Top 100 2019 Free Agents

As we are nearly a month removed from our usual New England Patriots Lombardi-hoisting extravaganza and the Annual Underwear Olympics are underway in Indianapolis, we thank the Football Gods that there truly is no “Off” Season in the National Football League. With Free Agency on the horizon, beginning at 4:00pm March 13th, I present my Top 100 Free Agents List. This list factors in a combination of players age, expected average salary, guaranteed money, value of contract with respect to player ability, output, and positional market, on-field impact with respect to positional value, and locker room leadership. Players such as Robert Quinn, Jimmy Smith, or Malik Jackson, who are potential Salary Cap casualties are not listed.

  1. Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Generally I believe a team’s roster construction should be to 1.) find a quarterback, 2.) protect said quarterback, and 3.) acquire as many players to terrorize the opposing teams quarterback. running back is a highly undervalued position. As you may know or you’ll see below, this Free Agent class has a bevy of Blue Chip Talent to disrupt the quarterback. Le’Veon Bell’s don’t grow on trees. You can take your hip-hop recording, slam dunking, doesn’t care about this teammates, jet skiing narrative and throw it out the window. When the most dynamic offensive skill player in the NFL, with a year off of fresh legs, is available as a Free Agent he tops my list. Bell is the break in-case of emergency player who can single handedly generate scoring drives for rudderless offenses. Bell will be 27 this fall with only two seasons in which he had over 350 touches. Keep in mind two of Adrian Peterson’s three most successful rushing seasons occurred after the prior season was cut short… and that doesn’t include the improbable 1,000+ yards he posted with fresh legs for the Redskins this year. The pass rushers below can elevate a defense, Le’Veon Bell can transcend an offense.
  2. DeMarcus Lawrence, Edge Defender, Dallas Cowboys
    • A Cornerstone of the resurgent Cowboys defense, Lawrence followed up a startling career year in 2017 (14.5 sacks and 79 total QB pressures) with another dominant campaign, registering 10.5 Sacks and 66 QB pressures. Playing on the Franchise Tag, Lawrence improved his run defense and upped his defensive stops (Per Pro Football Focus) from 34 in ’17 to 49 in ’18. In order for the rest of the NFC East to be Keeping Up With the Jones, the Cowboys need to make resigning him a priority and build off of their 6th best Scoring Defense and 7th best Total Defense.
  3. Grady Jarrett, Interior Defender, Atlanta Falcons
    • One of the biggest Day 3 NFL Draft steals in the last decade after scouts overlooked his Clemson tape and athletic measurements due to his 6’0″ height, Jarrett might’ve been Super Bowl LI MVP in just his second season with 3 Sacks of Tom Brady had the Falcons held onto a 28-3 lead. Jarrett had a career high 6 sacks and 53 QB pressures, and was PFF’s 6th rated interior defender this season. The vicious defensive tackle should be a priority for the Falcons to resign even though they have other young defenders with upcoming expiring contracts soon in Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Vic Beasley, and Keanu Neal.
  4. Jadeveon Clowney, Edge Defender, Houston Texans
    • He may have been lapped by 2014 NFL Draft Classmate Khalil Mack, and some players below like Dee Ford and Frank Clark may offer more from a speed rusher standpoint, but Jadeveon Clowney still remains an absolute shop-wrecker. While injuries have hampered him at times, Romeo Crennel and formerly Mike Vrabel, have been able to deploy Clowney all over the defense and he has followed through with two consecutive 9+ sack and 60+ QB pressure seasons. Clowney is living up to the hype and was PFF’s 2nd highest rated edge defender against the run this season. It seems inevitable that Clowney is franchise tagged by the Texans for 2019.
  5. Dee Ford, Edge Defender, Kansas City Chiefs
    • It took until Year 5 for Dee Ford to finally put all the outstanding flash plays into a full body of work, and it’s culminated into a 13 sack and 7 forced fumble season, along with being the second most valuable defender for a Kansas City Chiefs team that had Super Bowl aspirations. Similar to former lower half of the First Round pass rushers like Melvin Ingram and Whitney Mercilus it took Ford a few years to fully tap his potential and I find it hard to believe he won’t continue to constantly find a home in the opponents backfield.
  6. Trey Flowers, Edge Defender, New England Patriots
    • Flowers is the perfect Jack-of-all-trades player for a Patriots defense that wins with skillful versatility, adapting to whatever offense they are playing week-to-week. Flowers has managed to fly under the radar despite being one the biggest playmakers on the Patriots defense the last three three seasons (He has 2.5 sacks and 9 QB hits in three Super Bowls). Flowers isn’t the prototypical edge defender, as he plays all over the defensive front, but he has no weaknesses and has registered at least 6 sacks and 40 QB pressures the past three seasons and was the third best edge defender against the run in 2018.
  7. Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants
    • The first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft’s Second Round was positionless and struggled mightily as a rookie, his second season however while leading the 2nd best Defense in the League, was a bonafide Defensive Player of the Year candidate, recording a stat padding 125 tackles, 9 TFLs, 5 interceptions, and 13 pass deflections. While the Giants haven’t had as much success since 2016 and Collins hasn’t put up the same numbers, he’s made the Pro Bowl three consecutive years, affects the game like few safeties can, and will only be 25 years old entering the 2019 Season. Regardless of the Giants Personnel decisions moving forward, it would be in their best interest to retain this modern day Polamalu heat-seeking missile and build around him. Nobody teleports to one side of the field with the same piss-and-vigor thump like Landon.
  8. Nick Foles, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
    • New York Times Best Seller and the last Quarterback to throw for a touchdown (and receive one) in the Super Bowl, even my unborn child has heard the Tale of St. Nick until he was blue in the face. Foles struggled a little in his Week 1 and Week 2 starts in 2018, and after the Eagles Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Fitzmagic’s and it seemed Eagles Decision-makers thrust Carson Wentz back into the line-up prematurely from injury. Foles’ early season woes were long forgotten during the teams “classic” back-against-the-wall miraculous run to the Playoffs. A number of team’s will be willing to hitch their wagon to Big Nick’s wagon this offseason.
  9. Frank Clark, Edge Defender, Seattle Seahawks
    • Moving onto the next best defensive front player (possibly) available this offseason, Frank Clark is a bit of a tease to Seahawks and football fans. Despite having one of the quickest first steps in the league and posting 9+ sacks and 55+ QB pressures in each of the last three seasons, he still remains an inconsistent player, who struggles against the run, and who missed 13 tackles in 2018 (2nd-most among Edge Defenders).
