NFL1000: Ranking the Top 1,000 Players from Week 10

Doug Farrar@@BR_DougFarrar NFL Lead ScoutNovember 17, 2016

NFL1000: Ranking the Top 1,000 Players from Week 10

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    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Think the NFL is still a passing league? Maybe so, but the two most dominant game plans in Week 10 focused on the run game, carrying the teams to crucial victories.

    The Philadelphia Eagles had a problem to solve Sunday. They welcomed the Atlanta Falcons, owners of the NFL’s top offense, to Lincoln Financial Field. Quarterback Carson Wentz had regressed in recent weeks. Head coach Doug Pederson knew that a shootout didn’t favor his team, no matter how good his defense performed. So Pederson put the playbook in the hands of his rushing attack to great effect. Ryan Mathews gained 109 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground, rookie Wendell Smallwood added 70 rushing yards on 13 carries, and the Eagles finished their 24-15 win with 208 rushing yards on 38 carries.

    Wentz, who completed 25 of 36 passes for 231 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, stuck to short stuff and easy reads. Meanwhile, the Philly offensive line dominated Atlanta’s faster, lighter front. Stars like nose tackle Grady Jarrett were regularly pushed out of the way by the Eagles’ bully blocking. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters put together the best performance of that line, abusing his assignments with regularity and refusing to allow a single quarterback pressure all day. For his efforts, Peters is the top-ranked player in the Week 10 version of NFL1000.

    The Dallas Cowboys came to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field with a 7-1 mark but with some questions as to the validity of their excellence. Beating the Green Bay Packers and Eagles when they’re downand the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals at alldidn’t make for a tough month. Pittsburgh is always a tough out at home, and it gave Dallas everything it could handle.

    The Steelers took a 30-29 lead when Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown off a brilliant fake-spike gambit, but Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line decided the contest by demolishing Pittsburgh’s defense on the next drive. Elliott’s 32-yard game-winning run was a masterpiece of physical will-bending, as left guard Ronald Leary and center Travis Frederick erased their defenders and allowed Elliott an easy path to the end zone. It was one of the most graphic representations of this running game’s greatness, and Dallas gained quite a few legitimacy points with its 35-30 win.

    Elliott ranks second in this week’s ratings; Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is fourth. Not uncommon ground for either player and well-deserved this week.

    Part of Bleacher Report's NFL1000 player rating methodology that matters is the ability to look at our grades from week to week (as you, dear reader, can) and suss out which patterns are turning into trends and which are flukes in the relatively small sample size of an NFL season.

    There are many ways to dissect and learn from what the NFL presents on the field every week, and the NFL1000 goes as deep as any to tell you just what's going on out there.

    With a 17-person crew of experienced evaluators, we'll comb through the game tape each week to bring you concise, clear evaluations of every player in the NFL. We'll tell you which rookies are rising and which undrafted players are coming out of nowhere to make an impact. We'll tell you which players are rising and falling in performance and why.

    There is no predetermined narrative with these grades. No mysterious "clutch factor." No tweaked-out quarterback ratings that defy explanation. Our grades are based on pure scouting, and lots of it. We grade the key criteria for each position based on a series of attributes and add in a score for positional importance.

    In the case of a tie, our scouts ask, "Which player would I want on my team?" and adjust accordingly.

    Is it a subjective process? Of course. That's what scouting is. And as we like to say, ties are no fun.

    Each player is evaluated and graded by our crack team of scouts, who possess more than 100 combined years of experience in playing, front-office work, coaching and media. Cian Fahey, John Middlekauff, Alex Kirby, Mark Schofield, Duke Manyweather, Ethan Young, Joe Goodberry, Justis Mosqueda, Charles McDonald, Zach Kruse, Derrik Klassen, Jerod Brown, Ian Wharton, Kyle Posey, Mark Bullock, Chuck Zodda and Doug Farrar have watched tape for months to bring you these grades, and we'll be bringing you player grades based on the game action every week.

    Here are the NFL1000 player grades for Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season.

        

    All advanced stats are courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

    All cornerback statistics obtained through self-charting by Wharton and Posey.

Methodology

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    The NFL1000 team of scouts was given a series of important attributes to grade for every player in their positional review. Using a grading scale starting at 0 and going up to anywhere from 10 to 50 based on the position and the attribute, our scouts have graded each player based on their own expertise and countless hours of tape review over the years. Our evaluators were given specific positional assignments based on their proven fields of expertise.

    Every NFL player with snaps in offensive and defensive roles is observed and graded based on a multitiered process that marks specific attributes per position. As we're combing through All-22 footage to assess each performance, there are additional factors to consider.

    We'll adjust for opponent based on the obvious notion that the cornerback we're grading is doing a better job if he's shutting down Antonio Brown than if he's negating the efforts of a seventh-round rookie receiver.

    We'll also adjust for players with multiple responsibilities in the course of a game and over the course of time. Think of guys like J.J. Watt and Michael Bennett on the defensive line and how they seamlessly switch from gap to gap. Or how cornerbacks such as Chris Harris and Tyrann Mathieu dominate outside and in the slot. Or how receivers such as Doug Baldwin and Larry Fitzgerald bedevil those cornerbacks from multiple field positions.

    That's more important than ever in today's NFL, and we pay attention to it.

    We will not adjust for injuries. If a player is underperforming because of an injury, that's part of his performance, fair or unfair, and it needs to be graded accordingly.

