We’re looking at every team’s best players on offense and defence, this time around we take a look at the NFC North division!
Green Bay Packers
Best offensive player: Davante Adams, WR
Aaron Jones could make a strong push for this spot but it looks like he might be handcuffed in 2020. Davante Adams should still be one of the best players, not just in the NFC North, but the entire league this year. In just 12 games last season he had 83 catches for 997 yards and five touchdowns. I ranked him as the No. 2 receiver in the league for the 2020 season and if Rodgers plays with a fire under him thanks to Jordan Love, he could even exceed the lofty expectations upon him.
Best defensive player: Za’Darius Smith, ROLB
One of Green Bay’s free-agent acquisitions from the Ravens paid off massively and completely transformed the defence. The team signed him for four years at a cost of $66 million and it’s already looking like a bargain at an annual average of $16.5 million annually. He was in on 55 tackles and amassed a team-leading 13.5 sacks with a forced fumble for good measure. Smith added the kind of consistent pass-rushing threat that ever championship team needs.
Best offensive player: Kenny Golladay, WR
Stafford held this spot for many years but with this injury and Golladay’s rise, it would be a crime not to rank him at the top. He was nowhere to be seen in his rookie year but the past two seasons combined we’ve seen 135 catches for 2,253 yards and 16 TDs. Golladay isn’t quite in the upper echelon of wide receivers just yet but he certainly could be there this year if he has another excellent campaign.
Best defensive player: Trey Flowers, RDE
Flowers came to Detroit on a huge deal that was criticised because he never had big numbers in New England. This is fair because he only had a career-high of 7.5 sacks in 2018. The potential is there, he has the versatility and he’s still a good player, but I fear he’ll never live up to his contract. In 2019 he finished with just seven sacks but as the rest of the defence gets better, hopefully, Flowers will find the next level and progress.
Best offensive player: Adam Thielen, WR
Continuing the theme of NFC North receivers, now poised to have even more targets thrown his way, it’s Adam Thielen. The former UDFA burst onto the scene in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Although injured for much of the 2019 season, Thielen showed the talent we’ve all fallen in love with these past few years. He should return to form this year and without Diggs to take half his targets his production could explode.
Best defensive player: Eric Kendricks, MLB
You could certainly argue Danielle Hunter goes here but Kendricks is an all-round great linebacker and I wanted to recognise him here. He’s probably the best coverage linebacker in the NFL, able to go toe-to-toe with the best tight ends and running backs. He had 110 tackles and 12 passes defended in 2019, the Vikings will need that now more than ever after losing their three starting cornerbacks from last year.
Best offensive player: Allen Robinson, WR
Last but not least, in a clean sweep of wide receivers for the NFC North, Allen Robinson, who’s three year, $42 million deal was criticised at the time. Since then, even through dodgy quarterback play, Robinson has managed 153 catches for 1,901 yards and 11 TDs. Those are great numbers when your QB is Mitch Trubisky and he should be in line for a bigger payday this offseason.
Best defensive player: Khalil Mack, LOLB
While his play slipped in 2019, Mack is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NFC North and NFL. He finished the year with just 8.5 sacks but did notch five forced fumbles to mark a disappointing year. Robert Quinn has been brought in as Mack’s running mate so hopefully, that means he won’t have the entire offensive line thrown at him.
Keep up with all the NFL offseason news with Gridiron Pulse!
Depth charts sourced from ourlads.com!