  10. K.J. Wright, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks
    • Frank Clark’s Teammate, K.J Wright, is one of the last remaining members of the Legion of Boom and is arguably one of the most underrated defenders of the last decade because of it. Bobby Wagner’s Robin for all these years is adept in every facet of the game, only once in the past 7 seasons has he posted a below average run defense, tackling, pass rush, or coverage grade from PFF, something that even Wagner or Luke Kuechly cannot say. Wright is coming off of his first injury riddled season, limited to 6 games, and will be 30 next season, but I fully believe he still has a lot of gas left in the tank and will continue to patrol the middle of the field better than most linebackers in the league.
  11. C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
    • As the torch passes from Hall of Fame Player and General Manager Ozzie Newsome to Eric DeCosta it’s a no-brainer for him to sign the heir apparent to local dance phenom Ray Lewis. Mosley has been a leader of the Ravens defense and one of the best inside linebackers in football since being drafted out of Alabama, he’s made the Pro Bowl in 4 of his 5 seasons in the league.
  12. Adrian Amos, Safety, Chicago Bears
    • Credit to Ryan Pace and Vic Fangio for finding and developing this diamond-in-the-rough free safety. Amos has graded as a Top 10 safety by PFF both of the previous seasons and was one of the integral players and overachievers for the new nasty Monsters of the Midway Defense (We should’ve known their only kryptonite would be Nick Foles). It’ll be intriguing to see what the Free Agent market dictates for Amos and many of the immensely talented safeties on this list. One of the more shocking developments from last offseason was the lack of shillings tossed to the safety position, with several starter-level players not signing until after the 2018 Season started. Amos could be a bargain compared to some of the bigger name safeties on this list.
  13. Earl Thomas, Safety, Seattle Seahawks
    • What’s With Earl? Don’t act like I don’t love Earl and please don’t say he is too low on this list. Earl could’ve gotten his Yellow Jacket measurements yesterday if he needed to but let’s acknowledge that two of Thomas’ previous three seasons have ended in injury, he’s 30 years old next fall, he’s hinted at early retirement before, and last we saw him he was being carted off a field flipping the bird to some of the most loyal fans in the NFL. He’s also Earl Thomas. He was the most integral part of the Legion of Boom. He’s the only player not named Ed Reed who could cover 300+ Square Yards of Centerfield. Holy Jim Edmonds, the man has the third most interceptions, 28, in the league since being drafted in 2010. I truly believe Thomas can enjoy a late career renaissance like Rod Woodson with the Ravens or Brian Dawkins with the Broncos IF he wants to.
  14. Trent Brown, Left Tackle, New England Patriots
    • Leave it to William Belichick to move down a measly 45 picks in a draft day trade with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire this mammoth tackle whom two Augusts ago Von Miller called the best Right Tackle in the NFL following a week of joint practices. At 6’8 1/2″ and 380 lbs I couldn’t perform this write-up without regurgitating that mountain of mass to you readers. Famed Patriots Offensive Line Coach Dante Scarnecchia took Brown and guided his transition from cast-off Right Tackle to serviceable Left Tackle. Brown’s strength is as a Pass Protector with room for improvement being a bully in the run game, at 26 years old next Fall, and bath the premier position of Left Tackle, Brown stands to make a heaping of cash this offseason.
  15. Ronald Darby, Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles
    • Ronald Darby proved to be one of many of Howie Roseman’s shrewd roster moves prior to their Super Bowl LI championship season when he acquired Darby from the Buffalo Bills. Darby did miss Weeks 2-10 in 2017 and went on the IR following Week 10 of this season. Darby’s presence was greatly missed by the Eagles as Jim Schwartz spent weeks figuring out how to adjust in his absence. Despite tearing his ACL in a contract year, Darby is the top cornerback on the market, he’s proven to be a top flight player in multiple schemes and has 54 career pass deflections in 4 seasons (21 as a rookie. He was once described by the NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks as being the best player at “Tag” in the 2015 NFL Draft and surely can help a team in need of covering Wide Receivers. SIDE-NOTE: I would be willing to bet I’m not the only person who would love to see a Recess-style game of Tag at the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge.
  16. Tyrann Mathieu, Safety, Houston Texans
    • “We told him that we really do value — as you know — we value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home. He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann.” ….. Cute offseason trope Bill O’Buttchin. After Kevin Johnson’s Week 1 injury, Andre Hal crushing cancer in the face, and fellow Free Agent Aaron Colvin’s inconsistencies blossomed, Tyran Mathieu became what he always has been The Honey Badger. I empathize with Tyrann for wanting to become a traditional safety, but he’ll always be typecast as Bryan Mills from Taken, he has a very particular set of skills… skills that make him a nightmare for offenses. Since Week 7 Mathieu has played 566 out of 712 snaps (79.5%) along the Line of Scrimmage, in the Box, or at Slot Corner. TO his credit, Mathieu has recorded 80 tackles (Ties career high), 30 stops, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions while helping to lead the Texans to another AFC South Title.
  17. Ndamukong Suh, Interior Defender, Los Angeles Rams
    • Some certain Lions fan, who do root for players to play to the best of their ability but are actively encouraging Ndamukong Suh to fail and are the “writer” of this article… are upset with how well Suh has flawlessly fit into Son of Bum’s Defense next to Aaron Donald. Suh won’t ever be the double digit sack pass rushing dynamo that some upper echelon 3-Techniques in the league are but he’s always a force to be reckoned with. Regardless, Suh is still the demolishing pulverizer he was in Detroit and Miami and he’s a handful for interior offensive lineman as shown by his season best performance in the Divisional Round when he single handedly dismantled much of the Cowboys offense and quickly followed that up with 1.5 sacks against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.
  18. LarMarcus Joyner, Safety, Los Angeles Rams
    • The diminutive Joyner (5’8″) was a teammate, fellow National Champion, and mentor of Ronald Darby’s at Florida State. Joyner has also been the most consistent and impactful defender for the Los Angles Rams the past three seasons not named Aaron Donald. Playing on the franchise tag in 2018, following a 2017 campaign in which he was PFF’s 2nd highest rated safety, Joyner continued to prove he was one of the most versatile and underrated defensive backs in football en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
  19. Rodger Saffold, Offensive Guard, Los Angeles Rams
    • The run on Rams continues with Saffold, a Rams lifer and 9 year Veteran with the franchise dating back to his role with downtrodden 2010 St. Louis Rams as the starting left tackle as a rookie. Saffold has played every position for the franchise besides center, but has thrived, playing his best ball, in between Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan at left guard under Sean McVay. Saffold is among one of the best screen pass and second level blockers in the NFL and it’s in the best interest for the soon-to-be 31 year old and the Rams franchise to finish out his career there.
