Ranking each NFL team’s potential Hall of Fame players on current roster

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Ranking each NFL team’s potential Hall of Fame players on current roster


Before the NFL plays its 102th season, its list of Pro Football Hall of Famers will grow to a still-exclusive club of 346 members in August. The 2021 class, which adds eight legends to Canton, is headlined by Peyton Manning.

In the future, several top peformers still playing in 2021 will join recent retirees in having their greatness immortalized in the Hall, but many good players are likely to fall short.

Here’s a ranking of all the best candidates among active players on all 32 current NFL rosters, with their updated percentage chance of getting into the Hall of regardless of years played in the league.

There are 19 surefire Hall of Famers currently playing in the NFL but there also are plenty of others to watch:

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1. WR Larry Fitzgerald (100 percent).The only way thisLarry legend of the desert wouldbe off this list is if he officially retires.

2. DE J.J. Watt (100 percent). If he had retired after his 2017 season in Houston, he would be a lock. Watt can nail in a few extra bolts with his new team.

3. WR DeAndre Hopkins (100 percent). Nuk just keeps racking up targets and smooth numbers in his own transition from the Texans to Cardinals.

4. WR A.J. Green (100 percent). He already made sure he would go from Cincinnati to Canton with his sixth 1,000-yard season in 2017. Now he’s joiing Watt and Hopkins in making a desert pit stop.

5. OLB Chandler Jones (70percent).At 31, he needs to produce one or two more double-digit sack seasons to get real consideration.

6. S Budda Baker (60 percent). Baker has enjoyed a tremendous four-year start to his career. The 2017-secound rounder has plenty of speedy, hard-hitting years left so health is the only concern here.

7. C Rodney Hudson (40 percent). The three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders is hurt by not being a household name, but he can still get there with a few more strong seasons in his 30s, now on his third team.

8. Kyler Murray (15 percent). Murray’s breakout second season as a passer and runner puts him on the early track to be the latest No. 1 overall pick ticketed for the Hall.

1. QB Matt Ryan (70 percent). After the active QB locks for Canton, he is a close first runner-up but that contemporary competition also might hurt his case.

2. DT Grady Jarrett (50 percent). Jarrett is strong and steady but also underrated. He would get more attention if the defense as a whole was more impactful.

3. WR Calvin Ridley (10 percent). Ridley takes over as the No. 1 with Julio Jones gone and will need to put together several more special seasons like 2020.

1. DE Calais Campbell (80 percent). Campbell’s career had been hard to define by the numbers until his recent sack boom in his 30s. Longevity helps his case with a few more nice stat-packed seasons.

2. K Justin Tucker (75 percent).There are only two pure kickers in the Hall of Fame (Jan Stenerud and Morten Anderson), so he’s fighting history despite his great accuracy credentials.

3. TE Mark Andrews (20 percent). If he keeps up the highly productive receiving for the position, he should slow-play into consideration.

4. QB Lamar Jackson (15 percent). A MVP season in Year 2 is a good early stamp on the resume. Jackson is a special dual threat who needs to keep evolving to pave his path.

1. CB Tre’Davious White (40 percent). White has had four great seasons, rewarded of late with consecutive All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors as a shutdown cover man.

2. WR Stefon Diggs (30 percent). Diggs kept getting better in each of his five seasons with the Vikings before exploding into elite status with his new team.

3. ILB Tremaine Edmunds (15 percent). The fourth-year pro is an established playmaker with consecutive Pro Bowl nods.

4. QB Josh Allen (10 percent). Allen had an MVP-like 2020 season tapping into his big arm and athleticism to get him on the watch list.

1. RB Christian McCaffrey (30 percent).He will need either four or five more stellar scrimmage seasons, but McCaffreyhas the work ethic to return to durability, be consistent and keep his ceiling high.

2. DE Brian Burns (5 percent). The Panthers hope he’s just tapping into his freakish potential as a pass rusher.

3. DT Derrick Brown (5 percent). He set a solid foundation for a fine career, anchoring the rebuilding defense as a rookie.

