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Top 10 Most Overrated NFL Players

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The NFL's 10 Most Overrated Players

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There are a truckload of players in the NFL who many fans, coaches, owners, general managers, analysts, writers and even teammates wonder how they got there. These same players drive the fans of their team nuts trying to figure out why they're on the field and, in some cases, why they're praised for their awful play.

These are what we like to call overrated players and the NFL is full of them. It's a sad state of affairs for the league, but it's always been that way and it always will be. Thus, we just have to put up with these under-achievers and create slide show lists like this one to make sure they're recognized for their embarrassing efforts.

So without further ado, here are the 10 most overrated players in the NFL in no particular order:

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Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe


For whatever reason, Dwayne Bowe is considered by many to be one of the NFL's elite receivers. Sure, he had a few good games in 2010, but he's done nothing but drop passes and run incorrect routes ever since. There's more to an NFL receiver than making acrobatic catches once every blue moon, but the Kansas City Chiefs just don't see that with Bowe.

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Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson

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Yet another highly overrated receiver is the Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson. He's had a few big moments in his career, but far more embarrassing ones. This guy has managed to spoil several touchdowns by dropping the ball before making it into the end zone and falling on his face short of the goal line. He's also seemingly spent several games with his hands taped together with as many balls as he's dropped.

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Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews

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If Clay Matthews would worry about the game of football as much as he does that mop on his head he might be a solid linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Sure, he makes some plays every now and then, but he gets driven off the line of scrimmage by opposing offensive line far more often than he gets around them and/or makes a tackle. It's feast or famine with Matthews and the Packers have been starving for most games over the past two years.

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San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers


"Oh. he has so many yards and touchdowns and the San Diego Chargers' offense is so dynamic." Yeah, but have you looked at the number of interceptions thrown by Philip Rivers lately? How about the number of playoff wins by the Chargers, or even the number of wins in general? Now take a peak at how many games the Chargers have lost because of Rivers. That's what we thought.

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Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley


Green Bay fans are going to get frustrated seeing yet another Packer on this list, but it's validated. Jermichael Finley is as athletic, talented and physically gifted as any tight end in football, but he just can't put it together. He had one good game in 2011 and he's suddenly a prodigy. Wrong! Take a look at how many passes he's dropped, how many blocking assignments he's missed and how many times he's fallen flat on his face when trying to haul in a pass. As they say on Twitter, smh...

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick


When will the Eagles learn? It's impossible to win football games throwing the ball a ton without an actual quarterback in the backfield. Michael Vick is not an accurate passer and all the hits he takes are his fault for either not getting the ball out fast enough and/or not progressing through his reads at all. NFL quarterbacks can't just "wing it"; they have to make smart decisions on the fly and deliver the ball accurately and on time. Vick can't do that and the Eagles will never contend for anything as long as he's under center.

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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady


Now a lot folks are going to turn up their nose at this one, but think about it: the New England Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since Tom Brady has become the focal point of the team. During the Patriots' run of three Super Bowl titles in four years in the mid-2000s, Brady was a game manager. Sure, he's putting up big fantasy numbers now, but that's because his team has no defense and no running game and he's throwing the ball 40 times per game. The Patriots may be able to outscore opponents in the regular season, but Brady has been less than stellar in the playoffs since the 2007 season. Brady is a good quarterback, but he's not Joe Montana to whom he's always compared.

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Pittsburgh Steelers DB Troy Polamalu


If you're searching for the defensive player in the league with the most missed tackles, look no further than the Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu. If Mike Tomlin had a dime for every time Polamalu missed a tackle in a critical situation, he'd be retired on his own island in Hawaii. Polamalu simply ducks his head and lunges as hard as he can at ball carriers. Sometimes he gets lucky and makes a big hit, but other times he's sprawled out on the ground wondering where the runner went. The answer? Most of time the end zone.

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New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski


Yes, he's caught a lot of passes and scored a bunch of touchdowns in 2011, but Rob Gronkowski isn't the game-changer he's made out to be. He was a matchup problem out of nowhere last year, but has been tamed in 2012. On top of that, he's not the smartest player in the world. If he's not open off the line, he panics and doesn't have a clue what to do when Brady signals a hot route. Sure, he can catch the ball over smaller defenders, but his days of domination were short and are now over(rated).

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Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh


This loudmouth Detroit Lions hothead had a few decent games toward the end of his college career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers that were blown out of proportion because of his backstory. Since entering the NFL, Ndamukong Suh hasn't done much besides throw temper tantrums after getting driven off the line of scrimmage and called for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or unnecessary roughness. Since entering the league, Suh has found out he's not bigger and stronger than everyone else on the field anymore. The only problem is he doesn't know what to do now besides cost his team penalty yards.