The tier 1 players
Quarterback: Drew Brees – Tier 1
This position wasn’t too difficult to decide on. Drew Brees has been masterful ever since he arrived in New Orleans in 2006 and hasn’t faded since. Although his total numbers were down in 2017, his efficiency was through the roof. Brees posted a career low INT% by throwing an interception only 1.5% of the time. Whether it’s making audibles at the line of scrimmage, taking what the defense is giving him, or fitting a ball between four defenders up the seam, Brees is always at his best each and every Sunday.
Brees is easily a tier one player, and nobody can argue against it. Joining the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady, Brees has cemented himself as a top QB in this generation of offensive innovation and should be considered a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.
Running Back: Alvin Kamara – Tier 1
Some people might be upset that I placed Alvin Kamara in the first tier after only one season. Some people might also be upset that I chose Kamara over Mark Ingram.
Either way, “some people” are wrong. When the Saints traded a 2018 second round pick to move up in 2017 to select Kamara, there were doubters, myself included. However, there was no better situation for Kamara to enter that New Orleans, as the coaching staff had a plan.
By highlighting Kamara’s electric play-making ability in space, the New Orleans Saints have taken the clay they drafted and molded it into one of the best total packages at the running back position in the NFL. Using his excellent balance, pass catching ability, and burst, Kamara took the league by storm in 2017 and won 2017 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Defensive End: Cameron Jordan – Tier 1
This one will probably anger non-New Orleans Saints fans. For 2017 playoff teams, the average payroll for the defensive end position over $10 million. In an age where NFL teams know how important the position, having Cameron Jordan makes Dennis Allen’s job much easier.
Having a rare combination of pass rushing and run stopping ability, Jordan belongs in the elite tier of edge rushers. Jordan has totaled 58.5 sacks in his last six seasons with the Saints and has never missed a start in those seasons. Jordan’s consistent in every aspect of his game, and outside fan bases need to take notice.