  20. Sheldon Richardson, Interior Defender, Minnesota Vikings
    • Richardson’s NFL career has been everything Hasbro imagined when it created RollerCoaster Tycoon. Richardson splashed onto the scene winning the 2013 Defensive of the Year Award, being named a 2014 Pro Bowler with a dominant 8 sack season in Rex Ryan’s last year with the Jets, before toiling in mediocrity as a defensive tackle, defensive end, and aimless outside linebacker in 2015 and 2016 under Todd Bowles. His time under Bowles wouldn’t be complete without a Substance Abuse suspension and an Aw-Shucks arrest involving street racing in excess of 140 miles per hour, evading the authorities, having his 12 year old nephew in the street racer, a loaded handgun underneath the driver’s seat, and the vehicle smelling like marijuana. Richardson’s 2017 season in Seattle (acquired for a 2nd Round Pick) was as disastrous on the field as his prior two seasons had been off the field. Then 2018 came and Richardson rejuvenated his career in Minnesota, going 140 mph into opponents backfield, surrounded by the best supporting cast of his career. The Vikings are currently one of the most shit out of luck franchises when it comes to Salary Cap space, here’s hoping Young Sheldon (28) finds a team he can thrive with long-term.
  21. Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
    • Speaking of those cash strapped Minnesota Vikings, General Manager Rick Spielman has done an outstanding job with re-signing homegrown Blue Chip players longterm such as Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter, Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, Eric Kendricks, Adam Thielen (Due for a raise despite his contract going until 2021), and Stefon Diggs among others. Unfortunately the all-in Championship window contract for Kirk Cousins means Anthony Barr may be the odd man out (Everson Griffen could be a cap casaulty as well). Barr is a vastly talented 2nd-tier stand-up linebacker in this league, who is good at many things, but hasn’t achieved the greatness his athletic prowess is capable of under Mike Zimmer. With the underachieving Richardson and Barr we’ve reached the critical breaking point in the Free Agency list where the top end talent doesn’t appear to be a priority for their current teams to be able to to sign them. Barr could be an impact player for a number of teams looking to add versatility and speed in the middle of their defense.
  22. Kwon Alexander, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Bucaneers
    • Living in the shadow of LaVonte David and playing on some futile defensive units for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kwon Alexander might not be a household name (Not my household FYI) but he’s been a standout Inside Linebacker for all four seasons since falling to the Fourth Round off the 2015 NFL Draft. Alexander does have one Performance Enhancing Substance Suspension and one Pro Bowl to his name and his coming off of an ACL injury but it isn’t challenging to envision new Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles maximising Kwon Alexander’s talents if he is re-signed.
  23. Za’Darius Smith, Edge Defender, Baltimore Ravens
    • Most football enthusiasts will remember Smith’s late afternoon Week 6 performance this season when the Ravens skunked the Titans on the road and collected a Franchise Record 11 sacks of Marcus Mariota. Smith excelled under Wink Martindale for a career-high 8.5 sacks (Had 10 the previous 3 seasons) and 60 Total Pressures (17th among edge defenders). Cautionary tale, the jury is still out if Smith is a by-product off the Ravens defense and just another Adalius Thomas, Pernell McPhee, or Paul Kruger.
  24. Daryl Williams, Offensive Tackle, Carolina Panthers
    • Daryl Williams is a major trooper, coming off of a break through 2017 2nd Team All Pro selection, he tore his MCL and dislocated his right kneecap during Training Camp in late July and somehow managed to start Week 1 against the Cowboys. Unfortunately Williams re-injured his knee in the 4th quarter of the Season Opener and missed the remainder of the season and was Wally Pipped by second year 2nd Round pick Taylor Moton (13th ranked OT by PFF).
  25. Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
    • Here we are. Listen, I do realize the importance of the Quarterback position and that a handful of Franchises will convince themselves that Bridgewater could be their short-term or long-term answer at the position. I also understand that his Week 17, abysmal, start should be taken with a grain of salt due to a vanilla offense and non-starter supporting cast. Teddy falls down this list because I don’t believe he’ll be an advantageous solution for a team at QB and he doesn’t play at the same level, based on position, as the above players. I gave you Teddy Two Gloves Top 25 please don’t ask for more.
  26. Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
    • Tate’s tenure in Philadelphia was underwhelming but his body of work in Detroit should speak for itself. He’s not your prototypical WR and he’s turning 31 in August but Golden “YAC” Tate will be an elusive spark plug in the slot who will catch everything in his path. Tate versus the first defender in space after the catch is a work of art, I just don’t foresee the contract he receives will be the masterpiece his agent and him envision.
  27. Mark Ingram, Running Back, New Orleans Saints
    • With all Deuce respect to former Saints backs — McAllister, Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Darren Sproles; Mark Ingram has been Drew Brees best running back in New Orleans. Never heralded as an elite RB he is a huge proponent of their efficient offense. Now the duo of Ingram and Alvin Kamara is one of the best running back tandems in League History. Both sides will agree, keeping the former Heisman trophy winner in New Orleans is in everyone’s best interest.
  28. Preston Smith, Edge Defender, Washington Redskins
    • Ryan Kerrigan’s edge rushing sidekick for the past four years, Smith only registered 4 sacks this season but he had a career high 53 QB pressures and vastly improved as a run defender. With the help of Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula, the Redskins have quietly put together one of the most devastating defensive fronts in football with Smith, Kerrigan, the Alabama Boys — Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, and the vastly underrated Matt Ioannidis. If the Redskins choose to roll the dice with Ryan Anderson at OLB and let Smith walk, he could come at a discount with a such a diluted pass rushing market.
  29. Ezekeil “Ziggy” Ansah, Edge Defender, Detroit Lions
    • The best ability is availability. 662 snaps combined over the last two seasons. You’re not paying for your own funeral, why pay for Ziggy’s?Thank U, Next.
