In the NFL we often hear of who is the best player or who is doing well, but what does it mean to be the best at your position? Today at Bull City we will take a look at the players who are arguably the best in the game at their position. Some may be disputable and others are not.
We aren’t talking fantasy points, we are talking production. I get arguments all the time and most people are talking about what people did for their fantasy team. That’s all fine and good but because a man ran 3 touchdowns from the one yard line and has 27 carries for 29 yards doesn’t make them the best at their position.
Before you call me biased let me be the first to state that there isn’t one player on the list from either of my two teams that I follow. I let the numbers and players respect for the players speak for me on this one.
Take a look at the list:
OL – Steve Hutchinson – Minnesota Vikings
Hutchinson is the real deal. He makes the running game for the Vikings go. He did the same when he was in Seattle and Sean Alexander was running crazy on the entire league. Hutchinson rarely if ever gets beat and rarely blows an assignment. He is the quintessential offensive lineman in the league.
TE – Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
Gates is the new standard of tight ends in the league. Year after year he just produces. He will have to battle to hold on to his best title but he has done very well for a man who didn’t play football in college. He should be looking over his shoulder though since Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis, and a slew of young tight ends are gaining ground.
WR – Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
Year after year you can argue who is the best receiver and a different name will come up. For the last two seasons in the NFL it has been Andre Johnson who has held the crown. Johnson is a rare combination of size and speed that still has the ability to stop on a dime and run out of the cut. He may not hold the title for long but he does hold the title.
RB – Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans
This pick is probably the most controversial and believe me when I tell you that I argued with myself a million times on this one. I have plugged Adrian Peterson in this slot and I even flirted with putting Steven Jackson in this slot as well. Johnson however holds the rushing title and because he did what he did last season and all three are relatively young players, I gave him the nod.
QB – Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts
Manning happens to be the premier passer in the league, well at least in the regular season. He always finds a way to carry his team to 12 or 13 wins while making throw after throw that makes you scratch your head about how he did it. He better enjoy this title this year, because a couple of young guns are breathing down his neck and are ready to wear the crown.
DL – Jarred Allen – Minnesota Vikings
Allen is the top choice here because of all the havoc he wrecks on opposing defenses. There are some guys who do a lot but he stands out on a team with 3 candidates who could make the list. Maybe it’s the system or maybe it’s the player, but Allen gets the job done.
ILB – Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
If you have ever seen Mr. Willis play, you wouldn’t even bother to question this selection. He is a man child. He does it all. You can’t run lead at him and try throwing a pass in his zone and you will get your head knocked off.
OLB – Jerome Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers
This one is tough because I felt the DeMarcus Ware is just as deserving. Harrison gets the edge since he has done it in the playoffs and the Super Bowl in the past two seasons as well. Harrison is a sack machine, but he has some coverage skills as well. Not bad for a guy who was cut by the Steelers 3 times before making the team.
CB – Nnamdi Asomugha – Oakland Raiders
I know everyone is ready to say … Revis. But let me be clear, Revis has only done it one year. When he holds it down for 6 years like Nnamdi has he can wear the crown. Just like I said when Champ passed the crown to Nnamdi, I will be glad to pass the crown to Revis if he can maintain that pace for 4 or more years.
S – Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers
I wanted so badly to put Bob Sanders in this slot because I think he makes the Colts go. I even flirted with Darren Sharper. Troy is the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh defense. He is all over the field when he is out there. Seriously it looks like everyone on defense has on number 43 when the Steelers are playing.
There you have it, the Bull City 10. That’s the best players in the NFL at their position. Ok I am ready… do you agree or disagree? Let me have it in the comments section.