2. Tyrann Mathieu
This selection may come as a bit of a surprise to some people, but there’s no denying the impact that Tyrann Mathieu will have on the New Orleans Saints. Mathieu, the hometown hero, is one of the best defensive backs in the entire NFL and while he hasn’t played a snap in New Orleans yet, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll remain atop the charts in 2022.
Tyrann Mathieu has a resume the size of a Cheesecake Factory menu, and he still has plenty of football left in him to add to it. Mathieu came into the NFL as a third-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, and instantly became a fierce weapon in the Cardinals’ secondary, taking home PFWA All-Rookie Honors in his debut campaign.
Since then, Mathieu has gone on to add three First-Team All-Pro awards, one Second-Team All-Pro Award, three Pro Bowls, and a selection to the NFL’s 2010’s All-Decade Team to his resume.
Mathieu has one Super Bowl ring already, and if things go the way we all want, he could be eyeing a second with his hometown team. If Mathieu continues to assert his dominance on the football field, there’s no doubt he could leave his legacy in Canton following his football career.