The Best Players in the NFC North
There are many all-stars in the NFL, as we all know. However, some may argue that one division stands above the rest in individual talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
The NFC North is packed with talent; from the superstars on the Packers to the strong defenders on the Bears. Many superstars did not make this list that you probably think should have.
Let me know what you think! Here are the top ten players in the NFC North. Enjoy, and feel free to comment.
10. Olin Kruetz (Center, Chicago Bears)
Olin Kruetz is quite often referred to as the best center in the NFL, and is one of the best linemen of this decade.
With the many switches the Bears have made at the guard and tackle positions, Kruetz has remained the anchor of the line.
9. Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions)
I know I'm going to generate a lot of fuss for not having Calvin Johnson any higher than this.
The reason for this is past this point, every player listed is a tremendous impact player, and I don't consider someone whose team goes 0-16 an impact player just because he's the best player on the squad.
Johnson doesn't have much wrong with him, and is very athletic. He would be one of the top 20 players in the NFL (probably) if he were on any other team.
8. Steve Hutchinson (Guard, Minnesota Vikings)
At this time two years ago, I considered Hutchinson to be one of the five best players in the NFL. He is creating a huge impact in Minnesota.
It seems wherever he goes he develops the running back there into a star; Shaun Alexander in Seattle, and now Chester Taylor and A-Pete in Minnesota. He is one of the most underrated players in the NFL.
7. Greg Jennings (Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers)
Jennings is considered by most Packers fans not even to be the best receiver on the team, but when you look at the matter statistically, Jennings definitely stands out.
He and Aaron Rodgers should eventually be as good of a duo as Favre and Robert Brooks were. He and Calvin Johnson are often dueled out by analysts as the best receiver in the NFC North.
6. Tommie Harris (Defensive Tackle, Chicago Bears)
Tommie Harris is in the middle of a huge contract, and is a huge force for the Bears. He is arguably the best defensive tackle in the NFL after Albert Haynesworth.
5. Charles Woodson (Cornerback, Green Bay Packers)
Charles Woodson is definitely one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He has been consistent each year since joining the Packers.
He is one of the top defensive scorers in the NFL and leads a strong secondary for Green Bay.
4. Lance Briggs (Outside Linebacker, Chicago Bears)
Lance Briggs has overtaken Brian Urlacher as the best linebacker on the Bears' defense.
He is one of the most feared players in the NFL, and is in his prime right now.
No. 3: Aaron Kampman/Outside Linebacker/Green Bay Packers
It is hard to say how Kampman will do this year at a new position, but he is an all-pro athlete none-the-less. He is a sack master who could go on to have more sacks than any Packer in history.
No. 2: Jared Allen/Defensive End/Minnesota Vikings
Allen has had his share of fines as a player, but his athleticism can not be denied. He would probably be the best defensive end in the entire NFL if he could work on being better against better opponents. For example, he was man-handled by Chad Clifton when the Vikings played the Packers this year. Otherwise, he is one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
No. 1: Adrian Peterson/Running Back/Minnesota Vikings
There is no doubt in my mind that A-Pete would be considered the best running back in the NFL by most people if only... for lack of a better term... he wasn't such a butterfingers!
He fumbled almost ten times this year! However, he is still a hard kid to stop and has all of the qualities you look for in a featured back. That is why Adrian Peterson is the best player in the NFC North.