Unfortunately, not all of our favorites can make to the list of the 50 best NFL players entering the 2019 season – Top 25 here!
Our analysts evaluating every player on every play of each NFL season (Online NFL Live stream here) to produce unrivaled database of stats, grades, and information. This list is not about how valuable NFL players are, but instead how good they are, regardless of the position.
It was started from the standpoint of a multi-year look at their grading before making adjustments based on the situation, injuries (where relevant), and new circumstances that could change a player’s future outlook.
The 10 players listed below narrowly missed the cut for the top 50 best players of NFL who are entering 2019 but if the play very well in 2019 session of NFL and they prove themselves then they would be surley the part of 2020 NFL 50 best players entering the season. The list of 10 best players who just missed the list of best 50 NFL players is given below:
1. DI AKIEM HICKS, CHICAGO BEARS
Hicks exploded onto the NFL scene in 2019, and that may even be an understatement. After earning sub-77.0 overall grades in each of his first six years in the NFL, the Bears defensive interior turned in a career-high 91.6 overall grade across 842 defensive snaps in 2018. He also earned career-high marks in run-defense grade (92.9) and pass-rush grade (78.0) on the year.
His improved run defense this past season was absurd. Hicks joined elite company in that regard, finishing the year ranked third among qualifying defensive linemen in run-stop percentage (13.3%) and fourth in run-defense grade (92.9).
Building on his career year will require Hicks to maintain his elite efficiency against the run while also improving his pass-rush grade even further. If he can do both of those things in his age-29 season, he’s bound to land himself a spot on the 2020 50 best players.
2. OT ANDREW WHITWORTH, LOS ANGELES RAMS
Whitworth’s best may be behind him as he enters the 2019 season at 37 years old, but the longtime stalwart, even in decline, is still one of the best offensive tackles in the game. He earned an impressive 86.1 overall grade while also logging 88.5 and 78.4 pass-blocking and run-blocking grades, respectively, with the Rams in 2018.
Among the 64 offensive tackles with 3,000-plus offensive snaps played in the last seven years, Whitworth ranks third in overall grade (92.9) behind Joe Thomas (94.4) and Joe Staley (94.2). Whitworth’s 93.6 pass-blocking grade ranks him second on the list of top 10 players who missed the list of top 50 NFL players, as well.
3. WR ADAM THIELEN, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
What Thielen did in the 2018 season was incredible. The former undrafted Minnesota State product earned a career-high 89.5 receiving grade in just his second season with 1,000-plus offensive snaps played. Among NFL receivers with 300-plus routes run in 2018, Thielen ranked seventh in receiving grade (89.5), 15th in yards per route run and 13th in passer rating when targeted (115.4).
If Thielen can repeat if not improve on his 2018 campaign, he’ll be a lock for next year’s list.
Thielen, who will enter his sixth NFL season in 2019, has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls after the 2017 and 2018 seasons and is coming off a career year, recording 113 receptions (third most in team history) for 1,373 yards (fourth most in team history) and nine receiving touchdowns, all career highs. The Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, native became the first player in the NFL history for the recording of eight consecutive games with the 100-plus receiving yards for starting a season, doing so in the 2018 campaign.
Thielen, who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, was named Second Team All-Pro by the Associated Press after the 2017 season when he helped guide the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game after posting 91 receptions (ninth most in team history) for 1,276 receiving yards (10th most in team history) and four touchdowns.
Originally entering the NFL in 2013 with the Vikings after going undrafted, Thielen has appeared in 80 career games with 46 starts and has totaled 293 receptions, 3,897 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Since the start of the 2016 season, Thielen ranks tied in the NFL in third-down receptions (82), seventh in receptions (273) and seventh in receiving yards (3,616).
4. DI GENO ATKINS, CINCINNATI BENGALS
Even though Atkins earned the lowest overall grade (83.5) and pass-rush grade (85.1) we’ve seen from the big man in four years, the Cincinnati standout still finished 2018 ranked 16th in overall grade (83.5) and sixth in pass-rush grade (85.1) among qualifiers. He also finished the year ranked fifth in pass-rush win percentage (16.2%) among the 48 at his position with at least 300 pass-rush snaps in 2018.
For as long as Atkins is earning top-10 marks as a pass-rusher, he’ll be in consideration for the list of top 50 NFL players. And though he enters 2019 at 31 years old, it’s highly unlikely he dips outside the top 10 after earning 85.0-plus pass-rush grades in four consecutive seasons.
