Most Overrated NFL Player at 8 Important Positions
Some players in the NFL are looked upon as one of the elite at their respective positions but fail to live up to this status. Some reasons for a player being overrated are the overhype by media, one big season/one big game or leading a team to a postseason despite being a liability.
These players can sometimes be considered unanimously overrated by the public, but are still viewed as stars. Here are the most overrated players at each major position.
Quarterback: Michael Vick
Michael Vick is coming off a tremendous year for the Philadelphia Eagles, leading them to the postseason while playing at an All-Pro level. Many experts and fans believe Vick is an elite player, but some go as far as saying that he is the most explosive man in the NFL and the best quarterback in football.
These people are wrong, as the former Falcon is being vastly overrated. He is injury prone and defenses began catching on to him late last season. He failed to live up to the hype in the 2010 postseason, and I believe he will struggle mightily this season, even with the superb talent around him.
Running Back: Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush is one of the most overrated players in football. The former Heisman Trophy Winner has been overhyped since his days at USC, and he has failed to even come close to an elite level in the NFL. He has yet to run for 1,000 yards in a season and is considered a bad signing with the money he is making.
Bush can not be relied on as a feature back, and the Saints made a smart move by dumping his major salary this offseason.
Wide Receiver: Sidney Rice
Sidney Rice had a huge season in 2009 but has done little else since his NFL debut in 2007. Rice was injured for much of last season and was far from superb in the five games he played in.
The former Viking was given a huge five-year, $43 million contract from the Seahawks, something that he will probably not live up too. Without one of the greatest quarterbacks ever throwing him the ball, Rice should end up being a bust in Seattle.
Tight End: Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley exploded onto the scene in 2009 with a superb season for the Green Bay Packers, which saw him record 676 yards and five touchdowns. Finley has shown a lot of promise, but many experts and fans are tossing his name around with the likes of Antonio Gates, Jason Witten and Dallas Clark.
The 23-year-old tight end has a lot of talent but has yet to put together a Pro Bowl season like those other names. He is not an elite tight end yet and should be considered part of the second tier, along with Chris Cooley and Owen Daniels.
Cornerback: Antonio Cromartie
Antonio Cromartie is a good cornerback, but he is far from elite. Since his 10-interception season in 2007, Cromartie has been looked at as one of the game's best corners. The Jets corner is a solid No. 2 option but can simply not be relied on as a No. 1 at his position.
His weaknesses were shown last season, as teams targeted him instead of Darrelle Revis. He gave up plenty of receptions and a lot of touchdowns, and he also gave up way too many big plays. To call the Gang Green cornerback an elite player at his position is nothing short of foolish.
Defensive Lineman: Jason Babin
Jason Babin is coming off a huge season that saw him record double-digit sacks for the first time in his career. But before 2011, Babin was just an average defensive lineman. He had never made a Pro Bowl, and the former Titan was barely known by the normal NFL fan.
But now Babin is being talked about as one of the best defensive players in the game, and he received a massive long-term contract from the Philadelphia Eagles. I believe the Eagles will regret this move, as Babin will go back to being just an average defensive lineman.
Linebacker: Brian Urlacher
Brian Urlacher is one of the most celebrated linebackers of all time, and he is a once in a generation-type talent. He is the captain of a solid Bears defense and is one of the most respected players in the league today.
But Urlacher is well past his prime, and he has lost much of the speed and power he once possessed. The Chicago linebacker is still considered, by many, to be one of the elite players at his position. In all honesty, he is not even the best linebacker one his team, due to the presence of Lance Briggs.
Safety: Antrel Rolle
Antrel Rolle is a solid safety, but he is definitely not worth the $37 million the Giants gave him during last season's free-agency period. He is looked upon by most NFL experts and fans as an elite safety, but he is often burned in big pass plays by speedy wide receivers.
Rolle was a good player in Arizona, but he was not the savior to the Giants defense many thought he would be. Expect New York to regret signing him to such a rich deal, as they spent money even Troy Polamalu wouldn't dislike.