Most Overrated and Underrated NFL Player at Every Position
The NFL is defined by players who attract media attention. Whether it is their egotistical personality or big market they play in, these players tend to be looked on by the general public as a "star", despite their inconsistent and mediocre play.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are certain players who are overlooked by the media and the public, despite their terrific play on a week to week basis. Here are the most overrated and underrated players at each position in the 2011 season.
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Overrated: Alex Henery
The Philadelphia Eagles released one of the greatest kickers of our generation, David Akers, to make room for draft pick Alex Henery this offseason. So far, the move has been a bad one, as the Nebraska product has made just 11 of 14 field goals, including two crucial misses in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers. This proves that Henery struggles under pressure, which is a major problem for the Eagles as they attempt to turn their season around.
Underrated: Josh Scobee
Despite playing for a subpar Jacksonville squad, Scobee is quickly becoming one of the best kickers in the league. The 29-year-old has booted a perfect 10-10 field goals, including two from 50+ yards. This shows that the Louisiana Tech graduate not only is great under pressure, but also has tremendous range as well.
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Overrated: Nnamdi Asomugha
The prized free agent signing this offseason has been a huge disappointment so far this season for the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Raider hasn't been the shut down corner he is advertised to be, as he has been beaten way too often and has had trouble making easy tackles. The 30-year-old has shown that he does not belong in the same class as elite corners Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson.
Underrated: Johnathan Joseph
The Houston Texans made one of the best decisions in franchise history this offseason, as they passed on Asomugha and instead signed Joseph to a much cheaper contract. The former Bengal has turned a dismal Houston defense into one of the best in the league. He has shut down several star receivers, as well as racking up three interceptions already, good for second in the NFL.
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Overrated: Antrel Rolle
The Giants big signing of 2010 has been a big disappointment so far in his New York career. After recording 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in his last 47 games with the Cardinals, Rolle has just two interceptions and zero defensive touchdowns in 22 games with Big Blue. He is beaten often by receivers, and is often incapable of making big tackles.
Underrated: Morgan Burnett
The short safety for the defending Super Bowl champions has established himself as one of the league's top safeties. The second year man has been a superb pass and run defender and a big time playmaker, as he has recorded 47 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack through six weeks.
Overrated: Bart Scott
The extensive media coverage given to Bart Scott may lead an average fan to believe that the Jets veteran is one of the league's top linebackers. This is off target though, as the self-proclaimed "Madbacker" has recorded just 28 tackles through six games, a number that is way too low for an inside linebacker. The former Raven has made some bad decisions off the ball, and it has led to some big run plays for opposing sides.
Underrated: Pat Angerer
Despite playing for the worst team in football, Pat Angerer has been a tackling machine through six weeks. The second year man out of Iowa has recorded a ridiculous 73 combined tackles, a number that translates into an unbelievable 12.2 tackles a game. The 24-year-old has been a terrific run stopper for the Colts, and remains one of the few bright spots on the Indy defense.
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Overrated: Ray Edwards
After recording 16.5 sacks for the Minnesota Vikings over the last two seasons, the 26-year-old signed a massive free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason. But, through six games, the Purdue product has been a huge disappointment. He has recorded just 2.0 sacks through six games, and has not been the pass rusher the Falcons desperately needed to be a viable contender this season.
Underrated: Jason Pierre-Paul
Despite playing under the big lights of New York City, Jason Pierre-Paul has not received the recognition he has deserved this season. The second year man has recorded 7.5 sacks this year, good for second in the league, as well as 30 tackles, which is tops for defensive lineman. The 22-year old has managed to be a dynamic pass rusher and a terrific run stopper in his young career, something that is very rare among lineman. The South Florida product has the speed of Demarcus Ware and the strength of Robert Mathis, and he has many Giants fans believing he could better than Pro Bowler Justin Tuck.
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Overrated: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
The former first round pick and perennial Pro Bowler entered this season as one of the league's top offensive lineman, but he has really struggled for the Jets this season. The left tackle has allowed opposing defensive lineman to beat him at will, and the Gang Green running game has also struggled when attacking through his side.
Underrated: Jared Veldheer
Jared Veldheer barely secured the left tackle position for the Oakland Raiders this offseason, but he has been tremendous in his first year as a starter. Oakland has been terrific when running the ball through his side, as they have recorded the most first downs and rushes of 10 yards or more when attacking left. The Hillsdale product has also helped the Raiders offensive line allow the least amount of sacks in the entire league.
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Overrated: Dallas Clark
The Indianapolis Colts tight end entered this season as one of the most dynamic big threats in the league, but Peyton Manning's injury has extremely hurt Clark's production. The Pro Bowler is on pace to record just 53 catches for 504 yards and five touchdowns this season, numbers that are just average for a tight end. The Iowa graduate has shown that his previous successes are just a product of Manning's greatness, and not his superb talent.
Underrated: Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham has received some recognition for his tremendous performances early this season, but the Saints tight end is on pace to record record-breaking numbers for the position. Graham is on pace for a ridiculous 104 catches for 1,653 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers are staggering. The Miami product has amazing athleticism, strength and speed, and is almost impossible to defend in single coverage.
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Overrated: Santonio Holmes
Holmes is considered one of the best wide receivers in football, but he has proven that he is not elite in 2011. The Jets star, fresh off a huge free-agent contract, has been a massive disappointment through five weeks, as he is on pace for a subpar 54 receptions, 717 yards and six touchdowns. The controversial wideout has also been a clubhouse cancer, as he has blamed other teammates for New York's struggles.
Underrated: Eric Decker
Eric Decker has come out of nowhere to establish himself as one of the league's up and coming stars. The second year Broncos wideout out of Minnesota is on pace to record a terrific 70 catches for 851 yards, as well as a staggering 13 touchdowns. The 24-year-old possesses tremendous speed and is a terrific red zone target for any quarterback Denver throws out there.
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Overrated: Chris Johnson
CJ2K entered the 2011 season as one of the most dangerous backfield threats in the NFL, but a horrendous start to the season has created an "overrated" tag before his name. The Titans star, fresh off a holdout, has produced terrible numbers and has been a massive disappointment. Many think that Johnson is going to break out every week, but he never has. The former first-round pick is on pace to record a dismal 266 carries for 800 yards and just three touchdowns. Those are actually subpar numbers for a feature back.
Underrated: Beanie Wells
Beanie Wells has been a nightmare for opposing defenses to control so far this season. The 23-year-old, in his first year as a feature back, is on pace for an amazing season that would see him record 253 carries, 1,219 yards and 19 touchdowns. Even with his mind-blowing statistics, The former Buckeye still does not receive the credit he deserves.
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Overrated: Michael Vick
Michael Vick is regarded as one of the league's best quarterbacks, but his inconsistent play and constant injuries make him the most overrated player in the NFL. Despite Philadelphia's terrible start, Vick is still facing glamorizing media coverage around the country. The controversial quarterback has a QBR of just 84.4, which places him 16th among NFL starters. This proves that Vick is a middle of the road starter, but the media and fans still believe he is among the elite.
Underrated: Matt Hasselback
Even with the Chris Johnson's horrific start, Tennessee has still managed to stay afloat thanks to the terrific play of Matt Hasselback. The newly-signed veteran has thrown for nine touchdowns and just four interceptions through five games, and has thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game but one this season. The former Seahawks star also places sixth in the NFL in passer rating at 95.3. But, even with elite numbers, Hasselback is still looked upon by the public as a subpar starter in the league.