Ranking: The Top Free Safeties of the 2016 Season 

  1. Earl Thomas, Seahawks 
  2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers 
  3. Devin McCourty, Patriots 
  4. Reggie Nelson, Raiders 
  5. Harrison Smith, Vikings 
  6. Darian Stewart, Broncos 
  7. Glover Quin, Lions 
  8. Ricardo Allen, Falcons 
  9. Byron Jones, Cowboys 
  10. Rodney McLeod, Eagles 
  11. D.J Swearinger, Cardinals 
  12. Mike Mitchell, Steelers 
  13. Ron Parker, Chiefs 
  14. Maurice Alexander, Rams
  15. Ladarius Webb, Ravens 
  16. George Iloka, Bengals 
  17. Corey Graham, Bills 
  18. Marcus Gilchrist, Jets 
  19. Bradley McDougald, Buccaneers 
  20. Tashaun Gipson, Jaguars 
  21. Jarius Byrd, Saints 
  22. Adrian Amos, Bears 
  23. Dwight Lowery, Chargers 
  24. Andre Hal, Texans 
  25. Tre Boston, Panthers 
  26. Ed Reynolds, Browns 
  27. Rashad Johnson, Titans 
  28. Clayton Geathers, Colts 
  29. Andrew Adams, Giants 
  30. Eric Reid, 49ers 
  31. Duke Ihenacho, Redskins 
  32. Michael Thomas, Dolphins 

      (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and highlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

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      Ranking: The Top Cornerbacks of the 2016 Season 

      1. Chris Harris Jr, Broncos
      2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants
      3. Brent Grimes, Buccaneers
      4. Richard Sherman, Seahawks
      5. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
      6. Aqlib Talib, Broncos
      7. Casey Hayward, Chargers
      8. Marcus Peters, Chiefs
      9. A.J Bouye, Texans
      10. Janoris Jenkins, Giants
      11. Malcolm Butler, Patriots
      12. Josh Norman, Redskins
      13. Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars
      14. Trumaine Johnson, Rams
      15. Darius Slay, Lions
      16. William Gay, Steelers
      17. Logan Ryan, Patriots
      18. Byron Maxwell, Dolphins
      19. Xavier Rhodes, Vikings
      20. Stephon Gilmore, Bills
      21. Terrance Newman, Vikings
      22. Tramaine Brock, 49ers
      23. Morris Claiborne, Cowboys
      24. Jamar Taylor, Browns
      25. James Bradberry, Panthers
      26. Darius Butler, Colts
      27. Tavon Young, Ravens
      28. Jalen Collins, Falcons
      29. Orlando Scandrick, Cowboys
      30. Ross Cockrell, Steelers
      31. Kareem Jackson, Texans
      32. Desmond Trufant, Falcons
      33. Adam Jones, Bengals
      34. Lamarcus Joyner, Rams
      35. Prince Amukamara, Jaguars
      36. Leon Hall, Giants
      37. Robert Alford, Falcons
      38. Jason McCourty, Titans
      39. Johnathan Joseph, Texans
      40. Brian Poole, Falcons
      41. Artie Burns, Steelers
      42. Nickell Robey-Coleman, Bills
      43. Aaron Colvin, Jaguars
      44. Jimmy Smith, Ravens
      45. David Amerson, Raiders
      46. Nevin Lawson, Lions
      47. Jimmie Ward, 49ers
      48. Deshawn Snead, Seahawks
      49. Brandon Carr, Cowboys
      50. Eric Rowe, Patriots
      51. Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals
      52. Brandon Flowers, Chargers
      53. Daryl Worley, Panthers
      54. Micah Hyde, Packers
      55. Brice McCain, Titans
      56. Sean Smith, Raiders
      57. Tracy Porter, Bears
      58. Captain Munnerlyn, Vikings
      59. Alterraun Verner, Buccaneers
      60. Sterling Moore, Saints
      61. Justin Bethel, Cardinals
      62. Darrelle Revis, Jets
      63. Josh Shaw, Bengals
      64. Steven Nelson, Chiefs
      65. Ronald Darby, Bills
      66. Bobby McCain, Dolphins
      67. Rasheed Melvin, Colts
      68. Kevin Johnson, Texans
      69. Cre’von LeBlanc, Bears
      70. Trae Waynes, Vikings
      71. Leodis McKelvin, Eagles
      72. Jerraud Powers, Ravens
      73. Marcus Williams, Jets
      74. Joe Haden, Browns
      75. Anthony Brown, Cowboys
      76. T.J Carrie, Raiders
      77. Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Browns
      78. Tony Lippett, Dolphins
      79. Tramon Williams, Browns
      80. Bashaud Breeland, Redskins
      81. Bradley Roby, Broncos
      82. Vontae Davis, Colts
      83. B.W Webb, Saints
      84. Shareece Wright, Ravens
      85. Eli Apple, Giants
      86. Xavier Howard, Dolphins
      87. Antwon “Valentino” Blake, Titans
      88. Rashard Robinson, 49ers
      89. Quinten Rollins, Packers
      90. Buster Skrine, Jets
      91. Kendall Fuller, Redskins
      92. Nolan Carroll, Eagles
      93. Vernon Hargreaves, Buccaneers
      94. Darqueze Dennard, Bengals
      95. Marcus Cooper, Cardinals
      96. Quandre Diggs, Lions
      97. Jude Adjei-Barimah, Buccaneers
      98. Patrick Robinson, Colts
      99. Ladarius Gunter, Packers
      100. Jeremy Lane, Seahawks
      101. D.J Hayden, Raiders
      102. Trevor Williams, Chargers
      103. Ken Crawley, Saints
      104. E.J Gaines, Rams
      105. Damarious Randall, Packers
      106. Robert McClain, Panthers/Chargers
      107. Craig Mager, Chargers
      108. Bryce Callahan, Bears
      109. Perish Cox, Titans/Seahawks
      110. Philip Gaines, Chiefs
      111. Jalen Mills, Eagles

