This is MrSportsGeek’s top five NFL players for the 2020-2021 season. This ranking is based on each player’s previous season stats, contributions to the team, and league standings. We know many other great NFL players deserve to be on this list, but we’re confident in our top 5, and we can’t wait for the new season to start and our players to show what they’re made of!
1. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Lavon Mahomes (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs (NFL). He began his undergraduate career at Texas Tech University, where he was the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Pat Mahomes. He gave up baseball after his sophomore year to focus exclusively on football. He topped all NCAA Division I FBS players in numerous categories during his junior year, including passing yards (5,052) and total touchdowns (53). The Kansas City Chiefs picked him 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
2. Aaron Donald
Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive lineman for the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams (NFL). He was picked by the Rams with the 13th choice in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft after playing college football at Pittsburgh, where he has been named a consensus All-American. In his eight years in the league, Donald has been nominated to eight Pro Bowls, earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and been voted AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times, including back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, and again in 2020.
Donald is primarily considered to be one of the all-time best defensive players.
3. Russell Wilson
Russell Carrington Wilson (November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks (NFL). Wilson began his undergraduate career at NC State, where he played football and baseball from 2008 to 2010, before moving to Wisconsin in 2011. He established the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8). He led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship and the 2012 Rose Bowl.
He also played minor league baseball as a second baseman with the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011. His professional baseball rights are currently controlled by the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate.
4. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers (NFL). Rodgers started his collegiate football career at Butte College in 2002 before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. He established several career throwing records, including the lowest single-season and career interception rates. The Packers chose him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
5. Derrick Henry
Derrick Lamar Henry Jr. is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was born on January 4, 1994. (NFL). He was dubbed “King Henry” because of his intimidating rushing game and greater stature than the usual running back.