Now that the offseason is soon coming to a close and football is returning, it is time to look at the best players in the NFL. Each year The Game Haus puts together a list of the top players in the league for the upcoming season. This list was put together by members of the TGH NFL staff. It starts with the NFL Top 100 Players 2019: 10-1.
10. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
Last season, Miller had his most sacks since his second season in the league when he had 18. He had 14.5 sacks last year. He and Bradley Chubb combined last year to create a formidable pass rush for the Broncos and the duo will be back at it again this season. With Miller playing well, Denver will have a superb pass rush again in 2019.
9. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Luck was the AP Comeback Player of the Year last year after sitting out the 2017 with a shoulder injury. He took the league back by storm in 2018 with 4,593 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on 67.3 percent completion. His play helped the Colts win a playoff game last season and if he plays well again, he could have the Colts in position to go deep into the playoffs.
8. Luke Keuchly, LB, Carolina Panthers
He has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL ever since he was drafted. Keuchly is a seven-year veteran who has made six Pro Bowls and has been named an All-Pro five times. In 2018, he totaled 130 tackles. Keuchly covers tight ends, stops the run and does just about anything that can be asked of a linebacker. For the 2019 season, Keuchly will be making plays in the middle of the defense again.
7. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The reigning MVP ends up at number seven on the list. Mahomes had a great first season as the starter for the Chiefs with 5,097 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 66 percent completion. Now, Mahomes will have to prove he can put up those type of numbers again and he will likely move up the list. WIth Mahomes behind center, the Chiefs should be explosive on offense again.
6. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Hopkins has proved over the last several seasons that it doesn’t matter who is quarterback is, he’ll still make plays. Fortunately for Hopkins, he now has Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball. He had 115 receptions for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. With Watson back, Hopkins should be one of the most feared players in the NFL.
5. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
He battled injuries in 2016 and 2017, but Watt finally was able to play a full season in 2018. Watt didn’t disappoint and had one of the best seasons of his career. He had 16 sacks and 18 tackles for loss as he helped lead the Texans to the playoffs. Watt is aging, but with how he played last season, there is no reason to believe he won’t be one of the top players in the league again.
4. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
For the second time in his career, Jones led the league in receiving yards last year. He caught 113 passes for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018. Jones and Matt Ryan have been afforded the opportunity to work together for several years now and it has paid off. Those two should be in store for another big season in 2019.
3. Khalil Mack, OLB, Chicago Bears
Mack was sent to the Chicago Bears before the 2019 season in a trade and he helped the Bears become the best defense in the league. His 12.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss helped him be named an All-Pro for the third time in his career. Opposing offensive lines need to know where Mack is at all times in order to protect the quarterback. If he can do more of the same this season, the Bears could be a Super Bowl threat.
2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
He played all 16 games last season after being injured at the end of the 2017 season, but Rodgers threw just two interceptions all season. He was still throwing a lot, as he passed for 4,442 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Packers have been trying to give Rodgers help, but he has had to carry the team for the last several seasons. With some new additions to the team, it is possible Rodgers could be holding the Lombardi Trophy when the season is over.
1. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Donald is the top player on the list after a fantastic 2018 season. He had 20.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss, which both led the NFL. The Rams have used him as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme and a 3-4 defensive end, but he has always been successful. His pass rushing numbers for an interior lineman are unprecedented. He will be 28 this season, so he figures to have a big season, as he is still in his prime years.