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NFL Power Rankings: Most Underrated Player on Every Single NFL Team

Ross ColemanAnalyst INovember 22, 2010

NFL Power Rankings: Most Underrated Player on Every Single NFL Team

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    Underrated - Verb - Underestimate the extent, value or importance of someone or something.

     

    The NFL consists of the greatest football players in the world.

    However, on every team there are players that are undervalued or underrated.

    This list ranks the most underrated player from every NFL team. Let us know who we missed.

32. Amobi Okoye, Houston Texans

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    Amobi Okoye was drafted in 2007 by the Houston Texans at the age of 19.

    He was drafted to compliment to Mario Williams on the defensive line and since he became a member of the Texans, Williams has been one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.

    Okoye has not had the huge stats that some people thought he would have, but he is still only 23 years old and he is in his third full NFL season.

31. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Phil Rivers underrated?

    Believe it.

    Rivers has the second-most passing yards in NFL history through 10 weeks.

    The argument could be made that Rivers is the best quarterback in the NFL right now. He doesn't have the weapons around him of a Brees or Manning. He also hasn't had the complete team that Brady has, or the defense that Roethisberger does.

    Yet, Rivers has been in the playoffs the last five years.

30. Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals

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    Adrian Wilson is one of the best safeties in the NFL, but most people wouldn't know that.

    Wilson has had two season of over 100 tackles, his has a career high of eight sacks and 25 career interceptions.

    He is a player that has to be accounted for on every pre-snap read by opposing quarterbacks.

29. London Fletcher, Washington Redskins

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    London Fletcher has been battling as an undersized, but smart middle linebacker for his entire career.

    Fletcher has had over 100 tackles in every single season where he played in every game.

    This season, Fletcher's 13th, he is on pace for about 150 tackles as the leader of the Redskins defense.

28. Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens

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    Derrick Mason was Steve McNair's go-to receiver in Tennessee prior to both players landing in Baltimore. 

    Mason may be the third receiver on the Ravens now, but he is still a productive player at 36 years old.

    Mason in on pace for over 700 yards this year, but his real value is providing a reliable third-down receiver for his young quarterback and helping loosen coverages for the other receivers,

27. Takeo Spikes, San Francisco 49ers

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    Patrick Willis may get all the publicity as the star of the 49ers defense, and deservedly so, but Takeo Spikes deserves a lot of credit as a big-name player for the Niners.

    Spikes has bounced around a lot over his career but he has really found a home towards the tail end of his career in San Fran.

    Even at 33, Spikes really has helped improve the Niners defense since he came to San Fran in 2008. His presence really allows Willis to make more plays with a good teammate manning the middle of the defense.

26. Domata Peko, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Domata Peko is easily recognizable as a member of the Bengals; just look for the hair.

    However, hair or no hair, Peko hasn't gotten the publicity that he deserves as a defensive force for the Bengals.

    Peko is not only great against the run, but he is one of the few great pass-rushers from the defensive tackle position.

25. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos

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    Kyle Orton was a last-minute throw-in during the Jay Cutler trade a few years ago. Talk about your diamond in the rough.

    Orton leads the NFL in quarterback rating this season and the Broncos are second in the NFL in passing offense.

    All of this from a fourth-round pick that has been considered a game-manager for most of his career.

24. Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts

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    Gary Brackett is a former walk-on at Rutgers who went undrafted out of college in 2003.

    Now, Brackett is a captain for the Colts and has been starting for Indianapolis since 2005. He has had three season of over 100 tackles.

    Not bad for an undersized, undrafted walk-on right?

23. Kevin Boss, NY Giants

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    The Giants traded big-name tight end Jeremy Shockey because they knew that Kevin Boss was a better fit for their team and because they knew that Boss was a great player.

    Boss was drafted out of Western Oregon in 2007 and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2008.

    As a reliable third-down target, Boss has been a favorite of Eli Manning since he became the full-time starter.

22. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles have big-name receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but Jason Avant is an extremely underrated third receiver for the Eagles.