      (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and highlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

      Ranking: The Top 4-3 Outside Linebackers of the 2016 Season 

      1. Vic Beasley, Falcons 
      2. Sean Lee, Cowboys
      3. K.J Wright, Seahawks 
      4. Thomas Davis, Panthers 
      5. Vontaze Burfict, Bengals 
      6. Telvin Smith, Jaguars 
      7. Bruce Irvin, Raiders 
      8. Nigel Bradham, Eagles 
      9. Lavonte David, Buccaneers 
      10. Mark Barron, Rams 
      11. Anthony Barr, Vikings 
      12. Vincent Rey, Bengals 
      13. Shaq Thompson, Panthers 
      14. Karlos Dansby, Bengals 
      15. Craig Robertson, Saints
      16. Malcolm Smith, Raiders 
      17. DeAndre Levy, Lions
      18. Devon Kennard, Giants
      19. Elandon Roberts, Patriots 
      20. De’Vondre Campbell, Falcons 
      21. Dannell Ellerbe, Saints 
      22. Jonathan Casillas, Giants 
      23. Kyle Van Noy, Lions/Patriots 
      24. Mychal Kendricks, Eagles 
      25. Myles Jack, Jaguars 
      26. Shea McClellin, Patriots 
      27. Spencer Paysinger, Dolphins
      28. Damien Wilson, Cowboys 
      29. Kennan Robinson, Giants 
      30. Josh Bynes, Lions
      31. Rob Ninkovich, Patriots 
      32. Justin Durant, Cowboys 
      33. Chad Greenway, Vikings 
      34. Neville Hewitt, Dolphins 
      35. Daryl Smith, Buccaneers 
      36. Cassius Marsh, Seahawks 
      37. Dan Skuta, Jaguars 
      38. Philip Wheeler, Falcons
      39. Brock Coyle, Seahawks 
      40. Koa Misi, Dolphins 
      41. David Mayo, Panthers 
      42. Mike Morgan, Seahawks 
      43. Antwione Williams, Lions 
      44. Barkevious Mingo, Patriots 
      45. Donald Butler, Dolphins 
      46. Cory Littleton, Rams 
      47. Brandon Copeland, Lions 
      48. Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons 
      49. Stephone Anthony, Saints 
      50. Jelani Jenkins, Dolphins 
      51. Thurston Armbrister, Lions 

