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Lawrence Timmons (MLB, Steelers)
Timmons is one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL. He has incredible athleticism and uses it to chase down ball carriers. He was actually probably the best defensive player on the Steelers last year. He led the team with 135 tackles.
He should not just be in the top 100, but the top 30.
Brandon Flowers (CB, Chiefs)
Flowers was under-drafted and that has led to him being an under the radar type of guy. But he's a dominant corner and one of the key reasons the Chiefs played so well last year.
He's better than most of the CB's on this list.
Justin Smith (DE/DT, 49ers)
Smith has been a solid player but never lived up to his high draft pick until he went to the Niners. But he's one of the best run-stuffers in the league and added a career high 8.5 sacks last year.
Andrew Whitworth (LT, Bengals)
He's on the Bengals, so everyone assumes he's terrible, but Whitworth is arguably the Bengals best player and has emerged as one of the best pass blockers in the NFL.
His play alone kept the the Bengals offense moving at times last year.
Leon Hall (CB, Bengals)
Hall may be a top five CB in the league and if not, he's in the top six or seven, for sure. With 71 passes defended and 18 picks in his first four years, Hall has emerged as a lockdown corner. He's fast enough to run with the best and strong enough to out-muscle the best.
Tramon Williams (CB, Packers)
We all love Charles Woodson, but he wasn't the best CB on the Packers last year. Williams had another great year and when Woodson went down in the Super Bowl, Williams stepped up and made huge plays.
Remember when he knocked the ball out of Mike Wallace's hands on fourth-and-five to clinch the win?
Jay Cutler (QB, Bears)
Broncos fans hate him because he isn't John Elway, and Bears fans hate him because he isn't Aaron Rodgers. But for all the negative attention Cutler gets, he's one of the NFL's best QB's.
He carried the Bears to the NFC Championship game last year. If they still had Kyle Orton they would have gone 8-8 at best last year.
If Cutler said he couldn't play in that game, I believe him.