    Avant is reliable on third down and is a good punt returner ever since his days at Michigan.

    Teamed with LeSean McCoy and the other two receivers, Avant is just another weapon for Michael Vick.

21. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

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    With Pierre Thomas battling injuries most of the season, the Saints have struggled in the running game all season.

    Thomas went undrafted in 2007 and since entering the starting lineup in 2007, he has been a real playmaker for the Saints.

    The Saints drafted Reggie Bush second overall in 2006. The Saints picked up Thomas after seeing that Bush wasn't the running back that they thought they had picked up.

20. Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay Packers

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    Cullen Jenkins doesn't get the publicity that his older brother Kris Jenkins, but he is a perfect fit for the Packers defense.

    In the 3-4 scheme Jenkins can play both the tackle position or the end position. In some schemes, Jenkins is the only defensive linemen on the field.

    Jenkins is great against the run and the pass and is one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, even if not many people know that.

19. Brett Keisel, Pttsburgh Steelers

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    What Cullen Jenkins is for the Packers, Brett Keisel is for the Steelers.

    Keisel is able do anything on the defensive line and do them well.

    With Keisel banged up this year, the Steelers defense has missed a little spark, maybe if he gets healthy by the end of the season it will make the Steelers Super Bowl favorites.

18. Jay Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys have been terrible this season, but Jay Ratliff is not the reason for that.

    Ratliff has been one of the few Cowboys that has been consistently good the last few seasons.

    From the defensive tackle position, Ratliff had 13.5 sacks the last two years, but if you asked the average NFL fan who Jay Ratliff is, it's doubtful many people who be able to pinpoint him.

17. Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears

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    Johnny Knox is not related to Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame, but when I asked someone what they thought of picking Knox up for my fantasy team, someone mistook the two.

    But believe it or not, Knox has been a very underrated wide receiver in Chicago the last two years. This year, Knox is on pace to break the 1,000-yard mark.

    However, his real value is that he is one of the few players in the NFL fast enough to catch up to a Jay Cutler pass.

16. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

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    Jamaal Charles is the epitome of a playmaker. With game-breaking speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, he is really a threat to take the ball to the house every play.

    He isn't going to be overrated for long though because he is on pace for over 1,300 yards.

    After being a third-round pick, and being drafted behind such running backs as Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, Matt Forte, Kevin Smith and Jacob Hester.

    Don't you think any one of those teams would rather have Jamaal Charles?

    I do.

15. Kevin Faulk, New England

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    Kevin Faulk has played for the same team since 1999 and during that time he has been a part of three Super Bowl champions.

    His real value for the Patriots comes as a third-down back, but since he has had that role he has been reliable both catching the ball out of the backfield from Tom Brady or carrying the ball in short yardage.

    He may not have the eye-popping numbers that you would expect from someone who has been in the league 11 years. But he is the longest tenured player on the Patriots and is a key member in the locker-room.

14. Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns

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    Earlier in this season, Peyton Hillis would have been in the top-five of this list, but now that everyone knows the name Peyton Hillis, he is beginning to get the recognition that he deserves.

    Hillis was thrown in to the Brady Quinn trade between the Broncos and the Browns, and all he has done this year is run over nearly every team he has faced. Hillis ran for 144 yards against the vaunted Ravens defense in Week 3 and 184 yards against the Patriots in Week 9.

    By the end of the season, Hillis will have over 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

13. Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings

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    Chad Greenway was drafted by the Vikings 17th overall in 2006, but after missing the entire 2006 season because of a torn ACL, he was almost forgotten at the start of the 2007 season.

    However, since 2007 Greenway has averaged over 100 tackles a year and is on pace for a career-high in tackles this year.

    Greenway may not be one of the big names for the Vikings defense, but he is one of the players that make the Vikings defense so good.

12. Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins

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    When Davone Bess went undrafted in 2008 out of Hawaii, I was shocked. He was the leading receiver for Colt Brennan during his record-setting career and seemed to be an NFL-caliber receiver. Apparently, Miami agreed with me.

