Top 25 Players Heading into next season brought to you by Overtime Heroics. It’s very hard to determine what players deserve to be in the top 25, but we believe we got a great list here.
25. TJ Watt
A career year this year really puts TJ Watt in the spotlight. He put up 14.5 Sacks, Two INTs, and eight forced fumbles. TJ Watt will be making a strong case for defensive player of the year in 2020.
24. Dak Prescott
The only thing keeping Dak from the top 15 after an amazing 2019 campaign is the changes in Dallas. There’s no saying what a new head coach can do to a young quarterback.
23. Minkah Fitzpatrick
After a midseason trade to Pittsburgh Minkah Fitzpatrick showed the NFL why he was drafted in the 1st round. The young star had five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns as a Steeler. The future looks bright for Fitzpatrick going into next season.
22. Kevin Byard
Kevin Byard is the second of three safeties to make the list. Byard has already led the league in interceptions once in his young career and didn’t change in 2019. Byard tallied five interceptions and was the undisputed leader of the Titans defense. The Titans have a real star in their secondary for years to come.
21. Nick Chubb
The talented prospect out of college just had to put it all together. The rare combination of speed, size, and strength was a defense’s nightmare. On an offense with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb was the best player. He finished the season with 1,494 rushing yards and looks to be the focal point of the Browns offense moving forward.
20. Jamal Adams
Arguably the best safety in the NFL. Jamal Adams still has the potential to tap into and is the best player on one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Overall, one of the most dominant players in the league with his best football ahead of him.
19. Travis Kelce
A key player in the Chiefs fireworks offense, Kelce is one of the most consistent players in the NFL. He put together his 4th consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2019 and shows no signs of slowing down heading into next season.
18. Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey’s contract was a big talking point in the offseason, but all he did was prove himself with his play. Ramsey was traded to the Rams midseason and didn’t skip a beat. He plays with supreme confidence and doesn’t shy away from any team’s number one guy. One of the best young guys in the league heading into his fifth year.
17. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers despite all the critics. In his first year under Matt LaFleur, he was able to help his team reach the NFC Championship Game. That game proved the Packers roster was nowhere near ready to be playing in such a game, but Rodgers was able to get them there. With more familiarity in the offense and more weapons, the NFL will once again find Rodgers on MVP watch in 2020.
16. George Kittle
George Kittle checks in as the best tight end on the list. Probably the best all-around tight end as a pass catcher and a blocker. Consistency is the best part of Kittle’s game and he is clearly the best player on the 49ers offense. Kittle was a 1,000 tight end for the second consecutive year in 2019.
15. Nick Bosa
The number two overall pick can flat out play. Nick Bosa is a key reason as to why San Francisco is playing in the super bowl. Bosa cemented a strong pass rush and finished his rookie campaign with nine sacks and an interception. Heading into only his second season he hasn’t even tapped into his maximum potential.
14. Deshaun Watson
The biggest thing for Deshaun Watson is that he won his first playoff game in 2019. He finished with 3,852 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. He also added seven touchdowns on the ground. Watson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league who can get it done through both the air and the ground. Houston’s future is in good hands under number four.
13. Saquon Barkley
Really the only player on the Giants offense this year that teams had to game plan for. Barkley missed three games and still ran for 1,000 yards. Barkley is also an elite pass catcher and tallied just under 500 receiving yards. The Giants have a lot to look forward to with their young running back going into just his third year.
12. Deandre Hopkins
Hopkins is without a doubt one of the best receivers in the game. Some of the best hands in the league who can’t seem to be stopped. Hopkins has his third straight 1,000-yard season. Watson and Hopkins are a duo the Texans can rely on going into 2020.
11. Ezekiel Elliot
In his fourth season as a pro-Elliot rushes for over 1,300 yards. He signed a new contract after an offseason hold out and showed out. Under Mike McCarthy, there is no telling what will happen with Zeke, but he is more than capable of carrying the load in Dallas.
10. Julio Jones
The Falcons star year in and year out is one of the best and most consistent players in the NFL. He shows no signs of slowing down and simply dominates whoever is across him. Jones finished the season with 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. Heading into 2020 he comes in as the number two receiver on the list and the overall tenth player.
9. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is on his way to owning every record in the book for quarterbacks. The Saints Super Bowl window is very much open and Brees is one of the most accurate passers in the league. There’s no saying how much longer Brees will play, but the quarterback of one of the NFL’s best offenses is still one of the best at his position. Going into 2020 there is no doubt Brees is one of the best the league has to offer.
8. Stephon Gilmore
The Veteran corner was a staple of the Patriots’ historic defense. In 2019 he was a defensive player of the year candidate. He tallied six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. He allowed zero touchdowns and a rating of 44.1. The undisputed best corner in football looks to continue his dominance in 2020 as he enters his ninth season.
7. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson proved this season why he deserves to be in the top ten. He put up MVP numbers with 4,110 yards and 31 passing touchdowns. As the Seahawks reached the divisional round of the playoffs, they look to follow Wilson to another playoff run. Going into 2020 Wilson looks like he is still in his prime and is still one of the best at his position.
6. Khalil Mack
Last Season the Bears trade for Khalil Mack led them to the postseason. 2019 did not yield the same results, but it doesn’t make Mack any less of a beast. Even though he only accounted for eight and a half sacks he forced five fumbles. Mack is one of the most respected players defensively in the NFL. Mack constantly sees double teams and can change the game more than almost any other defensive player in the game.
5. Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald. That should be the only explanation needed. Donald had 12.5 sacks in 2019 and was still was one of the most dominant guys in the league. Any linemen in the NFL would say that Donald is the toughest guy to go up against all year. The combination of quickness and strength makes him the best defensive player in the league going into 2020.
4. Christian McCaffery
Probably the most versatile player in the NFL. McCaffery joined the 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving club this season with monster numbers. By far the best player on the Panthers and coming up on a huge payday. Going into his fourth season McCaffery has a bright future ahead and looks to be just as dominant going into 2020.
3. Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas will be the first to tell you, “You can’t guard Mike!” Thomas broke the record for catches in a single season. Thomas led the league in receiving with over 1,700 yards and found the end zone nine times on the year. Going into 2020 he is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL even though he is double teamed by every secondary he plays.
2. Patrick Mahomes
In his second year as a full-time starter, Patrick Mahomes is playing for a super bowl ring. Mahomes threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 2018 MVP is still learning, which is hard to believe, but he is just now entering his prime. The league will run through Patrick Mahomes for years to come. Heading into 2020, Mahomes has a strong case as the best quarterback in the NFL.
1. Lamar Jackson
This ranking should not come as a surprise at all. In his first full season as a starter, Lamar Jackson took the league by storm. The closest thing to Michael Vick the league has seen, and just starting his career he has a lot of room to grow. He broke the single-season rushing record for a quarterback and scored 43 total touchdowns. Jackson will most likely win the 2019 MVP and will look to repeat heading into 2020. The league was left looking for answers all season. The Ravens came up short in the playoffs against the Titans in the playoffs but will get a chance to prove themselves again next season with the MVP leading them in 2020.
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