15 NFL Studs You’ve Never Heard Of
15 NFL Studs You've Never Heard Of
The NFL is full of superstars. However, every fan knows not all of them. This slideshow should help increase their knowledge base. This kind of slideshow screams to give credit to interior linemen as they do the most work of any player on the field without any of the glory. There are other positions that are just as thankless as interior linemen such as fullbacks.
There will be a few familiar faces without a doubt; however all of these guys aren’t all household names with all fans of the NFL, like others at the same respected position. Some of these players are also on teams that are perpetual losers or small markets so they face two additional uphill battles to become recognized besides the established stars at their said position. These guys are incredibly smart, talented and aggressive going all out on nearly every single play earning the respect of their fiercely loyal respected fan bases.
There will be some surprises on this list, and some names that are right on the cusp of stardom. It should be noted that there are no rookies on this team at all, since they’ve only had at most three games of service and that is no way to judge if a player will be good or not. All and all, these 15 guys should get much more credit than they getting league wide and maybe after this slideshow, they will and as they should with the amount of talent these guys possess.
#15 Vonta Leach
Fullback Vonta Leach is 6 foot tall and weighs in at 260 pounds and has been plowing open holes for running backs for every team he's ever played for between the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and now the Baltimore Ravens. He seldom gets noticed as he is one of the main reasons why so many running backs go 1,000 yards rushing.
#14 Tamba Hali
A pass rushing freak is the best way to describe Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali. He has 63.5 sacks in his career and gets over shadowed by pass rushers including Mario Williams and DeMarcus Ware.
#13 Calais Campbell
Defensive end Calais Campbell is an absolute mountain at 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 300 pounds. He clogs up run holes better than almost anyone. His game play is the prototype as a 3-4 defensive end; however, the Houston Texans J.J. Watt has been a sacking machine and also knocks down so many pass attempts.
#12 Josh Sitton
Green Bay Packers offensive guard Josh Sitton has been one of the main reasons why Aaron Rodgers has became one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. As a strong side guard, they seldom get the credit even on the offensive line. Sitton would get more credit on this list. However, the Packers haven't had an consistent running attack.
#11 Charles Johnson
Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson has been an excellent replacement since Julius Peppers left. He has had 43 sacks including 12.5 last year.
#10 Jordan Cameron
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was raw as raw can get as he only had 16 catches with one touchdown in his entire college career. However, with the trend of going with bigger more athletic tight ends who also have a basketball background, Jordan is no exception.
#9 Marcel Reece
Oakland Raiders Swiss-army knife Marcel Reece plays anything the coaches ask of him. He doesn't get the credit because the Raiders are just plain bad all around. However, Reece has been a bright spot.
#8 Justin Houston
Have you heard of Justin Houston for the Kansas City Chiefs? It's unlikely unless you're a diehard fan of Kansas City, or have him as an IDP on your Fantasy Football team. It's amazing since he's leading the league this year with 7.5 sacks and he's getting little to no media attention for this.
#7 Mason Foster
Mason Foster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been a lean mean tackling machine and has no signs of stopping. The biggest problem with Foster is that Tampa Bay has produced some atrocious teams in the two plus seasons he has been in the league.
#6 Marshal Yanda
Baltimore Ravens starting right guard Marshal Yanda is nothing short of an amazing right guard who keeps star quarterback Joe Flacco vertical and able to make his legendary long bombs down field. Yanda also plows holes like crazy for Ray Rice and Bernard Powell and will do so for years to come.
#5 Kraig Urbik
Buffalo Bills unsung hero right guard Kraig Urbik who has plowed holes for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Urbik has been force of havoc in unloading on opposing teams interior defensive linemen.
#4 Jurrell Casey
Tennessee Titans under tackle Jurrell Casey is a beast destroying teams interior offensive linemen. Defensive tackles seldom credit unless you become the next Warren Sapp which might be unlikely, but Casey can hold his own.
#3 Brian De La Puente
He is the most notable unknown player on the New Orleans Saints offensive line. He calls out all the blitz packages for Drew Brees and will protect him no matter what happens. What doesn't help De La Puente is that on either side of them, the Saints have two of the best guards in Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs.
#2 Chris Chester
Outside of Trent Williams, Chris Chester for the Washington Redskins is the primary blocker for Robert Griffin III. Chester also is a great run blocking guard for Alfred Morris plowing holes open left and right.
#1 Louis Vasquez
Denver Broncos offensive guard Louis Vasquez is one of the best interior lineman in football. Vasquez is tough, mean and getting past him is like going to war against him every time you lock horns with him.