50 Best NFL Players for 2020

Patrick Mahomes leads this star-studded list

It's only fitting that Patrick Mahomes leads off Athlon Sports' list of the top 50 NFL players entering the 2020 season and it's not because of the record-breaking, 10-year extension (that could be worth up to $503 million) he just signed. Mahomes is the youngest player to be named league and Super Bowl MVP, accomplishing both before turning 25.

 

In fact, hardware is something several members of the top 10 have in common as Mahomes is followed by two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Stephon Gilmore, who took home the award this past season, and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson are not too far behind.

 

One thing this list doesn't lack for is star power, as it also includes single-season (Michael Thomas) and career (Drew Brees) record-holders, other surefire Hall of Famers (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady), several players that will more than likely be inducted into Canton when their career is done (Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Julio Jones), and a number of young guys who have already made quite an impression (Quenton Nelson, Christian McCaffrey, among others).

 

And while no one would be surprised that eight quarterbacks made the top 50, would you believe that there are just as many offensive linemen represented? Furthermore, the split between offense (27 players represented) and defense (23) is nearly 50/50. So maybe the NFL isn't just about offense these days after all.

 

Athlon's player rankings are just one of the features that appear in the 2020 Pro Football magazine.

 

2020 NFL Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE/FB I OL I DL I LB I DB

 

NFL's Top 50 Players for 2020

 

1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City

2. Aaron Donald, DI, Los Angeles Rams

3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle

4. Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England

5. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans

6. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore

7. Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis

8. Richard Sherman, CB, San Francisco

9. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina

10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans

11. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta

12. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Baltimore

13. Anthony Harris, S, Minnesota

14. Nick Bosa, EDGE, San Francisco

15. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas

16. Za'Darius Smith, EDGE, Green Bay

17. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

18. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas

19. Cameron Heyward, DI, Pittsburgh

20. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco

21. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston

22. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee

23. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona

24. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay

25. Justin Simmons, S, Denver

26. Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Kansas City

27. Danielle Hunter, EDGE, Minnesota

28. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay

29. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay

30. Zack Martin, OG, Dallas

31. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City

32. Kenny Clark, DI, Green Bay

33. DeForest Buckner, DI, Indianapolis

34. Devin McCourty, S, New England

35. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle

36. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Kansas City

37. Shaquil Barrett, EDGE, Tampa Bay

38. Davante Adams, WR Green Bay

39. Taylor Lewan, OT, Tennessee

40. Tre'Davious White, CB, Buffalo

41. Earl Thomas III, S, Baltimore

42. Chris Jones, DI, Kansas City

43. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota

44. Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis

45. Rodney Hudson, C, Las Vegas

46. Fletcher Cox, DI, Philadelphia

47. Chandler Jones, EDGE, Arizona

48. Brandon Brooks, OG, Philadelphia

49. Lane Johnson, OT, Philadelphia

50. Cameron Jordan, EDGE, New Orleans

 

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