The 5 Most Over Rated Players in the NFL Today
1) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
I know, I know, Newton is one of the faces of the NFL. But that face of the NFL completed a whopping 52 percent of his passes last year, and while he is great at running, you have to be able to complete passes. In his six years in the NFL, he has been above a 90 passer rating just once. He has proven to be nothing more than a front runner so far in his short NFL career. Can he mature and become better? The answer is probably yes. Will he? Probably not. Mechanically as a quarterback, he is average at best which leads to a low completion percentage. Maybe with Leonard Fournette in the backfield, it will take some of the pressure off of Newton, which may, in turn, lead him to develop into a better quarterback, but as of right now Newton is the most over-rated player in the NFL.
2) Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree had a great statistical season last year, as he amassed over one thousand receiving yards. But, the problem with Crabtree, as it has been his entire career, are frequent drops. Last year alone he dropped 13 passes. He has dropped 31 passes over the last three years and his lack of discipline has always been a problem. Crabtree is a poor route runner that drops a lot of balls, so don’t let the stats fool you.
3) Eli Manning, New York Giants
I don’t want to do this as Manning has quarterbacked two Super Bowl winners and led drives to win both Super Bowls. Since 2011, Manning has been mediocre at best. He has never been selected as an all-pro and has only been voted to three Pro Bowls. I know, especially the last five years, the Giants’ offensive line has been poor but Manning has at times been a turnover machine. Last year he had a solid year and things seem to be set up in Manning’s favor heading into the 2017 season. But, as of right now based off the last half-decade, Manning has to be somewhere on this list.
4) Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets
Wilkerson signed an $86 million contract with the Jets and since then has been nothing but a bust. Wilkerson grades out towards the bottom of 4-3 defensive ends in the NFL. Wilkerson lacks burst, sure he is strong, but it’s impossible to be worth $86 million as a defensive end when you can’t run the hoop well and get to the quarterback.
5) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
Matthews was an absolute beast when he entered the league in 2009 as a 3-4 outside linebacking pass rusher. Over the past three years, the Packers have switched him back and forth from inside to outside looking for a way to help him be effective once again and it just hasn’t worked. Matthews’ skill set has steadily deteriorated over the last three years, and while still a solid player, he is no longer the threat he once was.