    Grading any player is a subjective process, but with a series of attributes per position and a specific direction as to what to grade and how, we'll work to make it as definitive as possible.

Top 50 Overall from Week 10

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    Maybe it’s time for us to give the Kansas City Chiefs, the least-discussed remarkable team in the NFL, a little love this week. Andy Reid’s team has won 17 of its last 19 regular-season games. It's on a five-game winning streak and at 7-2 is in first place in the AFC West, ahead of the flashier Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.

    This is a methodical, fundamentally sound team with a decent passing game (as much as Alex Smith will ever allow it to be), a diverse rushing attack and a great defense led by coordinator Bob Sutton. In this week’s NFL1000, we have two of those defenderscornerback Steven Nelson and safety Eric Berryin our top 50. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz makes an appearance as well. Don’t sleep on the Chiefs, folks. This might just be their year.

    Two Seattle Seahawks players who have picked up their play recently just in time for their Super Bowl XLIX rematch with the New England Patriots. Russell Wilson, who’s been on a tear of late, gave New England’s defense fits in the Seahawks’ 31-24 win. When the Patriots brought pressure, Wilson wore out their defenders with his scrambling and ability to throw accurately on the run. When they dropped as many as eight men into coverage, that didn’t work either, because Wilson zipped perfect deep passes into double coverage where only his receivers could nab them. That’s why he’s our 17th-ranked player this week.

    But safety Kam Chancellor, out with a groin injury since Week 4, returned to action and bedeviled New England’s stellar offense with hard hits all over the place. He finished with eight tackles, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and perfect coverage on Rob Gronkowski on the Patriots’ 4th-and-goal pass with 11 seconds left. Thanks to Chancellor, the Patriots were the ones left wondering if they made the right play call at the goal line this time.

    Here is the top 50 for Week 10's NFL1000.

        

    Top 50 Overall from Week 10
    RankPlayerPos.TeamNFL1000 ScoreLWMoving
    1Jason PetersLTPHI8416
    2Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL8323
    3Darian StewartFSDEN8376
    4Tyron SmithLTDAL835
    5Ryan TannehillQBMIA8362
    6Preston Smith3-4 OLBWAS82NR
    7Geno AtkinsDTCIN82NR
    8Korey ToomerILBSD81313
    9Steven NelsonCBKC81189
    10Ben RoethlisbergerQBPIT81521
    11Terrell Suggs3-4 OLBBAL81308
    12Eric BerrySSKC8060
    13Mitchell SchwartzRTKC8091
    14Le'Veon BellRBPIT80270
    15Ndamukong SuhDTMIA80100
    16Malcolm JenkinsSSPHI80362
    17Russell WilsonQBSEA806
    18Fletcher CoxDTPHI80144
    19Leonard Floyd3-4 OLBCHI80NR
    20Kam ChancellorSSSEA80NR
    21Marcus MariotaQBTEN80420
    22Vontaze Burfict4-3 OLBCIN79NR
    23Jason KelceCPHI79169
    24Trumaine JohnsonCBLA7936
    25Byron JonesFSDAL7924
    26DeMarco MurrayRBTEN79123
    27Willie Young3-4 OLBCHI79NR
    28Antoine BetheaSSSF79263
    29Johnny HekkerPLA79415
    30Cameron Jordan4-3 DENO78302
    31Allen RobinsonWRJAX78326
    32Jake MatthewsLTATL7889
    33Danny TrevathanILBCHI78NR
    34Ibraheim CampbellFSCLE78190
    35Tom BradyQBNE78NR
    36Bryan BulagaRTGB7811
    37Kyle JuszczykFBBAL78125
    38Su'a CravensILBWAS78NR
    39Pernell McPhee3-4 OLBCHI78NR
    40Devin McCourtyFSNE78NR
    41Bradley PinionPSF78641
    42Delanie WalkerTETEN77535
    43Duane BrownLTHOU77NR
    44Melvin Ingram3-4 OLBSD77593
    45Odell Beckham Jr.WRNYG7768
    46Jordan HicksILBPHI77312
    47Ahmad Brooks3-4 OLBSF77783
    48Earl ThomasFSSEA7730
    49Marcus PetersCBKC77814
    50Drew BreesQBNO7751

Quarterbacks

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    Russell Wilson has mostly ranked in the lower tiers of NFL1000 so far this season. He has played poorly, but it's also been obvious that his health was the main reason. Over the past two weeks, Wilson has been planting his feet with more confidence, which has in turn allowed him to possess more command over his passes. His precision on deep passes in particular has been impressive. Had he avoided one huge error when he threw the ball directly to Dont'a Hightower after panicking in a clean pocket, he could have been the top-ranked quarterback in the NFL this week. 

    Instead that honor fell to Ryan Tannehill. The Miami Dolphins' Tannehill had one or two questionable plays on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but not one awful play. His positive plays were exceptional, as he threw two precise touchdowns and routinely made big throws against arriving hits.

    Tennessee Titans signal-caller Marcus Mariota might feel aggrieved at not ranking higher. Mariota had a huge day, but a lot of his production was the result of bad defense from the Packers. He forced his receivers to make unnecessary adjustments when left wide open on a few too many occasions. Receiver Tajae Sharpe's long touchdown was a good example of how the Packers defense beat itself. Mariota underthrew Sharpe, but it didn't matter because the Packers had blown their coverage so badly that Sharpe could stop, wait for the ball and turn upfield before walking into the end zone.

