Top 10 in 2014: The best players at every NFL position

Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

Below is our progress so far.

Let the debate begin!


• Quarterbacks (READ)

Is Peyton still No. 1?

• Quarterbacks on the verge (11-20) (READ)

Matt Ryan should bounce back in 2014

Running Backs (READ)

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AP was dethroned by a rising star

• Running backs on the verge (11-20) (READ)

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders
A healthy Martin will help Tampa Bay big time

Wide Receivers (READ)

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions
Can anyone catch Megatron?

• Wide Receivers on the verge (11-20) (READ)

Jeffery is a rising star in Chicago

Tight Ends (READ)

Jimmy Graham is still a tight end… for now

Offensive Tackles (READ)

Tyron Smith is going to be good for a long time

Interior Offensive Linemen (READ)

Ryan Kalil makes Cam Newton’s life easier

Kickers (READ)

Hauschka was nearly perfect a season ago

Punters (READ)

Fields flips the field in Miami


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  • seahawkkid69

    this article is a joke and I really don’t think the people that wrote it did any research at all…it looks more like a popularity contest than anything else, especially the QB’s. Am i a little biased with my hawks? yes, but I wasn’t expecting Wilson to be #1 but not even in the top 10 or 15 is a total joke, and for them to call him a “game manager” tells me that they don’t watch or know football at all…idiots, the lot of them and they make me laugh. i went through all of them and found the same popularity contest, they should be fired from writing anything football related.

  • BigLew

    I agree with Seahawkkid, Many of the picks look like a popularity contest. It is pretty obvious that someone was a 49er and Charger fan. I like Frank Gore, but top 10? Rivers, Mathews and Gates all top 10 at their position? Tell me that 5 NFL coaches would take Gore or Mathews over Martin, Foster, Bell or Bernard.
    The NFL’s leading tackler and Pro Bowl Player Vontez Burfict doesn’t make your top 10 at LB?
    The list goes on and on.

  • Sam

    I agree with Seahawkkid and BigLew, to put Wilson at 17 and Romo in the top ten is ludicrous. Romo doesn’t belong in any top 30 QB ratings. Football isn’t a game of the best individuals, it’s a game of individuals giving their best effort for the team, as Seattle and #17 so well demonstrated against Denver and #1.

  • 49erfan

    I agree a lot of these lists are lacking. I can’t stand the seahawks and I know that Wilson shouldn’t be that low…

  • JakeW

    Jamaal Charles at number 3??? Really? Okay, it’s your article… Houston and Hali got a little love, same with Berry (Berry maybe a little bit of extra love), but no love what-so-ever for ILB Derrick Johnson. What’s up with that? Three-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012, 2013), and named Defensive MVP of the 2013 Pro Bowl. I think you could have found some place on that list for him.