4. S Jeremy Chinn (5 percent). He set a solid foundation for a fine career, making big plays for the rebuilding defense as a rookie.

1. OLB Khalil Mack (100 percent). His dominant, productive work in both Oakland and Chicago guaranteed admittance two years ago.

2. TE Jimmy Graham (70 percent). He has done enough special things as a rare athletic receiver for the position to enter legitimate discussion.

3. S Eddie Jackson (25 percent). In four seasons, he’s proved he’ll be making a lot of plays for a long time.

4. WR Allen Robinson (20 percent). He has three superb 1,000-yard plus seasons in Jacksonville and Chicago, but with some mid-career lull, he will need at least three to four more.

1. S Jessie Bates (10 percent). Bates, a second-team All-Pro in 2020, has started with three very active seasons, consistent in making plays as a tackler and cover man.

2. QB Joe Burrow (5 percent). We’reprojecting Burrow will be healthy and startliving up to the hype of his can’t-miss No. 1 overall pick status.

1. DE Myles Garrett (60 percent).The No. 1 overall pick has wreaked havoc early with his edge rushing and run stopping. He is halfway there with his past production.

2. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (60 percent). He has the two-team thing and the personality perception working against him, but pure performance-wise, the early numbers are ideal — if he can start matching them with the missing durability.

3. WR Jarvis Landry (45 percent). He has been prolific catching passes when healthiest, but he needs to do much more of it over a much longer time, because this is a tough position to crack with his style.

4. OT Jack Conklin (15 percent). Conklin has been key to making this line elite with Joe Thomas, picking up where he left off with the Titans.

5. G Joel Bitonio (15 percent). Bitonio is no longer an underrated interior blocker with three consecutive Pro Bowl berths.

6. QB Baker Mayfield (10 percent). He cooled off quickly from his promising rookie season but the arrow is back in the right direction, especially if he can lead the Browns to championship things.

1. OT Tyron Smith (85 percent). One more healthy season as a rock, and he’s a lock.

2. G Zack Martin (85 percent). What Smith has done on the edge, Martinhas done on the inside.

3. WR Amari Cooper (50 percent). Cooper has padded his resume in Dallas, adding to his immediate splash in Oakland. He’s hit 1,000 yards in five of six seasons with four Pro Bowl trips to show for it.

4. RB Ezekiel Elliott (50 percent). Save for his suspension, he has been consistent and productive over five seasons. Should that continue and he doesn’t wear down soon from volume, he can join Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.

5. QB Dak Prescott (20 percent). He needs to show more of his OROY, late 2018 and early 2020 form over several more seasons, and not just even ones.

6. DE Demarcus Lawrence (10 percent). The ceiling is there, but the production hasn’t been there the past two seasons now that he’s getting paid like a top edge rusher.

7. LB Leighton Vander Esch (5 percent). Even thought health didn’t cooperate early, he has time and youth on his side to produce more big seasons like 2018.

1. OLB Von Miller (100 percent). There is no holding this horse from the Hall with his 106 sacks and plenty of all-around impact in his nine healthy seasons.

2. S Justin Simmons (20 percent). Add him to the list of young safeties with a fair shot over the long haul.

3. CB Kyle Fuller (10 percent). He had a few good years with the Bears, so being back with Vic Fangio can help him build on that well.

1. TE T.J. Hockenson (15 percent). The 2019 first-rounder smashed it all around during his Pro Bowl second season and should be a bigger part of the new offense going forward.

1. QB Aaron Rodgers (100 percent). There is no discount double check required as his latest MVP award was just gravy. The only drama here is whether he’ll finish his career in Green Bay before a Canton fast track.

2. WR Davante Adams (70 percent). He has developed into a dominant force as Rodgers’ go-to guy. His monster 2020 season caused his chances to spike.

3. OT David Bakhtiari (60 percent). Rodgers’ blindside pass protector has yet to slow down as a blocker, giving him a rising shot.

4. OLB Za’darius Smith (15 percent). He took his time booming as a productive pass rusher as moving from Baltimore to Green Bay was huge. Look for him to play well into his 30s.