        (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and highlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

        Ranking: The Top 3-4 Outside Linebackers of the 2016 Season 

        1. Von Miller, Broncos
        2. Chandler Jones, Cardinals
        3. Nick Perry, Packers
        4. Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins
        5. Markus Golden, Cardinals
        6. Lorenzo Alexander, Bills
        7. Brian Orakpo, Titans
        8. Melvin Ingram, Chargers
        9. Whitney Mercilus, Texans
        10. Justin Houston, Chiefs
        11. Derrick Morgan, Titans
        12. Terrell Suggs, Ravens
        13. Erik Walden, Colts
        14. Dee Ford, Chiefs
        15. Trent Murphy, Redskins
        16. Jamie Collins, Browns
        17. Willie Young, Bears
        18. Shane Ray, Broncos
        19. James Harrison, Steelers
        20. Julius Peppers, Packers
        21. Sheldon Richardson, Jets
        22. Tamba Hali, Chiefs
        23. Jerry Hughes, Bills
        24. Leonard Floyd, Bears
        25. Bud Dupree, Steelers
        26. John Simon, Texans
        27. Ahmed Brooks, 49ers
        28. Robert Mathis, Colts
        29. DeMarcus Ware, Broncos
        30. Pernell McPhee, Bears
        31. Preston Smith, Redskins
        32. Clay Matthews, Packers
        33. Shaquil Barrett, Broncos
        34. Elvis Dumerveil, Ravens
        35. Jordan Jenkins, Jets
        36. Alex Okafor, Cardinals
        37. Trent Cole, Colts
        38. Jarvis Jones, Steelers
        39. Kyle Fackrell, Packers
        40. Matt Judon, Ravens
        41. Arthur Moats, Steelers
        42. Lorenzo Mauldin, Jets
        43. Anthony Chickillo, Steelers
        44. Akeem Ayers, Colts
        45. Eli Harold, 49ers
        46. Cam Johnson, Browns
        47. Jeremiah Attaochu, Chargers
        48. Shaq Lawson, Bills
        49. Aaron Lynch, 49ers
        50. Frank Zombo, Chiefs
        51. Kyle Emanuel, Chargers
        52. Datone Jones, Packers
        53. Albert McClellan, Ravens
        54. Jayrone Elliott, Packers
        55. Corey Lemonier, Browns/Lions/Jets
        56. Za’Darius Smith, Ravens
        57. Sam Acho, Bears
        58. Kareem Martin, Cardinals
        59. Aaron Wallace, Titans
        60. Joe Schobert, Browns
        61. Tourek Williams, Chargers
        62. Lentree McCray, Bills
        63. David Bass, Titans

        (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and highlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