  30. Matt Paradis, Center, Denver Broncos
    • Who is Matt Paradis? That’s the #1 question I hope you’re not asking yourself right now. For the past four seasons Cheeseberder in Paradis has been one of the best centers in football, up there with the Macks, Kelces, and Hudsons of the world and has been the only stabilizing factor in a tumultuous few years of Broncos offensive line play. Paradis had started 57 consecutive games until a November fractured fibula prematurely ended his season.
  31. Margus Hunt, Defensive Lineman, Indianapolis Colts
    • What is there to say about The Estonian Giant that already hasn’t been said? The former SMU All-Time Field Goal Blocks leader, and former Bengals First Round Pick played well for the Colts in 2017 but elevated his game under Matt Eberflus and began the season with 4 sacks in the first 4 games. Following the Colts Week 9, the 6′ 8″ and 290 lb. Hunt moved to nose tackle and his play, and the Colts Defense, immediately reached new heights. The versatile Hunt came to America when he was 20 and will turn 32 this summer but it’s a safe assumption that he has much more left in his tank than most defensive lineman his age.
  32. Michael Pierce, Interior Defender, Baltimore Ravens
    • The Samford product is a Top 5 run-stuffing nose tackle in the League, the only problem is his teammate Brandon Williams is also on that unofficial list, and the Ravens have a litany of Free Agents on that side of the ball this offseason. One of the best UDFA finds in recent years, Pierce didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Draft yet ran an 1.67 10 Yard Split on his 40 Yard Dash at his Pro Day, which would’ve been faster than any defensive lineman in Indianapolis, all at 6’0″ 340 lbs. Pierce has been a menace in the run game and can improve any teams rush defense immediately.
  33. HaHa Clinton Dix, Safety, Washington Redskins
    • Mr. Clinton-Dix was the ideal pro prospect at safety, an Alabama bred two-time National Champion and All-American, he reached the Pro Bowl in 2016 for the Packers (His third season). In recent years though, Clinton-Dix has struggled and was traded midseason, on his 5th Year Option, to the Redskins to mixed results. A fresh start and another change of scenery might be just what the doctor ordered.
  34. Mitch Morse, Center, Kansas City Chiefs
    • Morse played everywhere on the Offensive Line for Missouri, including both tackle spots, but was a starter from Day 1 at center after the Chiefs selected him in the Second Round. Morse has been a solid snapper for Alex Smith and now Patrick Mahomes II but the biggest question mark is his 14 combined missed starts due to injury the past two seasons. Although exposed in AFC Championship Game, centers of Morse’s caliber can help shore up any offensive line.
  35. Jordan Hicks, Linebacker, Philadephia Eagles
    • Jordan Hicks, the Rodney Dangerfield of young linebackers in the NFL, has been solid for Jim Schwartz’ defense the last four seasons, when physically able (Missed 18 of 37 possible games, including playoffs, in 2017-2018). Hicks is an off-the-charts athlete for a versatile inside linebacker, who had a career high 91 tackles this season despite playing only 12 regular season games, and was playing his best football in December and January when the team needed him most.
  36. Bryce Callahan, Cornerback, Chicago Bears
    • Slot Cornerbacks in the NFL don”t always garner the accolades they deserve, Chris Harris Jr. was the first to bring attention to the importance of the position, but Bryce Callahan had a superb 2018 with the loaded Bears defense and even received an All-Pro vote from the Monday Morning Quarterback’s Andy Benoit. Callahan played 676 snaps for Vic Fangio’s Monsters of the Midway, he recorded 7 passes defensed and 13 QB pressures on blitzes, and graded above 75 by PFF for the second consecutive season.
  37. Dante Fowler Jr., Edge Defender, Los Angles Rams
    • Fowler parlayed an underwhelming first 3.5 seasons in Jacksonville, for a #3 Overall Pick, into a midseason trade and Super Bowl berth with the Los Angeles Rams playing next to fellow talented first rounders Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Michael Brockers. Fowler did have a career year with 8 Sacks in 2017 but everyone on that Jaguars defense had career seasons, he might’ve been one of the only ones not elected to the Pro Bowl. As evidenced by his Overtime pressure of Drew Brees in the NFC Championship Game, which resulted in a crucial John Johnson III interception, Fowler Jr. has maybe had his wake-up call while being deployed under Wade Phillips and will be an intriguing option in the pass rush market this Offseason.
  38. Jared Cook, Tight End, Oakland Raiders
    • Cook was the focal point of the 2018 Jon Gruden Raiders Offense and most reliable receiver for Derek Carr, which doesn’t do him justice considering the ghost of  Jordy Nelson and Jalen Richard were the only other players with 50+ receptions and 500+ receiving yards. At the ripe Age of 31, Cook made his first Pro Bowl, and had career highs with 68 receptions, 896 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Cook seemed to finally capitalize on his vast receiving talents this season, he had 4 of his 10 career 100+ receiving games, although not much a blocker, he’ll be able to stabilize the tight end position for whichever team he winds up on.
  39. Ja’Wuan James, Right Tackle, Miami Dolphins
    • James made a school record 49 career starts at right tackle for the Tennessee Volunteers but was still a surprise with the 19th selection in 2014 NFL Draft. James has made 62 starts for the Dolphins the last 5 Seasons under Joe Philbin and Adam Gase, with a revolving door of players starting next to him at right guard including Jermon Bushrod, Jesse Davis, Dallas Thomas (College teammate), Billy Turner, Shelley Smith, etc. The Dolphins Offensive Line has been anything but consistent during James time with the team but after a rocky(top) start to his career, James has proven to be an above average right tackle when healthy.
  40. Robby Anderson, Wide Receiver, New York Jets
    • Robby Anderson broke out in 2017 with Josh McCown at the helm and finally developed a rapport with Sam Darnold after a string of promising performances this December (20 Rec, 312 yds, 3 TDs in three games) when Darnold came back from injury. Multiple off-field red flags, including an impressive 9 charges filed in one incident last offseason, could scare other teams away but Anderson has proven capable of locating the ball in the end zone (13 TDs last 2 Seasons) and can stretch a defense (15.0 yds/rec), both qualities General Managers and Coaches crave.
  41. Kareem Jackson, Defensive Back, Houston Texans
    • The crafty veteran struggled in the Wild Card game against the Colts but had one of his finest seasons in 2018, playing every position in the secondary for a Texans Defense that fully utilized the versatility of their defensive backs. Entering his age 31 campaign, Jackson tied a career high 17 pass deflections and had a career best 34 run stops (Per PFF), he could make a smooth transition to full-time safety for the remainder of his career.
