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1) Patrick Mahomes
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB
This was an easy choice. He missed time last season, which hurt his MVP chances, but he will be right back in the race this year. He’s the best player in the league.
2) Aaron Donald
LOS ANGELES RAMS DE
He continues to be a force on the inside of the Rams defense, a pocket-pushing power player who makes it tough on offenses. His sack numbers went down last year, but his play wasn’t far off.
3) Russell Wilson
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QB
He was outstanding last season and was in the MVP conversation. If only the Seahawks let him throw a little more than he does, which is what they should do.
4) Michael Thomas
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WR
He had a record-breaking season in 2019 with 149 catches, with little help from the other side. Thomas had 91 of those catches go for a first down. He’s the league’s best receiver.
5) Christian McCaffrey
CAROLINA PANTHERS RB
It’s tough for me to put a back up this high, but his ability to catch the football better than all the others makes him a dual-threat player, going over 1,000 in both rushing and receiving yards.
6) Stephon Gilmore
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CB
He was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a lockdown corner who was a big reason why the Pats defense was so good for much of the season, tying for the league lead in interceptions with six.
7) Lamar Jackson
BALTIMORE RAVENS QB
He won the league MVP last season with his dynamic play and his ability to create something out of nothing. As he grows as a passer – and he will – he will stay up this high on the list – and probably push even higher.
8) Chandler Jones
ARIZONA CARDINALS LB
He’s had five consecutive double-digit sack seasons, getting 19 last season to finish a half-sack from leading the league. He has 32 sacks the past two seasons, second to Aaron Donald for the most of any player in the league.
9) Khalil Mack
CHICAGO BEARS OLB
For the first time since his rookie season of 2014, he didn’t get double-digit sacks last season. He had 8.5, but he was still a force off the edge for the Bears. By his standards, his season was subpar. By the rest of the league’s standards, he’s still a force who has to be accounted for by an offense.
10) Aaron Rodgers
GREEN BAY PACKERS QB
Some will frown at him being this high, since he had a good, not great year in 2019. Even so, he remains one of the game’s best quarterbacks. Watch out in his second season in Matt LaFleur’s offense.
11) Drew Brees
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QB
He missed five games last season, but he was still able to throw 27 touchdown passes and just four picks. He came back for another year to try and get a second Super Bowl as he continues to play at a high level.
12) Cameron Jordan
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DE
He had a career-best 15.5 sacks last season as the Saints best defensive player. But he’s also a force in the run game, which is why he’s so high on this list.
13) Joey Bosa
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS DE
He continues to be one of the best edge rushers in the league, getting 11.5 sacks and a ton of pressures. He has to keep pushing forward because little brother, Nick, is coming up this list after an impressive rookie season.
14) Julio Jones
ATLANTA FALCONS WR
He had 99 catches for 1,394 yards – second only to Michael Thomas in yards – and he also caught six touchdowns. At the age of 31, he isn’t slowing down.
15) Quenton Nelson
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS G
He is now clearly the league’s best guard. He is a mauler in the run game and has improved in pass protection. Philip Rivers will love him.
16) T.J. Watt
PITTSBURGH STEELERS OLB
He played so well last season that he is higher than brother, J.J., on this list. Watt had 14.5 sacks and two picks last season and was a force against the run.
17) Ezekiel Elliott
DALLAS COWBOYS RB
He had another impressive season after signing a big contract, rushing for 1,357 with 14 touchdowns. He remains a top-level back, but his 20-plus runs were down from 11 to 4 from the previous season.
18) George Kittle
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS TE
He emerged as a star last season, catching 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns. His run blocking is a big reason why the 49ers had such an impressive rushing game.
19) Tom Brady
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS QB
By his standards, his numbers were pedestrian last season with the Patriots. But he had little help from his skill group, which will change in Tampa. His numbers should go way up this season.
20) Travis Kelce
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS TE
He led all tight ends with 95 catches and with 1,229 yards. He also had five touchdowns and 65 catches that went for first downs. His blocking isn’t as good as Kittle’s, which is why he’s behind him.
21) Von Miller
DENVER BRONCOS OLB
He didn’t play up to his usual standards, which would put him in the top-10 of this list. He had a career-low eight sacks in his first season in Vic Fangio’s defense. Even so, he has the tools to get that back up near 14 this season. But at 31 is age becoming an issue?
22) Grady Jarrett
ATLANTA FALCONS DT
He had a career-best 7.5 sacks last season as he continued to be a pocket pusher from the inside. He’s also good against the run, but he does need more help around him.
23) Ryan Ramczyk
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS T
On a good offensive line, he was the best player and was the best right tackle in the league last season. He is outstanding in the run game, but he’s improved greatly in pass protection.
24) Nick Bosa
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS DE
He had nine sacks as a rookie, but really showed up in the 49ers postseason run, getting four sacks in three games. He was dominant in the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. If he plays like that this season, this will be way too low for him in 2021.
25) Danielle Hunter
MINNESOTA VIKINGS DE
This 25-year-old had 14.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons to establish himself as one of the best edge players in the league. He can rush with speed or power.