        Ranking: The Top Middle Linebackers of the 2016 Season 

        1. Bobby Wagner, Seahawks 
        2. Luke Kuechly, Panthers 
        3. Paul Posluszny, Jaguars 
        4. NaVarro Bowman, 49ers 
        5. Lawrence Timmons, Steelers 
        6. Benardrick McKinney, Texans 
        7. Zach Brown, Bills 
        8. Dont’a Hightower, Patriots 
        9. Jordan Hicks, Eagles 
        10. C.J Mosley, Ravens 
        11. Jerrell Freeman, Bears 
        12. Eric Kendricks, Vikings 
        13. Alec Olgetree, Rams 
        14. Derrick Johnson, Chiefs 
        15. Christian Kirksey, Browns 
        16. Kwon Alexander, Buccaneers 
        17. Ryan Shazier, Steelers 
        18. Mason Foster, Redskins 
        19. Deion Jones, Falcons 
        20. Kiko Alonso, Dolphins 
        21. Gerald Hodges, 49ers 
        22. Brian Cushing, Texans 
        23. Avery Williamson, Titans 
        24. Brandon Marshall, Broncos 
        25. Preston Brown, Bills 
        26. Kevin Minter, Cardinals 
        27. Perry Riley, Raiders 
        28. David Harris, Jets 
        29. Danny Trevathan, Bears 
        30. Ramik Wilson, Chiefs 
        31. Wesley Woodyard, Titans 
        32. Jatavis Brown, Chargers 
        33. Tahir Whitehead, Lions 
        34. Zach Orr, Ravens 
        35. Jake Ryan, Packers 
        36. Anthony Hitchens, Cowboys 
        37. Deone Bucannon, Cardinals 
        38. Will Compton, Redskins 
        39. Todd Davis, Broncos
        40. Denzel Perryman, Chargers 
        41. D’Qwell Jackson, Colts 
        42. Demario Davis, Browns 
        43. Vince Williams, Steelers 
        44. Sean Spence, Titans 
        45. Su’a Cravens, Redskins 
        46. Korey Toomer, Chargers 
        47. Sio Moore, Colts/Chiefs/Cardinals 
        48. Joe Thomas, Packers 
        49. Nate Stupar, Saints 
        50. Corey Nelson, Broncos 
        51. Blake Martinez, Packers 
        52. Max Bullough, Texans 
        53. Nick Bellore, 49ers 
        54. Paul Worrilow, Falcons 
        55. Justin Lillard-March, Chiefs 
        56. Michael Wilhoite, 49ers 
        57. Edwin Jackson, Colts 
        58. Mike Hull, Dolphins 
        59. Patrick Onwuasor, Ravens 
        60. Zaire Anderson, Broncos 
        61. Tyler Matakevich, Steelers 
        62. Joshua Perry, Chargers 
        63. Audie Cole, Vikings 
        64. A.J Klein, Panthers 
        65. Antonio Morrison, Colts 
        66. Nick Kwiatkaski, Bears 
        67. Ben Heeney, Raiders 
        68. Dekota Watson, Broncos 
        69. Martell Spaight, Redskins 
        70. LeRoy Reynolds, Falcons 
        71. Nick Vigil, Bengals 
        72. Christian Jones, Bears 
        73. Cory James, Raiders 
        74. Josh McNary, Colts 
        75. Kelvin Sheppard, Giants 
        76. James Laurinaitis, Saints 
        77. Manti Te’o, Chargers 
        78. Darron Lee, Jets 
        79. John Timu, Bears 
        80. Julian Stanford, Jets 
        81. Rey Maualuga, Bengals 

          (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and higthlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

          Ranking: The Top 3-4 Defensive Ends of the 2016 Season 

          1. Joey Bosa, Chargers 
          2. Calais Campbell, Cardinals
          3. Jadeveon Clowney, Texans 
          4. Leonard Williams, Jets 
          5. Jurrell Casey, Titans 
          6. Mike Daniels, Packers
          7. DeForest Buckner, 49ers 
          8. Akiem Hicks, Bears 
          9. Cameron Heyward, Steelers 
          10. Kyle Williams, Bills 
          11. Stephon Tuitt, Steelers 
          12. Timmy Jernigan, Ravens 
          13. Derek Wolfe, Broncos 
          14. Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets 
          15. Emmanuel Ogbah, Browns 
          16. Chris Baker, Redskins 
          17. DaQuan Jones, Titans 
          18. Chris Jones, Chiefs 
          19. Michael Pierce, Ravens 
          20. Jared Crick, Broncos 
          21. Kenny Clark, Packers 
          22. Ricky Jean Francois, Redskins 
          23. Ronald Blair, 49ers
          24. Lawrence Guy, Ravens 
          25. Karl Klug, Titans 
          26. Carl Nassib, Browns 
          27. D.J Reader, Texans
          28. Zach Kerr, Colts 
          29. Cullen Jenkins, Redskins 
          30. Arik Armstead, 49ers 
          31. Corey Liuget, Chargers 
          32. Adolphus Washington, Bills 
          33. Quinton Dial, 49ers 
          34. Cornelius Washington, Bears 
          35. Jaye Howard, Chiefs
          36. Henry Anderson, Colts 
          37. Brent Urban, Ravens 
          38. Leger Douzable, Bills
          39. C.J Wilson, Bears 
          40. Stephen Paea, Browns 
          41. Josh Mauro, Cardinals 
          42. Christian Covington, Texans 
          43. Mitch Unrein, Bears 
          44. Rodney Gunter, Cardinals 
          45. Ricardo Mathews, Steelers 
          46. Jamie Meder, Browns
          47. Jerel Worthy, Bills 
          48. Hassan Ridgeway, Colts 
          49. Jonathan Bullard, Bears 
          50. Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chiefs
          51. Dean Lowry, Packers 
          52. Darius Philon, Chargers 
          53. Xavier Cooper, Browns 
          54. Chris D. Jones, Dolphins/49ers
          55. Arthur Jones, Colts 
          56. Billy Winn, Broncos 
          57. Kendall Langford, Colts 
          58. Adam Gostis, Broncos
          59. Tenny Palepoi, Chargers 

