Rivers looks to be the ideal man to run the Chargers' high-powered offense.
2 of 27David Bergman/SI
After nine years as a backup, Huard has done a magnificent job filling in for Trent Green. Huard is among the league's top-rated passers, but will he make the Pro Bowl? First he has to keep the starting job when Green returns.
3 of 27Peter Read Miller/SI
Stop Gore, and you stop the 49ers. Very seldom do you see a top runner on a team that's always playing catch-up.
4 of 27Bob Rosato/SI
The oversized rookie Colston has become Drew Brees's go-to guy.
5 of 27Al Tielemans/SI
Scouts say little Welker is the Dolphins' most feared offensive threat.
6 of 27AP
The big Texans receiver is having a breakout year.
7 of 27Damian Strohmeyer/SI
It's surprising that the Colts' exceptionally gifted Wayne has never been to the Pro Bowl.
8 of 27Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
McNeill is arguably the best of the rookie linemen.
9 of 27Damian Strohmeyer/SI
The Patriots' quick, heady Koppen is staking a claim as the league's top center.
10 of 27Jeff Hanisch/US PRESSWIRE
My favorite center to watch is the Rams' Richie Incognito, a nasty young man who backs down from nobody and is one of the few centers who fought the Chargers' Jamal Williams to a standstill.
11 of 27Rick Stewart/Getty Images
Kampman is a lunch-pail type who suddenly burst out in a sacking frenzy this season.
12 of 27John Biever/SI
Quite simply, Harris has been a terror.
13 of 27David Bergman/SI
Williams has become practically unblockable.
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The 5-foot-11, 250-pound Dumervil, who's been called too short forever -- is leading Denver in sacks.
15 of 27Howard Smith/US PRESSWIRE
The Philly tackle has earned a contract extension after only a year and a half, evidence of his value to the Eagles.
16 of 27Damian Strohmeyer/SI
The Giants' top pick came to the rescue in fine style when two defensive ends got hurt.
17 of 27John Rieger/US PRESSWIRE
Allen has been a constant force for the Chiefs.
18 of 27Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Another guy who deserves credit on one of the top Ds in the NFL.
19 of 27AP
Short has made a terrific comeback with the Giants and deserves credit.
20 of 27Peter Read Miller/SI
Hayes is an active and fiery leader.
21 of 27Simon Bruty/SI
Peterson has returned to the form he showed in his glory days with the 49ers.
22 of 27Damian Strohmeyer/SI
The league's interference rules have made young shutdown corners rare, but the Cowboys' Terence Newman has been consistently good in man coverage.
23 of 27Peter Read Miller/SI
Green has caught my eye with his tenacity.
24 of 27Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
I like the Bills' first-round pick for his smarts.
25 of 27Bill Frakes/SI
I like Wilson for his violent approach to the game.
26 of 27Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
A standout on one of the league's premier defenses.
27 of 27Damian Strohmeyer/SI
With the great exodus of Patriots wideouts, Watson has become Tom Brady's favorite receiver.
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