69. Rodger Saffold, LG, Tennessee Titans (Last year: 100th)
The Los Angeles Rams offensive line as mentioned before was a key component to getting them to the Super Bowl. To be more detailed, Rodger Saffold was arguably the biggest key component after Andrew Whitworth. Saffold has always been a stout run blocker but his overall game being as balanced as it is makes things so much easier on an offense. Many times last year you could find Saffold, who started every single game on the year, getting to the second level with ease. When you have an athletic offensive lineman like Saffold you can create a convoy for your running back or give your quarterback a last-second bailout. With Saffold signing in Tennessee, there is a good chance he’s going to have the same effect with an offensive line that has the likes of Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin.
68. Adrian Amos, SS, Green Bay Packers (Last year: 52nd)
The former 2015 fifth-round pick came on strong the last two years in Vic Fangio’s defense. Adrian Amos was graded as one of the top safeties in the league according to Pro Football Focus and the tape mirrored the same thing. Amos’ ability in run support and underrated coverage skills make him a lock for this DTR 100 list. The Green Bay Packers signed him this offseason and I think he’s going to be huge in Mike Pettine’s defense.
67. Casey Hayward, CB, Los Angeles Chargers (Last year: 39th)
Casey Hayward could arguably be considered a top-three corner over the last few seasons. In what was a down year for Hayward, he still made the most of it and formed a nasty secondary force with Derwin James, Trevor Williams and Desmond King. Hayward went from reeling in 11 interceptions over the last two years to bringing in nothing. That’s one of the bummers of Hayward’s season and is why he falls here on the DTR 100 list instead of higher.
66. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (Last year: NR)
Aaron Rodgers opened up the training camp season by saying that Davante Adams might be in the top three as far as wideouts go. That’s high praise, and while I may disagree with Mr. Rodgers, I have to admit Adams has turned into a star. Adams is one of the craftiest route runners in the game today. After flirting with a potential rise in tier over the last couple of years, Adams took it to another level. He hauled in 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s likely going to be a lot higher next year on the DTR 100.
65. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last year: 59th)
Mike Evans is one of the best 50-50 ball receivers in the league. Whether it was Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing it up to him, Evans came down with the ball 62.3 percent of the time. That is Evans highest catch percentage of his career and in many ways, this was Evans best season as a pro. He didn’t have the career-high 12 touchdowns but he did set career highs in yards per catch, catch rate, longest reception and receiving yards. He actually finished with 1,524 receiving yards despite playing with two quarterbacks last year. Watch for Evans to fly up this DTR 100 list next year after a year in Bruce Arians‘ scheme.
64. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (Last year: NR)
Robert Woods. What can you say about a player that was a former second-round pick and never had an opportunity to really show it? That is until he signed back home with the Los Angeles Rams to play in the same stadium he played his college ball in. Woods is one of the best route runners and blocking receivers you will find today. His field awareness is elite, his ball-carrying is above average, his hands are smooth and his football IQ is right around some of the best in the NFL. When you have a player like Woods on the field, you have a weapon that can win in multiple different ways. Woods brought down 86 balls for 1,219 yards, six touchdowns and a 66.2 percent catch rate. He’s considered one of the most underrated players in the league and there’s a reason why.
63. Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints (Last year: 19th)
Cameron Jordan has started in every single game dating back to the 2012 NFL season. He missed just one start his rookie year but played in the game. That is 127 starts over the course of his career. The 30-year-old defensive end has racked up a career total of 71.5 sacks and 12 of those came last year in a huge season for the Saints. He tacked on 18 tackles for a loss, six batted passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Jordan is one of the most feared pass rushers in the game and he’s often underrated. When talking about the best of the best, Jordan definitely deserves to be mentioned in that conversation.
62. Andrew Whitworth, LT, Los Angeles Rams (Last year: 86th)
Here’s the big-time engine that drives the Rams offense, Andrew Whitworth. The 37-year-old blindside protector played in all 16 games and was one of the best tackles in the NFL this past year. He improved upon his first season and gave Jared Goff a clean pocket more often than not. This is likely the last year for Whitworth in the NFL, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old is far from over the hill. The shape Whitworth keeps himself in makes you think he might not be done after this contract is up.
61. Shaq Mason, RG, New England Patriots (Last year: NR)
Shaq Mason has turned into one of the best guards in the NFL. While in pass protection, Mason only gave up one sack on Tom Brady and only 13 hurries. The former Georgia Tech product started with a decent rookie season and has been brilliant ever since. He’s improved his game in all areas. If he keeps it up, he’s going to have a contract extension waiting for him to sign.
60. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (Last year: 72nd)
Matt Ryan had himself another excellent season in which he threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdown, and only seven interceptions. He had a 69.4 completion on 608 attempts. He also, unfortunately, fell short of the playoffs a year after winning the Wild Card round as the Falcons only went 7-9. Matt Ryan and the Falcons will likely be back and ready for a much better season in 2019 and Ryan will probably be higher on this DTR 100 list next year.