What does it mean to be overrated in the NFL? By the very nature of the word, if you are to be overrated, you were probably at one point or another considered a premier athlete. Perhaps you have lost a step as you got older, but people still remember you for your glory days.
Other players are not overrated when they step on the field, but their health concerns or awful contracts can help make them some of the most overrated players in the NFL. There is no value in having a pro bowl running back, if you cannot expect them to take the field more often then not.
You can be considered overrated, but still be a talented player in the NFL. Is Russell Wilson an awful NFL quarterback? Absolutely not. Does Wilson deserve all of the praise that has been thrown his way? Perhaps not, and for those who hate him, they will quickly turn to the talk of how he is overrated because of the system he plays in.
Some players may find their entire career is spent trying to live up to expectations that they will never be able to achieve. It is great to explode onto the scene as a rookie, but the league is riddled with people that turned it on for one season and then faded into obscurity
There is no shortage of work that goes into being a professional football player. There are countless elements of your game to tighten up and even though they work as hard as they do, there are still at least 15 NFL players that garner praise when they should instead be looked at through a different lens.
Here are 15 of the most overrated players in the NFL.
15 15. T.Y. Hilton
14 14. Russell Wilson
13 13. Eddie Lacy
12 12. Dwayne Bowe
11 11. Marshawn Lynch
10 10. Arian Foster
9 9. Kam Chancellor
8 8. Percy Harvin
7 7. Julius Thomas
6 6. Vernon Davis
5 5. Andrew Luck
4 4. DeMarco Murray
3 3. Jimmy Graham
2 2. Mike Wallace
1 1. Peyton Manning
It's hard not to feel bad for Peyton Manning. He's one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but he is far from that player today. In fact, he may have played his final game after he was sent to the bench in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was then revealed that Peyton was playing with a foot injury that has him sidelined. While many thought a decline was possible this year, no one could've expected Peyton to fall this far in a year. Peyton lacks the strength to move the ball downfield consistently and the accuracy that made him elite. It remains to be seen if he will get another significant chance to lead a team on a Super Bowl run.
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