The rest of the best:
Oakland Tight End Zach Miller
Kansas City Outside Linebacker Tamba Hali
Denver Safety Brian Dawkins
Denver Linebacker D.J. Williams
San Diego Safety Eric Weddle
Kansas City Wide Receiver Dwayne Bowe
These are the guy who I consider to be close, but they don't give you quite enough to crack the top 10. To explain why, we'll start from the bottom.
Bowe is a good receiver with flashes of amazing, but with his high drop level, poor team around him to amplify his talent, and poor rapport with coaches, he just doesn't have the production you'd expect from a "top 10 threat."
Eric Weddle is a great coverage safety, but he's not gonna take over a game for you, and without Merrimen and Philips rushing well in front of him, he could only do so much. Give him another good year and a bit of pass rush and he'll get more aggressive, giving teams reason to fear him.
D.J. Williams was in the wrong system last year, and looked lost a lot during the year. He's the most talented pure linebacker in the division, but he needs to settle into the 3-4 scheme to get up there.
Brian Dawkins was a tough choice, he played well in the beginning of the year, but slowly and surely he got worse during the year until the last week where he imploded against the Chiefs and couldn't do anything. That's a frightful sign for Dawkins' supporters, he's looking pretty close to done.
Tamba Hali and Zach Miller were the closest to the top 10 of these guys, and if they were just a little bit better, they'd get in. Hali is an excellent edge rusher, but he's one dimensional and poor against the run. A bit more experience in the 3-4 and more experience from the linemen in front of him should help this, though, and he should improve for next season.
Zach Miller is an excellent threat to catch the ball, but is terrible in the blocking game. if he could just be serviceable in that regard like Todd Heap or Tony Gonzalez, he'd be a lock for the top 10. But enough gushing about the losers, let's talk about the players who matter.