    The Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan had an interesting week. He was having his best game of the season through three quarters. His offense wasn't putting up big numbers, but that was because of how well the defense was containing the whole unit. Ryan repeatedly made smart, accurate throws while functioning against pressure. Julio Jones had a few key drops late on, but Ryan's fourth quarter sunk his grade. He threw some wildly inaccurate passes and made a couple of interception-worthy throws.

    The Houston Texans' Brock Osweiler and Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles played in the same game. Anyone who sat through it should have been given a reward of some kind. Both were awful as they continued their seasons of incompetent play.

        

    Grading Scale

    Acc: Accuracy (Graded out of 25)

    Arm: Arm Strength (Graded out of 25)

    Press: Pressure/Run Threat (Graded out of 20) (Pressure weighted at 15, run threat at 5)

    Dec: Decision-Making (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Quarterback Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamAccArmPressDecPosOvr
    1Ryan TannehillMIA212414141083
    2Ben RoethlisbergerPIT202115151081
    3Russell WilsonSEA212113151080
    4Marcus MariotaTEN192015161080
    5Tom BradyNE192014151078
    6Drew BreesNO182015141077
    7Matt RyanATL182014131075
    8Jameis WinstonTB152013161074
    9Kirk CousinsWAS171814131072
    10Sam BradfordMIN162013131072
    11Dak PrescottDAL141813151070
    12Aaron RodgersGB141914121069
    13Cam NewtonCAR142014101068
    14Carson WentzPHI151813121068
    15Andy DaltonCIN141813131068
    16Colin KaepernickSF152013101068
    17Eli ManningNYG151813111067
    18Carson PalmerARI152011111067
    19Trevor SiemianDEN151812111066
    20Alex SmithKC141713101064
    21Joe FlaccoBAL151811101064
    22Philip RiversSD131714101064
    23Cody KesslerCLE151610101061
    24Case KeenumLA141710101061
    25Jay CutlerCHI1320991061
    26Bryce PettyNYJ1417991059
    27Brock OsweilerHOU11169101056
    28Blake BortlesJAX9151191054
    29Josh McCownCLE1315681052

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

Running Backs

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    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    It was an unbelievable Sunday for the NFL. There were compelling games all day, while some of the star running backs played major roles. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Le’Veon Bell was just awesome against the Cowboys. When his career is all said and done, he might challenge Marshall Faulk as the greatest pass-catching back of all time. He basically operated like a wide receiver, dominating Cowboys defensive backs in space. He might have the best hands in the NFL, for any player, at any position. It was an incredible display of greatness that put the Steelers in position to win despite their defensive struggles. 

    DeMarco Murray was dominant against the Packers on Sunday. He solidified his lead for the Comeback Player of the Year award, running right by defenders all game. His play speed continues to be excellent, and he has turned into a home run hitter for the Titans. His ability to contribute in the pass game, with his excellent hands, and stonewall defenders in pass protection make him a complete player.

    The Chiefs' Spencer Ware ran hard in his return from a concussion against the Carolina Panthers, one of the more physical defenses in the league. I'm not sure there is a player who is more physical on contact than Ware.

    Rashad Jennings was excellent Monday night, helping the New York Giants' anemic running attack finally break out in front of a national audience. He is one of the most underrated inside runners in the NFL.

    Ryan Mathews had a breakout game with two touchdowns and brought a much-needed physical running style to Philadelphia. He propelled the Eagles in a big win against a playoff-level opponent (Atlanta). He may never live up to his first-round label, but he has become a solid NFL runner.

    The Texans' Lamar Miller and the Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman were both consistent for their respective teams. Miller helped bail out a poor and inconsistent passing game and has turned into the Texans' most explosive offensive player.

        

    Grading Scale

    In: Inside Running (Graded out of 25)

    Out: Outside Running (Graded out of 25)

    Rec: Receiving (Graded out of 20)

    Blk: Blocking (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Running Back Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamInOutRecBlkPosOvr
    1Ezekiel ElliottDAL21201818683
    2Le'Veon BellPIT19182017680
    3DeMarco MurrayTEN20181718679
    4Spencer WareKC19181717677
    5Rashad JenningsNYG19171717676
    6Ryan MathewsPHI19181716676
    7Lamar MillerHOU19181716676
    8Devonta FreemanATL19171716675
    9Bilal PowellNYJ18181716675
    10David JohnsonARI17171717674
    11C.J. ProsiseSEA18181814674
    12Devontae BookerDEN18171616673
    13LeGarrette BlountNE19161517673
    14Robert KelleyWAS19171516673
    15Jay AjayiMIA19161616673
    16Mark IngramNO18161617673
    17Kenneth DixonBAL17171715672
    18Jordan HowardCHI18171516672
    19Jeremy HillCIN18161616672
    20Giovani BernardCIN17171616672
    21Todd GurleyLA19161516672
    22Benny CunninghamLA17171517672
    23Matt ForteNYJ18161616672
    24Melvin GordonSD18171714672
    25Jonathan StewartCAR17171517672
    26T.J. YeldonJAX18161616672
    27James StarksGB18151616671
    28Chris IvoryJAX17151617671
    29Terrance WestBAL17151616670
    30Darren SprolesPHI17151616670
    31Wendell SmallwoodPHI17161516670
    32Chris ThompsonWAS15181615670
    33Fozzy WhittakerCAR17161615670
    34Akeem HuntHOU18161515670
    35Duke JohnsonCLE15161715669
    36James WhiteNE15161715669
    37Doug MartinTB17141616669
    38Alfred BlueHOU17161515669
    39Paul PerkinsNYG17161514668
    40Isaiah CrowellCLE16141616668
    41Kapri BibbsDEN17141615668
    42Christine MichaelSEA16151516668
    43Peyton BarberTB16151615668
    44Ty MontgomeryGB17141615668
    45Charcandrick WestKC16151516668
    46Derrick HenryTEN17151515668
    47Jeremy LangfordCHI15141616667
    48DuJuan HarrisSF16151515667
    49Damien WilliamsMIA17141515667
    50Ka'Deem CareyCHI15141615666
    51Alfred MorrisDAL16141515666
    52Travaris CadetNO15141615666
    53Tim HightowerNO15141615666
    54Matt AsiataMIN15141515665
    55Jerick McKinnonMIN14151614665
    56Carlos HydeSF15141415664

