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. Sean Smith, Raiders
  15. Trumaine Johnson, Rams 
  16. Darius Slay, Lions
  17. William Gay, Steelers 
  18. Logan Ryan, Patriots 
  19. Byron Maxwell, Dolphins 
  20. Xavier Rhodes, Vikings 
  21. Stephon Gilmore, Bills 
  22. Terrance Newman, Vikings 
  23. Tramaine Brock, 49ers 
  24. Morris Claiborne, Cowboys 
  25. Jamar Taylor, Browns 
  26. James Bradberry, Panthers 
  27. Darius Butler, Colts 
  28. Tavon Young, Ravens 
  29. Jalen Collins, Falcons 
  30. Orlando Scandrick, Cowboys 
  31. Ross Cockrell, Steelers 
  32. Kareem Jackson, Texans 
  33. Desmond Trufant, Falcons 
  34. Adam Jones, Bengals 
  35. Lamarcus Joyner, Rams 
  36. Prince Amukamara, Jaguars 
  37. Leon Hall, Giants 
  38. Robert Alford, Falcons 
  39. Jason McCourty, Titans 
  40. Johnathan Joseph, Texans 
  41. Brian Poole, Falcons 
  42. Artie Burns, Steelers 
  43. Nickell Robey-Coleman, Bills 
  44. Aaron Colvin, Jaguars 
  45. Jimmy Smith, Ravens 
  46. David Amerson, Raiders 
  47. Nevin Lawson, Lions 
  48. Jimmie Ward, 49ers 
  49. Deshawn Snead, Seahawks 
  50. Brandon Carr, Cowboys 
  51. Eric Rowe, Patriots 
  52. Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals 
  53. Brandon Flowers, Chargers 
  54. Daryl Worley, Panthers 
  55. Micah Hyde, Packers 
  56. Brice McCain, Titans 
  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. Arthur 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)

              Ranking: The Top Defensive Tackles of the 2016 Season 

              1. Aaron Donald, Rams 
              2. Kawann Short, Panthers 
              3. Fletcher Cox, Eagles 
              4. Geno Atkins, Bengals 
              5. Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins 
              6. Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers 
              7. Linval Joseph, Vikings 
              8. Damon Harrison, Giants 
              9. Marcell Dareus, Bills 
              10. Malik Jackson, Jaguars
              11. Brandon Williams, Ravens
              12. Nick Fairley, Saints 
              13. Johnathan Hankins, Giants 
              14. Danny Shelton, Browns 
              15. Eddie Goldman, Bears 
              16. Malcom Brown, Patriots 
              17. Dominique Easley, Rams 
              18. Grady Jarrett, Falcons 
              19. Star Lotulelei, Panthers 
              20. David Irving, Cowboys 
              21. Alan Branch, Patriots 
              22. Sheldon Rankins, Saints 
              23. Mallek Collins, Cowboys 
              24. Ra’Shede Hageman, Falcons 
              25. A’Shawn Robinson, Lions 
              26. Brandon Mebane, Chargers 
              27. Dontari Poe, Chiefs 
              28. Sen’Derrick Marks, Jaguars 
              29. Terrell McClain, Cowboys 
              30. Steve McLendon, Jets
              31. David Parry, Colts 
              32. Abry Jones, Jaguars 
              33. Michael Brockers, Rams
              34. Clinton McDonald, Buccaneers 
              35. Haloti Ngata, Lions 
              36. Tony McDaniel, Seahawks 
              37. Tom Johnson, Vikings 
              38. Dan Williams, Raiders 
              39. Javon Hargrave, Steelers 
              40. Letroy Guion, Packers 
              41. Damion Square, Chargers 
              42. Bennie Logan, Eagles 
              43. Stacy McGee, Raiders 
              44. Sylvester Williams, Broncos 
              45. Daniel McCullers, Steelers 
              46. Pat Sims, Bengals 
              47. Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons 
              48. Cam Thomas, Rams 
              49. Jarran Reed, Seahawks 
              50. Deon Simon, Jets 
              51. Domata Peko, Bengals 
              52. Ziggy Hood, Redskins 
              53. Cedric Thornton, Cowboys 
              54. Will Sutton, Bears 
              55. Corey Peters, Cardinals 
              56. Vernon Butler, Panthers 
              57. Ahtyba Rubin, Seahawks 
              58. Glenn Dorsey, 49ers 
              59. Austin Johnson, Titans 
              60. Destiny Vaeao, Eagles 
              61. Khyri Thornton, Lions 
              62. Akeem Spence, Buccaneers 
              63. Roy Miller, Jaguars 
              64. Beau Allen, Eagles 
              65. Jay Bromley, Giants 
              66. Jordan Philips, Dolphins 
              67. Vincent Valentine, Patriots 
              68. Tyrunn Walker, Lions 
              69. Mike Purcell, 49ers 
              70. Justin Ellis, Raiders 
              71. Vince Wilfork, Texans 
              72. Earl Mitchell, Dolphins 
              73. Al Woods, Titans 
              74. Tyeler Davison, Saints 
              75. Shamar Stephen, Vikings 
              76. Dennis Latham, Raiders 
              77. David Onyemata, Saints 

                  (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)