On Tuesday, we discussed the most overrated players in the NFL. While I chose Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, a lot of you went with a teammate of his, Aaron Rodgers. Others chose Dak Prescott, who is being deified by many after an extremely (unexpected) successful rookie year.
Now let’s turn our attention to the other side of NFL athletes: the underappreciated. There are plenty of hard-working, talented players out there that never seem to get the attention and praise they deserve. Today, let’s honor those players.
The Question of the Day is:
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL today?
My answer: Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. McCoy is finally starting to turn heads around the NFL and manage to land at No. 52 on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players for 2017” list, but that has been long overdue.
For the first few years of his career, McCoy couldn’t get out of the shadow of Ndamukong Suh, who was taken a spot before him in the 2010 NFL Draft. Early injuries drew all the attention away from McCoy and towards Suh, and Suh reveled in the attention.
But for the past four years, you could argue McCoy has been the better defensive tackle.
McCoy: 59 games, 33.5 sacks, 153 tackles
Suh: 64 games, 25.0 sacks, 235 tackles
To the casual fan, Suh remains the bigger name, both because of play and controversies, but McCoy has resurrected his career and, at the very least, deserves to be in the same conversation as Suh.