It's hard to call a guy overrated. First, you have to determine where he should be rated, and that is usually a very subjective matter to begin with. How do you take someone who is great and begin to diminish their greatness by suggesting they received too much attention or too many unwarranted accolades?
Ergo, some of my criteria in defining these guys as overrated isn't fair to them in the strictest sense of the word. How can one hold players accountable for playing against weaker competition? Is it a player's fault if he is viewed as a franchise saver by GMs when he should merely be a complementary player?
These are strange questions, and the very nature of coming up with a list like this is an oddity in terms of projecting estimated impacts in today's game.
It's important to understand that all of these seven players are legitimate Hall of Fame talents, but the underlying similarity between them, at least in this columnist's opinion, is that they received a disproportionate amount of appreciation compared to their actual skill level, talent and overall greatness as a player.