Top 10 NFL Players 2015-16



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The NFL Top 10 Players of 2015-16 is the sixth season in the series. It aired on May 4, 2016. It ended with reigning MVP Cam Newton being ranked #1. The Kansas City Chiefs had the most players selected with nine, while the Chicago Bears were the only team with no selections.Top 10 NFL Players 2015-2016

The parameters: Rate players based on how good they are — not what positions they play or how many endorsements they have. All NFL players were eligible.

The panel: More than 50 voters. NFL analysts, reporters and statisticians ,including former players and NFL front-office members.

That’s it. We considered all NFL players and had a deep group of analysts rate them based on how good they are — nothing more.

We’ll be counting down the list starting with players ranked from 10-1.

10. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Avg. rating: 92.91 | 2015 rank: 85

Newton’s size and ability to be a threat as a runner and passer has allowed to 2015 NFL MVP to redefine the quarterback position. “God’s not making another Cam Newton for a long time,” Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said at the Super Bowl. “He broke the mold when he made him.” Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young said Newton has reached “rare air.” — David Newton.  Top 10 NFL Players 2015-2016

9. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

Avg. rating: 93.29 | 2015 rank: 20

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jones has the combination of size and speed that makes him nearly unstoppable. His 1,871 receiving yards last season, the second-highest total in NFL history, proves the point. Jones might become the first pass-catcher to reach 2,000 yards in a season. — Vaughn McClure. Top 10 NFL Players 2015-2016

8. Aaron Donald, DT, Rams

Avg. rating: 94.11 | 2015 rank: T-47

Donald has racked up 20 sacks in his first two seasons in the NFL, both of which ended with an invite to the Pro Bowl, and he is widely considered the NFL’s best interior pass-rusher. Pro Football Focus named Donald the most impressive player at his position last year, with a 98.8 pass-rush grade. His combined sacks-and-hits total of 37 was 14 more than any other positional peer, and his pass-rush productivity of 12.4 was second best among defensive tackles in nine years of grading NFL games. In short: Donald is arguably the best at his position. — Alden Gonzalez

7. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Panthers

Avg. rating: 94.36 | 2015 rank: 13

All Kuechly has done is lead the NFL in tackles (620) since entering the league in 2012 and win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013. “Cam [Newton] is known as Superman, but Luke actually looks like Superman,” Carolina defensive end Mario Addison said. — David Newton

6. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

Avg. rating: 94.71 | 2015 rank: 3

The two-time NFL MVP (2007, 2010) is 194-60 (.764) in regular-season and playoff games, which is the best record of any NFL quarterback with at least 100 starts in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). Brady’s competitive drive and work ethic, coupled with the two traits the Patriots value most at the position — accuracy and decision-making — have him defying Father Time. He turned 39 on Aug. 3. “I’ve said many times there is no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady,” coach Bill Belichick said. — Mike Reiss

5. Von Miller, OLB, Broncos

Avg. rating: 95.67 | 2015 rank: 28

When asked last season what separated the Broncos’ defense from others, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said it best. “Well,” he said, “it’s not like guys like Von Miller fall out of the sky.” Miller has speed, quick-twitch athleticism and the flexibility to get under blockers and turn his speed into power to drive blockers backward. And as his postseason run showed, even after 60 sacks in 72 games, he’s still an ascending player. — Jeff Legwold

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

Avg. rating: 95.73 | 2015 rank: 10

Brown reached a new stratosphere after posting an NFL-record 265 catches over two seasons. He has crossed over from one of the game’s best receivers to undeniably one of the league’s best at any position. He made elite defenses look foolish last season, including the Broncos, prompting coach Gary Kubiak to call him an MVP favorite. “Watching that kid play — I mean, he’s something else,” Kubiak said. Brown’s footwork is unmatched, particularly when making difficult catches by the sideline. — Jeremy Fowler.  Top 10 NFL Players 2015-2016.

3. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

Avg. rating: 95.78 | 2015 rank: 5

Gronkowski is the only tight end in NFL history to post three seasons of 1,000 yards receiving and 10-plus touchdowns (2011, 2014, 2015). Said quarterback Tom Brady, “I can’t say enough good things about Gronk because what he brings to our offense is just — no one in the league has someone that is just as tough a mismatch as Gronk is. He’s big, fast, tough, dependable, consistent.” — Mike Reiss

2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

Avg. rating: 97.02 | 2015 rank: 2

How many different players have to say Rodgers is the best quarterback in the game before you believe it? Sure, it’s a regular occurrence in the Packers’ locker room, but consider this from new tight end Jared Cook. He said the biggest reason he decided to sign with the Packers in free agency is the chance to play with Rodgers. “It was imperative that I find a person that’s known for getting the job done and is good at what they do,” Cook said. “I think that he’s probably one of the best in the league at doing it, clearly.” Even in what many considered a “down” season last year, Rodgers threw for 31 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. That’s a good year for anyone not named Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. — Rob Demovsky.  Top 10 NFL Players 2015-2016.

1. J.J. Watt, DE, Texans

Avg. rating: 97.87 | 2015 rank: 1

By the age of 27, Watt has done something that only Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has done in NFL history: win three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards. Over the past four seasons, Watt leads the NFL with 69 sacks, and he should have many stellar years ahead of him. Watt is currently on the physically unable to perform list after having back surgery in late July, but the Texans are hoping he can return for the start of the regular season. Said Saints quarterback Drew Brees: “Obviously, he’s an impact player, he’s a difference-maker. And I’m sure they miss him.” — Sarah Barshop

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