The NFC North is a tough division, known for its gritty play in cold weather games come January. This top five players list follows suit. When you think of the NFC North, you typically think of two big storylines: the great rivalry between the Packers and the Bears, and the lack of success and bad luck that the Lions have endured over the years. The Vikings often times are left out, yet the Vikings may just have the division’s most talented roster heading into the 2020 season. All in all, this division is up for grabs and each of the players listed below will be doing everything they can to bring their teams to the playoffs.
NFC North Top Five Players Heading Into the 2020 Season
NFC North Top Five Honorable Mention
Aaron Rodgers – Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
Akiem Hicks – EDGE, Chicago Bears
Anthony Harris – Safety, Minnesota Vikings
Kenny Golladay – Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
5.) Eddie Jackson – Safety, Chicago Bears
Eddie Jackson is one of the best safeties in the league on one of the best defenses in the league. Jackson was a fourth-round pick in 2017. Fourth-round picks don’t often find themselves in the situation Jackson has put himself in. Heading into his fourth season, he is a two-time pro-bowler and a first-team all-pro. The Bears are lucky to have a player like Jackson on their team.
4.) Matthew Stafford – Quarterback, Detroit Lions
Yes, Matthew Stafford is a better player than Aaron Rodgers heading into the 2020 season. Stafford only played eight games last season before getting injured but, in those eight games, he put up 2,499 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. That put him on pace for 4,998 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns. Stafford is a borderline elite quarterback in the NFL and he never gets any credit. If the Lions can stay out of their own way in 2020, they could find themselves in the playoffs come January.
3.) Danielle Hunter – EDGE, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings found a gem in Danielle Hunter when they drafted him in the third round out of LSU. In five seasons since then, he has produced 54.5 sacks and 67 tackles for loss. That includes 14.5 sacks each of the past two seasons. Hunter is the main reason the Vikings don’t have to be worried about Everson Griffen‘s departure this offseason. Danielle is playing like he wants to go down as an all-time great. And, if he keeps up his current pace, he just might.
2.) Davante Adams – Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
40 receiving touchdowns over the past four seasons. Those are elite numbers from an elite receiver. Davante Adams has solidified himself as one of the best receivers in the game and looks to expand further upon that this upcoming season. Adams does so many things well it’s almost impossible to only talk about one part of his game. However, when your route running and release off the line of scrimmage is so perfect that you bring former NFL receiver Chad Johnson to tears, it is easy to explain why he is one of the best in the game.
1.) Khalil Mack – EDGE, Chicago Bears
The 141 Million dollar man himself. Khalil Mack is coming off a down season by his standards with only 8.5 sacks, 8 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits. Heading into 2020, the 3-time first-team all-pro is still the best player in this division as he still gives opposing quarterbacks nightmares the day before they play him.
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