  42. Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Denver Broncos
    • Bradley Roby began his career in a very fortuitous situation, drafted by the Broncos as the third cornerback alongside Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib on a Wade Phillips defense that featured Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, with a team Sherif-ed by Peyton Manning. In 2018, with the departure of Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby played a career high 926 defensive snaps but he also allowed career lows in completion percentage when targeted with a 65.9%, 14.9 yards per reception, 317 yards after the catch, and a 117.3 passer rating.
  43. Tevin Coleman, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons
    • Many believe the running back position is devalued but Coleman is a young and proven three-down back who doesn’t have a lot of wear on his tires, and those don’t come often in Free Agency. It’ll be interesting to see how Coleman performs if given a larger role in an offense while escaping the complimentary shadow of Devonta Freeman.
  44. Thomas Davis, Outside Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
    • Someone please sign Thomas Davis for his locker room presence alone. The presumptive Pro, Davis is everything young linebackers should look up to. A former First Round Pick in 2005, the man was around before you were playing Madden on an Xbox 360, he converted to linebacker from safety college and was the first player in NFL history to overcome three ACL tears to the same knee. Davis turned his career around in his 30s and formed a dynamic duo with Luke Kuechly. A Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award Winner, Davis still has juice and can make a significant impact with whichever franchise is lucky enough to record his Swan song.
  45. Shaquil Barrett, Edge Defender, Denver Broncos
    • Over the last four years, Shaq Barrett flashed as a secondary pass rusher, a role intended for former 1st Round Pick Shane Ray, for a Broncos defense which has 171 sacks since 2015 (3rd in the NFL). Barrett only managed 276 snaps (previous career low was 425 snaps) in 2018 while playing through injury and competing for playing time in a loaded Broncos pass rushing group but was coming off a 2017 which featured a career high 43 QB pressures. In the NFL there’s no such thing as too many pass rushers, especially for new Head Coach Vic Fangio, but the Broncos have a number of holes to address with their estimated $35M+ in Cap Space.
  46. Pierre Desir, Cornerback, Indianapolis Colts
    • Desir, the lengthy athletic specimen from Lindenwood who bounced around the league, found a productive role in Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus’ Defense, starting the last 10 games of the season (including the Playoffs). General Manager Chris Ballard and the Colts have a King’s Ransom of Cap Space ($111M+), with apologies to John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a divorce here doesn’t make any sense.
  47. Henry Anderson, Defensive Lineman, New York Jets
    • Anderson displayed the skills to be dominant at the point of attack in the trenches during his three injury riddled seasons with the Colts but their transition to a 4-3 Defense in a new regime left Anderson as an odd man out in Indy. Acquired by the Jets for a 7th Round Pick, Anderson proved to be one of the biggest bargain acquisitions of the Offseason. The former Stanford Cardinal was stout again in run defense in New York, but he shockingly generated 7 sacks (3 career sacks prior to 2018), including 4.5 in the last 4 games, and 48 total QB pressures.
  48. Cameron Wake, Edge Defender, Miami Dolphins
    • Death, Taxes, and Cameron Wake’s Get-Up. It’s mystifying that at 37 years old Wake is still able to beat offensive tackles around the edge with a speed rush. Wake managed to register 6 sacks and 54 pressures (8th season with 50+) while playing reduced snaps in 2018. It’ll be interesting to see if Wake takes on the role paved by Dwight Freeney as a hired-gun to help Contenders get after the Quarterback.
  49. Terrell Suggs, Edge Defender, Baltimore Ravens
    • Let’s be brief and make the safe assumption that T-Sizzle is a Raven for Life. Move along folks.
  50. Muhammad Wilkerson, Interior Defender, Green Bay Packers
    • Like his former Jets teammate Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson has seen a steep fall from grace since the Rex Ryan (and first year Todd Bowles) days. Wilkerson in 2012-2015 was as disruptive of a defensive lineman in the NFL as anyone not named J.J. Watt. Hopefully he is able to bounce back from an unfortunate early season ankle injury while on a prove-it deal with Green Bay in 2018 and regain some of his old form moving forward.
  51. Donovan Smith, Left Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Donovan Smith displayed off the charts numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine and since then has taken the torch from Erik Flowers as the below average left tackle who year-after-year is given every opportunity to live up to his potential. Someone will make the mistake of believing and investing in Donovon Smith as their franchise left tackle. The supposed “pedigree,” age, and contract value are the reasons Smith is so high on this list.
  52. Ty Nsehke, Offensive Tackle, Washington Redskins
    • Nsehke is everything that Donovan Smith is not — a 33 year-old career back-up from Texas State University-San Marcos who didn’t crack a starting line-up until 2015 when he was 30, and has made the most of every opportunity filling in when Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, or anyone else was injured. Major kudos must be given to Redskins Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan, an elite O-Line coach makes a significant difference in player development. Nsehke has earned the opportunity to be fight for a starting job in the league this offseason.
  53. Ramon Foster, Offensive Guard, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • The free agent Offensive Lineman carousel has come round to the consistently dependable elder statesman in Ramon Foster. Big Ben’s Guard for the better part of the last decade, Foster may only have a year or two left playing at a high level and if Pittsburgh doesn’t retain his services Foster’s future team will know exactly what they’re getting. Foster could be the missing piece to solidifying a Championship caliber team’s underachieving Offensive Line.
  54. Denzel Perryman, Inside Linebacker, Los Angeles Chargers
    • The compact Perryman (5’11”) has proven to be a more than capable run defender and blitzer when he is on the field. Injury and pass coverage concerns may reduce Perryman’s market but his value couldn’t have been better exemplified during the Chargers playoff games. Gus Bradley was able to bandage the middle of their defense together with multiple safeties against the Ravens but the Patriots gashed the team to death in Perryman’s presence in the middle of the field.
  55. Steven Nelson, Cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs
    • With Marcus Peters shipped off to Los Angeles, Nelson was playing his first season as a #1 cornerback in a contract year. Nelson responded with his best season, with 4 interceptions (0 in his career), 15 pass deflections, and graded as Pro Football Focus’ #33 graded cornerback.
