Most Underrated NFL Players Going Into the 2018-2019 Season

PackFan2005
We’ve had loads of underrated NFL players in the past. Some that play well, but are overshadowed by others at the position. Going into the 2018 season, we have plenty of players that aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. We’re looking at the top ten most underrated NFL players going into the 2018-2019 NFL season.

The Top Ten

1 Blake Martinez Blake Martinez

Martinez quietly led the NFL in tackles in 2017, but no one really knew. He’s pretty much unknown to a lot of people, unlike some on this list. But 2018 can be better for him. Maybe he’ll finally get some honors and a pro bowl. With depth lacking at linebacker in Green Bay, his workload will increase, meaning more opportunities for success in 2018. - PackFan2005

2 Whitney Mercilus Whitney Mercilus

Always been overshadowed by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, and unfortunately, it will most likely remain that way. Mercilus needs more recognition, but being on the same team with Watt and Clowney doesn’t help his case. - PackFan2005

3 Casey Hayward Casey Hayward

A top ten cornerback, and he’s still not really being acknowledged. He’s been overshadowed by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. I’m still kind of disappointed that Green Bay gave up on him, but I’m glad he’s finally living up to his true potential with the Chargers. He finally has a chance to make a name for himself in 2018, with Los Angeles primed to make a playoff run. - PackFan2005

4 Mario Addison Mario Addison

Compared to Julius Peppers and Luke Kuechly, he isn’t much. But Addison is a difference maker. A vital part of Carolina’s defensive line, he never quite gets the recognition he deserves. But maybe once Julius Peppers retires, he’ll finally become known. - PackFan2005

5 Jordan Howard Jordan Howard

Of course he’s here. One of the only Bears to be consistent over the last two years, yet no recognition whatsoever. I’ll bet he’ll make his first pro bowl in 2018, maybe second team all pro. Howard has a chance to become a top five back in the NFL. - PackFan2005

6 Yannick Ngakoue Yannick Ngakoue

Definitely underrated. He is one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL for sure (you know, every Jaguar d-lineman is one of the best in the NFL). That defense is just incredible! - DoroExploro13

7 Harrison Smith Harrison Smith Harrison Smith is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Man, he’s been snubbed of a lot of things. Pro bowl, first team all-pro, the list goes on. Smith has consistently been one of the NFL’s best safeties over the last few years. He needs to make a pro bowl. And I’m sure he will this year. Smith is the most talented safety in the NFL. Hands down. - PackFan2005

8 Marquise Goodwin Marquise Goodwin
9 Doug Baldwin Doug Baldwin Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

Probably the most underrated receiver in the NFL. While he’s not elite, he’s still a consistently good target for Russell Wilson, and his workload will only increase with Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham gone. Baldwin may even make a pro bowl in the future. - PackFan2005

10 Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor

He’s probably going to get a bad rep and slide under the radar because Cleveland - Randomator

Especially when it comes to Quarterbacks. It been that way since 1999. Hence the nickname Quarterback Graveyard - Randomator

The Contenders

11 Royce Freeman Royce Freeman
12 Blake Bortles Blake Bortles Blake Bortles is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.

I am glad you recognized Blake as underrated. He isn't a bad QB. He played through a hand injury throughout the 2016 and 2017 seasons. If his hand stays healthy, I'm sure he will dominate. - DoroExploro13

He used to be the usual suspect to attack when the Jaguars were a joke but last year was different. Was that just a fluke or has he turned the corner - Randomator

Okay, people say he’s garbage, but if he was, would he have gotten Jacksonville, a personal loser, to the AFC Championship? I know, the defense carried them, but Bortles ran the offense, a vital part of any team. He’s severely underrated, I’ll tell you that. Now that we’re approaching the 2018 season, can Bortles finish what he started last season? - PackFan2005

13 Michael Gallup
14 Brandin Cooks Brandin Cooks Brandin Cooks is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

New Orleans and New England were foolish to toss Cooks around. Now, the Patriots are severely lacking depth at wide receiver, and are probably regretting letting him go. Now he’s fallen into the hands of the juggernaut Rams, which won’t help the Patriots chances of winning the super bowl. Brandin Cooks has finally found his home in Los Angeles. - PackFan2005

15 Mike Gesicki
16 A.J. Green A.J. Green Adriel Jeremiah Green also known by many being called A.J Green to shorten his first name. He was drafted 4th overall in 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

A.J. Green? Yes, because he’s been overshadowed by Antonio Brown and Julio Jones his entire career, even though I think Green is better than Jones. If only Green didn’t play for a garbage team, then maybe he’d get the recognition he deserves. - PackFan2005

17 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 5 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently ...read more.

Haha, he’s anything but underrated. - PackFan2005

18 Carson Wentz Carson Wentz Carson Wentz is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played college football at North Dakota State University. He was drafted by the Eagles with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, becoming the highest drafted quarterback from an ...read more.

Again, also not underrated. - PackFan2005

19 Ross Cockrell
20 Tashaun Gipson
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