November 17, 2018 at 2:00 am #57984
Definitive Rankings of Auburn Players in the NFL. These are 100% accurate, and I will take silence as total agreement. This is how I distract myself from not being undefeated in football.
1. Cam Newton – Former NFL MVP and Super Bowl runner up. Currently having one of his best statistical seasons with a 68.5% completion percentage and a 61.2 QBR.
2. Dee Ford – In his fifth NFL season Dee Ford has been a nightmare for opposing QB’s, posting 9 sacks only slightly past the halfway point. PFF has him graded as the 3rd best edge defender this season.
3. Carl Lawson – Lawson lead all rookies in QB pressures in his rookie season, and was on pace for another good season before an ACL injury. Lawson will be back and continue to be a terror.
4. Josh Harris – Harris has been the Falcons’ long snapper since 2012, missing only one game in that span. Auburn consistency.
5. Corey Grant – Corey Grant has averaged 5.6 yards per carry in his four year career with the Jags. Before going down with a lisfranc injury, Grant was seeing work in both the rushing game and passing game in Leonard Fournette’s absence.
6. Kerryon Johnson – Lions fans have been scratching their heads all season about LeGarrette Blount getting carries instead of Kerryon. Johnson has been the Lions’ best playmaker in the backfield all season, becoming the first Lions RB to top 100 yards since 2013.
7. Peyton Barber – Trusty, reliable started for the Buccaneers all season. Fitzmagic’s vertical passing game has limited his touches, but it’s been a good season for a great guy.
8. Braden Smith – Smith has become a solid starter in front of Andrew Luck. The second round rookie has graded as PFF’s 29th best tackle this season.
9. Josh Bynes – PFF’s 17th rated linebacker in his second year with the Cardinals. Bynes has been solid his entire career with the Ravens, Lions, and Cards. Averaging 5 solo tackles per game this season.
10. CJ Uzomah – Played in every game this season after playing in 14 in 2017 and 10 in 2016, Uzomah has been solid for the Bengals blocking and catching. With Eifert out for the season, there’s still hop for a breakout.
11. Jonathan Jones – Played in every game for the Patriots since he was drafted in 2016. Was recently placed on IR, but has a promising NFL future.
12. Carlton Davis – Davis has started every game for the Bucs in his rookie year, struggling at times, but surpassing 5 tackles in three games helping stop the run and defend the pass. Davis has surprised the coaching staff all season.
13. Neiko Thorpe – Thorpe has played in 72 games for the Chiefs, Raiders, and Seahawks.
14. Daren Bates – Bates has played for the Rams, Raiders, and Titans, and has consistently been a special teams standout. Recently signed a 3-year, $6 million extension with the Titans.
15. Cameron Artis-Payne – Forever a backup in Carolina, Artis-Payne has been solid in spot starts averaging 4.26 yards per carry. He’s always done enough to warrant a reoster spot.
16. Cody Parkey – Parkey has been good when healthy for the Eagles, Bears, Dolphins, and Browns. After mssing two FGs last week for the Bears, he may be finding another team soon.
17. Greg Robinson – Considered by many a bust, Robinson may soon get another chance to start for the Browns. Hopefully he’s feeling as dangerous as Baker.
18. Angelo Blackson – Blackson is having his most productive season in his fourth year. Initially drafted by the Titans, Blackson has 11 tackles thus far for the Texans.
19. Sammie Coates – Almost always injured, Coates had his best season with Steelers in 2016, managing 435 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Maybe Deshaun and the Texans can revitalize the speedster’s career.
20. Ricardo Louis – Hard to not have Ricardo at #1 for the Prayer at Jordan-Hare alone, but the former wizard had a mediocre run with the Browns before going on IR with a neck injury. His yards per catch have been off the charts when he has opportunity, so hopefully it will come in the future.
21. Brandon King – The fourth year DB just signed a two year extension with the Patriots. He’s played almost no defensive snaps, but has been a special teams standout.
22. Shon Coleman – Coleman started every game for the Browns in 2017, but rated as one of the worst tackles in the NFL on a historically bad team. Now playing in San Fran.
23. Blake Countess – Countess has played 3 seasons with the Rams and recorded 49 tackles. Countess has returned kicks for the Rams this season.
24. Daniel Carlson – Can’t beat a good comeback story. The SEC’s leading scorer was cut by the Vikings after missing 3 field goals, and then picked up by the Raiders where he is doing just fine. Far too cold in Minnesota anyway.
25. Rudy Ford – Ford has been with the Cardinals in both of his NFL years.
26. Jermaine Whitehead – Recently cut by the Packers for detrimental penalty, Whitehead landed on the Browns in his 3rd year.
27. Montravious Adams – Adams has played in 17 games in his first two years and has recorded 5 total tackles. Likely too early to judge his career.
28. Cassanova McKinzy – McKinzy has bounced around on a few practice squads, but has played in one game for the Redskins and has one career tackle.
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