4. Von Miller– That 2011 draft can go down as a really special one with all the talent that came out that year. Cam Newton was the first overall pick, A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and some guy named J.J. Watt was also drafted that year and I think it’s safe to say he’s had a really good career so far, right? Then, there was some guy from Texas A&M named Von Miller and he’s had a very nice career now and he’s been on this list before and he’s back again as my fourth best player entering the 2016 season and my second rated defensive player. You name it, he can do it. He has a tremendous first step and having that normally gives him the advantage over any offensive lineman trying to block him. With the speed he has off the edge, the offensive lineman doesn’t stand a chance. You ask any left tackle about him and they’ll tell you he’s the most difficult to keep it your backfield because he can spin, beat you with his speed, he uses his hands to his advantage and if you try to take his outside lane away, he’ll cut inside and find his way to the quarterback. Many have stated that he’s the best defensive player in the league not named J.J. Watt and I definitely agree with that. He’s been injured a few times during his career, but when he’s on the field you see what he’s capable of doing. Look at his performance in the playoffs this past January. In the AFC Championship game, he was all over the field and pressured Tom Brady all game long then two weeks later, he did the same exact thing to the Carolina Panthers and didn’t give Cam Newton anytime to do much with the football and helped lead the Broncos to their first Super Bowl championship since 1999 and he was awarded Super Bowl MVP. When he’s not on the field, the Broncos have an average defense at best. With him in the mix, this is by far the best defense in the league. He makes that much of a difference.
A Super Bowl MVP Appearance