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Adrian Peterson—injury
    • Shane Vereen—injury
    • C.J. Anderson—injury
    • Eddie Lacy—injury
    • Thomas Rawls—injury
    • Jamaal Charles—injury
    • Tevin Coleman—injury
    • Frank Gore—bye
    • Latavius Murray—bye
    • Ameer Abdullah—bye
    • Theo Riddick—bye
    • LeSean McCoy—bye

Fullbacks

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    While they didn’t fill up the stat sheet, the same guys continue to play at a high level.

    Kyle Juszczyk remains my highest-graded fullback in the NFL. He is the most complete player at the position and continues to do it all for the Baltimore Ravens. He has been a major reason they are back in the playoff hunt.

    While many people don’t know who he is, Anthony Sherman has been a consistent player for Kansas City, one of the best teams in the NFL. The run game with Sherman and Spencer Ware is as physical as you’ll find from any team. 

    Mike Tolbert has played better football the last several weeks, helping the Carolina running game get back to its physical roots. James Develin has also been excellent for the Patriots' dominant inside run game. Both guys bring an old-school element to their teams.

    The Falcons' Patrick DiMarco was solid against the Eagles on Sunday in limited action, while Jay Prosch helped lead a dominant running attack against a poor run defense in Jacksonville.

        

    Grading Scale

    Blk: Blocking (Graded out of 50)

    Run: Running (Graded out of 25)

    Rec: Receiving (Graded out of 15)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

           

    Fullback Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamBlkRunRecPosOvr
    1Kyle JuszczykBAL461810478
    2Anthony ShermanKC441511474
    3Andy JanovichDEN441510473
    4Mike TolbertCAR45149472
    5Zach LineMIN421610472
    6James DevelinNE44159472
    7Patrick DiMarcoATL44149471
    8Jay ProschHOU44158471
    9John KuhnNO44158471
    10Jalston FowlerTEN43159471
    11Aaron RipkowskiGB43149470
    12Derek WattSD43158470
    13Will TukuafuSEA44148470
    14Paul LasikeCHI42149469
    15Cory HarkeyLA42148468

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Jamize Olawale—bye
    • Michael Burton—bye
    • Jerome Felton—bye

Wide Receivers

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    Despite the big numbers from Antonio Brown, Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson graded out as the top AFC receiver this week.

    While Brown caught 14 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, a big chunk of his yardage came on the Steelers' final two plays when the Cowboys were in a prevent defense and surrendering yardage underneath. In addition, Brown's touchdown came on a fake spike play, meaning that some of his gaudy numbers were due more to design or defensive indifference. Robinson showed some great ability in his routes, at the catch point and with the ball in his hands, as illustrated in this week's Scouting with Schofield video.

    A.J. Green was limited a bit Monday night with a leg injury, but the Bengals receiver still showed skill in his routes and notched a touchdown reception against the Giants. Another player to keep an eye on is Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams, who is fluid on his routes and impressive with the ball in the air. 

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Odell Beckham Jr. is back near the top of the rankings again this week, especially after he did his part to light up the Bengals secondary on Monday Night Football in a game that featured an especially pretty double move near the goal line to get open for a touchdown.

    Meanwhile on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald was once again making life miserable for the San Francisco 49ers defense, through the air and on the ground, as he pulled in 12 catches for 133 yards. He also served as a lead blocker on several run plays as head coach Bruce Arians took advantage of his physicality at the line.

        

    Grading Scale

    Route: Route Running (Graded out of 25)

    Hands: Hands (Graded out of 25)

    YAC: Yards After Catch (Graded out of 20)