  56. Darius Philon, Interior Defender, Los Angles Chargers
    • If you like long walks on the beach, clogging up running lanes, and eating up Offensive Lineman on twists and stunts, than this former Arkansas Razorback is a perfect match for you! Philon was one of many of the Charger’s ancillary defenders this season under Gus Bradley who exceeded expectations. Only 25 years old, Philon hit career high totals with 655 snaps played, 20 run stops, and 29 QB Pressures.
  57. Rodney Gunter, Interior Defender, Arizona Cardinals
    • The Delaware State Dynamo was one of the only defenders to improve after the departure of Defensive Coordinator James Betcher. Gunter has always been a stout nose tackle against the run but emerged in 2018 with more pass rushing prowess than ever before, registering 4.5 sacks and  23 QB pressures to go along with a career-high 44 tackles and 27 stops.
  58. Jason McCourty, Cornerback, New England Patriots
    • The other McCourty twin, Jason finally earned his first Super Bowl Championship and has really rejuvenated his career in his early 30s with back-to-back solid seasons in Cleveland and New England.
  59. Markus Golden, Edge Defender, Arizona Cardinals
    • Markus Golden has one of the best non-stop motors for edge defenders in all of football, the only problem is he can’t go pedal to the metal if he’s not on the field. Golden was limited to only 624 snaps (15 games) the last two seasons combined but he proved in his breakout sophomore 2016 campaign, when he recorded 12.5 sacks and 53 QB Pressures, that he’s capable of being a major threat on the edge when healthy.
  60. Patrick Onwuasor, Inside Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
    • After Linebacker Zach Orr retired from the NFL due to neck/spine issues following the 2016 season the Ravens had a major hole next to C.J. Mosley in the linebacking corps. Onwuasor came from the shadows to fill Orr’s void, he started 13 games and recorded 88 tackles in 2017 and followed that up in 2018 by being utilized more as a blitzer by new Coordinator Wink Martindale to the tune of 5.5 sacks and 15 QB pressures. He’s no Jamie Sharper but Onwuasor is a solid option in the middle of any defense if he isn’t one of the Ravens impending priority free agents.
  61. Mike Hilton, Slot Cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Senquez Golson (5’9″ 176 lbs) was a 2nd Round bust for the Steelers, so they went and got his equally diminutive and much less heralded replacement at Ole Miss, Mike Hilton (5’9″‘ 184 lbs.), as an Undrafted Free Agent. In the last two years Hilton has proven to be everything the modern slot cornerback should be, including being one of the games best blitzing CBs. Hilton has averaged 55 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 12 QB pressures, and 27 run stops over the last two seasons and even graded as PFF’s 10th best cornerback in 2017.
  62. Anthony Harris, Safety, Minnesota Vikings
    • Harris had been the Vikings reliable third safety for three seasons prior to 2018, when the team signed former Bengal George Iloka late in Training Camp that role seemed destined to disappear. Nobody gave Harris that memo as he shined in 2018, playing a career high 624 snaps and starting 9 games for the injured Andrew Sendejo, while registering 46 tackles, intercepting 3 balls, and deflecting 6 passes. Harris will be 28 next season but his second half of 2018 earned him a starting role somewhere in this League.
  63. C.J. Anderson, Runningback, Los Angles Rams
    • IT. IS. ALIVE… No one could’ve envisioned a player would go from getting cut by Jon Gruden midseason to supplanting Todd Gurley in the NFC Championship Game. Anderson averaged 20 carries, 116 yards, and 1 TD in his first 4 games after signing with the Rams before Christmas, and had as many 120+ yard rushing performances with L.A. as he did with Denver.
  64. Tre Boston, Safety, Arizona Cardinals
    • Boston Tre Party was one of the many casualties in last year’s free agent Safety market, having not signed a deal with the Cardinals until last July. Boston picked up right where he left off after reuniting with Steve Wilks, starting 13 games and registering 79 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 9 pass deflections. Still only 27 next fall, Boston played like he deserves a long-term contract somewher…  unfortunately that might be out of his control as another free agent class loaded with starting safeties will dictate his market,
  65. Tyrell Williams, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
    • Tyrell came out and said he wants to prove he’s a #1 WR in this league and make #1 WR money. We’ll see about that one. At times Tyrell disappeared with the Chargers but then you’d blink and he’s got two catches for 81 yards and 2 TDs, now all Tyrell needs to do is make that big play ability a more consistent ability. Williams has averaged 51 catches, 813 yards, and 5 TDs over the last three seasons.
  66. Adam Humphries, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • The reliable, often forgotten, target in the Tampa Bay passing game, this is nothing new for Humphries, who spent his college days being the third option behind a combination of Deandre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, or Mike Williams. Humphries, only 26 years old, hits Free Agency in the midst of playing his best ball after notching 76 catches, 816 yards, and 5 TDs in 2018. With Julian Edelman turning 33 and only being guaranteed $1.6M in 2019, would it make too much sense for Humphries to carry on the small white slot tradition that Brady loves so much?
  67. Cole Beasley, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys
    • Slot receiver turned Hip-Hop artist turned Disgruntled Cowboy. Tell me if you’ve heard that one before. While unhappy with his involvement in the Dallas offense, Beasley can be a crisp route-running, short yardage churning, chain moving Golden Tate lite. Beasley ran 88.3% of his routes and had 54 catches from the slot last year, he also produced a total of 39 catches resulting in 1st Downs (26th in the NFL).
  68. Chris Long, Edge Defender, Philadelphia Eagles
    • Remember when the Jeff Fisher Rams left Chris Long for dead? Since then he’s had three consecutive 60+ QB pressure seasons, earned three playoff berths (0 in his first 8 seasons), while earning 2 Super Rings.
  69. Malcom Brown, Interior Defender, New England Patriots
    • The former First Round pick, Brown did not have his 5th Year Option picked up despite having strong seasons against the run in 2016 and 2017 but in 2018 had career lows with 489 snaps, 0 sacks, 9 QB Pressures, and 39 tackles. Brown had played over 20 snaps in every game this season but only participated in 16 and 17 snaps, respectively, against the Chargers and Chiefs, this seems like a clear indicator that Coach Belichick will be moving on from the naturally gifted player.
  70. Quinton Spain, Offensive Guard, Tennesse Titans
    • Taylor Lewan’s right hand man was off to another solid season, particularly as a pass blocker, but a shoulder injury in Week 6 would reduce his quality of play when he returned from Week 9 on. The 27 year old Spain is an above average guard who could test the market after starting his career as an UDFA.