5. CB Jaire Alexander (15 percent). The young shutdown standout now is on the Pro Bowl radar and should end up being a fixture.

6. DT Kenny Clark (10 percent). Clark has put together a few good seasons up front in the 3-4 with a little all-star acclaim, but it will take a lot more of that.

1. QB Deshaun Watson (25 percent). When weighing Watson’s potential purely on the field, he has delivered three special seasons passing and rushing after flashing as a rookie, carrying a weakening overall team in the process. The concerning off-field developments can quickly derail him from the right track, however.

1. G Quenton Nelson (75 percent). He has arguably been the league’s most dominant offensive linemen over his three seasons. If he stays healthy for the most part, he would be in.

2. OLB Darius Leonard (60 percent). Like Nelson, he has lit it up in his first three seasons, operating as an elite tackler and ballhawk alike. The young leader of the defense also just needs durability on his side.

3. WR T.Y. Hilton (50 percent). Hilton sneakily has five 1,000-yard and four Pro Bowl seasons as a big-play threat, but the fade into his 30s without Andrew Luck has hurt to make him more of a tossup.

4. DT DeForest Buckner (15 percent). Buckner took a while to blow up for the 49ers and now the Colts, but he has the potential to be a special inside pass rusher and disruptor for several more seasons.

5. CB Xavier Rhodes (5 percent). Rhodes made three Pro Bowls with the Vikings but he was never elite as a zone cover man and faded quickly with age.

1. QB Trevor Lawrence (5 percent). We needed someone from this rebuilding team, so going with the rookie No. 1 overall pick who has been hyped to be a future NFL superstar since high school makes most sense.

1. TE Travis Kelce (100 percent). File him under the special athletic receivers from the position who have redefined this era.

2. QB Patrick Mahomes (100 percent). Are three unprecedented seasons from a dynamic Super Bowl- and MVP-winning young gun enough to say he will get his own bust? Why yes, yes they are, barring devastating injury.

3. WR Tyreek Hill (80 percent). He is a unique, speedy receiver and special return man, too. He has a good chance to join Kelce and Mahomes on the literal fast track soon.

4. DT Chris Jones (50 percent). Jones’ elite interior emergence as an invaluable linchpin the past three seasons can’t be ignored.

5. S Tyrann Mathieu (40 percent). Honey Badger burst on the NFL scene as an early candidate in Arizona. Now he’s spiking again thanks to leaving Houston for two dazzling seasons in Kansas City with several playmaking years left.

6. G Joe Thuney (10 percent). Surprisingly, the former Patriots interior rock has only a second-team All-Pro nod to help his resume. He will get more noticed in Year 6 and beyond.

1. TE Darren Waller (10 percent). He’s had two straight spectacular receiving seasons, but the former Raven is a late bloomer, turning 29 in September.

2. RB Josh Jacobs (10 percent). The first-rounder from 2019 has turned two mighty seasons but it seems like the team isn’t solid on keeping him featured going forward into his prime.

1. OLB Joey Bosa (60 percent). He’s done better to shake off his injury issues the past two seasons to stand out as an all-around edge force again, now up to three Pro Bowls in four full campaigns.

2. WR Keenan Allen (60 percent). Allen has bolstered his case with four consecutive strong seasons as a good hands route-running technician. About three more seasons of that, playing into his early 30s, can go a long way.

3. CB Chris Harris Jr. (50 percent). He has played well enough with the Broncos and Chargers to merit a Hall pass, but it’s not always easy for superior slots to come up aces.

4. S Derwin James (10 percent). James rocked it like the all-time great ones as a rookie, but health has been a major concern since. Watch out if he can find a durable groove again.

5. QB Justin Herbert (10 percent). Herbert turned in an amazing rookie season over 15 starts with veteran-like efficiency and playmaking to earn a spot on the watch list.

1. DT Aaron Donald (100 percent). We could have tried to get cute and said 99 percent to match his jersey number, but we can’t do that to the ultimate one-percenter of disruptive interior linemen.

