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Highest-graded player on every NFL team

Now through Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season, we at PFF have put together a list of the highest-graded player in terms of PFF overall grade for each and every NFL team. The list is ranked in order of highest- to lowest-graded player and only considers players with 200 or more primary (offensive or defensive) snaps played in Weeks 1-10.

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TE George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers – 93.7

Among the 30 NFL tight ends with at least 150 routes run in 2019, Kittle ranks first in PFF receiving grade (94.0), yards per route run (2.96) and yards after contact (153). He also ranks fourth among the same group of qualifiers in yards after the catch per reception (6.5) and tied for first in contested catches with seven.

G Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles – 93.4

Not only does he lead his team in overall grade, but he also leads all NFL offensive linemen with at least 200 offensive snaps played in overall grade (93.4) and run-blocking grade (91.4). Only Raiders center Rodney Hudson has a higher pass-blocking efficiency than Brooks (99.4). Now the NFL’s highest-paid guard, Brooks has allowed just four total pressures across 335 pass-blocking snaps in 2019.

DI Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams – 92.9

No surprises here. Donald leads all defensive linemen with 200 or more defensive snaps in overall grade (92.9) and pass-rush grade (91.8). He’s simply the gift that just keeps on giving — and an unblockable force we’ve all come to expect every week.

LB Alexander Johnson, Denver Broncos – 92.4

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2018, Johnson has been a pleasant surprise for the Broncos’ defense. He leads the team and all qualifying off-ball linebackers in overall grade (92.4) and coverage grade (91.1). And he ranks second in run-defense grade (91.0) behind Minnesota Vikings star Eric Kendricks. Among off-ball linebackers with at least 20 targets this season, Johnson ranks tied for second in yards allowed per reception (5.9).

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – 91.6

Wilson leads all NFL quarterbacks with at least 200 dropbacks this season in overall grade (91.6) and PFF passing grade (90.4). He’s recorded 30 big-time throws — six more than any other NFL signal-caller through Week 10 — and just six turnover-worthy plays. The NFL’s MVP award is his to lose right now.

DI Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars – 91.5

While Aaron Donald is the NFL’s leader in overall grade among qualifying defensive linemen, Campbell isn’t too far off. He has earned an impressive 91.5 overall grade and leads all at his position in run-defense grade (91.3) through the first 10 weeks of play. Kicking Campbell inside to play more defensive interior than edge defender has taken his game to the next level in 2019.

S Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints – 91.5

Everyone loves Marshon Lattimore, but it’s Williams who takes the cake for New Orleans right now. The third-year Utah product has earned an impressive 80.8 run-defense grade and an even better 91.1 coverage grade so far this season. Among the 69 safeties with 10 or more targets in Weeks 1-10, Williams ranks first in completion percentage allowed (46.2%) and total yards allowed (51). He has also recorded three dropped interceptions in addition to his three caught interceptions.

Edge T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers – 91.0

Watt has truly been lights out this season. He leads all edge defenders with at least 200 total defensive snaps in overall grade (91.0) and pass-rush grade (91.6). He also ranks fifth in pass-rush win rate (21.0%) among edge defenders with at least 150 pass-rush snaps in Weeks 1-10.

WR Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs – 90.6

Hill has returned from injury and taken over the NFL. He leads all receivers with 150 or more routes run in PFF receiving grade (91.0) and yards per route run (3.05). He’s also logged eight forced missed tackles and 10 receptions of 15 or more yards.

LB Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings – 90.6

Kendricks leads all Vikings players in overall grade (90.6) and all qualifying NFL linebackers in run-defense grade (91.4) entering Week 11. He also ranks tied for second in total defensive stops when defending the run, with 24.

RB Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders – 90.4

A first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Jacobs has lived up to the hype to start the season. He leads all NFL backs with 200 or more offensive snaps played in overall grade (90.4) and rushing grade (90.5) so far this season. He still needs more targets in the passing game, but he’s been nothing but dominant on the ground. He leads all NFL backs with 100 or more carries in forced missed tackles per attempt (0.27) and ranks fifth in yards after contact per attempt (3.6).

DI Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons – 90.4

After signing a big contract extension this offseason, Jarrett is already starting to look like a bargain. He’s earned an 89.2 run-defense grade and an 85.1 pass-rush grade through 10 weeks of play, recording 23 defensive stops and 26 total pressures in the process.

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys – 90.2

Cooper has been the best NFL receiver not named Tyreek Hill this season. The former ‘Bama product ranks second behind in Hill in PFF receiving grade (90.3) and yards per route run (3.02). Impressive toe-tapping snags and filthy route-running ability will do that.

DI D.J. Reader, Houston Texans – 90.2

Reader is on his way to a career year in Houston. While other big names rank ahead of him in overall grade (e.g. Donald, Campbell, Jarrett), Reader has still earned a 90.2 overall grade and a 90.3 run-defense grade in Weeks 1-10. He’s been an anchor in the middle of the Texans’ defense on early downs.

