With the NFL season, draft and free agency over, The Game Haus is ranking the top 100 players.
Six TGH staff members voted on their top 75 players, who were given scores based on their ranks, then sorted by their final score. The players were ranked regardless of position, and the editors broke any ties at their discretion.
Each article in this series will list ten players at a time, with brief comments on their 2019 performances and what is expected of them in 2020. Make sure to check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of May for the next list!
Today, players 50-41 are listed and evaluated.
50. Odell Beckham, Jr.
While his first season in Cleveland did not pan out the way he had hoped it would, OBJ still finished with over 1,000 receiving yards. There is no doubt that he can still do it but his clashes with teammates and coaches are still holding him back. Hopefully, with Cleveland changing things up a bit, OBJ can grow and reassert himself as a dominant threat in the league. – Robert Hanes
49. Fletcher Cox
Cox had the fewest number of sacks since 2013, but he is still a really effective player. His presence on the field makes his teammates better, as offensive linemen focus their attention on him. He may be approaching age 30, but Cox looks like he will still be a star. – Joe DiTullio
48. Aaron Jones
Since Jones was drafted in 2017, Green Bay fans have flooded the internet with “#FreeAaronJones,” alluding to the opinion that Jones was not given enough touches to be truly effective. Well, first year coach Matt LaFleur did just that, and all Jones did was rush for 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns, the most in the NFL. He also added on three more touchdowns through the air and almost 500 additional yards. The Packers’ draft showed all signs pointing towards a power running offense, so last season should not be an outlier for Jones, but rather a sign of things to come. – Ben Hendricks
47. Demario Davis
Linebacker Demario Davis is not exactly a household name, but made his impact on the New Orleans Saints’ 2019 season. Collecting a huge 111 combined tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. He also got his hands on one interception last year, and defended 12 passes. An All-Pro selection in 2019, he should continue his tear, and hopefully lift the rest of the Saints’ defense. – Ben Hendricks
46. Minkah Fitzpatrick
In a deal that seemed a bit of a reach at the time, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded away a first round draft pick to the Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick. It turned out to be one of the best trades of the season, as he collected five interceptions (one for a touchdown), one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown). All of these, save for the fumble recoveries, matched Fitzpatrick’s career highs. If this production continues and the Steelers can reach the playoffs, both teams will have gotten great value out of this deal. – Ben Hendricks
45. Tyron Smith
When he is on the field, Smith is one of the best left tackles in football. He clears running lanes for Ezekiel Elliot and protects Dak Prescott well. He has missed a few games each year for the past few seasons and when he is blocking, the offense is much better. – Joe DiTullio
44. Cameron Heyward
Not only does Heyward do a good job of taking up blocks, he produces sacks. That’s not common for a down lineman in the Steelers’ defense. Heyward is a veteran presence who will be a huge part of Pittsburgh’s resurgent defense. – Joe DiTullio
43. Byron Jones
Byron Jones signed his big free-agent deal with Miami and will now create a good tandem with Xavien Howard. His ball production isn’t the best in the league, but that’s because he is a shutdown corner. He should continue doing what he is doing for the Dolphins. – Joe DiTullio
42. Za’Darius Smith
Smith is one of the people most responsible for turning the tide of the Packers’ defense. He had a huge first year in Green Bay, racking up a career high 13.5 sacks. He also added 55 combined tackles, 17 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. As one half of the newly-coined “Smith Bros.” on the defensive front, Za’Darius should continue to wreak havoc on the NFC North in 2020. – Ben Hendricks
41. Mitchell Schwartz
People who use accolades to judge players, won’t recognize Schwartz’s value. He is a great right tackle who helps Kansas City’s offense be effective. Defenders rarely beat Schwartz, so Kansas City should thrive again in 2020. – Joe DiTullio
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