RE Cardinals
39 tackles 16.5 sacks, 2FF
Dupree was moved to the Cardinals from the Steelers early, and lived up to the expectations. He led the team in sacks comfortably and proved to be a dominant partner for Chandler Jones.
37. Luke Keuchly MLB Panthers
99 tackles, 25 TFL, 3 sacks, 2INTs, 4FF 1FR
I didn’t put TFL’s on any other defenders stat lines on this list, except for Keuchly. Over 25% of all his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage, proving him to be the best defender in the league against the run.
36. DeAndre Hopkins WR Bills
60 receptions, 1171 yards 8TDs
Nuuk’s first season in Buffalo was an excellent one, leading the team in receiving and giving his rookie quarterback a great pair of hands to throw to.
35. Josh Norman CB Redskins
54 tackles 9 INTs 1FF 2FR 2TDs
Norman proved he is still one of the premiere corners in the league, making plays all over the field and causing nightmares for cornerbacks. His team leading 9 picks helped the Skins give the ball back to their potent offense and sensational running back, leading to a bunch of wins!
34. TJ Watt LOLB Steelers
60 tackles, 12 sacks, 2INTs, 3FF, 6FR, 1TD
TJ Watt has a nose for the football. His 6 fumble recoveries are way ahead of anyone else in the league and his 12 sacks and 2 INT’s show he can do just about whatever is needed. He should be a great defender in this league for a long time to come.
33. Khalil Mack RE Raiders
56 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 4 FF, 2FR
Mack proved that its probably best the Raiders kept him around. His sack production and continuous pressure were a key part of this Raider defense. Now he’s signed to a long term deal, the Raiders superstar can do what he does best for the rest of the franchise.
32. Everson Griffen RE Vikings
59 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 2FF 1FR
Griffen was the Vikings biggest weapon on defense this season. He feasted on O-Lines and kept the pressure on the quarterback.
31. Alvin Kamara HB Saints
1063 yards, 4.6 AVG, 11 TDs, 31 Broken Tackles, 46 catches, 408 yards, 7 rec TDs
The Saints dynamic running back was second in the league in rushing this season, and had 46 catches for a further 400 yards and 7TDs. He will be a franchise back for a long time to come.
30. Mark Barron MLB Rams
75 tackles, 2 sacks, 10INTs, 1FF, 1TD
Barron was a big part of the dangerous Rams defense this year, stalking the middle of the field and using his great quickness to jump routes and cover down field.
29. Roquan Smith MLB Bears
97 tackles, 4 sacks, 9 INTs, 2FF, 2FR, 3 TDs
The Defensive Rookie of the Year in the NFC, Smith lived up to the hype. He proved he can tackle, cover the run and bait the QB’s. No doubt that he deserved the award!
28. Taywan Taylor WR Titans
50 receptions, 1208 yards, 11TDs (11games)
Taylor was looking like he was going to smash all the records during a red hot streak this season. He had back to back 200 yard games, but unfortunately he got hurt in week 12, ending his season early. If he stayed healthy, we may have been looking at a league leader across all receiving categories!
27. Darius Leonard MLB Colts
63 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11INTs, 1FF, 1TD
The rookie LB took control over the Colts defense this season and helped propel them to a wildcard spot. Coach Rayski will hope this will continue well into the playoffs!
26. Odell Beckham Jr WR Giants
56 receptions 1386 yards 10TDs
The Giants superstar receiver was a matchup problem all year. He could beat all kinds of coverage and his crazy catches gave the spectators some huge Wow moments. He was always the first read for the rookie QB!
25. Andre Hal FS Saints
56 tackles, 10 INTs, 1FF 3 TDs
Hal feasted on QB’s and rubbed it in their faces by taking them to the house. His 3 defensive TD’s put him tied for 2nd in the league and he was a dangerous ball hawking safety for the Saints.
24. Leonard Floyd RE Bears
49 tackles 16.5 sacks 9FF 1FR 1safety
Floyd knocks players around and gets the ball out of their hands. His 9 FF are top of the league by some distance, and his sack totals mark him as a menace off the edge. Just another part of a truly dangerous LB corps for Da Bears.
23. Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots
68 receptions 1127 yards 13TDs
Gronk may be the only TE on this list, but he deserves it. As always, he was a key target for Brady and he dominated defenders all over the field. The Pats will be hoping for more of this!
22. Calais Campbell LE Jaguars
54 tackles 17 sacks 1 INT 2FF 1FR 1 safety
Campbell is just another part of the impossible to move Jaguar defense. He feasts on QB’s and makes life extremely difficult for offensive linemen.
21. Brandin Cooks WR Rams
66 receptions, 1266 yards 12TDs
Cooks was a big weapon for the Rams this season, leading his team in all the receiving categories. He was Goff’s favourite target all season.
20. Robby Anderson WR Jets
54 receptions 1354 yards 12 TDs
Anderson averaged a huge 25 yards per catch and led his team in receiving. While he is of course a speed demon and well suited for the deep ball, he was also able to get good RAC on the short and intermediate throws.
19. Emmanuel Ogbah RE Browns
44 tackles 18 sacks 2FF 1FR
Ogbah was one part of the Browns sack duo. He made life hell for linemen and will be a key part of this resurging Browns defense.