            (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and higthlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)

            Ranking: The Top 4-3 Defensive Ends of the 2016 Season 

            1. Khalil Mack, Raiders 
            2. Danielle Hunter, Vikings 
            3. Michael Bennett, Seahawks 
            4. Cameron Wake, Dolphins 
            5. Cliff Avril, Seahawks 
            6. Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants 
            7. Carlos Dunlap, Bengals 
            8. Frank Clark, Seahawks 
            9. Olivier Vernon, Giants 
            10. Cameron Jordan, Saints 
            11. Everson Griffin, Vikings 
            12. Brandon Graham, Eagles 
            13. Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars 
            14. Trey Flowers, Patriots 
            15. Mario Addison, Panthers 
            16. Brian Robison, Vikings 
            17. Jabaal Sheard, Patriots 
            18. Kerry Hyder, Lions 
            19. Robert Ayers, Buccaneers 
            20. Adrian Clayborn, Falcons 
            21. Noah Spence, Buccaneers 
            22. William Hayes, Rams 
            23. Benson Mayowa, Cowboys 
            24. Andre Branch, Dolphins 
            25. Charles Johnson, Panthers 
            26. Connor Barwin, Eagles 
            27. Kony Ealy, Panthers 
            28. Dante Fowler, Jaguars 
            29. Tyrone Crawford, Cowboys 
            30. Devin Taylor, Lions 
            31. William Gholston, Buccaneers 
            32. Chris Long, Patriots 
            33. Ezekiel Ansah, Lions
            34. Michael Johnson, Bengals 
            35. Robert Quinn, Rams 
            36. Dwight Freeney, Falcons 
            37. Will Clarke, Bengals 
            38. Vinny Curry, Eagles
            39. Courtney Upshaw, Falcons 
            40. Jack Crawford, Cowboys 
            41. Tyson Alualu, Jaguars 
            42. Brooks Reed, Falcons 
            43. Jason Jones, Dolphins 
            44. Eugene Sims, Rams 
            45. Paul Kruger, Saints 
            46. Denico Autry, Raiders 
            47. Ethan Westbrooks, Rams 
            48. Marcus Smith, Eagles 
            49. Wallace Gilberry, Bengals 
            50. Mario Williams, Dolphins 
            51. Romero Okwara, Giants 
            52. Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys 
            53. Kasim Edebali, Saints 
            54. Wes Horton, Panthers 
            55. Anthony Zettel, Lions 
            56. Jared Odrick, Jaguars 
            57. Kerry Wynn, Giants 
            58. Darryl Tapp, Saints 
            59. Margus Hunt, Bengals 
            60. Jihad Ward, Raiders 
            61. Tyson Jackson, Falcons 
            62. Davonte Lambert, Buccaneers 

              (Opinion based rankings based on statistical and higthlight analysis from sources including ProFootballFocus, ESPN NFL, ProFootballReference, NFL.com, CBS Sports NFL, Ourlands, and Bleacher Report)