This series will feature the top 10 players in each division regardless of team or position. This is measured by a combination of their current impact on the field, their potential in the future and their accomplishments in the past.
1. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
He’s the best cover corner in the game and a big reason why that defense is so good.
2. Joe Staley, T, San Francisco 49ers
He’s made the Pro Bowl the last four years and has been rock solid. He stacks up against any tackle in the league.
3. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The game hasn’t seen a runner this powerful, fast and relentless in a long time.
4. Robert Quinn, DE, St. Louis Rams
His production dropped last year from 19 sacks in 2013 to 10.5 in 2014 but he’s still explosive and very productive. If Chris Long can return to health it will help him play even better.
5. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
His play dipped a bit last year but he’s still one of the league’s best. In any other division he’s clearly the best corner.
6. Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks
Elite playmaker, terrific tackler, and closes on the football like few can.
7. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Becoming a top tier quarterback with each passing start. May soon be the highest paid player in league history.
8. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals
He finally made his first Pro Bowl but he’s been an underrated player for a long time now. A complete defensive end that does it all.
9. Kam Chancellor, S, Seattle Seahawks
He’s the enforcer of that defense laying as devastating of a hit and you’ll see in the NFL.
10. Aaron Donald, DT, St. Louis Rams
He narrowly edges Michael Bennett and Bobby Wagner of the Seahawks for the 10th spot with his incredible rookie season. Anytime an interior player gets 9 sacks and almost 50 tackles, it shows he’s truly special.