59. Quenton Nelson, RG, Indianapolis Colts (Last year: NR)
Quenton Nelson is one of the easiest evaluations I’ve ever done in my life during the draft scouting process. A player that plays mean, angry and violent. He’s always in control, he’s a great athlete and he understands the game well. However, Nelson just wants to end everyone he comes in contact with. Nelson is just another level of fierce offensive guard. Watch him rise to the top of the guard crop in next year’s DTR 100.
58. Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers (Last year: 31st)
Joey Bosa battled some injuries last year, but the talented Los Angeles Charger pass rusher shouldn’t be overlooked. Bosa had two straight double digit sack seasons before missing half of 2018. He finished with 5.5 sacks and likely would have hit double digits again had he played all 16 games.
57. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Last year: NR)
After going from maybe the best player in the league to being forgotten about. J.J. Watt really turned it all around in 2018. The former NFL MVP candidate in 2014, only played eight games over the last two seasons before playing in every single game this past year. He racked up 16 sacks, forced a career-high seven fumbles and added 61 tackles to his stat sheet. The issue with Watt has been his recent injury history which disrupted a career of five-straight full seasons played. Watt is going to continue to climb back up the ranks as long as he stays healthy.
56. Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings (Last year: NR)
Danielle Hunter is just 24 years of age but the Vikings have a star in him. Hunter became a full-time starter in his third year but he did play 16 games the season prior to that and racked up 12.5 sacks. He followed up that season with seven but in 2018, Hunter found his career high 14.5 sacks and finished with career-highs in tackles (72) and tackles for a loss (21). The physical specimen in Minnesota is going to be terrorizing quarterbacks for years to come.
55. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (Last year: 92nd)
Keenan Allen has gone through some brutal injuries but the Chargers receiver continues to battle the roadblocks and fight forward. Allen has racked up 12 touchdowns, 199 receptions and almost 2,500 yards over the last two years alone. Allen is Philip Rivers‘ favorite target and rightfully so, Allen finished last year with a 71.3 catch percentage rate. He’s an outstanding route runner and someone that comes down with just about anything you throw his way. The injuries are the only thing stopping Allen.
54. Lane Johnson, RT, Philadelphia Eagles (Last year: 48th)
Lane Johnson has been the best right tackle in the league for a while now. The former first-round pick has started 80 games and continues to lock down the position in Philadelphia.
53. Zack Martin, RG, Dallas Cowboys (Last year: 28th)
The 28-year-old star offensive guard has started 78 of the 80 games his team has played since he joined the roster. Zack Martin had his worst year and still ended up with one of the best years for a guard. Martin ended up getting that contract extension this season and is likely going to be among the best of the best on this list once again next year.
52. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Last year: 4th)
Carson Wentz only played in 11 games last year before an injury once again sidelined him in favor of Nick Foles. In those 11 games, everyone ignored what Wentz was doing individually because the Eagles were 5-6 during that time. However, Wentz had 21 touchdowns to seven interceptions, a career-high completion percentage at 69.6 percent and 3,074 passing yards. Wentz has had at least 15 touchdowns, under 15 interceptions, at least 3,000 passing yards and at least a 60 percent completion percentage since entering the league. He may have been forgotten about and he did fall quite a bit in the newest DTR 100 list. However, Wentz will be back to an MVP contender in no time, he’s a rare talent.
51. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (Last year: NR)
Philip Rivers had a very good year throwing for 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 4,308 passing yards and finishing with a completion percentage almost at 70 percent. The 37-year-old is nearing the end of the line and he’s looking for a Super Bowl ring before retirement. Last year was not the way the Chargers wanted their season to end but Rivers orchestrates a talented offense that will be looking to avenge last year’s early round blow out.
50. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (Last year: 95th)
One of the top three best tight ends in the sport, Zach Ertz was a vital cog on the Philadelphia Eagles offense to win the Super Bowl two years ago. The 28-year-old Ertz finally broke the 1,000-yard mark last year after consistently finishing in the 800 yards mark over the previous three seasons. He’s started in 56 of the 91 games he’s played in and has produced 29 touchdowns, 437 receptions, and 4,827 yards receiving.