While the NFL MVP award has become a glorified best quarterback competition in recent years, there are still a plethora of players at other positions playing at levels befitting of the honor.
Sure, the recent play of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and other elite QBs have garnered the most attention, but what about the consistently amazing play of defensive standouts like Patrick Willis and DeMarcus Ware?
For these players, having an MVP-caliber season usually means not even being in the discussion to take home the actual hardware at the end of the year.
So who is poised to be the best that the NFL has to offer in 2012?
Here are 12 players set to play at MVP-caliber levels this season.