18. Justin Houston ROLB Chiefs
48 tackles 17.5 sacks 2FF 1FR 1safey 1TD
Houston is well known for sacking the QB, and he did that. With Avril and Jones, the Chiefs managed to get 44 sacks between these three guys. Anyone would be happy with that!
17. Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie CB Buccaneers
59 tackles 12INTs 1FR 1TD
DRC, straight off free agency, and back into one of the top cornerbacks in the game. It remains to be seen how he regresses once the season finishes, but the Buccs must be happy they got him for a career year.
16. Demario Davis ROLB Saints
77 tackles, 13 sacks, 8INTs, 3FF, 1FR, 1 safety 1TD
Davis was everywhere this season. Sacks? Check. Picks? Check. Fumbles? Check. Whatever the Saints needed him to do, he did it and more.
15. Corey Littleton MLB Rams
86 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 12INTs 2FF 1FR
The other Rams linebacker, Littleton was a big issue in the middle of the field. QB’s often had nowhere to throw it and he was a big cause of that. The Rams will be looking forward to using the young Huskie again in the future.
14. Drew Brees QB Saints
3548 yards 31 TDs 17 INTs 69%
The old vet, still getting it done. Second in the league in passing touchdowns and a 69% completion percentage (nice.). Saints may be looking for a replacement, but Brees is showing he can still go for a little while longer.
13. Matt Ryan QB Falcons
3843 yards 30TDs 13INTs 70%
Matty Ice’s accuracy was on point this season, leading the league in accuracy and having an excellent TD to INT ratio.
12. Myles Garrett RE Browns
55 tackles 21 sacks 2FF 1 safety
The second member of the Browns sack machine, Garrett got to the QB quick, and it certainly helped having Ogbah doing the exact same on the other side! It will be fun to watch these two over the next few seasons (unless you’re a quarterback).
11. Josh Allen QB Bills
3788 yards, 38TDs, 24INTs 61%
Allen’s first season in the NFL, and the best QB already! He leads the league in touchdowns and will be hoping to get the accuracy under control. But a brilliant debut season none the less!
10. Carl Lawson RE Bengals
76 tackles 22 sacks 2 FF 3FR 1 safety
Here we go, the Bengals section of this list. Lawson was a monster on the line and was sacking the QB for fun.
9. John Ross WR Bengals
63 receptions, 1336 yards 16TDs
Our second Bengal in a row, John Ross made his presence felt by tying the league lead in touchdowns and being third in receiving yards. His speed was never a question, but the hands and injury history was, but it looks like that is now behind him and he has turned into one of the best WR’s in the game.
8. Jordan Evans MLB Bengals
59 tackles, 13INTs 4.5 sacks 2FF (13 games)
And Bengal number 3 in a row, Evans is a pick machine, we know that, but what he was able to do in 13 games which many were unable to do in the full season is awesome. Second in the league in picks, and adding a few sacks onto that for good measure.
7. Shaquem Griffin ROLB Bills
97 tackles 2sacks 14INTs 1FF 1FR 1TD
Griffin came into the league with a lot of hype and a bit of a media circus around him. He was traded out of Seattle straight away, and the Bills welcomed him with open arms. His 14 picks tied for the league lead (not bad for one hand) and his tackle numbers put him in the top 10 in that category. A brilliant debut season for the rookie, and he’s only just getting started.
6. Julio Jones WR Falcons
72 receptions, 1532 yards 16TDs
Julio proved why he is the best receiver in the league, he led the league in yards and touchdowns and helped bring the Falcons to a first week bye in the playoffs.
5. Tremaine Edmunds MLB Bills
85 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 14 INTs, 3FF 2TDs
The second Bills linebacker in the top 10, Edmunds did the same as Shaquem, but added a few sacks as well. It seemed like a competition between the two as they made opponents look silly.
4. Vic Beasley RE Falcons
57 tackles 25.5 sacks 1INT 5FF 2FR 2 safeties
Now we’re getting into the silly sack numbers. Beasleys 25.5 sacks would have been good for the record (had his teammate not beaten him on that). The Falcon line was monstrous and impossible to hold and Beasley was one of the big reasons for that.
3. Telvin Smith ROLB Jaguars
53 tackles 15sacks, 14 INTs, 1FF, 1FR, 2 safeties, 4TDs
Smith had a near perfect season statistically. He got tackles, he got sacks, he got picks, he got safeties and he got touchdowns. The leader of the Jags ferocious defense, he is one to watch out for whenever people play the Jaguars.
2. Derrius Guice RB Redskins
1760 yards, 5.8 AVG, 18 TDs, 51 Broken Tackles
The rookie sensation! Guice was the league leader in rushing by a LONG way. 700 yards, 7TDs and 20 broken tackles more than the next, Guice seriously deserves to be this high up. On top of that, he won OPOY, OROY and RBOY, all in the same season. In a season where no one seemed to run the ball nearly as effectively, Guice stayed healthy, stayed productive, and very nearly brought the Redskins to the playoffs. He is going to be a difficult one to hold next year!
1. Takk McKinley RE Falcons
56 tackles 29.5 sacks 2INTs 4FF 3FR 1TD
The league MVP had to be top of the list. Not only is he a DEFENSIVE player that won the top award, he also terrifies QB’s, reaching 21 sacks by week 10 and didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Along with his partner in crime Beasley, they reached 55 sacks between TWO players. Crazy stats, and who ever goes up against them in the playoffs will need to seriously rethink their strategy on how to stop them.