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It’s TDN Mailbag time, this week with a special Rank ‘Em edition! I fielded a plethora of your questions asking me to rank four players within a certain position group, and boy were some of these tough. Y’all are good at this, had me sweating.


1. D.K. Metcalf

2. A.J. Brown

3. N’Keal Harry

4. Marquise Brown

I need to see more of Marquise Brown, but I’m not sure a raw, 160-pound receiver should be as coveted as he seems to be right now. All four can have very good NFL careers however, although Metcalf looks like an absolute freak. A.J. Brown and Harry both have athleticism questions that will need to be answered, but I like Brown post-catch a little bit more, and think he’s more explosive out of his route breaks.


This season?

1. David Bakhtiari

2. Trent Williams

3. Tyron Smith

4. Lane Johnson

Johnson and Smith have been a little up-and-down this season, some of which is health-related, while Bakhtiari has been an absolute monster. Normally, Williams is the best tackle in football.

1. Chandler Jones

2. Khalil Mack

3. Joey Bosa

4. Everson Griffen

Jones might be the best edge pass rusher in the NFL right now, and Mack is right in that top-tier. Bosa is on his way to tier 1, and Griffen is probably one of the top guys in tier 2. Hope both of them can return soon.

Oh, man. Interesting one.

1. Vance McDonald

2. Trey Burton

3. David Njoku

4. Jonnu Smith

Right now, McDonald is the best of the group and probably one of the more underrated players in the NFL. Njoku’s peak plays are awesome, but he’s got to find some consistency and cut down on the drops. He has the highest ceiling of the group by far.

1. Brian Lewerke

2. Shea Patterson

3. Nate Stanley

4. Trace McSorley

I don’t feel great about any of these options, but the first three have more upside than McSorley, and if I’m taking any of them it’s as a developmental prospect. Lewerke is the best blend of upside and NFL-readiness, but no chance I want him starting any time soon. Ultimately, I think the first three return to school after this season.


1. Kelechi Osemele

2. Brandon Scherff

3. Quenton Nelson

4. Kevin Zeitler

Osemele can have some issues in pass pro against the elite athletes of the interior defensive line world, but he’s generally one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Scherff is close to joining that top tier as well, and Nelson may join him someday. Right now, Zeitler is better than Q, but I expect that to change in the near future.


1. Dee Ford

2. Preston Smith

3. Dante Fowler

4. Markus Golden

Haven’t seen a healthy Golden for awhile now, while Fowler has become a very solid rusher for the Jaguars. Ford is the best pass rusher in the group when he’s healthy, unfortunately he is banged up too often throughout his career. If he wasn’t, he’d be more on the national radar.

1. Travis Frederick

2. Alex Mack

3. Rodney Hudson

4. Jason Kelce

After Frederick, this one gets tough. Mack is the best all-around player of the remaining trio, but Hudson and Kelce are elite as well. I think Kelce is a tad more inconsistent, although he might be the best space/second level blocking center in the NFL.

1. Earl Thomas

2. Landon Collins

3. Adrian Amos

4. George Iloka

Thomas is the clear-cut no. 1. I think Collins is inconsistent, but good, while Amos is more consistent without as many peak plays. Iloka looks like he’s on the downside of his career.


1. Jalen Ramsey

2. Richard Sherman

3. Terrell Suggs

4. Josh Norman

Ramsey, undisputed no. 1. Sherman can still chirp, while Suggs seems to have slowed down some. I don’t know what to think of Norman. Some games it seems like he’s lost his fire completely.


1. Michael Thomas

2. Stefon Diggs

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster

4. Cooper Kupp

Kupp is a really good, do-it-all type of player who is perfect for Sean McVay’s offense, but I don’t know that he’s dynamic enough to contend with the rest of the group. Thomas and Diggs are top 10 wide receivers, while Smith-Schuster’s ability to make high-degree of difficulty plays is pushing him into the top 15-20 in year two.


1. Mike Daniels

2. Cam Heyward

3. Akiem Hicks

4. Leonard Williams

Daniels is the best of the bunch, I feel confident about that, but second place is tough to determine. Hicks plays high and can be stymied a bit in the run game, but his power and quickness as a rusher is devastating. Heyward is prob more consistent, despite being smaller and more easily handled by power players at times. I like Williams, but this is a tough group to crack.