26) Jalen Ramsey
LOS ANGELES RAMS CB
He has the talent to be much higher on this list, but a bad situation in Jacksonville – some of it self-inflicted – led to a trade to the Rams during the 2019 season, which led to some adjusting on his part. I expect him to bounce back and play like a top 2 or 3 corner this season.
27) Ronnie Stanley
BALTIMORE RAVENS T
In his fourth season, he emerged as a star at left tackle. His pass protection is outstanding, but he’s improved as run blocker as well, which is a must in the Ravens offense.
28) Za’Darius Smith
GREEN BAY PACKERS OLB
He showed off his versatility in his first season with the Packers, rushing both from the inside and outside. He proved to be an outstanding free-agent signing by Green Bay.
29) Chris Godwin
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WR
He had his breakout season in 2020, catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the NFL with 25 catches of 20 yards or more. He just turned 24 in February.
30) Lane Johnson
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES T
He missed four games last season, and the Eagles offense struggled without him. He’s a really good run blocker, but he’s also good in pass protection.
31) DeAndre Hopkins
ARIZONA CARDINALS WR
He had another big year with 104 catches and seven touchdowns, but his yards per catch went down over two yards from the previous season. Aberration or a concern?
32) J.J. Watt
HOUSTON TEXANS DE
It’s a little strange to see him this low on the list, but he is coming off a season where he played just eight games because of injury and had just four sacks. This will be his 10th season in the league, but he’s played 16 games just once since 2015. Can he stay healthy?
33) Cameron Heyward
PITTSBURGH STEELERS DE
He is a top-level player against the run and has improved greatly as a pass rusher. He had nine sacks from his down spot last season to show his growth in that area.
34) Tyrann Mathieu
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FS
He started slowly last season, but by the end of the season and into the playoffs he was playing at a Defensive Player of the Year level. His versatility is a big part of the Kansas City defense.
35) Saquon Barkley
NEW YORK GIANTS RB
He was limited to 13 games last season because of injuries, which hurt his numbers. He still rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 52 passes. With an improved line in front of him, his numbers will go up this season.
36) Chris Jones
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS DE
The postseason, even battling through injuries, showed what a force he could be. The Chiefs did the wise thing to put the franchise tag on him this season.
37) Harrison Smith
MINNESOTA VIKINGS FS
He should have been on the All-Decade team at safety with his range and his ability to do so many things as a big part of the Vikings defense. His play slipped a little last season, but he’s still a top-tier safety.
38) Bobby Wagner
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS MLB
His play declined last season as the Seattle defense wasn’t as dominant. He still remains one of the better inside/middle linebackers, but he was off last season.
39) Calais Campbell
BALTIMORE RAVENS DE
The 33-year-old Campbell is still playing at a high level, even if his sack numbers fell from 10.5 to 6.5 last season. The Ravens acquired him in a trade from the Jaguars and he gives them a big, physical presence on their line.
40) Alvin Kamara
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS RB
He’s another dual threat back who is outstanding in the passing game. He only rushed for 797 yards in 2019, but he caught 81 passes for 533 yards. One has to wonder what he could do with more carries after getting under 200 in each of his three seasons.
41) Mitchell Schwartz
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS T
He’s consistently been one of the best right tackles in the league and the best of the Chiefs offensive linemen. He excels in pass protection, but he’s also good in the run game.
42) Jamal Adams
NEW YORK JETS SS
His play tailed off some from the previous season, but he’s still a tone-setter on the Jets defense. He is good in coverage and against the run.
43) Tyreek Hill
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS WR
He was limited to 12 games last season because of injury, but he remains one of the scariest down-field threats in the game. See the Super Bowl. He averaged 14.8 yards per catch last season, but wasn’t healthy until the playoffs.
44 Dalvin Cook
MINNESOTA VIKINGS RB
He missed two games and still rushed for 1,135 yards and a 4.5 yards per-rush average. He also had 13 rushing touchdowns. His next hurdle is playing all 16 games.
45) Mike Evans
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WR
For the second-consecutive season, he averaged over 17 yards per catch at 17.3. His catches were down, but he had eight touchdown receptions like he had in 2018.
46) Dak Prescott
DALLAS COWBOYS QB
He threw for nearly 5,000 yards, with an average per attempt of 8.2, with 30 touchdown passes. He was outstanding in 2019, but now the pressure is on to do it again – especially if he’s playing under the franchise tag.
47) Myles Garrett
CLEVELAND BROWNS DE
He had 10 sacks in 10 games and was on his way to a big season before his helmet-swinging incident against the Steelers forced him to be suspended. He is an explosive force coming off the edge.
48) Davante Adams
GREEN BAY PACKERS WR
Injuries limited him to 12 games last season, and his numbers fell. He had 83 catches after having 111 the year before. It would be nice if he had more help from the other side.
49) Derwin James
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS FS
He was limited to five games last season because of a foot injury suffered in the preseason. When he returned, he showed off his ability to be a disrupter in a lot of ways on the defense.
50) Zack Martin
DALLAS COWBOYS G
He continues to be a dominant inside player. The Cowboys are able to do a lot of things on offense because of his ability to excel in the run game and as a pass protector.