49. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers
His 97 tackles might be the highlight of the Chargers’ season.
48. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Had 790 yards and 11 touchdowns. Imagine if he played 16 games?
47. Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
The Redskins needed at least one good offensive lineman for their run-heavy offense.
46. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots
Had 118 catches and a league-leading 619 yards after them.
45. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Season-long "Beast Mode."
44. Duane Brown, OT, Houston Texans
The best offensive lineman on the best run-blocking line in the league.
43. Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
Only two interceptions, but that was caused by not being thrown against.
42. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers
Had 12.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
41. Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
Are we surprised Mike Shannahan found another low-round running back to be successful?
40. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
He might have been better after he fractured his finger.
39. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Truly became an elite cornerback, shutting down opposing No. 1 receivers.
38. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Funny how everyone in the preseason thought Eric Decker would benefit the most from Peyton Manning.
37. DeMarcus Ware, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Making 11.5 sacks may seem underwhelming, but there was no one else to block on Dallas’ defense.
36. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Please don’t retire, Tony.
35. Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings
(See: Ware, DeMarcus)
34. Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots
Still a dominating presence up the middle.
33. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Almost 1,600 receiving yards is impressive, considering the rest of Houston’s passing options.
32. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
No quarterback taken first overall led their team to a winning record. The Colts are 11-5 and in the playoffs.
31. Ryan Clady, OT, Denver Broncos
Was there anything more important in Denver this season than keeping Peyton Manning on his feet?
30. Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks
The only member of Seattle’s secondary under 6’0” but don’t tell him.
29. Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
A great receiver fits well with New Orleans’ pass-heavy offense.
28. NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers
Taking over for Patrick Willis as the dominant on-field performer in the Niners’ linebacking corps.
27. Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens
It’s nice to see Ed Reed still be Ed Reed as the other older pieces of Baltimore’s defense fall apart.
26. Max Unger, C, Seattle Seahawks
The one center on the NFC Pro Bowl roster who deserves to be there.
25. CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Football Outsider’s No. 1 rated running back on a per play basis.
24. Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins
Had 15 sacks and three forced fumbles.
23. Tim Jennings, CB, Chicago Bears
League-leading nine interceptions while teams were throwing away from Charles Tillman.
22. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Set an NFL record for receptions by a tight end in a season with 110.
21. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Can we get the nickname Optimus Prime to stick?
20. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
He might be the most exciting player in the NFL.
19. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Had an unstoppable stretch during the season with nine straight games with a touchdown catch.
18. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos
Six forced fumbles to go along with 18.5 sacks.
17. Russell Okung, OT, Seattle Seahawks
A breakout year as a dominant run- and pass-blocker.
16. Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
Able to achieve 1,500 receiving yards while being Jay Cutler’s option A, B, C, D and E.
15. Justin Smith, DT, San Francisco 49ers
It’s no coincidence Aldon Smith’s production dropped after Smith got hurt.
14. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers
Led the league with 164 tackles as a rookie.
13. Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers
The best offensive lineman in the league.
12. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
Made 12.5 sacks from the defensive tackle position. He can’t go unnoticed for much longer.
11. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
A career-high 4,719 yds and 32 touchdowns in an underrated breakout season for Ryan and the No. 1 Atlanta Falcons.