2. OT Andrew Whitworth (100 percent). From Cincinnati to L.A., he has been one of the game’s best left tackles for a long time. He is now a lock with his throwback longevity and beloved good guy-ness.

3. CB Jalen Ramsey (70 percent).His strong start over five years with the Jaguars and Rams matches that of past Hall of Fame corners. Now the trick is staying healthy and keeping it up for about five more seasons.

4. QB Matthew Stafford (30 percent). Stafford has put up nice numbers for a long time since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, stamped by fourth-quarter comebacks in Detroit. But one Pro Bowl and no playoff wins in three sporadic trips don’t inspire. He’ll need to do a lot in a hurry In L.A. to live up to the hype and lift the Rams to the Super Bowl to make a real case.

1. CB Xavien Howard (30 percent).He has crept into the conversation as the game’s top ballhawking corner, coming off a 10-interception 2020 season. He still has a few more good seasons left at age 28. The only concern is health and staying at a high level should he change teams soon.

2. CB Byron Jones (5 percent). Jones cashed in during free agency after two final great seasons in Dallas but was hurt by his play sliding in MIami’s scheme in 2020.

1. S Harrison Smith (90 percent). Smith’s run of five consecutive NFC Pro Bowl berths ended in 2020, but the well-liked long-time leader of the defense may need only one more solid playmaking season to punch his ticket.

2. CB Patrick Peterson (60 percent). As he hit 30, Peterson slowed down as a top-flight cover after starting his career with eight straight Pro Bowls. He has a good resume, but his PED suspension hangs over him, too.

3. WR Adam Thielen (40 percent). Thielen gets credit for all of his full seasons as a prolific pass-catcher, providing to have inside-outside and speed-possession versatility.

4. DE Danielle Hunter (30 percent): He ripped off 54.5 sacks in his first five seasons, a steady edge pass-rushing rate. Now he needs to come back strong from the neck injury that kept him off the field in 2020.

5. RB Dalvin Cook (20 percent). He’s on the board with consecutive standout complete seasons. At 25, he must stay durable going forward to keep maximizing his classic talent.

6. WR Justin Jefferson (10 percent). The huge rookie season that tapped into some Randy Moss’ early success in Minnesota screams to jump him onto the watch list.

1. CB Stephon Gilmore (70 percent).He is in the conversation for best contemporary corner for his work in Buffalo and New England. At 30, he has done some deft age-defying as a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro.

2. S Devin McCourty (50 percent).There are some who believe he will get in a long-time defensive representative of the Bill Belichick era, but he has scattered two Pro Bowls over 11 seasons and turns 33 in August.

3. QB Cam Newton (10 percent). Newton was a game-changing QB when he entered the league a decade ago and still has that MVP spike of 2015 in his favor, but the durability and production just weren’t there.

4. ILB Dont’a Hightower (10 percent). He added a second Pro Bowl with a terrific 2019 season, but didn’t play at all last season and now is 31 with plenty of wear and tear.

1. DE Cameron Jordan (80 percent). File him as a likable leader who means so much to his one and only team’s defense. The five-time Pro Bowler also has plenty of pass-rush pop left going into his age-32 season.

2. WRMichael Thomas (40 percent). He was off to a prolific jumpstart toward the Hall. He must get back healthy after a lost 2020 to get back on track.

3. RB Alvin Kamara (40 percent). He hasn’t let up being a special receiver for the position, making the Pro Bowl in all four seasons. He got more attention for his strong rushing last season.

4. CB MarshonLattimore (30 percent). The three great healthy seasons in his four-year career have shown his superb shutdown potential.

5. S Malcolm Jenkins (20 percent). After getting his feet wet as a Saints cornerback early in his career, he has rolled to his best play as an Eagles safety with three Pro Bowls in five seasons. Well into his 30s,, however, he is more in the “very good” territory, despite the bonus points he gets as a beloved leader on and off the field

6. OT Terron Armstead (20 percent). The three-time Pro Bowler has been a rock at let tackle, but he’s past 30 and may not have enough time to show he belongs with Willie Roaf..

