Steven Cheah's NFL Top 100 Players in 2021: #40 - #31
These are my Top 100 Players for this upcoming season based on last season's performance and potential. For reference, here is every one up until this point:
Now that we've entered into Top 50 territory, here are my guys #40 - #31. The next batch will come out every Tuesday at 11am eastern.
*Note - This list is exempt of any Rookies and other Players that played zero games in 2020 due to either injury or opt outs.
40) OG Wyatt Teller - Cleveland Browns (2020 Rank: N/R)
Teller has been in the league a few years but really started to get some shine this past season. He's an absolute mauler in the run game and is always looking for work.
He's also a Block of the Year Award Finalist after this showstopper:
And this dude's training also includes carrying alligators on his shoulders.
39) CB Jaire Alexander - Green Bay Packers (2020 Rank: 82)
Alexander is a bit undersized for a boundary CB at 5'10" 196 lbs., but he plays big. He is one of the best press Corners in the league and has great feet, hips, and instincts. That makes up for his height as he's able to play both small and big WRs very effectively. The national media is finally giving him his shine as he made his first Pro Bowl this year.
38) QB Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals (2020 Rank: N/R)
Another 5'10" guy that made his 1st Pro Bowl in 2020, Murray had a really nice follow-up to his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign finishing with 26 passing TDs to 12 INTs while adding another 11 TDs on the ground to go along with 819 yards on 6.2 YPC. For my money, he's the most exciting player in the NFL as there is absolutely nothing he can't do. He's so quick, has good arm strength, and throws one of the best deep balls in the league.
37) WR D.K. Metcalf - Seattle Seahawks (2020 Rank: N/R)
The first thing most people think of when they think of D.K. Metcalf from the 2020 season was his insane chasedown of Cardinals Safety Buddha Baker.
But he's actually a really really good Receiver too. He's changed the narrative that he's just a go route guy and is much better laterally than everyone expected. Metcalf is simply bigger, stronger, and faster than everyone that tries to cover him which is a huge problem for opposing defenses.
36) CB Marlon Humphrey - Baltimore Ravens (2020 Rank: 68)
It's takes creating turnovers on Defense to really change the game. Humphrey did that better than anyone in 2020 as far as creating fumbles with a league-high eight. He's just so good an instinctual at ripping or punching the ball out, always doing it at the perfect time, and [turnover] luck favors the prepared.
35) EDGE Joey Bosa - Los Angeles Chargers (2020 Rank: 20)
Big Bear Joey Bosa is on the list after notching his 3rd Pro Bowl appearance in just five seasons. He's a load at 6'5" 280 lbs., but he's such a refined with his hand usage he can win with power or finesse. He's the anchor of a very talented Chargers Defense.
34) DT Grady Jarrett - Atlanta Falcons (2020 Rank: 47)
Jarrett is your classic squatty body guy standing at only 6'0" tall and clocking in at 305 lbs. He's of that Aaron Donald/Geno Atkins mold of shorter DTs that win because of incredible quickness and strength and just having natural pad level because he's shorter. But he's a complete DT as he excels in the run game:
and the pass game:
33) S Budda Baker - Arizona Cardinals (2020 Rank: 98)
Huge jump from Baker versus last year. Yes, DK Metcalf chased him down, but remember he intercepted that pass in the red zone which counts for a lot. He makes a ton of plays from filling alleys
to being a major player agains the pass:
He is a modern day, complete Safety who can not only do it all, but do it all well.
32) TE Darren Waller - Las Vegas Raiders (2020 Rank: N/R)
Darren Waller is a beast, but this is an incredibly lame caption for this tweet:
He's such a versatile chess piece at a position that's becoming more and more coveted. This year we saw Kyle Pitts taken #4 overall and the Falcons are hoping he can be just like Waller. A dominant pass catching weapon who can even split out and use his size/speed combination to dominate opposing DBs.
31) OT Ronnie Stanley - Baltimore Ravens (2020 Rank: 14)
Stanley tore his ACL just two days after signing a 5-year $99 million dollar extension. He'll likely be good to go to start the season (a big reason he's much higher on the list than the other highly rated LT David Bahktiari). He is a great run blocker
and has outstanding feet, length, and balance in pass pro
So here you have it:
Stay tuned next Tuesday at 11am eastern for the next installment of my Top 100 list, #30 - #21.