When thinking about the most valuable players in the NFL, the focus usually turns directly to quarterbacks. However, there are plethora of players at other positions that teams simply cannot afford.
For example, a player like Travis Kelce comes to mind when considering his team, especially as the Kansas City Chiefs traded their top receiver, Tyreek Hill, to the Miami Dolphins.
But who else should make the list? Marcellus Wiley and Emmanuel Acho shared their top non-quarterback picks.
Aaron Donald and Travis Kelce highlight top non-QBs
The quarterbacks typically get the most attention in the NFL, but what about other positions? Marcellus Wiley and Emmanuel Acho share their list of the most valuable non-quarterbacks.
Acho’s No. 5: Ja’Marr ChaseWR, Cincinnati Bengals
Key stats: In 2021, Chase played 17 games and reeled in 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Acho’s thoughts: “I chose Ja’Marr Chase because his team made it to the Super Bowl, and he was the most valuable person outside of the quarterback on his team. Remember, he had a 266-yard game and had over 1,400 yards receiving, breaking the. rookie receiving record. “
Wiley’s No. 5: Mark AndrewsTE, Baltimore Ravens
Key stats: Last season, in 17 games, Andrews caught 107 balls for 1,361 yards and nine touchdowns.
Wiley’s thoughts: “Which tight end was the most receiving yards last year? Which tight end was the most catches last year? When does Lamar Jackson throw the ball when his eyes are closed? Mark Andrews is a beast, and he deserves it.”
Acho’s No. 4: Trent Williams, OT, San Francisco 49ers
Acho’s thoughts: “We know Jimmy G struggled, and we know Deebo Samuel balls. Why did Deebo Samuel ball, and why was Jimmy G alive to see it? Because of this beast, this monster, this animal, he was a First-Team All-Pro. season. “
Wiley’s No. 4: Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Key stats: In 16 games, Kelce snagged 92 receptions for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns.
Wiley’s thoughts: “The reason why he is above Mark Andrews is that there is no Cheetah now. When you lose Cheetah, the value of Kelce certainly rises on this team.”
Acho’s No. 3: Aaron DonaldDT, Los Angeles Rams
Key stats: Donald played all 17 games for the Rams and recorded 12.5 sacks, 38 solo tackles, and four forced fumbles.
Acho’s thoughts: “Ninety-eight sacks for his career, he won the Super Bowl, had two sacks in the Super Bowl, all-around dude, and appears to be the heartbeat of his team.”
Wiley’s No. 3: Myles GarrettDE, Cleveland Browns
Key stats: In 17 games, Garrett recorded 16.0 sacks, 33 solo tackles, and one forced fumble.
Wiley’s thoughts: “Myles Garrett is a monster out there in terms of what he does up front, and it always starts up front. Defensively, turning the corner, he has no weakness. He’s gigantic, he can still bend, he has acceleration, quickness, speed. , everything. “
Acho’s No. 2: Trevon DiggsCB, Dallas Cowboys
Key stats: Diggs, in 16 games, had 11 interceptions (the most since 1981) for 142 total yards and two touchdowns.
Acho’s thoughts: “The Cowboys defense is not good, but it is, and the Parsons are. The Cowboys’ defense was given yards in the league in the 19th, which means they bent but they didn’t break. Why didn’t they break? Because Diggs was breaking on routes. “
Wiley’s No. 2: TJ WattOLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Key stats: In 15 games, Watt recorded 22.5 sacks, 48 solo tackles, and five forced fumbles.
Wiley’s thoughts: “TJ Watt has led the NFL in sacks in the last two years. TJ Watt is the best at putting those quarterbacks down for the last two years.”
Acho’s No. 1: Jonathan TaylorRB, Indianapolis Colts
Key stats: In a full season (17 games), Taylor rushed the ball 332 times for 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per attempt.
Acho’s thoughts: “Eighteen-hundred yards, eight-consecutive games with 100 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, an NFL record, he tied that. More than anything, they were 9-1 when he rushed for over 100 yards.”
Wiley’s No. 1: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Wiley’s thoughts: “How can he be the best player in the game and then, not the number one in terms of value as a non-quarterback? It has to be Aaron Donald at No. 1.”
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