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Mollywhopper

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The NFL's 50 best players entering the 2020 season

1. DI AARON DONALD, LOS ANGELES RAMS

No matter how good you think Aaron Donald is, you’re underselling it. He is the best player in the NFL by a distance, and only the fact that his position doesn’t impact a game as heavily as quarterback or even receiver makes that in any way a debate. Since entering the league, Donald owns the best pressure rate, the best pass-rush win rate (factoring in wins at the line that don’t result in pressures), the best PFF pass-rushing grade and the most total pressures. He has done all this from an interior alignment on the defensive line, where pressure is harder to come by than on the edge. The gap between Donald and the next-best interior player is bigger than it is between any other player and the rest of his peers, and he remains atop this list for the fourth-straight year.

2. QB PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

If there’s a player who has a hope of rivaling Donald as the best in the league regardless of position, it’s likely Mahomes. What we’re seeing from the young quarterback has never been done before — not necessarily statistically, but stylistically. His feel for the game and ability to make special plays as a passer is absurd. Since Mahomes entered the league, his PFF passing grade on third-and-long alone is 91.4, and his passer rating is 125.3 — comfortably the best in the league. Nobody can do what Mahomes can right now, and 2020 should bring about an even better version than last year if he stays healthy.

3. WR JULIO JONES, ATLANTA FALCONS

Julio Jones is the most productive pass-catcher in football at a time when that skill has never been more valuable. Over the past three seasons, Jones leads all receivers in yards per route run, a statistic he led the NFL in for four straight years. Over almost any time span you choose, he is the league’s leader in receiving yards gained and has now had five straight years with a PFF grade above 90.0, with the three seasons preceding those above 80.0. Jones is the best receiver in the NFL, and he climbs further up the all-time lists with each passing season.

4. G QUENTON NELSON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Quenton Nelson is the rare player who brings everybody together. Whether you study tape exclusively, data exclusively, dots exclusively or any combination thereof, everybody agrees Nelson is a superstar. In just his second season in the league, he earned a 91.2 overall PFF grade, didn’t surrender a sack and was a dominant force as a run-blocker. Nelson was a bona fide star early in his college career, and there’s a good chance he could get even better in 2020 and beyond.

5. TE GEORGE KITTLE, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Over the past decade, five of the top seven single-season PFF grades at tight end belong to Rob Gronkowski, but the grade George Kittle racked up last season tops any of them. Kittle, like Gronk, is an elite receiver at the position while also a rare blocker who becomes a matchup problem because he can dominate smaller players in that facet just as easily as he can win in the passing game. Last season was his first truly dominant year, but it was so good that it’s tough not to rank him this highly based on what the future could hold.

6. WR MICHAEL THOMAS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Michael Thomas sometimes gets dismissed as a top receiver because he doesn’t get deployed or utilized the same way some of the other top players do, but that shouldn’t detract from his dominance. Since Thomas entered the league, nobody else comes close to the number of first-down catches he has, and only Julio Jones has generated more yards per route run. Thomas is the NFL’s ultimate chain-mover, and even though teams know exactly what he’s going to do, almost none come close to stopping him.

7. QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Russell Wilson made it only to No. 33 in PFF’s All-Decade 101 list, but he has taken his game to another level over the past couple of seasons. In 2019, it was Wilson — not Lamar Jackson — who led all players in PFF WAR (wins above replacement) and had the second-best overall PFF grade. Over the past three years, Wilson has 27 more big-time throws (PFF’s highest-graded passes) than any other passer, while 12 quarterbacks have more turnover-worthy plays than him. Wilson is held back only by how little his own team puts the ball in his hands.

8. QB LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS

Though Russell Wilson had a higher PFF WAR figure than Lamar Jackson in 2019, Jackson was a very worthy NFL MVP. He is a unique talent who gives defenses nightmares as they work to contain both his passing threat and rushing ability, and he is the cornerstone that allows the Ravens to build a custom offense tailored to his talents. Jackson may well reinvent the quarterback position and, at the very minimum, will be one of the hardest players to limit as long as he continues to play at this level.

9. WR DEANDRE HOPKINS, ARIZONA CARDINALS

What DeAndre Hopkins has been able to do in his NFL career with the quarterbacks he’s worked with, outside of Deshaun Watson, has been remarkable. He should be able to maintain strong quarterback play heading into 2020 with a new team and Kyler Murray under center. Over the past three years, no receiver has a higher PFF receiving grade than Hopkins’ 93.7 mark, and he has the fourth-most contested catches — all while dropping just 11 passes on 469 targets.

10. RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, CAROLINA PANTHERS

Christian McCaffrey is the perfect running back for today’s NFL. One of the few players with the skills to line up as a wide receiver but also repeatedly carry the ball between the tackles, he has been the Panthers’ offense for the past couple of seasons. In 2019, he touched the ball 403 times from scrimmage, racking up over 2,000 yards and breaking 65 tackles along the way. It marked the second consecutive year he had more than 100 receptions, and his 116 catches were the most by a running back in NFL history.

and Texans making the list..

13. EDGE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS

J.J. Watt had a four-season stretch in his career that rivaled Aaron Donald’s before injuries started to bite deep and derail things, but Watt has still shown glimpses of that dominance since those setbacks. In 2018, he played a full year and earned a PFF grade above 90.0. He was on track to accomplish that feat again last season before a torn pectoral muscle ended his regular season, and his return in the playoffs wasn’t quite at the same level. At his best, Watt is still a dominant force in the league, and the only question about that is his health, rather than his level of play.

43. QB DESHAUN WATSON, HOUSTON TEXANS

Watson’s play looks like that of Patrick Mahomes for the majority of the time, only Watson has far less help. It’s the small subset of below-average play that separates the two players, however, and if Watson can just eliminate that in the way Russell Wilson did over the past season or two, he would vault into the top echelon of players on this list. Last season, in the fourth quarter of one-score games, Watson had both the No. 1 PFF grade (88.6) and yards per attempt average (10.3) among all quarterbacks, showing he is at his best when the game is on the line.

full list is in the link at the very top..
 

Mr teX

Hall of Fame
Not sure i'd have Jackson that high based on 1 season of work where he was exposed in the playoffs. Might move a few players up, a few down, but otherwise its a solid list. Donald is a certified beast, but Mahomes is the unquestioned best player in the league though....

Also, i'm a little hot if i'm Dalvin Cook or Saquon Barkley & i didnt make this list over Nick Chubb.
 

Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
Julio Jones 99 receptions 1394 yards 14.1 ypc and 6 touchdowns . Falcons record 7-9 no playoffs

Hopkins 104 receptions 1165 yards 11.2 ypc and 7 touchdowns . Houston Texans 10-6 with a playoff win
 

Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
Julio is 3
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10. 2019 NFL Rushing Yards Leader, Derrick Henry
9. Super Bowl 53 Champion and 3x Pro Bowler, Stephon Gilmore
8. 4x Pro Bowler, DeAndre Hopkins
7. 2x Pro Bowler, George Kittle
6. 2019 Pro Bowler, Christian McCaffrey
5. 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Michael Thomas
4. 2018 NFL MVP, Super Bowl 54 Champion and MVP, Patrick Mahomes
3. 2x Defensive Player of the Year and 2018 NFL sacks leader, Aaron Donald
2. Super Bowl 48 champion and 7x Pro Bowler, Russell Wilson
1. 2019 NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson
 


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