7. LB Demario Davis (10 percent). He was solid for the Jets and Browns before blowing up as an elite playmaker for the Saints the past three seasons getting into his 30s.

1. RB Saquon Barkley (20 percent). Barkley had an awesome rookie year, a strong follow-up and wiped-out third season. At 24, he needs to stay healthy and consistent in racking up scrimmage yards.

2. CB James Bradberry (10 percent). Bradberry delivered as a budding shutdown type during his first season with the Giants, but he may have limited impactful time left at age 27.

1. LB C.J. Mosley (60percent). He was building a strong case in Baltimore with four Pro Bowls in five seasons. But the now 29-year-old has played in only two games in two Jets seasons with lingering groin injury and then an opt out. He needs to make up for lost time as the leading of a promising new defense.

1. C Jason Kelce (100 percent). Wouldn’t it be wild if the Kelce brothers went in at the same time?

2. DT Fletcher Cox (90 percent): Cox has been crushing it as an inside pass-rusher for a long time. He’s only 30 and coming off straight Pro Bowls.

3. TE Zach Ertz (70 percent). His chances have dropped with wear-related fade past 30, but he can still get there with two more prime-like seasons.

4. CB Darius Slay (45 percent). He enjoyed three consecutive elite seasons with Detroit, but Slay will need to raise his game again in Philadelphia and keep it up and play well past 30 to get real Hall attention.

5. G Brandon Brooks (30 percent). He was good with the Texans but great in his first three seasons with the Eagles. Missing all of 2020 really slowed his late momentum.

6. OT Lane Johnson (30 percent). Like Brooks, he also got named to three Pro Bowls between 2017 and ‘19 from the right side.

7. DE Brandon Graham (20 percent).It is kind of shocking his first Pro Bowl credential came at 32 in 2020, despite his critical, versatile role on Philly’s defensive line. He’s had a hard time building attention with no double-digit sack seasons.

1. QB Ben Roethlisberger (100 percent).Big Ben hasn’t always stood tall off the field, and there has been some recent tumult on the field. But he also is a six-time Pro Bowler with two rings and a ton of clutch numbers.

2. OLB T.J. Watt (60 percent). He has 54.5 sacks in four seasons as a dominant pass-rushing force in the ideal system,, right on track to easily join brother J.J. in the Hall.

3. DT Cameron Heyward (50 percent). Heyward has always been an unheralded rock of their 3-4 defense, but he has racked up the sack total (58) and Pro Bowl credentials only in the past four years. He turned 32 in May.

4. S Minkah Fitzpatrick (20 percent). He started off well as a rookie in Miami but the young unique playmaker has gone boom in Pittsburgh for two big early seasons.

5. CB Joe Haden (15 percent). Haden has some high-level coverage in his past but at 32 there isn’t enough pop and numbers.

1. OT Trent Williams (100 percent). Seven consecutive Pro Bowls at left tackle almost did the trick in Washington before he got traded to the 49ers. Then he went beyond that level with career-best play in 2020.

2. C Alex Mack (70 percent). He was a great athletic anchor in Atlanta and Cleveland, so let’s hope many more of the right people take notice in San Francisco.

3. TE George Kittle (50 percent). He took big-play receiving to a new level in 2018 and 0219. He has the perfect profile for the Canton caboodle, with only staying healthy as the big concern to play well into his 30s.

4. DE Nick Bosa (10 percent). Bosa got on the Hall radar with a big rookie year, so here’s hoping he pushes back up that level post-torn ACL.

5. LB Fred Werner (10 percent). Werner was the most dominant middle man in the league in 2020 with initial All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods. He has plenty of time to build on that at only 24.

1. QB Russell Wilson (100 percent). He hasn’t missed a start since he entered the league. He has won a Super Bowl, has been to another, has been a consistent MVP candidate and has never had a losing season. So … yeah.

2. LB Bobby Wagner (100 percent). He has been first-team All-Pro in six of nine seasons, doing everything the Seahawks need from a linebacker. Somehow, he is sitill only 31 with many good years left.