    Bess has been a great receiver since the arrival of Brandon Marshall and has provided a nice third-down target for Dolphins quarterbacks.

11. Alterraun Verner, Tenessee Titans

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    Not many rookies can come in and start at corner in the NFL, but Alterraun Verner has been an NFL ready corner since his junior year at UCLA.

    Verner is an extremely intelligent player (not many mathematics and applied science majors playing in the NFL).

    Now it may only be his first year in the NFL, but you can count on Verner to be one of the most consistent corners for years to come.

10. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

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    Prior to this season, Danny Amendola was only known as that one guy from Hard Knocks a few years ago.

    Well, this year Amendola has shown that he can be a good player in the NFL.

    With the Rams losing receivers left and right to injury, Amendola has become a favorite target for rookie signal-caller Sam Bradford.

    Amendola may be small in stature, but he is leading the Rams in catches, yards and touchdowns.

9. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    It may have taken Marcedes Lewis a few years, but he has become one of the best tight ends in the NFL this season.

    The former Mackey Award winner is on pace to obliterate his previous career highs in catches and yards. He has already surpassed his career total in touchdown catches with this season's total.

    Lewis has helped open up the field for college teammate Maurice Jones-Drew and has helped the Jags to a winning record so far.

8. David Hawthorne, Seattle Seahawks

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    David Hawthorne went undrafted in 2008 out of TCU. He made his first career start in 2009 filling in for an injured Lofa Tatupu, after that he finished the season with over 100 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions.

    This season, Hawthorne is starting at outside linebacker and is having another good year for the Seahawks.

    He is another good NFL player that is a relative unknown.

7. Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions

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    Just a few years ago, Shaun Hill had a phenomenal year in San Francisco. But after being traded for a seventh-round draft pick this offseason, Hill came into the season as the backup behind Matthew Stafford.

    Hill was pressed into duty after Stafford hurt his throwing shoulder. Hill is on pace for over 3,000 yards passing and could reach the 20-touchdown platform.

    While the Lions have been a doormat for almost the past decade, Hill has made the team look decent at times despite playing with their starting quarterback.

6. Kroy Biermann, Atlanta Falcons

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    Kroy Biermann is part of the "Who?" All-Stars.

    Few people have ever heard of the defensive end out of Montana.

    Biermann was drafted in the fifth round by the Falcons in 2008.

    This season is Biermann's first season as the full-time starter. While he hasn't had the same stats as last year, he is still an athletic defensive lineman who is will on his way to having a great career.

5. Mike Goodson, Carolina Panthers

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    Mike Goodson is so underrated that upon looking him up on Wikipedia, his profile hasn't been updated this year.

    Goodson is one of the few Panthers players who plays like her really cares.

    That has to count for something.

4. Tony Richardson, NY Jets

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    Tony Richardson will go down as one of the best fullbacks in NFL history. All he has done this year is revitalized the career of LaDainian Tomlinson and provide some personal protection for quarterback Mark Sanchez.

    Richardson is 38 years old and has been in the Pro Bowl four times.

    He has paved the way for such running backs as Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes, Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Thomas Jones and now Tomlinson.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

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    Call me crazy, but I think the Bills have found their quarterback of the future. Prior to this season, I thought that the Bills would likely get the top pick in the NFL draft and would do everything possible to get Andrew Luck.

    Now I think the Bills are good without him.

2. Tyvon Branch, Oakland Raiders

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    Tyvon Branch has solidified the strong safety spot for the Raiders since his arrival in 2008.

    He is on pace for his second straight 100-tackle season and is one of the best young defensive players in the NFL.

    Look for big things from him going forward.

1. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Josh Freeman was drafted 17th overall behind fellow signal-callers Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez in 2009.

    I think Freeman is better than both of the guys drafted ahead of him. Now he may not have the wins that Sanchez does or even a go-to receiver like Calvin Johnson in Detroit, but all he seems to do is win football games.

    Put him on either the Lions or the Jets and I think he makes both of those teams better than their current quarterbacks.

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