Since 2015, he has the same number of sacks as Calais Campbell and is only a hair behind Everson Griffen and Cam Jordan; but Atkins does it from the inside, and more importantly, plays for the Bengals.
5. QB MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS
After earning 92.2 and 88.3 overall grades in 2016 and 2017, respectively, Ryan watched his overall grade drop to 84.3 in 2018. It’s still impressive compared to the rest of the league, but it wasn’t the standard we’ve come to expect from Matty Ice.
From 2019 QB Annual:
“Ryan’s season was a dip down from what we’ve seen over the last couple years, as much like stretches of last year, the offense didn’t quite mesh in some games. Most of Ryan’s poor games came on the road this season, as the ball didn’t quite have the same pop and accuracy as he saw in his friendly confines of the dome, leading to some questions about his arm that weren’t apparent in previous seasons. After having some bad interception lock a season ago, the pendulum swung back in his favor this year, where he was not penalized as often on poor throws and decisions.”
6. QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Like Ryan, Roethlisberger still turned in an above average season; it just wasn’t the standard we’ve come to expect from him. He earned the lowest overall grade (78.2) and passing grade (75.2) we’ve seen from him since his 2011 campaign.
From 2019 QB Annual:
“Roethlisberger got off to a sloppy start, where he was forcing throws left and right into coverage, and his timing and accuracy were all over the place, especially down the field. He cleaned up his game in the middle part of the season with a mix of a quick passing attack and better accuracy on throws of 20-plus yards. Inconsistency throughout a game was the common theme for this year, as they are for many years when he doesn’t play up to a top-10 standard, with poor decisions under duress late in the play, sloppy ball location at times and then bouncing back to make a big play when it was needed.”
7. WR MIKE EVANS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
As it is already noticed that the top of the NFL is crowded at the wide receiver position. With elite receiving talent nearly everywhere you look, a superstar such as Evans enters the 2019 season as PFF’s seventh-best wide receiver.
Since entering the league in 2014, Evans has caught 395-of-697 targets for 6,103 yards, 274 first downs and 40 touchdowns en route to a 92.0 receiving grade that ranks seventh among qualifiers. He’s landed on the PFF101, a list of the best 101 best players from the previous season, three times in his career for his efforts.
“Evans had to endure shaky quarterback play this year, but that didn’t stop him from producing. He ended the regular season ranked eighth among receivers with an average of 2.38 yards per route run, while his contested-catch rate of 61.5% ranked fifth among those with 10 or more contested targets.”
8. WR A.J. GREEN, CINCINNATI BENGALS
Before injury cut his season short, Green earned an impressive 84.9 receiving grade across 313 routes run. He’s now earned an 80.0-plus receiving grade in every season after his rookie campaign in 2011. Entering the 2019 season at 31 years old, Green will find it harder to have the success he had in years prior, but he’s still a premier receiving talent with all of the tools necessary to turn in elite production in 2019 and the years following.
Not a lot of people know this, but next season, Green will post career lows in catches and yards, even if he’s still a great player. The only way you could have known that was by reading this list.
9. S JAMAL ADAMS, NEW YORK JETS
During the analysis of players performance, Adams is praised a lot in recent months. He was also named to our list of the top-25 players under 25 years old ,as well. He graded out as the third-best safety in football behind Eddie Jackson and Derwin James while earning grades of 77.0 or higher in all four facets of our defensive grading system in 2018. If we see another year similar to his sophomore campaign in 2019, Adams will undoubtedly fly up this list in 2020.
“Adams evolved into a complete player in Year 2, the rare backstop who excels in coverage while operating as a dangerous pass-rushing nuisance. He’s a vocal, high-energy leader respected by veterans out of the gate. It’s fair to ask if Adams is already the best at what he does.
10. WR DAVANTE ADAMS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
After earning sub-80.0 receiving grades in each of his first four seasons in the NFL, Adams earned career-high marks across the board in what was a breakout 2018 season for the former Fresno State standout. Catching 111-of-162 targets for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns, Adams earned an 87.5 receiving grade across his 695 routes run this past season.
Odds are the 26-year-old phenom continues his upward trend and blows the doors of the NFL again in 2019. And if he does, he won’t be on the outside looking in at the top 50 NFL players, next year.He was the only player in the National Football League who has more than 70 receptions and 10-plus TD catches.