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AAF Player of the Year rankings through Week 4

Feb 17, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Orlando Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) looks to throw during the second half against the San Antonio Commanders at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

We're now over a month into the AAF season, so here are the updated top-ten rankings after four weeks of AAF football. Edmond Robinson and Jamar Summers have fallen off the ranks, and Corey Vereen and Garrett Gilbert have taken their place. The undefeated Orlando Apollos have three players on the list, leading all AAF teams so far.

[Editor's note: These rankings are compiled using multiple factors and do not rely on grades alone. These factors include playing time and positional value etc.]

Julius Warmsley missed the last game, but his overall grade of 83.5 still keeps him at number ten on the rankings. He's been particularly good in run defense, as his run-defense grade of 84.2 ranks fourth out of 29 qualifying interior defenders. Warmsley has recorded three run stops on 71 run-defense snaps this season.

Shakir Soto tallied two pressures on 16 pass-rush snaps in the loss to the Express this past weekend. For the season, his pass-rush grade of 77.0 ranks third among interior defenders, and his nine total pressures are tied for fifth. He will face a tough test against the Salt Lake Stallions next week, who have the best pass-blocking grade (72.4) in the AAF so far.

Mike Purcell continued his run-stopping dominance with another two stops against the Orlando Apollos. Purcell now has a run-defense grade of 90.7, which ranks first among interior defenders and is more than five points higher than the next closest player. He can also rush the passer, as his seven total pressures (five hurries, one hit, one sack) are tied for the ninth-most at the position.

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