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

Ross ColemanAnalyst INovember 23, 2010

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

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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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    HOUSTON - DECEMBER 14:  Quarterback Kerry Collins #5 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass over defensive tackle Amobi Okoye #91 of the Houston Texans on December 14, 2008 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays in the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Safety Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against  the Green Bay Packers at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardina
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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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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is dropped by London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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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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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens de
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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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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Francisco 49ers returns an interception against the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Domata Peko #94 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos greets his teammates as they enter the field to face the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-2
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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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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Gary Brackett #58 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants runs against the Dallas Cowboys on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Get
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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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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Avant #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers sacks Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imag
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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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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 09: Brett Keisel #99 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 09, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after he sacked Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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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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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a first down catch against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
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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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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Get
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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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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26:  Kevin Faulk #33 of the New England Patriots carries the ball in the first half against the St. Louis Rams on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Rams defeated the Patriots 36-35. (Photo by Elsa/Gett
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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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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings plays against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 21:  Derek Cox #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to tackle Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins during the preseason game at EverBank Field on August 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Image
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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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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Cornerback Alterraun Verner #20 of the Tennessee Titans returns his intercepton to the one yard line in front of tight end Martellus Bennett #80 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.
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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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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 31: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at the Edward Jones Dome on October 31, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Panthers 20-10.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Imag
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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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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29:  Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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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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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers attempts to catch a pass that is batted away by David Hawthorne #57 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The pass was then inter
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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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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions throws the ball as DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the sack during the game at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19.  (
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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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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons walks out of the tunnel during defensive player introductions before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Im
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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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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Mike Goodson #33 of the Carolina Panthers against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Tony Richardson #49 of the New York Jets  in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Gett
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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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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass the ball during NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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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    DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos makes a pass in front of safety Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edm
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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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    TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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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.