If you’re truly a professional in the NFL, there are two things you don’t do. Complain about how the rest of the team is performing in public and fail to do your absolute best every week. With few exceptions, those who don’t adhere to these simple rules tend to be kicked out of the league. However, doing these things doesn’t mean that player is guaranteed to be a success or a major star. It just means that they’re a true professional. There are plenty of players whose personal skills exceed the overall talent of the team they play on.
Since those players never get the chance to complain, allow us to do a little complaining for them. There are few things more frustrating in football than watching one of the league’s best talents spend their greatest years on a team that isn’t threatening to win their division, much less the Super Bowl. While it’s natural that this is going to happen given the nature of the draft process, there are players in the NFL that are being kept from reaching their full potential due partially to the lackluster teams they play on. They are the top 15 NFL players who would be stars on better teams.
15 Kenny Britt
14 Andrew Whitworth
13 Linval Joseph
12 Delanie Walker
11 Pernell McPhee
10 Giovani Bernard
9 Brandon Graham
While the Eagles aren’t exactly at the bottom of the league barrel, their struggles in recent seasons combined with some of their personnel issues has led to some of the team’s greatest contributors flying a bit under the radar. Brandon Graham may just be the most notable member of the under-appreciated Eagles. While he didn’t exactly enter the NFL as one of the league’s best defensive ends, he has greatly improved over the last few years and is quickly becoming one of the most feared outside presences in the league.
8 Kendall Langford
What is wrong with the Indianapolis Colts? If you’re just going off of the name value of their roster, you’d think that they would be one of the most dominant teams in the league. Yet, the group has struggled to make the most out of their weak division and considerable talent over the last few years. Because of their underachievement, guys like Kendall Langford haven’t always received all the attention they deserve.
7 DeForest Buckner
6 Danielle Hunter
5 Tyrod Taylor
4 Jason Verrett
There are many who consider cornerback to the most difficult skill position in the league. It’s not hard to understand why. A professional cornerback needs to possess the athleticism of a wide receiver while still being able to work around the NFL’s increasingly tougher pass protection rules. Because of how difficult it is to be a truly great cornerback, you would think that the elite corners in the league would all be household names. Yet, Jason Verrett is struggling to establish himself as the star he is.
3 John Brown
2 Cameron Jordan
1 Allen Robinson
The Jacksonville Jaguars franchise history is a story of struggle. With the exception of a few exceptional seasons, Jaguar fans have had to endure years of heartbreak. The worst part about these years of underachievement is that there have been quite a few great players who have donned the Jaguars’ uniform during that time. Allen Robinson is the latest among those great talents. It’s actually debatable if he or Allen Hurns is the Jaguars’ best receiver, but Robinson seems to have more star potential of the two.
In 2015, Robinson went off for a stunning 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. If he had done that for a more competitive team, he would have been a Madden NFL cover athlete. Because he did it for the Jaguars, however, Robinson continues to be denied his status as one of the most exciting players in the NFL.
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