Some athletes have a single defining trait that makes them some dominant it almost seems unfair. A skill like Lebron James’ ability to create chasedown blocks, that only a special athlete can pull off.
Pro Football Focus has identified some of the players who possess such a trait that they are a clear cut above the rest.
First on the list is Leonard Fournette and his trucking ability. In more elegant terms, Fournette possesses an ability to run over defenders like a bowling ball knocking down pins. Fournette came in at No. 1 on the list and with videos like this, it is hard to argue against him.
Fournette finished with 1,893 rushing yards last year. That production, coupled with his ability to run over people is why he’s considered a Heisman favorite.
Next on the list was Alabama linebacker Tim Williams. With the loads of talent on the Crimson Tide defense, some guys are bound to get lost in the shuffle. But what allows Williams to stand out is his first step off the ball. When the ball is snapped, defenders are almost always reacting. But Williams is so quick off the ball that offensive lineman often look like they are moving in slow motion.
Williams led the Crimson Tide in sacks last season with 12.0 and had 44 quarterback hurries on 196 pass rushing attempts per Pro Football Focus.
Another SEC pass rusher made came in at No. 7. Charles Harris racked up 7.0 sacks last season for Missouri. He was largely able to generate pressure thanks in part to his spin move. While not always efficient, Harris is so quick with his spin move, it often allows him to break away from offensive linemen and pressure the quarterback.
Coming in at No. 10 on the list is SEC newcomer Gehrig Dieter of Alabama. Dieter transferred to Alabama after a super productive 2015 campaign. At Bowling Green, Dieter hauled in 94 passes last season. What makes Dieter so unique is that among receivers with 75 or more catches, the new Alabama wide receiver was the only one with fewer than two drops. While Alabama hasn’t announced its quarterback yet, Dieter’s hands will make their job much easier.