    Blk: Blocking (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Wide Receiver Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamRouteHandsYACBlkPosOvr
    1Allen RobinsonJAX21211413978
    2Odell Beckham Jr.NYG22221410977
    3Larry FitzgeraldARI21201413977
    4Julio JonesATL21211311975
    5Dez BryantDAL21201510975
    6Davante AdamsGB21211410975
    7Antonio BrownPIT18191613975
    8Michael FloydARI19211410973
    9A.J. GreenCIN20191213973
    10Demaryius ThomasDEN19201213973
    11Jordy NelsonGB22201210973
    12Kenny BrittLA21191410973
    13Stefon DiggsMIN20201410973
    14Jordan MatthewsPHI21211210973
    15Kelvin BenjaminCAR21201210972
    16Alshon JefferyCHI21191310972
    17Tyreek HillKC18181512972
    18Tyrell WilliamsSD18191412972
    19Doug BaldwinSEA21191211972
    20Pierre GarconWAS21201210972
    21Steve SmithBAL19191212971
    22Cole BeasleyDAL21191210971
    23DeVante ParkerMIA18201212971
    24Eli RogersPIT18181214971
    25Jarvis LandryMIA17191312970
    26Mike EvansTB20191210970
    27Rishard MatthewsTEN17191213970
    28Ted Ginn Jr.CAR20191110969
    29Randall CobbGB19191210969
    30DeAndre HopkinsHOU19181112969
    31Tavon AustinLA19181310969
    32Kenny StillsMIA18181212969
    33Jeremy KerleySF19191210969
    34John BrownARI18181310968
    35Devin FunchessCAR19181210968
    36Terrelle Pryor Sr.CLE18171212968
    37Emmanuel SandersDEN18171212968
    38Marqise LeeJAX17181212968
    39Willie SneadNO19191110968
    40Sterling ShepardNYG19181210968
    41Quinton PattonSF20171210968
    42Adam HumphriesTB20181110968
    43Breshad PerrimanBAL17181112967
    44Michael ThomasNO19181110967
    45Brandon MarshallNYJ17161213967
    46Tyler LockettSEA19171210967
    47Tajae SharpeTEN17181112967
    48Mike WallaceBAL17171211966
    49Corey ColemanCLE16171212966
    50Jordan NorwoodDEN16171113966
    51Adam ThielenMIN18171111966
    52Brandin CooksNO18171210966
    53Robby AndersonNYJ17181111966
    54Cecil Shorts IIITB19171110966
    55Tyler BoydCIN17171111965
    56Allen HurnsJAX17161112965
    57Chris HoganNE17171111965
    58Dontrelle InmanSD16161212965
    59Jermaine KearseSEA19161110965
    60Mohamed SanuATL18161110964
    61Taylor GabrielATL17161210964
    62Eddie RoyalCHI18161110964
    63Cameron MeredithCHI17161111964
    64Brandon LaFellCIN16151113964
    65Jordan TaylorDEN14181112964
    66Braxton MillerHOU16151113964
    67Quincy EnunwaNYJ17141113964
    68Griff WhalenSD15151213964
    69Chris ConleyKC15151113963
    70Albert WilsonKC15151212963
    71Cordarrelle PattersonMIN17161110963
    72Danny AmendolaNE16161111963
    73Brandon ColemanNO17161110963
    74Torrey SmithSF1717119963
    75Jamison CrowderWAS17161110963
    76J.J. NelsonARI17151110962
    77Kamar AikenBAL15151111961
    78Andrew HawkinsCLE15141112961
    79Terrance WilliamsDAL16151110961
    80Bennie FowlerDEN14141113961
    81Arrelious BennJAX15141112961
    82Brian QuickLA16151110961
    83Malcolm MitchellNE15151111961
    84Matthew SlaterNE14141113961
    85Tavarres KingNYG16151110961
    86Roger LewisNYG17151010961
    87Nelson AgholorPHI15161110961
    88Cobi HamiltonPIT14151112961
    89Rod StreaterSF16151110961
    90Kendall WrightTEN15141112961
    91Cody CoreCIN15141111960
    92Rashard HigginsCLE14141112960
    93Keith MumpheryHOU14141112960
    94Rashad GreeneJAX14141112960
    95De'Anthony ThomasKC14141112960
    96Charone PeakeNYJ15141111960
    97Dorial Green-BeckhamPHI16141110960
    98Harry DouglasTEN14141112960
    99Ryan GrantWAS17141010960
    100Jalin MarshallNYJ14141111959
    101Paul RichardsonSEA15141110959
    102Freddie MartinoTB15141110959
    103Aldrick RobinsonATL14141110958
    104Philly BrownCAR14141110958
    105Trevor DavisGB15141010958
    106Lucky WhiteheadDAL14141010957
    107Pharoah CooperLA14141010957
    108Charles JohnsonMIN14141010957
    109Brice ButlerDAL13131010955
    110Bradley MarquezLA13131010955
    111Bryce TreggsPHI13131010955

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Cody Latimer—injury
    • Will Fuller—injury
    • Jaelen Strong—injury
    • Jeremy Maclin—injury
    • Eric Decker—injury
    • Darrius Heyward-Bey—injury
    • Markus Wheaton—injury
    • Vincent Jackson—injury
    • Keenan Allen—injury
    • Travis Benjamin—injury
    • Sammy Watkins—bye
    • Robert Woods—bye
    • T.Y. Hilton—bye
    • Donte Moncrief—bye
    • Phillip Dorsett—bye
    • Amari Cooper—bye
    • Michael Crabtree—bye
    • Seth Roberts—bye
    • Golden Tate—bye
    • Marvin Jones—bye
    • Anquan Boldin—bye
    • Jaron Brown—insufficient snaps

Tight Ends

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    With his nine-catch, 124-yard effort, Titans tight end Delanie Walker found himself atop the AFC grades this week. What propelled his number was his ability after the catch, particularly in using play strength to shed tackle attempts and pick up additional yardage.

    Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett both turned in solid efforts for the Patriots, and Gronkowski performed admirably given the fact he suffered a chest injury early in the contest, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Chiefs' Travis Kelce managed to stick around the entire game. While his statistics were not huge, his ability as a blocker and his nuanced route running were big factors in his high grade. 

