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Old 02-07-2008, 09:48 PM    (permalink
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We have an overrated players thread, why not an underrated players thread..

Underrated
Michael Boley
Ronnie Brown
Paul Pozluzny
Donte Whitner
Jerricho Cotchery
Matt Hasselbeck

That's just off the top of my head...maybe i can think of some more later
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No offense, but this is going to turn into Homer lovefest...

I will venture to guess that Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes, and Haloti Ngata get 8 mentions, along with Bigby, Terrence Newman, and Chris Snee.
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The entire Jaguars offensive line.

Also, Daryl Smith.
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The entire Jaguars offensive line.

Also, Daryl Smith.
See what I mean?
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-Angelo Crowell
-Jerricho Cotchery
-TJ Housyourmama :)
-Kerry Rhodes
-Ahmad Bradshaw

This will turn into a homer thread, like andyjo said.
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The entire Green Bay Packers team............ haha JK. I know there are underated players but I cant really think of any right now.
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the two LBs in oakland, morrison and howard are pretty underrated.
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Leroy Hill is one off of the top of my head. Seattle has one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL and he's the unsung guy.
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Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata.
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It was Justin Tuck before the Super Bowl... Now on the Giants, I would say Gibril Wilson. =D
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To keep it sane--

Homer pick:
Frank Gore (I really think he's a top 3 back in the league with no help around him.... but I've seen where he doesn't make some people's top 10)

Rest of the League:
Adrian Wilson=BAMF
Donte Whitner
John Henderson (Marcus Stroud is good, Henderson is freaking amazing)
Andre Johnson (put him on just about any other team, he's a megastar)
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Michael Boley was ridiculous against the Colts. He was basically the only player doing anything positive for the Falcons.
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So ridiculously underrated. Now that he has a semblance of an offense around him, he should put up monster numbers next year.
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Nnamdi (bout to hit payday, but to an average fan, 'who is he' is common)
Rhodes (i really don't think i'm a homer, he gets mentioned so much in these things, but really, as far as average sports fans or media, he gets nothing)
Boley (very very solid, but on a team in termoil, and with DHall as headliner)
Cotchery (nothing amazing, but 2 seasons now he's been very reliable)
TJ Housh (85 gets the pub regardless of what this man does)
Jason Peters (made pro bowl i think, but u don't hear his name much)
Farrior (never really hear about him, although he has been very solid, and he never really got the mad pub when he had that monster year like 2 years ago)
Shaun Phillips (pub goes to Merriman)

no time to look further. Again, i could be wrong on what my assumption of underrated is refering to (ie. who is rating them)
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how bout as a rule u cant name a player from your own team or else its just annoying
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We have an overrated players thread, why not an underrated players thread..

Underrated
Michael Boley
Ronnie Brown
Paul Pozluzny
Donte Whitner
Jerricho Cotchery
Matt Hasselbeck

That's just off the top of my head...maybe i can think of some more later
hard to accurately rate a guy who has barely played. However, i did like what i saw and think that he has a chance to do good things. But, as far as underrated, i think we're a little ahead of ourselves
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Ernie Simms is extremely underrated.
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I give kudos to those who have mentioned my boy Michael Boley. Now I will make a list of players I think are underrated, and notice that unlike most of you I will not have half of them being players on my favorite team.

Underrated
  • Barrett Ruud - He was a standout on a largely ignored Bucs' defensive unit.
  • Brandon Marshall - The "baby TO" moniker couldn't be more accurate.
  • Kamerion Wimbley - The Browns need to help him out because he could be a stud.
  • Haloti Ngata - He is the best interior D-Lineman in the game
  • Keith Bulluck - How did he get snubbed again?
Those are off the top of my head.
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The most underated is Keith Bulluck. I'm not sure why he never even gets a mention when talking about top outside linebackers. He's consistantly held a high level of play throughout his career.

Which leads me to Nick Barnett. Yes I'm throwing one homer pick in here, but he is very underated. He stepped in as the starting middle linebacker day one in his rookie year. He's been a key part of our defense and is always around the ball. How he has never made a probowl is puzzling to me.

Keeping with the trend of linebackers Michael Boley is in the same situation as the two mentioned above, but with less experience. If he keeps up his production he's going to be a star some day.

Nnamdi Asomugha is starting to get a lot of recognition around the forum, but to the common fan he's still pretty much an unkown for some reason.

He gets overshadowed by the more vocal Chad Johnson, but TJ Houshmandzadeh has been very productive himself. He could be the number one option for quite a few teams in the NFL.
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Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson.
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how about my most overshadowed team?
chester taylor.
igor olshankey
ty warren
mike furrey
andre johnson (who's not necessarly overshadowed by anyone in his team, just by reliant stadium... but every single person on nfldc knows he's good. just no one sees him)
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robbie gould.


i still think justin tuck is underrated. e-gads.
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Keith Bulluck may get pro bowl snubbed systematically every season, but he is still considered by many to be a top player, so he isn't totally ignored. IMO I think he was even be a little overrated by some people these days - it used to be a travesty that he was ignored to the PB, but his play has started to slip these past two seasons and he is showing his age. Trusting the pro bowl system though, he'll end up being voted in when he's in his mid 30's and riding on the success of the D around him.

I think there are far more overrated players than underrated in the NFL - IMO, there's usually a pretty good reason why any given player may not be perceived as well as some say he should be. But there are a few exceptions - Angelo Crowell never seems to get much attention for his efforts. Mike Peterson on the Jags when healthy is a great MLB, but I think many would forget to include him in their top lists at the position - just seems to be one of those easy to forget players probably because of where he plays. Shaun Ellis IMO while maybe not top tier is another good player hardly talked about. Same goes for Cornelius Griffin on the Redskins. Andre Johnson I think isn't so much underrated as he is under appreciated for what he could be right now if he didn't start his career with Carr and the state of that team when he arrived.

And for the homer pick, LT Michael Roos. Jason Peters has been called 'underrated' so many times I think it no longer qualifies anymore, but Roos is every bit as good a pass blocker at LT and a pretty good run blocker too. Peters seems to attract most of the 'look at this young up and coming stud OT' attention and for good reason, but Roos' play has been high quality ever since his rookie 05 season at RT and then LT from 06 onwards, and he doesn't seem to get much attention for it.
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^I know Roos is a good tackle.
But I'm glad to see Peters get recognition. He came into the league as a UDFA TE, and now look what he has become. Many Bills fans knew he was good for a while, but the media started to take notice this year.
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