I love the full back position and think it is actually extremely underrated. Fullbacks are selfless, hard-nosed, and do all the dirty work for their running backs. They never get any glory but the position is extremely valuable, as the NFL's top-10 rushing offenses last year all featured a fullback.
Vonta Leach could be the best fullback in the league today. To be a great fullback, you have to build a path for your running back to find the open lane. Leach did that all year long in 2010 while pushing defenders out of the way for NFL leading running back Arian Foster.
Leach may not be that well known but he will be soon. He was voted to his first Pro-Bowl this year and was the only fullback to appear on the NFL's Top 100 players list this past month.
Leach is also very reliable at a difficult position to stay healthy in. Since joining the Texans in 2007, Leach has never missed a game.
Many question why, if Leach is so good, is he only starting to perform this year? Well, this really is the only year he has ever had a legitimate threat to run behind him since he has been in Houston. Yes, I know there is the chance to believe Leach is a one year wonder but the same can be said about Foster and only time will tell.
Leach proved to be a great surprise at fullback for the Texans and he can do more than just block and create the open lane. In his five years in Houston, Leach has 71 catches, proving to be a versatile weapon.
The fullback position often goes overlooked, but Vonta Leach may just make you stop and stare at his ability to push defenders aside in 2011.
Honorable Mentions: Ahmad Hall, Leron McClain