    After an incredible performance against the Buffalo Bills last Monday night, the Seahawks' Jimmy Graham came back down to Earth with a more pedestrian performance of four catches for 48 yards.

    Other NFC tight ends climbed the rankings to take his place, including Zach Ertz, Jason Witten and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, Cameron Brate in Tampa Bay, whose seven receptions for 84 yards and a touchdownas well as his efforts blocking up frontled to one of his highest-rated performances this season.

        

    Grading Scale

    Route: Route Running (Graded out of 20)

    Hands: Hands (Graded out of 25)

    YAC: Yards After Catch (Graded out of 20)

    Blk: Blocking (Graded out of 25)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Tight End Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamRouteHandsYACBlkPosOvr
    1Delanie WalkerTEN15201620677
    2Rob GronkowskiNE14201320673
    3Zach ErtzPHI16201317672
    4Cameron BrateTB16201317672
    5Jason WittenDAL16201218672
    6Travis KelceKC16181319672
    7Martellus BennettNE15191418672
    8Will TyeNYG16191119671
    9Greg OlsenCAR16191217670
    10Jimmy GrahamSEA15191317670
    11Zach MillerCHI16181118669
    12Kyle RudolphMIN15181217668
    13Jesse JamesPIT13181219668
    14Vance McDonaldSF15181217668
    15Jermaine GreshamARI14181118667
    16Tyler EifertCIN13171417667
    17Jerell AdamsNYG14181217667
    18Brent CelekPHI13171219667
    19Virgil GreenDEN12171219666
    20Richard RodgersGB14181216666
    21Antonio GatesSD13161318666
    22Hunter HenrySD14171118666
    23Jordan ReedWAS14161416666
    24Vernon DavisWAS15151317666
    25Dennis PittaBAL13161218665
    26Ed DicksonCAR13161218665
    27Coby FleenerNO14171216665
    28Ladarius GreenPIT13171217665
    29Gary BarnidgeCLE12171118664
    30C.J. FiedorowiczHOU12151120664
    31Anthony FasanoTEN12151120664
    32Darren WallerBAL12151119663
    33Ryan GriffinHOU12151119663
    34Ben KoyackJAX13151118663
    35AJ DerbyDEN12151217662
    36Stephen AndersonHOU13151117662
    37Ryan HewittCIN11141119661
    38Seth DeValveCLE12161116661
    39Julius ThomasJAX12151117661
    40Lance KendricksLA12141118661
    41Tyler KroftCIN11141118660
    42Marcedes LewisJAX11141118660
    43Rhett EllisonMIN12161016660
    44Luke StockerTB12151116660
    45Phillip SupernawTEN11141118660
    46Randall TelferCLE11141018659
    47James O'ShaughnessyKC11141117659
    48Ross TravisKC12131117659
    49Dion SimsMIA11141117659
    50Xavier GrimblePIT12141116659
    51Jeff HeuermanDEN11141116658
    52Justin PerilloGB13131115658
    53Demetrius HarrisKC11141116658
    54Marqueis GrayMIA11141116658
    55Trey BurtonPHI11141116658
    56Sean McGrathSD11141116658
    57Austin HooperATL11141115657
    58Logan PaulsenCHI12131016657
    59Tyler HigbeeLA11141016657
    60Brandon BostickNYJ11141115657
    61David JohnsonPIT11141115657
    62Garrett CelekSF11141016657
    63Levine ToiloloATL10131017656
    64Josh HillNO12131015656
    65Eric TomlinsonNYJ11141114656
    66Darren FellsARI10131016655
    67Nick VanettSEA10131016655
    68Brandon MyersTB11141014655
    69Gavin EscobarDAL10131015654
    70Brandon WilliamsSEA10131015654

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Crockett Gillmore—injury
    • Maxx Williams—injury
    • Jordan Cameron—injury
    • Troy Niklas—injury
    • Niles Paul—injury
    • Jacob Tamme—injury
    • Jared Cook—injury
    • Charles Clay—bye
    • Nick O'Leary—bye
    • Dwayne Allen—bye
    • Jack Doyle—bye
    • Mychal Rivera—bye
    • Eric Ebron—bye

Left Tackles

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    The top performer at left tackle in Week 10 was the Eagles' Jason Peters. He was tasked with slowing the Falcons' dynamic pass rush and he did just that, surrendering no sacks, pressures or quarterback hits on 41 pass-blocking snaps.

    Tyron Smith of the Cowboys snatched our No. 2 ranking and was phenomenal yet again in Dallas' dramatic victory over the Steelers. Smith had a couple of snaps where the ageless James Harrison gave him issues in pass protection, but Smith was excellent as a run-blocker and made many impactful blocks, both at the point of attack and straining on the back side.

    An interesting note: Tennessee's Taylor Lewan registered no grade after he was ejected on the team's first drive against Green Bay. Lewan was upset after a Packers defender jumped offsides and took a cheap shot on Marcus Mariota. Words were exchanged and tempers flared, but the cause of Lewan's disqualification was making contact with an official who was attempting to defuse the altercation. (Side note: Lewan defending his quarterback is what any offensive lineman would have done. Though he shouldn't have contacted the official.)

    Washington's Ty Nsekhe did an excellent job filling in for suspended tackle Trent Williams against the Minnesota Vikings. Nsekhe didn't make the impactful blocks Williams makes in the run game, but he consistently completed his assignment and surrendered only one pressure on 35 pass-blocking snaps.

