Ranking the best NFL players is hard. I disagree with almost every list there is, you will probably disagree with mine.
The first thing I did when I made this list was to make sure I included players from every posistion. This includes offensive linemen. I did not put a kicker on this list, if I had it would have been Rob Bironas in the twenty somethings.
Some noteworthy players were left off because of lack of production for a year while others were put on despite it.
Overall this list just reflects in my humble opinion are the 15 best players in the NFL.
Tom Brady: He had a great year, and is still an elite Quarterback, but he just falls out of the top 15 due to a lack of Bradyness and failure in the playoffs.
Albert Haynesworth: He had a down year. He was not horrible, but 37 tackles and 4 sacks just does not land you a spot in the elite 15, even if you were the best DT in the league a year ago.
Brandon Marshall/ Larry Fitzgerald: Two guys who would be in the in the next five spots, but alas the list is 15 people long. Of the two recievers ahead of them I chose Welker because of his better stats and Calvin Johnson because he has better talent, even if he is on the worst team ever.
He had 49 tackles and led the league in sacks with 17. He is small, but quick and strong. He is one of the best pass rushers in the league. He was a first team All-Pro player and went to the pro bowl.
I'm going to be honest I hate Woodson. He stole the Heisman from Peyton Manning when he was at Michigan, but as a player he is one of the best.
He had 74 tackles and 9 interceptions, 3 of which he took back for touchdowns.
He was also the first team All-Pro cornerback. I expect a few more good years from the old veteran, but his age still holds him back a few spots as one of the best players going in to the 2010 season.
Injuries held this great talent back in 2009, but in 2010 he will look to rebound.
Some will look at this pick and shake thier heads. They say Larry Fitzgerald is better, and Brandon Marshall had better stats, but Calvin Johnson has put up great numbers with horrible players around him.
In 2008 he had 1331 yards with Dan Orlovsky throwing to him. Yes that is the guy who ran out the back of his own endzone without realizing it.
This guy has so much talent and now a franchise QB. Look for a ridiculous season.
4254 yards 28 TD's a 104.4 QB rating, yeah this guy is amazing. He is the third best QB in the league right now and went to the Pro-Bowl.
Look for him to be the face of the QB posistion once Manning Brees and Brady Retire.
The Left Tackle is the NFL's second most important position, and no one plays it better than Roos.
Despite only being the 2nd team All-Pro selection I feel Roos is better than Ryan Clady of the Broncos, and Joe Thomas of the Browns.
The reason? The Titans were 13th in sacks allowed last season. I didnt see Roos give up one. In 2008 the Titans were first in sacks allowed with Kerry Collins behind center.
He also blocked for a 2000 yard back which makes him pretty good in my book.
Another great player stuck on a team with little talent. Despite his team the St. Louis Rams going 1-15 Jackson still managed to rack up 1416 yards and 4 TD's. For his work he got a second team All-Pro nod.
If only he played for a team that surrounded him with tallent.
Wes Welker the ultimate slot reciever and the best possesion guy in the game. He had 123 receptions for 1348 yards and 4 Touchdowns. Do not let the low Touchdown totals fool you, he is one of the NFL's elite, but he is not a redzone threat. Unfortunately this is just enough to drop him out of our top reciever spot.
He had only one pick and a measly 34 tackles, but he left one half of the field unaccesable to the passing game. You just do not throw towards this guy. Despite this he is vastly underated, probably because he plays for the Raiders. He held Vincent Jackson to 56 yards, Andre Johnson to 2 receptions, and Chad Ochocinco to just 67 yards. To bad he is stuck in Oakland.
Andre Johnson is a beast. He had 101 receptions, 1569 recieving yards, and 9 touchdowns. He is the best reciever in football. Over the last few years he has been as consistent as anyone, and right now he is in the prime of his career. Do not look for a slowdown any time soon.
This kid is better than Ray Lewis right now. In 3 years he has 467 tackles, 9 sacks and 4 interceptions. This Ole Miss prospect is a tackling machine and one of the best defenders in the NFL.
The picture above shows Why Adrian Peterson is not higher on this list. Yes he rushed for 1383 yards, sure he had 18 touchdowns, but he fumbled.
Unfortunately because of his fumble issues and his lack of big games over the last half of the season, one 100 yard game, he just cannot be ranked higher.
Fortunately the skys the limit for this guy, and if he holds on better he will be great.
Revis Island. The name alone sends shivers down a wid reciever's spine. He shut down everyone all year and in the playoffs he took it to a higher level. He dominated such players as Chad Ochocinco, and Reggie Wayne.
Without him I doubt the Jets make the playoffs.
43 tackles 14.5 sacks a motor that does not stop running, thats Jared Allen alright the best Defensive End in the league.
Ask Greenbay he had 7.5 sacks in 2 games against them.
He had 2006 yards 12 touchdowns rushing. 50 catches 503 yards 2 touchdowns recieving. most yards from scrimage ever.
No dispute the best runningbaack in the league right now.
Thier stats are almost the same. They were one two in the MVP voting. They both went to the Super Bowl Brees won, but Peyton has a ring too. Without them thier respective teams would not be very good.
I know that this technichally makes it the 16 best players, but the choice is too hard. Why don't we let thier play this year decide.