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: 40-31.
40. DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence has put two great years together and has made the last two Pro Bowls. In 2017, he registered 14.5 sacks, but only had 10.5 in 2018. He is the best pass rusher the Cowboys have and for them to win a tough NFC East, Lawrence will have to up his game in 2019. While nothing is a lock, Lawrence will be in the running to have double-digit sacks again.
39. Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs
He plays on a three-man front for the Chiefs, but Jones was way more productive than most players in that scheme. Jones totaled 15.5 sacks and had 19 tackles for loss to help the Chiefs reach the AFC Championship Game. While the Chiefs will be without Dee Ford next season, Jones will be a great player on the defensive line for them once again.
38. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Hill could be facing a possible suspension, but when he is on the field, he is one of the most dynamic players in the league. He has been in the league for three years and has made the Pro Bowl every season. Last season was his best yet, as Hill had 1,479 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns. Without knowing how many games he could be out for in 2019 makes ranking him hard, but he’s one of the best wide receivers in the league on the field.
37. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Although he had a few different quarterbacks throwing him the ball last year, Kittle had one of the best seasons ever for a tight end. He registered 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns. He’ll hope to get in the end zone more in 2019, but with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo, Kittle might post even better numbers.
36. Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
The Saints have added a few good players to their defense over the last few years, but the one constant has been Jordan. He’s been on the team for eight years now and has made four Pro Bowls. In 2018, he had 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Jordan is still in his prime heading into the 2019 season and should have the focus of every offensive line he plays.
35. Jason Kelce, C, Philadelphia Eagles
Kelce has started for the Eagles for eight years now and has been great for Philadelphia. He was a key player for the team when they won their Super Bowl two season ago and he played well again last year. The Eagles didn’t run the ball well in 2018, but Kelce helped the passing game get going. He will be tasked with improving the run game and keeping Carson Wentz upright in 2019.
34. Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis Colts
Not many guards are taken early in the NFL Draft, but Nelson was an exception in 2018. He proved worthy of the sixth overall selection, as he made the Pro Bowl and he was named an All-Pro after his rookie season. Nelson has plenty of plays that are showing up on highlight reels and more should be expected of him this season.
33. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
There aren’t many players who can be a jack-of-all-trades like McCaffrey and he proved it last season. He rushed for 1,098 yards and had 867 receiving yards. In total, he had 13 touchdowns. That was just his second season, so if he improves he can do even better in 2019. A lot of the Panthers’ success will rely upon the health of Cam Newton’s shoulder, but if he is healthy McCaffrey and he will create a dynamic duo again in the backfield.
32. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
With Mark Ingram out for the first four games of last season with a suspension, Kamara proved he could handle a heavy workload. He had 883 rushing yards, 709 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns for the Saints. Ingram is now with the Baltimore Ravens, so Kamara is without a doubt the lead back in New Orleans. Drew Brees will keep defenses from stacking the box and Kamara will take advantage of that in 2019.
31. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson didn’t have to carry the offense as he did in the past, but last season he was efficient and was still a great leader for the Seahawks. He threw for 3,448 yards and 35 touchdowns on 65.6 percent completion. The Seahawks helped him out by providing him with the best rushing attack in the NFL. If he gets that same help next season, the Seahawks can have another well-balanced offense led by Wilson.