    Vikings veteran tackle Jake Long suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the second-to-last play of the game against Washington. Minnesota has been unsettled up front, specifically at both tackle spots. With the season-ending injury to Long, options are running thin. 

        

    Grading Scale

    Pass: Pass Protection (Graded out of 25)

    Run: Run Blocking (Graded out of 25)

    Power: Power (Graded out of 20)

    Agl: Agility (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Left Tackle Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamPassRunPowerAglPosOvr
    1Jason PetersPHI21201718884
    2Tyron SmithDAL19221717883
    3Jake MatthewsATL20191615878
    4Duane BrownHOU20181615877
    5Ty NsekheWAS19201415876
    6Ereck FlowersNYG17201615876
    7Mike RemmersCAR19201514876
    8Andrew WhitworthCIN19191613875
    9Joe StaleySF18191515875
    10Joe ThomasCLE18181516875
    11Donovan SmithTB18201514875
    12Kelvin BeachumJAX19181415874
    13David BakhtiariGB18181515874
    14Andrus PeatNO18191514874
    15Nate SolderNE18191612873
    16Greg RobinsonLA17191514873
    17Russell OkungDEN17181416873
    18Ronnie StanleyBAL18191314872
    19Ben IjalanaNYJ18171514872
    20Alejandro VillanuevaPIT17171515872
    21Eric FisherKC17191414872
    22Branden AlbertMIA17181414871
    23Terron ArmsteadNO20151413870
    24Jason SpriggsGB16171415870
    25Charles Leno Jr.CHI19161214869
    26John WetzelAZ17161314868
    27King DunlapSD15181314868
    28Dennis KellyTEN18141413867
    29Jake LongMIN16161214866
    30George FantSEA15161312864

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Jared Veldheer—injury
    • Bradley Sowell—injury
    • Ryan Clady—injury
    • Luke Joeckel—injury
    • Michael Oher—injury
    • Matt Kalil—injury
    • Taylor Lewan—insufficient snaps/ejection
    • Trent Williams—suspension
    • Anthony Castonzo—bye
    • Cordy Glenn—bye
    • Donald Penn—bye
    • Taylor Decker—bye

Right Tackles

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    Kansas City's Mitchell Schwartz is our top performer among right tackles in Week 10 after an outstanding game against the Panthers. Schwartz was great in pass protection, but he made the most impact when run blocking. Schwartz was a key reason the Chiefs were able to come back and beat the Panthers after being down 17-3 to start the fourth quarter.

    Despite surrendering a sack, Green Bay's Bryan Bulaga turned in another solid performance to rank second among right tackles. Green Bay's offense has not been consistent, but the offensive line has been a bright spot, which in large part is due to the tremendous play of Bulaga, who weekly continues to build on his stellar season.

    Vikings right tackle T.J. Clemmings may have played his best all-around game as a professional. Clemmings still had a few issues in pass protection and even drew a holding call, but you could see the improvement in many pass-protection situations. Clemmings was impressive as a run-blocker. 

        

    Grading Scale

    Pass: Pass Protection (Graded out of 25)

    Run: Run Blocking (Graded out of 25)

    Power: Power (Graded out of 20)

    Agl: Agility (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Right Tackle Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamPassRunPowerAglPosOvr
    1Mitchell SchwartzKC20211616780
    2Bryan BulagaGB19211615778
    3Marcus GilbertPIT20201614777
    4Morgan MosesWAS19201515776
    5Doug FreeDAL20171615775
    6Zach StriefNO18211613775
    7Jack ConklinTEN19191613774
    8Ricky WagnerBAL18191515774
    9Rob HavensteinLA18191614774
    10Ja'Wuan JamesMIA18191613773
    11Marcus CannonNE18211413773
    12Ryan SchraederATL17201712773
    13T.J. ClemmingsMIN17201613773
    14Demar DotsonTB18181515773
    15Halapoulivaati VaitaiPHI18191613773
    16Austin PasztorCLE18181613772
    17Trenton BrownSF17191513771
    18Bobby MassieCHI19161513770
    19Bobby HartNYG19181214770
    20Eric WinstonCIN18171513770
    21Chris ClarkHOU17181413769
    22Daryl WilliamsCAR16181513769
    23Breno GiacominiNYJ16181513769
    24D.J. HumphriesARI17171413768
    25Jermey ParnellJAX16161414767
    26Joe BarksdaleSD16161513767
    27Ty SambrailoDEN16161413766
    28Garry GilliamSEA16161313765
    29Donald StephensonDEN16151412764
    30Chris HairstonSD16171212764
    31Cedric OgbuehiCIN15151313763

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Andre Smith—injury
    • Derek Newton—injury
    • Lane Johnson—suspension
    • Menelik Watson—bye
    • Austin Howard—bye
    • Joe Haeg—bye
    • Joe Reitz—bye
    • Riley Reiff—bye
    • Jordan Mills—bye

Offensive Guards

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    The guard position as a whole is a mess right now, and we didn't see much dominant play this week. That is best illustrated with only one grade coming in above 75, the lowest number of the season by far.

    Why? Well, several of the top guards are hurt. Marshal Yanda missed another game this week, Justin Pugh is out for multiple weeks with an MCL sprain, and Mike Iupati continues to play through a bevy of injuries that are hurting his performance. The Cardinals' Iupati has been one of the lowest-graded players in the league the past few weeks, which is a steep drop considering he was the highest-graded left guard at one point this year.

