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: 80-71.
80. Casey Hayward, CB, Los Angeles Chargers
While his career didn’t start the way he would’ve liked, the last three years for the Chargers, Hayward has played very well. He has been a shutdown corner and had eight passes defended last season, as he led the Chargers to the playoffs. His play will go a long way to help the Chargers compete for a Super Bowl this season.
79. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals did not have a good offensive line last season, but Mixon still led the AFC in rushing yards. He also was a threat as a receiver out of the backfield with 296 receiving yards. The offensive line still won’t be great, as the Bengals will be without their first-round pick in tackle Jonah Williams next season, but Mixon will still make plays in 2019.
78. Kareem Jackson, CB, Denver Broncos
Jackson had a successful eight-year run with the Houston Texans, but decided to sign with the Denver Broncos this offseason. He had two interceptions and 17 passes defended last season for the Texans. In 2019, Jackson will join Chris Harris Jr. to help provide the Broncos with a solid seconary.
77. Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
While Bosa is productive, his position on this list was likely hurt by the fact that he only played seven games last season due to injury. He still registered 5.5 sacks, which is very efficient. If he is healthy for this season, Bosa will wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks and be a threat to get double-digit sacks.
76. Kevin Byard, S, Tennessee Titans
Even though he wasn’t able to match his eight interceptions from the 2017 season, Byard still had four interceptions and eight passes defended in 2018. He holds down the fort well on the backend of the defense for the Titans and has helped them improve on that side of the ball. Byard will be looking to do more of the same in 2019.
75. David DeCastro, OG, Pittsburgh Steelers
DeCastro was once again one of the best guards in the game last season for the Steelers. He helped Ben Roethlisberger lead the league in passing yards and James Conner had a good year on the ground as well. The 29-year-old will have to block well again to help the Steelers get back to the playoffs in what could be a tough division.
74. Kyle Fuller, CB, Chicago Bears
He has been a good corner for the last few seasons, but Fuller elevated his game last season, as he made his first Pro Bowl. Fuller and Prince Amukamara are one of the best cornerback duos in all of the NFL, which has helped make the Bears a great defense.
73. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
With Adam Thielen, Diggs gives the Vikings two really good receivers. Diggs played 15 games and had 109 catches for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns. Kirk Cousins targeted Diggs more times per game than Thielen, so in 2019 Diggs could have an even better season.
72. Terron Armstead, OT, New Orleans Saints
Armstead only played 10 games last season, but impressed enough to be voted into the Pro Bowl. He did an excellent job of protecting Drew Brees’ blindside and with a full 16 games, Armstead should be recognized as one of the best tackles in the game. If he can play mistake-free and keep Brees upright, the sky is the limit for the Saints.
71. Earl Thomas, S, Baltimore Ravens
With Thomas only playing four games for the Seahawks last season, he lost some ground on this list, but is still a quality player when healthy. Thomas had three interceptions and five passes defended last year. He signed with the Ravens this offseason and will play a huge role in their defense. If he can stay on the field, Thomas will be a great player just based on his great instincts.