During the Panthers-Falcons game this week (which I kind of enjoyed — I thought both teams played a decent game), it popped into my head that I can’t think of a dominating, Hall-of-Fame linebacker in the league right now. Which got me thinking of the other positions.
I’m not talking about players who, if their careers keep going a while and they maintain something close to their level of excellence, will make the Hall. I’m talking about player who, if they retire today, are either strong candidates for the Hall or pretty much in.
Here’s what I came up with, by position group. Who am I missing, or who am I wrong on? I put questions marks next to the names I would strongly consider, but don’t really know.
Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger
Receivers and tight ends: Deandre Hopkins?, Rob Gronkowski, Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Witten
Defensive linemen: J.J. Watt
Linebackers: Vonn Miller?
Defensive backs: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas?
Offensive linemen: Tyron Smith?