    The Bears duo of Josh Sitton and Kyle Long can't stay on the field either, and this week Sitton's former teammate T.J. Lang also went down. It doesn't end there.

    Joel Bitonio, La'el Collins and Evan Mathis have all been out for a while, and we likely won't see them again this year. Quinton Spain, Jack Mewhort, Allen Barbre and Andrus Peat (forced to left tackle) haven't suited up at guard in multiple weeks after promising starts. And that doesn't even include some of the marginal starters that have been lost, as Chance Warmack, Luke Joeckel, Parker Ehinger and Kevin Pamphile have all missed time.

    It's getting ridiculous at this point. It's a war of attrition. The depth of the Eagles, Titans and Cowboys has been huge to their playoff pursuits. 

        

    Grading Scale

    Pass: Pass Protection (Graded out of 25)

    Run: Run Blocking (Graded out of 25)

    Power: Power (Graded out of 20)

    Agl: Agility (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

    Offensive Guard Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamPassRunPowerAglPosOvr
    1David DeCastroPIT19161717776
    2John GrecoCLE16181816775
    3Joe ThuneyNE16191617775
    4Orlando FranklinSD17181814774
    5Ramon FosterPIT18171814774
    6Ronald LearyDAL17181715774
    7Cody WichmannLA18171615773
    8Joshua GarnettSF18161715773
    9Brian SchwenkeTEN17181714773
    10Stefen WisniewskiPHI16191714773
    11Rodger SaffoldLA16171715772
    12Laurent Duvernay-TardifKC18151517772
    13Ali MarpetTB17151716772
    14Brandon ScherffWAS18151715772
    15Kevin ZeitlerCIN17161715772
    16Michael SchofieldDEN17161516771
    17Brandon BrooksPHI17151715771
    18James CarpenterNYJ15191713771
    19Josh SittonCHI16171714771
    20Laremy TunsilMIA17161516771
    21Andrew NorwellCAR16161615770
    22Andy LevitreATL18161613770
    23Brandon FuscoMIN17151615770
    24Senio KelemeteNO17161614770
    25Josh KlineTEN17161613769
    26Zack MartinDAL14171615769
    27Germain IfediSEA14171714769
    28Alex LewisBAL15161615769
    29Earl WatfordARI17141615769
    30John JerryNYG15171614769
    31Shawn LauvaoWAS13181713768
    32Lane TaylorGB16151515768
    33Zane BeadlesSF14161615768
    34Vladimir DucasseBAL15171613768
    35Clint BolingCIN14151715768
    36Marshall NewhouseNYG14161615768
    37Xavier Su'a-FiloHOU12171615767
    38Mark GlowinskiSEA13161516767
    39Jahri EvansNO15161613767
    40A.J. CannJAX16151613767
    41Spencer DrangoCLE15151613766
    42Alex BooneMIN14161613766
    43Jeff AllenHOU14171612766
    44Brian WintersNYJ15141614766
    45D.J. FlukerSD14151613765
    46John UrschelBAL15151513765
    47Ted LarsenCHI15151612765
    48Max GarciaDEN14151514765
    49Shaq MasonNE12151516765
    50Chris ChesterATL14151612764
    51Patrick OmamehJAX13161612764
    52Mike IupatiARI14141613764
    53Jermon BushrodMIA14141414763
    54Zach FultonKC13151612763
    55Don BarclayGB14141315763
    56Caleb BenenochTB15141214762
    57Trai TurnerCAR11151711761

        

    Notable Omissions/Not Graded This Week

    • Kelechi Osemele—bye
    • Denver Kirkland—bye
    • Gabe Jackson—bye
    • Graham Glasgow—bye
    • Larry Warford—bye
    • Denzelle Good—bye
    • Jonotthan Harrison—bye
    • Richie Incognito—bye
    • John Miller—bye
    • Kyle Long—insufficient snaps
    • T.J. Lang—insufficient snaps
    • Brett Jones—insufficient snaps
    • Justin Pugh—DNP
    • Marshal Yanda—DNP
    • Alvin Bailey—DNP
    • Allen Barbre—DNP
    • Jack Mewhort—DNP
    • Joel Bitonio—DNP

Centers

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    The best individual interior offensive line performer during Week 10 had to be Jason Kelce, who finally showed off the Pro Bowl-caliber play we are used to seeing from the Eagles center. It's largely been a down year for Kelce, so it's exciting to see this level of dominance again. The Eagles used Kelce in space a ton this week. With his athletic ability, he was able to get to and even beat second-level defenders up the field on running plays and screens.

    Seeing an offensive lineman run with a ball-carrier in the open field is a rare sight, but Kelce was able to do this, allowing him to destroy undersized defenders for huge gains. Kudos to head coach Doug Pederson for utilizing Kelce in a way where his unique traits can shine through.

    We'll see if it becomes a staple in the Eagles' running game going forward. 

        

    Grading Scale:

    Pass: Pass Protection (Graded out of 25)

    Run: Run Blocking (Graded out of 25)

    Power: Power (Graded out of 20)

    Agl: Agility (Graded out of 20)

    Pos: Positional Value (Graded out of 10)

    Ovr: Top Possible Score of 100

        

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    Center Rankings Week 10
    RankPlayerTeamPassRunPowerAglPosOvr
    1Jason KelcePHI18211519679
    2Mitch MorseKC18191518676
    3Travis FrederickDAL17191815675
    4Wesley JohnsonNYJ181918