NFL players and teams will be in action on Sunday, with the season set to begin in a little over a week.
Here’s our countdown of the top picks for which NFL player has the best shot at being named the most valuable football player.
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Ezekiel Elliott – RB Dallas Cowboys The Dallas Cowboys running back had a very impressive rookie season.
His 1,903 rushing yards were second only to Jamaal Charles in the NFL.
Elliott led the league with nine rushing touchdowns, but the team finished eighth in rushing yards.
His 16 touchdowns are tied for fourth most in the league, but he only threw three touchdowns in 2017.
His 879 yards are the second most in a season in NFL history.
The Cowboys finished with the league’s third-best rushing offense in 2017, but they had a poor season overall, averaging a mere 3.7 yards per carry.
Elliott had an average of 6.6 yards per attempt in 2017; he had a season average of 5.1 yards per try in his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys.
He is a very well-rounded player.
He has great speed and elusiveness.
He could be a huge weapon for the Cowboys.
Ezekiel Elliot – RB Atlanta Falcons The Atlanta Falcons running back averaged 4.9 yards per rush, second only in the NFC to LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles.
He also had 1,848 rushing yards, the most in NFL History.
Elliot had an impressive career.
His 5,869 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns were tied for the most among all running backs, while he also had a career average of 8.6 per attempt.
Elliot is a great pass catcher.
He can catch the ball from a wide variety of positions.
He’s a great blocker.
He runs well and has a big arm.
He’ll be an exciting player for the Falcons.
Tyrod Taylor – QB Cleveland Browns Taylor had a great rookie season in Cleveland.
His 924 rushing yards was third in the entire NFL.
Taylor finished second in rushing touchdowns with 11.
His 18 rushing touchdowns were second most among quarterbacks.
He finished third in total yards with 3,965.
His 13 interceptions were tied with Brett Favre for third-most among all NFL quarterbacks.
Taylor is a big guy.
He carries a big body and he has a long stride.
He plays the game of football at a high level.
Robert Griffin III – QB Washington Redskins The Washington Redskins quarterback was named the NFL’s best quarterback in the preseason, and his overall record was a great improvement from last season.
He completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,833 yards and 35 touchdowns, while also throwing 28 interceptions and 13 touchdowns.
Griffin finished fifth in the Football Outsiders Offensive S&P+ ratings, and finished second among quarterbacks in completions (2,944) and completion percentage (.542).
He finished fourth in touchdowns (23), fifth in passing touchdowns (19), and eighth in total touchdowns (30).
He has a really good arm and really good feet.
He throws the ball well.
He should be a great quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
DeMarco Murray – RB Tennessee Titans Murray finished fifth among running backs in rushing attempts (3,717), third in yards (2.88) and tied for third in touchdowns.
He had 2,716 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Murray is a versatile player.
In his rookie year, he averaged 5.3 yards per rushing attempt.
This season, he had 686 yards and eight touchdowns, tying for fourth among running back running backs.
He scored 10 times and had seven receptions.
He still has some room for growth.
Tyron Smith – QB Carolina Panthers Smith finished sixth in the ESPN NFL rookie quarterbacks poll with a record of 8-5.
His 3,963 yards and 19 touchdowns were the second-most by a rookie in NFL annals.
He was also fifth in yards per completion (5.8) and fourth in passer rating (82.2).
Smith is a good athlete, and he could have a big role in Carolina’s offense.
DeAndre Hopkins – WR Houston Texans Hopkins had a breakout season in 2017 for the Texans, catching 75 passes for 1,053 yards with 16 touchdowns.
His 2,858 receiving yards were fourth in the AFC, while his 959 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns were third- most in football.
He leads the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns and is third in receiving yards per reception.
He led the NFL with 10 receiving touchdowns, and led the Texans in receiving touchdowns with seven.
He will have a chance to break out this season.
Marcus Mariota – QB Tennessee Titans Mariota had a dominant rookie season, winning the Heisman Trophy.
His 11,078 rushing yards tied