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Our list of the top 50 players of 2007
By Mike Wilkening
Feb. 8, 2008


With the help of coaches, scouts, executives and personnel men from around the NFL, we present our list of the top 50 players of 2007 based on regular-season performance and each player's value to his club.



1. QB Tom Brady | New England Patriots
This year, you see more of the personality, more of his focus. You see the close-up shots of his face when they get down. There’s more to the guy than just an arm.

2. QB Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts
I don’t think there is anybody who does a better job of getting the ball to his playmakers than him, because he is not a scrambler.

3. QB Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers
Oh, man. Their coach (Mike McCarthy) is really good for him. He’s been more patient this year than in past years. Sometimes that comes from being more confident in your wide receivers and offensive line.

4. WR Randy Moss | New England Patriots
Winning will make you want to play some more, particularly with a guy like (Moss), who wants to excel. He went to a place where the lines were clearly drawn.

5. SS Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts
I think Bob Sanders is the gold standard. What he does for that football team is unique.

6. QB Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys
Developed quite nicely. You like that he doesn’t have much of a conscience as a quarterback. When he’s on, he can make all of the throws.

*7. QB Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers
(Pass rushers) got to him, but his forte is that warrior mentality, where he has two or three guys hanging off him and he gets the ball off down the field.

8. RB Brian Westbrook | Philadelphia Eagles
Just a playmaker. You always have to know where he is on the field.

9. RB LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers
His all-around ability sets him apart. Just a complete back.

10. DE Jared Allen | Kansas City Chiefs
Unbelievable. Certainly one of the top 10 players. Has strength, size. Kind of a mismatch. So many left tackles are ‘feet’ athletes, (and) he’s kind of a left end playing right end.

11. OLB DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys
Tremendous. Tremendous. He’s one that you would love to coach.

12. DT Albert Haynesworth | Tennessee Titans
He’s just so disruptive.

13. WR Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts
Competitive guy. Athletic guy. The chemistry he’s built with his quarterback — there are no wasted steps with (Wayne and) Manning.

14. WR Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys
A special-type receiver. Still plays fast. Big, powerful. Has a knack for making the difficult catches.

15. RB Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts
Gives you everything you are looking for. Quick, really good change of direction (skills). Has tremendous vision.

16. RB Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings
Just a rare talent. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime running back. If he can maintain some semblance of durability, he will have a phenomenal career.

17. TE Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers
He is an amazing guy. They do so much with him, flexing him out like a wide receiver. He kind of blocks you like Shannon Sharpe, where he’s athletic and knows leverage and does enough to get the job done.

18. CB Asante Samuel | New England Patriots
He makes plays. It’s not pretty at times, but he’s productive.

19. WR Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals
You’re talking about a guy who has an uncanny ability to keep his focus, keep his eyes on the ball. Quite the specimen.

20. OLB Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers
Explosive speed, athleticism. All man. Great football player. Jumps out on film.

*21. RB Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s always been a hit-a-crease-and-go guy.

22. DT Kevin Williams | Minnesota Vikings
Has a feel where the play is going.

23. OLT Walter Jones | Seattle Seahawks
Had so much cushion (earlier in his career). (Was) so fast, so athletic. When he started to age, he still had a lot left in the tank. Sometimes when (tackles) get older, they don’t look as quick, but that’s because the game has slowed down for them.

24. WR Wes Welker | New England Patriots
Does a nice job working the slot. It’s a perfect role for him. Quick, gets separation, has excellent hands. After the catch, he puts his return-man ability to work.

25. QB Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks
Has a really good feel for their offense.

26. RB Marion Barber | Dallas Cowboys
He’s a beast. He runs the ball like it’s his last carry every time.

27. RS-WR Devin Hester | Chicago Bears
He does things like no one else can. He can break tackles, make people miss — make people look silly, really. He just changes your whole game plan.

