The NFC West is a very tough division and full of great players. But who are the top four and are any Seahawks among the group? Well, of course! But which one or two are to follow. To be fair, the top two players are pretty set but because the division is so loaded, an argument could make for several players to fill out spots three and four.
This isn’t the NFC East. Every team in the NFC West has multiple players that are Pro Bowl worthy and because of this any team in the division could win a number of other divisions in the league. Or any team in the NFC West could finish last in its own division.
So who are the best four players in the NFC West? Here is my best guess.
Which Seahawks are in the top four players of the NFC West?
Number four: Jamal Adams
Every player on this list is a transcendent player. Jamal Adams broke the NFL record for sacks by a secondary player in 2020 and would have had more than 10 easily had he not missed four games last year. Yes, Adams struggled in coverage at times, especially in the playoffs when he was clearly injured, but Adams would improve any defense in the league and the Seahawks are lucky to have him.
Now the Seahawks just need to get Adams to agree to an extension for several years to come.
Number three: Chandler Jones
Jones battled injuries in 2020 but now he has help in 2021 as the Cardinals signed J.J. Watt. Arizona’s pass rusher extraordinaire is still just 31 years old and missed just one game between 2015 and 2019 so him playing only five games last season seems like an outlier.
Between 2015 and 2019 Jones averaged 14.5 sacks a season with a high of 19. He was First-Team All-Pro in 2017 and 2019 which means he might be that again in 2021. Jones also forced 8 fumbles in 2019 which led the league.
Number two: Russell Wilson
The Seahawks have the best quarterback in the NFC West and should have for a lot more seasons. There was a bit of speculation this offseason that Wilson wanted out of Seattle but this appears to have been simply offseason hype.
Wilson is the best quarterback in Seahawks history and had a career-high 40 touchdown passes in 2020. He might top that this season as D.K. Metcalf might even be better and Tyler Lockett is still great and Seattle added Gerald Everett. Wilson has the fourth-highest passer rating in NFL history (101.7).
Number one: Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald is number one on this list because he might simply be the best player at his position in league history. Donald has been First-Team All-Pro every year since 2015. He led the league in sacks in 2018 with 20.5 and this from a defensive tackle.
In 2018 and 2019, Donald led the league in tackles-for-loss with 25 and 20, respectively. 2020 almost seemed like a down year for Donald and he still had 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Even if it was a down year for Donald it would be most every other player’s career season.