  71. Jason Verrett, Cornerback, Los Angeles Chargers
    • One of the worst cases of injury plagued, talented, players in recent memory, Verrett made the Pro Bowl and played like a lockdown Cornerback in 2015 (His second year and lone healthy season), since then Verrett has played in 5 games in 3 seasons and had his 2018 5th Year Option season lost due to a torn Achilles during his Conditioning Test. Whichever team gives Verrett a chance will look like geniuses if he can comeback to anywhere near his 2015 form (42 tackles, 3 interceptions, 12 pass deflections).
  72. Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Los Angeles Chargers
    • Jason Verrett’s injury replacement the last few years, Williams had a stellar 2017 season while lining up with Casey Hayward Jr. and Desmond King, he recorded 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 13 pass deflections and was graded as a Top 20 Cornerback by PFF. Williams struggled out of the gate in 2018 with injuries and performance, at times he was a liability and lost playing time to Michael Davis, he only played one snap after Week 7 and was eventually placed on Injured Reserve with a nagging knee injury. Williams is only 25 years old and should be a smart value addition at cornerback in Free Agency if he’s able to return to to full health.
  73. Deone Bucannon, Linebacker, Arziona Cardinals
    • Bucannon is the Poster Child for teams drafting athletic oversized College safeties and converting them to linebacker to counteract the NFL Offenses spreading the field with more speed than ever. The Bucannon Experiment hasn’t garnered glowing reviews as a number of Bucannon’s deficiencies adjusting to playing so close to the line of scrimmage have been exposed. If Bucannon finds a team that puts him in better positions to succeed, he has the skills to still revive his career.
  74. John Brown, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens
    • It seems so distant ago that Smokey Brown had 1,000 yards and 7 TDs in 2015 with the high powered Arizona Cardinals attack. After a few maligned seasons since, someone broke their foot off in John Brown’s Hind Parts during his one year prove-it deal in 2018. The soon to be 29 year old Brown was a big play threat and leading receiver for the Ravens with 42 catches, 715 yards, and 5 TDs. Unfortunately Brown couldn’t develop a rapport with Lamar Jackson as he did most of his damage with Joe Flacco at the helm, Brown could be a brilliant field-stretching complimentary piece in a different offense.
  75. Jesse James, Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • In a weak tight end market, James’ potential has a high floor, and he proved to be both a dependable receiver and blocker as the #2 TE in Pittsburgh. Before Vance McDonald got a strangle-hold as the Steelers receiving TE (80% of his snaps were pass plays), James had a productive first two weeks of the season with 8 catches, 198 yards, and 1 TD.
  76. Stephen Gostowski, Kicker, New England Patriots
    • Doink. Doink. We saw what the price of not having a reliable kicker can be in the Playoffs. The 4-time Pro Bowler, Gostowski is 39/44 (88.6%) in his career in the Playoffs alone.
  77. John Simon, Edge Defender, New England Patriots
    • Belichick picked Simon up off the Indy Training Camp scrap-heap and by January turned him into a pivotal player for the Patriots defense. Classic water-to-wine Belichick. Simon played 69 snaps in the two AFC playoff games and recorded 5 QB pressures and 3 run stops.
  78. Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
    • Cobb started off the season with a bang, 9 catches, 142 yards, and 1 TD in a thrilling 24-23 Primetime game over the Bears… he would score one more touchdown the remainder of the season, didn’t surpass 5 catches in a game again, and his highest receiving yardage total in a game was 43 yards. The 28 year old Cobb hit his lowest receptions, yards, and TD marks since his rookie year. Buyer beware the inept season could be a result of age and injuries catching up to Cobb, or it could be chalked up to whatever was happening with Green Bays offense in 2018.
  79. Adrian Phillips, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers
    • Phillips thrived in Gus Bradley’s 3-Safety (and at times four) Defense in 2018. A valuable box safety, Phillips showed to a national audience what he’s capable of in the Chargers Divisional Round dismantling of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
  80. Adrian Peterson, Runningback, Washington Redskins
    • At age 33, Peterson had a remarkable 1,000-yard rushing season for the Redskins and proved he’s still capable of more than three yards and a cloud of dust in the right system.
  81. Romeo Okwara, Edge Defender, Detroit Lions
    • Little Okwara Orphan was given up for adoption by the New York Giants and Matt Patricia took him in and let him play to his strengths, resulting in 23 run stops and a team leading 7.5 sacks. Okwara registered 19 of his 39 QB pressures in the last four games of the season.
  82. Avery Williamson, Linebacker, New York Jets
    • Williamson continued to be a sturdy linebacker option in his first year with the Jets. Per usual, Williamson padded the stats sheet as he manned the middle recording 120 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 6 passes defended. Williamson is a plug-and-play inside linebacker and it would be in the Jets best interest team him up again with Darron Lee who easily had a career year next to Williamson.
  83. Domata Peko Sr., Interior Defender, Denver Broncos
    • The long-time immovable object in the middle of the Bengals defense, Peko has had a late career renaissance in seasons 12 and 13 of his career in Denver. Peko would be the ultimate pick setter in basketball, he allowed for linebackers Todd Davis, Brandon Marshall, and Josey Jewell to get to the ball cleanly and also ate up blockers in the middle for Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis. It’s a dirty job and Peko has been feasting for years.
  84. Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Tennessee Titans
    • Vaccaro signed with the Titans in August after starting Strong Safety Johnathan Cyprien tore his ACL and had his best season since 2015 with the Saints. Vaccaro was a fantastic fit next to Kevin Byard in Dean Pees defense and GM Jon Robinson said Vaccaro was a “Primary Target” in Free Agency.
  85. Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals
    • Don’t get me wrong, Tyler Eifert’s mullet plays… he rarely does though. In his last 14 games he has a stat line of 48-619-6, not bad for a season, unfortunately that’s over the last 3 seasons. The talent is undeniable and Eifert will be given opportunities purely based off of his 13 TD 2015 Season.
  86. Jay Ajayi, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
    • Ajayi’s season was lost to a torn ACL, which doesn’t help the previous degenerative knee condition rumors that followed him from Boise State to Miami. If the bloody British bruisuhh can comeback healthy, he should be an efficient contributor in a committee, as evidenced by his 2017 playoff performance which featured 48 touches and 254 total yards.
