Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Jul 2009

ESPN INSIDER: Ready For Their Closeup

Our other feature on ESPN today for Insiders is our list of ten players who already play close to or at an elite level, but don't get the hype they deserve.

The list includes:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Chris Johnson
  • Roddy White
  • John Carlson
  • Jared Gaither
  • Trent Cole
  • Haloti Ngata
  • Barrett Ruud
  • Corey Webster
  • Kerry Rhodes

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 06 Jul 2009

6 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2009, 8:18pm by Reinhard


by Son (not verified) :: Mon, 07/06/2009 - 3:38pm

Two Seahawks on the list (Trent Cole is the guy from green bay right?) either way Carlson is gettin his recognition..

by NCE (not verified) :: Mon, 07/06/2009 - 3:57pm

Colin Cole is the new Hawk, and no where near elite. Trent Cole is an Eagle.

by dsouten :: Mon, 07/06/2009 - 3:55pm

Very glad to see Haloti Ngata on there. The guy is an absolute monster. I charted alot of Ravens games last year and thought he was more important to their defense than Ray Lewis or Terrel Suggs, but even most football fans I know have never heard of him.

Chris Johnson, however, seems to get plenty of hype. He's earned it, but I don't see why he's on the list (but of course I can't read the article to see the authors' arguments).

by E :: Tue, 07/07/2009 - 10:02am

The jump that Corey Webester took from 2007 to 2008 seems almost unprecedented. Cornerback simply isn't the kind of position where players need years to learn how to play and then rise to elite levels. Have there been any other recent corners who have gone from terrible to great in the span of a season or two? Which Webster can we expect in 2009?

by kwameF (not verified) :: Wed, 07/08/2009 - 1:30pm

I watched a lot of Webster and Rhodes. I think the jump for Webster was adjusting to the system. The defense before Spags was alot of 3 deep zone/read and react. All the man coverage spags plays seemed to shell shock Webster. Seems that once he got his confidence back playing on the island he took off.

Interesting to see Rhodes on the list now as he had a much better statistical year in 2006.

Everyone loves Chris Brown, I don't think he is under hyped at all.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Wed, 07/08/2009 - 8:18pm

I remember when Ngata joined the Ravens it was the only change to their defense, but they rose something like from 17th to 3rd in the rankings.