Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/9/11
There are plenty of underrated players in the NFL, but I narrowed it down to a list of ten.  Players like Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints and D'Qwell Jackson of the Cleveland Browns are two extremely talented players, but fly under the radar in the media and sometimes fan base. So I want to give these guys the props they deserve.
10. LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles

How can one of the top running backs in the league be considered underrated? Well, the fact that McCoy is currently the second leading rusher in the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns and another three receiving touchdowns, yet no one talks about his greatness is why he is underrated.

McCoy is easily one of the most talented backs in the league, but constantly gets forgotten behind players like Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Darren McFadden.  For a player as talented, and dual-threat capable, as McCoy, there is no reason he shouldn't be considered one of the best running backs in the league.

9. DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers

Williams would rank much higher on this list if he was having the type of season he had earlier in his career, but even with a down year, Williams is an extremely underrated running back.

He has been able to continuously put up great numbers without hardly being mentioned as a top back in the league.

8. London Fletcher - Washington Redskins

It's tough for Fletcher because he plays at a position that has been dominated by guys like Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis. However, Fletcher has been a solid producer since he entered the league, but no one seems to recognize it.

It could be the fact that the Redskins have been an underachieving team for the past decade that hurts Fletcher's status as a talented player.

7. Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

Being surrounded by so many talented players has definitely hurt Nelson's status as a top receiver in the league.  With guys like Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley as teammates, Nelson often gets forgotten by media.

This year has been a breakout season for Nelson who has simply been fantastic for Green Bay.  He's improved his issue with dropped passes, and he continues to make key catch after key catch for the Packers.

6. Darren Sproles - New Orleans Saints

Maybe it took a move to New Orleans for Darren Sproles' excellence to be realized. 

Since being picked up by the Saints in free agency, Sproles has become one of the most exciting running backs to watch in the NFL.  Now that he is teamed up with an elite quarterback and getting plenty of touches, Sproles has become an extremely dangerous play maker for the Saints.

5. Kyle Orton - Kansas City Chiefs

I probably love Orton more than most, but the truth is that he has been greatly undervalued as a quarterback for years.  First, the Chicago Bears thought nothing of him.  Then it was the Denver Broncos who replaced him.

Throughout all his stops, Orton has won games.  Sure, maybe not as many as the truly elite, but he hasn't been as bad as other starting quarterbacks who have been able to keep their jobs over the years.  To this day, I would still trust Orton over a few handfuls of starting quarterbacks in the league.

4. Louis Delmas - Detroit Lions

Delmas is easily the most underrated safety in the league.  This could be due to the fact that the Lions' secondary has been horrid the past few years.

It's a shame that Delmas constantly gets overlooked because he can absolutely play the position. He consistently makes big plays all over the field.  Hopefully, the Lions continue to improve so that more people will recognize the talents of Delmas.

3. D'Qwell Jackson - Cleveland Browns

If you had to guess who leads the NFL in tackles, who would you pick?  I can almost guarantee that it wouldn't be Jackson.

With 125 tackles, four sacks and an interception on the year, Jackson has become quite the player for the Browns.  The problem is that this outstanding year is getting no recognition.  You won't find Jackson's name on any Defensive Player of the Year Award lists.  Heck, you probably won't even find him on Pro Bowl or All-Pro lists.

He absolutely belongs to be talked about as one of the top middle linebackers in the game today.

2. NaVorro Bowman - San Francisco 49ers

It's hard to get recognition when there is a guy named Patrick Willis playing alongside you.  However, Bowman is putting together quite the season in Willis' shadow in San Francisco.

He isn't the flashiest player, but he gets the job done.  It won't be long before Bowman starts taking away some of the spotlight from guys like Willis and Justin Smith from the 49ers.

1. Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks

Over the past four games, Lynch has been an absolute beast, which is appropriate considering his nickname.

Right now, there aren't many running backs that I would rather have on my team than Lynch.  The man is running with motivation and determination, and he is sticking it to everyone .

Unfortunately, Lynch doesn't get the complete respect he deserves.  Even after his incredible run against the New Orleans Saints in last year's playoffs, people still doubted Lynch coming into this season.  If that isn't the definition of underrated, I don't know what is.
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