The best players in the NFL aren’t necessarily the most sought after, but their contributions are undeniable.
We have covered every player to ever play in the league, and they are just as important today as they were when we started writing the piece.
In honor of their accomplishments, we have created a list of the 10 best players from each of the last 15 seasons to play in a single season.
We are ranking players from the bottom to the top, and the players who have the most to prove.
The top 10:1.
Dan Orlovsky: The former 49ers defensive tackle made the leap to the NFL as a starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he has yet to put it all together.
The 49ers were a disappointing 4-12 last year, but Orlovskys play has been so good that he is one of the few NFL rookies to get to play every game.
He started every game, including the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bucs have struggled since the departure of Orlovski, but they have a solid young quarterback in Blaine Gabbert.
The Buccaneers have only allowed one touchdown to opposing quarterbacks, so Orlovs recent struggles will have little effect on his performance.2.
DeMarco Murray: Murray has made his mark as one of our most underrated rookies.
The Cowboys running back has been one of their most consistent players, and he has the ability to carry a team to the playoffs with a lot of playmaking ability.
The Titans have been an inconsistent team this season, and Murray has been a steady contributor to their run game.
If he keeps it up, he could become the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2020.3.
Mike Adams: Adams has been arguably the most underrated player in the AFC South, and it is not surprising that he has been.
The Chiefs rookie quarterback is a top-notch passer who has been unstoppable throughout his career.
The Colts haven’t had a good quarterback this season and Adams has shown why he should be considered one of them.
Adams could potentially be a great NFL rookie, but we believe that he should have an even bigger impact as a full-time starter this season.4.
Adrian Peterson: The Saints running back is one the most under-appreciated players in NFL history.
The former NFL running back was the NFL MVP in his rookie season, but it is a testament to his play and the impact he has had on the league that he had such a huge impact this season in the playoffs.
The Saints are in the NFC title game with a chance to win it, and Peterson is poised to lead the team to another title in the next two seasons.
He is a fantastic player who has always been one to watch.5.
Dez Bryant: The Cowboys wide receiver has been the most dominant player in NFL football since entering the league.
He has a great feel for the game, and his ability to make defenders miss has made him one of NFL history’s most dominant wide receivers.
The best receiver in the history of the league has had a career year this season after breaking his leg in the 2016 season opener.
Bryant will have a chance at being a dominant player for years to come, but his best days are ahead of him.6.
Dwayne Bowe: The Indianapolis Colts star receiver has had an outstanding career with the Colts.
He played in a career-high six consecutive Pro Bowls and is arguably the best wide receiver in NFL annals.
The team is on a winning streak this season that has them two games back of the NFC South, but Bowe could be in line for a massive breakout season in 2020 if he can continue to stay healthy.7.
Andre Johnson: Johnson is one half of the greatest running back tandem in NFL memory.
Johnson is considered one to five, and no player has ever topped the 2,000-yard rushing mark in consecutive seasons.
Johnson has been able to lead a team on a tear during his career, and this season could be his best.
The Steelers are coming off a dominant playoff loss, and Johnson could have a big year.8.
Justin Blackmon: Blackmon has become one of my favorite players to watch in the modern era.
The Packers wide receiver was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy before the season started.
Blackmon was a Heisman finalist last season, as well, but had a disappointing season.
He could make a big leap this season with a strong performance in the postseason, and could be a future Hall of Famer.9.
Antonio Brown: The Steelers wide receiver is a two-time MVP candidate, and there is no reason to think he will not be one of those.
Brown has a knack for being an outstanding playmaker, and in Pittsburgh, he has excelled.
He also has a tremendous personality, which will be a plus for any team that drafts him.10.
Adrian Amos: The Eagles wide receiver had a solid rookie season before breaking his collarbone in the season