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Top 10 NFL Free Agents

By: Zain Ahmed

1. Alshon Jeffery, WR (Chicago Bears)

Even though he suffered through a suspension and injuries last year, there is no denying Alshon Jeffery’s talent. He is a big-bodied receiver that is capable of going up and getting the ball. Jeffery posted 52 receptions for 821 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games last season. He would have easily reached the 1,000-yard mark had he played the full season but that is the biggest question mark with Jeffery. Can he stay healthy? If he can he has the potential to be a top receiver.

2. Calais Campbell, DT (Arizona Cardinals)

Calais Campbell is a monstrous man at 6-foot-8 and 300 pounds. And he can play anywhere on the defensive line. His versatility to play defensive end and defensive tackle will make him a hot commodity in the market especially since he is coming off a great year where he posted eight sacks. The one concern is his age, however, he has shown no signs of slowing down.

3. Dont’a Hightower, ILB (New England Patriots)

Dont’a Hightower has emerged as one of the best inside linebackers in the league and was critical in New England winning the Super Bowl this past season. Hightower was a leader on an elite Patriots defense and has proven he can be effective when rushing the passer as evidenced by his strip sack on Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl.

4. Adrian Peterson, RB (Minnesota Vikings)

It is easy to forget how incredible Adrian Peterson is because of his injuries recently but “All Day” can still play he is just one year removed from being the NFL rushing leader. Peterson has also had a lot of time to recover from his meniscus injury that cost him the 2016 season. It appears he is in great shape from his training videos and could be a “bridge” running back while a team grooms his replacement.

5. AJ Bouye, CB (Houston Texans)

AJ Bouye went from being a relatively unknown player to an absolute lockdown cornerback and a major contributor to Houston’s defense last year. Bouye posted just one interception but had 16 passes defended, which ranked in the top 10 for defenders. While one year may not be enough to convince some teams, Bouye showed no signs of letting up as he worked his way up from being a No. 4 cornerback to a Pro Bowl caliber CB.

6. Stephon Gilmore, CB (Buffalo Bills)

Stephon Gilmore is coming off a good year with the Buffalo Bills and has consistently been a top 10 cornerback over the past few years. Gilmore had five interceptions and 12 passes defended in 2016. He was the best player on the Buffalo defense and should have no trouble finding a new home if he decides to leave.

7. Terrelle Pryor, WR (Cleveland Browns)

Terrelle Pryor was one of the lone bright spots on the Browns last season, being very successful in his first year as a wide receiver. In his transition from quarterback, Pryor posted 77 receptions, 1,007 yards, and four touchdowns. It is very likely that Pryor returns to Cleveland since they have the most cap space in the league but if he does not he should not have trouble finding a new team.

8. Dontari Poe, DT (Kansas City Chiefs)

Dontari Poe is a dominant run stuffing defensive tackle that wreaks havoc on opposing offensive guards. Poe’s ability to draw blockers and free up other his teammates on the defensive line is what makes him so special. Poe only had 1.5 sacks last year but he will have no problems commanding a big paycheck since he is one of the best defensive tackle on the market.

9. Desean Jackson, WR (Washington)

Desean Jackson still has that big play ability coming off his best year as a Redskins. Jackson averaged 17.9 yards per catch and 1,005 yards along with four touchdowns. If Jackson can remain healthy he can still provide that home run threat for teams. Jackson should have no issues finding a new team.

10. Tony Jefferson, S (Arizona Cardinals)

Tony Jefferson was brilliant last year for the Cardinals, at times outplaying star safety Tyrann Mathieu. Jefferson had 96 combined tackles two forced fumbles and five passes defended. Jefferson is arguably the best safety on the market and should command a big deal.

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Zain Ahmed

Staff Writer
When Zain was a youngster his brothers were huge sports fans, but would only watch occasionally and wasn't a huge sports fan at the time. That would all change when he was in fourth grade and his father gave him his first two sports jerseys. He got an Elton Brand Clippers jersey and Derrick Brooks Buccaneers jersey. Those gifts jump-started his sports fandom, especially for basketball and football. Zain began to follow sports more than ever and even started to play a bit. When in high school he wrestled and played rec basketball. In 2014, his love for sports expanded even more with the World Cup. That got him interested in soccer and the English Premier League. After high school there were no more sports for Zain to play anymore, so to continue his passion for sports he moved into writing.

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