  87. Anthony Sherman, Fullback, Kansas City Chiefs
    • Eight teams in the NFL used Fullbacks on more than 150 snaps this season, including the Patriots (467 snaps), Saints (247 snaps), and Chargers. Sherman has been a top flight Fullback in the NFL for 8 seasons, he almost won Pro Bowl MVP this season, but his role diminished as the season progressed and he only played 44 snaps in the last 11 games (6 total in the Playoffs) for the Chiefs high flying offense.
  88. Jonathan Jones, Cornerback, New England Patriots
    • No one ever knows what’s going on in the mind of Bill Belichick, especially when it comes to former Undrafted Free Agent Cornerbacks. It appeared during the second half of the season Jones fell out of favor to Bill’s newest UDFA flavor of the month J.C. Jackson, but then Jones did appear in 40 snaps against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, and only allowed one catch for 10 yards on three targets in coverage.. In a chess piece move, Jones shockingly then played safety in the Super Bowl for the first time in his career and he recorded 8 tackles and a sack. Jones has been an adequate second or third CB for the Patriots the last two seasons, playing over 1,000 snaps, and his height, youth, and ability in run support will give him an opportunity elsewhere.
  89. Brandon Marshall, Linebacker, Denver Broncos
    • A 5 year starter, including their Super Bowl 50 victory, the soon to be 30 year old will be strapping up for a new team next season after losing playing time to Iowa Rookie stalwart Josey Jewell.
  90. Brian Poole, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons
    • Brian Poole has been a key contributor in the Falcons defensive backfield the last three seasons after going undrafted out of Florida. A fantastic blitzed, Poole has played in 47 games the last three seasons, and started 9 last year to go along with 3 interceptions and 3 sacks during 2018.
  91. Brent Urban, Interior Defender, Baltimore Ravens
    • Urban developed into a key run cog for the Ravens in his first year starting. The Ravens have a number of defensive free agents but there should be work for a player like Urban with his ability to beat the bullies in the trenches.
  92. Tyeler Davison, Interior Defender, New Orleans
    • Davison played his best football in 2018, forming a formidable trio in the middle of the Saints defensive line along with Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata. Davison will be only 27 next season and has continued to improve against the run and as a pass rusher.
  93. Alex Okafor, Edge Defender, New Orleans Saints
    • Okafor started off the 2017 season as a competent pass rusher opposite of Cameron Jordan before his season was cut short due to a torn Achilles. He bounced back from injury and played all of 2018 for the Saints, rotating with First Rounder Marcus Davenport, and registering 4 Sacks and 9 QB Hits.
  94. Danny Shelton, Interior Defender, New England
    • When Danny Shelton grows up he aspires to be Domata Peko Sr. The former first rounder for the Browns has seen his playing time diminish as the season wore on in New England but he’s still managed to be a formidable force in the middle on run defense.
  95. Frank Gore, Running Back, Miami Dolphins
    • Gore won’t go down without a fight. The Inconvenient Truth is now 4th on the All-Time leading rushing yards list and in his age 35 season had 150+ carries and 700+ yards for Miami. Former Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase trusted Gore more than Kenyan Drake and it could be interesting to see if Gore and Gase are re-united in New York.
  96. Jalen Richard, Running Back, Oakland Raiders
    • For the past three seasons in Oakland, Richard has routinely been the underutilized member of their backfield. Richard has averaged over 4.7 yards per carry in each season and in 2018 he logged 68 catches for 607 yards. This Free Agency period could be the opportunity Richard needs to prove he is deserving of a larger role elsewhere.
  97. Steve McLendon, Interior Defender, New York Jets
    • The teeth of the New York Jets defense in 2018 at all three levels, was easily the strong suit of the team, and the wily veteran, Steve McLendon, clogging running lanes was an impactful part of that.
  98. Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals
    • Nickel cornerback has become a starting position in the NFL and finding a solid option is a challenge. Dennard had his ups-and-downs in Cincinnati but has found a role as an above average nickel.
  99. Linebackers Preston Brown, Buffalo Bills and Jake Ryan, Green Bay Packers
    • Brown suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and was placed on IR after Week 7, while Ryan missed the entire season in 2018 with a torn ACL. Both players are 27 and will be bargains manning the middle of a teams defense if they can return to the form of their 2017 career years.
  100. Indianapolis Colts Strong Safeties Clayton Geathers and Matthias Farley
    • Matthias Farley had a career year in 2017, recording 95 tackles and 2 interceptions while ranking as PFF’s 24th best safety. However this offseason after a changing of the guard at Colts Defensive Coordinator, Farley lost his job starting job to Geathers and was eventually placed on IR in Week 5. Geathers stepped in next to Malik Hooker and the two formed an admirable safety duo. Colts GM Chris Ballard carries his cap space in a brinks truck and should be able to resign Geathers and possibly Farley if his market isn’t offering a starting role.

Other Notable Offensive Players:

James Carpenter, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jamison Crowder, George Fant, Devin Funchess, C.J. Uzomah, Ryan Fitzpatrick, John Miller, B.J. Finney, Latavius Murray, A.J. Cann, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Alex Collins, D.J. Fluker, Jared Veldheer, Andy Levitre, Mike Iupati, Tyrod Taylor, Sam Bradford, Donte Moncrief, Jordan Matthews, Aldrick Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin, Spencer Ware, J.R. Sweezy, Eric Kush, Darren Sproles, Doug Martin,  TJ Yeldon, Bilal Powell, Andre Smith, Joe Barksdale, Max Garica, and Denzel Good

Other Notable Defensive Players:

Glover Quin, Jimmie Ward, Justin Coleman, Corey Liuget, Darryl Roberts, Corey Graham, Derrick Morgan, Cory Littleton, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Mebane, Orlando Scandrick, David Irving (Possible Suspension), Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods, Tom Johnson, Rashaan Melvin, Eric Rowe, Benson Mayowa, Dion Jordan, Anthony Chickillo, Shane Ray, Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Richards, Dominique Easley, Brent Grimes, Buster Skrine, Bennie Logan, Jordan Phillips, E.J. Gaines, Bruce Irvin, Haloti Ngata, Vincent Rey, Tramaine Brock, Kentrel Brice, Jonathan Hankins, Josh Martin, Craig Robertson, George Iloka, Ethan Westbrooks, Bashaud Breeland, Sam Shields, Daryl Worley, Adarius Taylor, Christian Covington, and Eli Harold

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