The NFL’s Best of the Best: Part Two
As it has been made abundantly clear in the title, this is the second part. If you’d like to check the top 10-6 players in the NFL, check it out here!
So, let’s get into the top five best players in the NFL…
5. Adrian Peterson
When you look at the Minnesota Vikings over the last few years, it’s inseperable from Peterson. He’s been the heart and soul of the team since his modest rookie season of 1,341 yards and 12 TD’s in 2007. Six Pro Bowls and two rushing titles later, Peterson is still dominating the league. His raw power at the running back postion has led to some of the more memorable perfomances of my lifetime–like Peterson’s 199 yard effort against the Packers that fell just short of the all-time single season rushing record. Despite playing with a bad team, he’s still one of the purest elite talents in the league.
4. LeSean McCoy
However, Adrian Peterson in not LeSean McCoy. McCoy gains the edge over Peterson because he demonstrates a more rounded game. His cutback ability and vision makes him a a home-run hitter in the run game, His hands and speed make him dangerous in the backfield, and he’s a capable enough blocker that you can’t justify ever taking him off of the field. Now that he’s paired with Chip Kelly, a currently close debate will no longer be a competition. This is Shady’s world.
3. Aaron Rodgers
Ever since he got out from under the thumb of Brett Favre, Rodgers has been nothing short of spectacular. He’s got the arm, accuracy, and poise to dominate in Mike McCarthy’s spread offensive scheme despite an consistently below-average line.
At this point, Rodgers is the Packers. As long as he stays healthy he’ll single handedly take them to the playoffs every year. He’s just that good.
2. Peyton Manning
Though he’s not Peyton Manning. Peyton, despite his age, is still the king at quarterback. His accuracy, resiliency, and leadership have Peyton as arguably the best quarterback of all time.
Then there’s the play calling. Sometimes people say they go from playing checkers to playing chess. In Peyton’s case, he’s gone from toc-tac-toe to Dungeons and Dragons–masterfully creating the traps and terrors that doom an unprepared party.
In short, respect your elders.
1. JJ Watt
Hands down. Or should I say hands up? After all, Watt’s commitment to batting passes when his pass-rush stalls has become a trademark of sorts. At 6’5″ with a nearly seven foot wingspan, he’s a remarkable pain in the ass to quarterbacks of all sizes.
And then there’s his pass rush. Watt demands double teams (and the not too uncommon triple team) on a play by play basis because he’ll likely destroy the QB otherwise. He had 20.5 sacks in 2012 and another 10.5 in 2013 despite the attention gained from being defensive player of the year. He’s the Juggernaut, bitch–and the best player that the NFL has to offer. All hail the King!