S Jamal Adams, New York Jets – 89.8

After robbing Daniel Jones of the football in broad daylight and returning it for a touchdown on Sunday, Adams enters Week 11 ranked third among safeties in overall grade (89.8). Perhaps more impressively, Adams has earned a 92.0 pass-rush grade across 50 pass-rush snaps this season, by far the best mark among qualifiers at his position.

Edge Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers – 89.5

While his younger brother Nick has stolen some of the spotlight, Joey Bosa is still on pace for a career year in 2019. He enters Week 11 ranked sixth in overall grade (89.5) and fourth in pass-rush grade (90.2) among qualifying edge defenders. His 25.5% pass-rush win rate leads all edge defenders with 150 or more pass-rush snaps, as well.

G Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts – 89.4

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Only Brooks (93.4) has a higher overall grade than Nelson (89.4) among qualifying offensive linemen, and Nelson ranks fourth among the same group of qualifiers in run-blocking grade (87.6).

Edge Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears – 89.4

Mack is still really good. He earned an 89.4 overall grade in Weeks 1-10, ranking seventh among qualifiers at his position. He also has earned 84.0-plus grades in run defense and as a pass-rusher.

RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers – 89.3

McCaffrey has been borderline superhuman this season. Yes, Jacobs has a higher overall grade than the Panthers back, but McCaffrey has played over 250 more offensive snaps than Jacobs in Weeks 1-10. McCaffrey has also earned an elite 92.1 receiving grade so far this season, which ranks second among qualifying backs.

WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 89.2

Godwin and Mike Evans have both been fantastic, but Godwin (89.2) ranks just ahead of Evans (88.4) in overall grade so far this season. Among the 76 NFL receivers with 200 or more routes run in 2019, Godwin ranks 11th in yards per route run (2.15), tied for fourth in explosive plays (21) and tied for fifth in contested catches (12).

CB Jonathan Jones, New England Patriots – 88.8

Stephon Gilmore is the household name in New England, but it’s Jones that leads the team in overall grade entering Week 11. He also leads all cornerbacks in overall grade (88.8) while ranking third in run-defense grade (81.6) and tied for second in coverage grade (88.7).

QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens – 88.1

Only Wilson (91.3) ranks ahead of Jackson (88.1) in overall grade among qualifying quarterbacks entering Week 11. The young Louisville product has changed the game with his ability to run the football and take advantage of open throws in the Ravens’ offense. He should go stride-for-stride with Wilson in the race for MVP this season.

WR Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – 88.0

While he has battled injuries throughout this season, Adams still enters Week 11 ranked sixth in overall grade (88.0) among NFL wideouts with 200 or more offensive snaps played in 2019. He also ranks fifth in yards per route run (2.67) among receivers with 100 or more routes run on the year.

CB Quinton Dunbar, Washington Redskins – 88.0

Dunbar has very quietly been one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks to start the 2019 NFL season. He ranks second in overall grade (88.0) and first in coverage grade (90.0) among qualifying cornerbacks. He also ranks tied for fourth in passer rating allowed (52.6) with three forced incompletions on the year.

Edge Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns – 86.5

Garrett has been very good for the Browns this season. In Weeks 1-10, he earned an 86.5 overall grade and a 91.4 pass-rush grade across his 489 defensive snaps. Among edge defenders with at least 200 pass-rush snaps in 2019, Garrett ranks third in pass-rush win rate (24.3%) and 10th in pressure percentage (16.0%).

DI DaQuan Jones, Tennessee Titans – 84.1

Jones has earned an 84.1 overall grade, an 80.6 run-defense grade and a 72.5 pass-rush grade in Weeks 1-10. He hasn’t wowed in any one area of the game, but he’s been very consistent and balanced across the board.

DI Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants – 82.8

Selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Lawrence is already one of the NFL’s best run defenders. In addition to his 82.8 overall grade, Lawrence has earned an 88.0 run-defense grade that ranks sixth at his position so far this season.

QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – 82.4

Stafford was on a career-year pace before missing the Lions’ Week 10 bout with the Bears due to injury. He enters Week 10 ranked eighth in PFF passing grade (81.4) with 25 big-time throws and 12 turnover-worthy plays. Detroit needs him back healthy.

Edge Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals – 81.6

Jones has earned an 88.4 PFF pass-rush grade so far this season, which ranks sixth among qualifying edge defenders. He has totaled 44 total pressures across 353 pass-rush snaps.

DI John Jenkins, Miami Dolphins – 80.9

Even the Dolphins’ highest-graded player hasn’t been all that great this season. Jenkins has earned an 80.9 overall grade and an 81.3 pass-rush grade in Weeks 1-10, but he still ranks outside the top-10 in both facets among qualifiers at his position.

S Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills – 79.4

Hyde continues to fly under the radar as one of the NFL’s best safeties. He enters Week 11 ranked 11th in overall grade (79.4) and 12th in coverage grade (78.8).

DI Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals – 76.0

It's been a down year for Atkins, but the veteran defender still leads the winless Bengals in overall grade (76.0) entering Week 11. He has also totaled 31 total pressures and a 75.8 PFF pass-rush grade to start the season.

Cris Collinsworth

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