Dark-Horse Candidates Who Could Emerge in 2014 NFL MVP Race

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Dark-Horse Candidates Who Could Emerge in 2014 NFL MVP Race
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Who will join Manning and AP as the next NFL MVP?

Is it ever too early to talk NFL MVP? Well, as NFL.com is already discussing 2015 NFL draft locations, I'm going to go ahead and say no.

It's no fun to talk about the obvious pretty boys who always get the attention, though—your Mannings, your Bradys, your Brees...Breeses...Breeseses...that guy in New Orleans.

No, we're going to take the road less traveled and talk about guys who aren't front-runners. They're the other guys, players who absolutely deserve a shot but don't easily get one usually because of positional bias.

If you look at all the winners listed on Wikipedia, the majority are running backs and quarterbacks, with the signal-callers getting an edge overall. Only one non-quarterback has won more than one MVP (running back Jim Brown in 1957, 1958 and 1965), and the last defensive player to win was Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

We're taking the award back, so there are no running backs or quarterbacks on this list. Which leaves out dark-horse candidates like Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.

The pretty boys have had their day.

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