James Bradberry, Leonard Williams make PFF's list of top 101 players from 2020
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the 2020 NFL season is officially in the books. It was a season of ups and downs, as the ongoing pandemic forced every team across the league to adjust on the fly. But five months after the season opener, the NFL was able to complete the season without having to cancel a single game.
Before we begin to dive into the offseason, let's take one last look back at the 2020 season.
Pro Football Focus compiled its rankings of the top 101 players from this past season, regardless of position, and both James Bradberry and Leonard Williams made the list.
Bradberry had a stellar campaign in his first season with the Giants. The veteran corner finished the year with three interceptions, 18 passes defended and two forced fumbles, all of which either topped or matched his previous career-highs. His 18 passes defended were tied for the second-most in the league as Bradberry earned his first selection to the Pro Bowl. He also finished seventh among all corners with a 79.8 overall grade from PFF, helping him land at No. 84 on the analytic site's list.
As PFF's Sam Monson writes, "Freed from the nightmare run of receivers in the NFC South, James Bradberry was immediately much more impressive for the New York Giants, even against some elite receivers. Bradberry had career-high marks in PFF grades across the board and notched three picks... Bradberry was an excellent No. 1 corner this year."
Williams landed at No. 97 on PFF's list after a dominant performance this season. In his first full year with the Giants, Williams picked up a career-high 11.5 sacks to go with 14 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hits and one fumble recovery. His 79.8 overall grade ranked 15th among interior defenders, aided by an elite 82.6 run defense grade.
"In his first full season with the Giants, Leonard Williams set a career-high in pressure with 62 combined sacks, hits and hurries — seven more than his previous best," Monson writes. "He had 30 defensive stops and was his usual excellent self as a run defender."
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2021 NFL Draft order is set: Giants hold No. 11 pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.
With the conclusion of Super Bowl LV, the 2021 NFL Draft order has been set for all 32 clubs. The Giants hold the No. 11 overall pick after finishing the season with a 6-10 record.
Below is a look at the first round draft order:
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
- New York Jets (2-14)
- Miami Dolphins (via 4-12 Houston Texans)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
- Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)
- Detroit Lions (5-11)
- Carolina Panthers (5-11)
- Denver Broncos (5-11)
- Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
- New York Giants (6-10)
- San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
- Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
- Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
- New England Patriots (7-9)
- Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
- Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
- Miami Dolphins (10-6)
- Washington Football Team (7-9)
- Chicago Bears (8-8)
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
- Tennessee Titans (11-5)
- New York Jets (via 12-4 Seattle Seahawks)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (via 10-6 LA Rams)
- Cleveland Browns (11-5)
- Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
- New Orleans Saints (12-4)
- Green Bay Packers (13-3)
- Buffalo Bills (13-3)
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
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