3. OT Duane Brown (60 percent). He has made four Pro Bowls in his time with the Texans and Seahawks and has been a mostly durable rock of a left tackle. Being in front of Wilson has helped him pad his credentials going into his age-36 season.

4. S Jamal Adams (40 percent). Adams has hammered home his four seasons with the Jets and Seahawks to stay on the direct path as an elite young safety.

5. WR D.K. Metcalf (20 percent). The classic size-speed specimen has shot out of the cannon with two fine early Canton-like seasons.

6. WR Tyler Lockett (15 percent). Lockett has a better resume than you think as Wilson’s go-to guy and key return man, but he has limited additional top production going into his age 29 season.

1. QB Tom Brady (100 percent). Now up to seven rings, he has“GOAT” status.

2. TE Rob Gronkowski (100 percent). Gronk just delayed his Canton call with his return to further remind everyone of his open-and-shut case.

3. WR Antonio Brown (80 percent). He didn’t need to play a down past his Steelers stint to qualify with his play on the field. But with the Raiders and Patriots marred by a big off-field mess, he’s now a rough multiple-teamer trying to convince his lock status should be restored. A couple of good full final seasons with the Bucs would be a big help.

4. WR Mike Evans (80 percent).One on hand, he has struggled with drops and low receiving efficiency. On the other hand, he has had seven straight 1,000-yard seasons to start his career with three Pro Bowl trips and 61 TDs despite revolving QB play.

5. DT Ndamukong Suh (70 percent). This one is tough. He made five Pro Bowls in his first seven seasons, but he has a reputation not everyone likes while continuing to work at a high level on his fourth team. The lean is in, but there’s enough doubt for an out.

6. LB Lavonte David (50 percent): Despite his status as a premier playmaker, the fact that he has done it for disappointing Bucs defense before the Super Bowl breakthrough hurt his cause, along with being mostly snubbed for Pro Bowls

7. LB Devin White (20 percent). He has flown out to a great two-year start as a rangy playmaker.

8. OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (20 percent). JPP is up to 89 career sacks and made his first Pro Bowl with the Bucs 202 after two such freakish standout seasons early with the Giants. At 32, unfortunately he doesn’t have enough time to make up for key lost injury time.

9. WR Chris Godwin (10 percent). Godwin, only 25, has had one big season in 2019 and can build on that big-time during a key early contract campaign

10. OLB Shaquil Barrett (10 percent). Barrett exploded for his massive 2019 season leading the league in sacks after being used situationally for the Broncos. He’ll need a lot more than that as he turns 29 in November.

1. WR Julio Jones (100 percent). He had plenty enough in terms of big-yardage seasons in Atlanta to clinch his status two years ago.

2. RB Derrick Henry (40 percent). He has crushed with classic power runner for two straight rushing titles, but at 27, he will need at least three more seasons with high production.

3. WR A.J. Brown (20 percent). Brown has started his career with two explosive 1,000-yard seasons and is just getting started on a fun ride coming off his first Pro Bowl.

4. S Kevin Byard (30 percent). He has enjoyed five fine seasons as a playmaking leader and is only 27, so there is much more to watch going forward.

5. OT Taylor Lewan (20 percent). The 30-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler, but he probably needs to double his five healthy seasons up to a decade to have a shot.

1. G Brandon Scherff (80 percent). Scherff has been an interior rock for their running game since being a top-five pick in 2015 with four Pro Bowl nods to his credit.

2. S Landon Collins (20 percent). Collins had a big-time start making plays for the Giants, but he needs to get on track fast after two disappointing years with WFT.

3. DE Chase Young (10 percent). The No. 2 overall pick from the 2020 draft is just getting his feet wet as a freakish havoc-wreaker.

4. WR Terry McLaurin (10 percent). The formula is simple — he just needs to keep building on his first two fine seasons in the league with many more.

5. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (5 percent). He has an unconventional case as a beloved bearded bridge who has played for nine teams, but that will make him only a Canton footnote.


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