In the NFL, nearly every player sports a physically intimidating frame. But the same can't be said about players in the NCAA. Therefore, when the world was introduced to Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman in the most terrifying way possible, most couldn't believe their eyes. The College junior is 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds. But casual football fans didn’t know much about him until he was captured on screen at AT&T Stadium in Dallas during this past season’s Cotton Bowl. That image immediately surfaced on twitter and made everyone remember why football is considered one of the most frightening sports. Based on this astonishing frame alone, anyone can expect Oakman to find his way into the NFL in the coming years, and without a doubt on this list.
Finding 15 players to fill this list is easy, but determining which ones deserve to be on it ahead of others is the difficult part. Based on this list, the San Francisco 49ers covet players with shear physical ability. New head coach Jim Tomsula loves gritty and relentless players, and one of his most recent free agent signings—on offense—made the cut. Another notable player, Patrick Willis, who recently retired from the NFL due to injury, would have surely made this list, which would have given the Niners a combined four players on this list. Seven offensive players and seven defensive players made the list, and the special teams NFLer that made the cut may surprise you.
With the league shifting toward an aerial one, some of the shredded players on this list have been unable to sustain their high level of play through the movement; these players are more suited for a bruising style of football. Thus, having a flawless physical frame won’t inevitably equate into better production on the field or even more wins, especially in today’s NFL. But either way, who wouldn’t want one of these NFL bodies?
Here are the top 15 jacked players in the NFL today.
15 Michael Johnson – Cincinnati Bengals
14 Steve Weatherford – New York Giants
13 Jared Veldheer – Arizona Cardinals
12 Jon Beason – New York Giants
11 Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
10 J.J. Watt – Houston Texans
9 James Ihedigbo – Detroit Lions
8 Brian Orakpo – Tennessee Titans
7 Clay Matthews Jr. – Green Bay Packers
6 Steven Jackson – Free Agent
5 Reggie Bush – San Francisco 49ers
4 Robert Turbin – Seattle Seahawks
3 Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
2 Vernon Davis - San Francisco 49ers
1 LaRon Landry – Free Agent
The former fifth overall pick from LSU was considered a future pro-bowl caliber player and one of the safest prospects in the 2007 draft. Despite making the Pro Bowl as a replacement in 2012, since entering the league, Landry has been recognized for his hard-hitting and his famous biceps—easily the biggest in the league. However, tests results revealed what many believed about the safety’s arms; Landry was suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2015 season after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy for the second time.
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