28. WR Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns
Really coming into his own. I think his confidence has just risen, and that’s what’s really gotten him over the hump. Doing all the things you look for at wide receiver.

29. ILB Patrick Willis | San Francisco 49ers
He was quite a find for them.

30. MLB Lofa Tatupu | Seattle Seahawks
That’s the guru for that defense. He gets them lined up, gets them set.

31. CB Antonio Cromartie | San Diego Chargers
Has as much upside as anybody. He’ll keep getting better and better.

32. DT Pat Williams | Minnesota Vikings
Everywhere Pat goes, you can’t run the ball (against them).

33. OLB Julian Peterson | Seattle Seahawks
You look at San Francisco and you see him and you go, ‘How did you not hold on to him?’ It’s not rocket science.

34. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans
No one in the NFL plays harder.

35. QB David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars
He makes really good decisions with the football. A perfect fit for them because of their running game.

36. OG Leonard Davis | Dallas Cowboys
He disjointed people.

37. DE Mario Williams | Houston Texans
He’s really good. To think he didn’t make the Pro Bowl is a shame. I think he’s special.

38. TE Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys
Going to be a good one for a long time. He’s a weapon downfield, and he’ll block.

39. DE Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins
He’s still an elite player. He didn’t drop off — the team dropped off.

40. WR Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos
He’s that good. He did some things this year that make you say, ‘Man, this guy is going to be a player.’ Has some Rod Smith-like qualities where he is trying to make a play every time he has the ball.

41. QB Jeff Garcia | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You’re talking about a tough guy who kept stepping up and making plays.

42. TE Kellen Winslow | Cleveland Browns
Just like (Antonio) Gates in my mind. Now they have a quarterback who can get (Winslow and Edwards) the ball more often. He’s right up there. He’s really starting to show what he can really do.

43. DE Patrick Kerney | Seattle Seahawks
Hardworking tough guy.

44. CB Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos
He’ll play the whole game.

45. OLB Mike Vrabel | New England Patriots
His consistency (stands out).

46. DE Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants
Has gotten a little better every game.

47. OLT Jason Peters | Buffalo Bills
Quick, explosive, strong. Has everything the great ones have.

48. DE Aaron Kampman | Green Bay Packers
Has really long arms. He’s gotten playing with his hands figured out.

*49. OLB James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers
His first game vs. Baltimore was an All-Pro type of game.

50. RB Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars
Had a phenomenal year.

Special mention

FS Sean Taylor | Washington Redskins
Would have been one of the top three (safeties) in football. Had unique size and athletic ability. Was playing the game very, very well.

Honorable mention


Browns QB Derek Anderson
Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha
Bears WLB Lance Briggs
Titans WLB Keith Bulluck
Panthers MLB Jon Beason
Saints QB Drew Brees
Giants WR Plaxico Burress
Eagles DE Trent Cole
Saints WR Marques Colston
Browns RS Josh Cribbs
Cowboys OLB Greg Ellis
*Steelers OLG Alan Faneca
Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez
Cowboys C Andre Gurode
Cowboys FS Ken Hamlin
Packers CB Al Harris
Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Vikings OLG Steve Hutchinson
Rams RB Steven Jackson
Texans WR Andre Johnson
Bengals WR Chad Johnson
Raiders P Shane Lechler
49ers P Andy Lee
Browns RB Jamal Lewis
Redskins RB Clinton Portis
Ravens FS Ed Reed
Texans MLB DeMeco Ryans
Panthers WR Steve Smith
Browns OLT Joe Thomas
Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant
Patriots NT Vince Wilfork
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Default Re: PFW's Super 50

brandon marshall is very, very good but no way should he be ranked ahead of champ and osi...

good for ben! i honestly think it should be a tie between romo and ben though... it was based on stats and ben was the #2 QB in TD's and QB rating... (plus he's won the superbowl and won a few playoff games...) dont know if romo can say the same...

I also LOVEEE the fact that phillip rivers didnt even make honorable mention...
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