There are currently 213 players in the NFL that played high school football in the state of Texas. That is third in the country behind California and Florida. We decided to make a list of ten best players in the NFL right now. This list was difficult to make, as we didn’t include players with less than two years of service time. We probably left off some good players so leave them in the comments.
1. Von Miller Desoto, Denver Broncos
Miller cashed in this offseason after being named Super Bowl 50 MVP. Miller had 11 sacks in 2015 and was a force coming off the edge and getting after the quarterback and he was rewarded with a new 6-year $114.5 milllion contract with $70 million guaranteed.
2. Derrick Johnson Waco, Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson isn’t a household name but he is one of best middle linebackers in the game. The four time Pro Bowler is 10 tackles shy of 1,000 in his 10-year career and has been a staple in the Chiefs defense.
3. Dez Bryant Lufkin, Dallas Cowboys
One of the best receivers in the game was drafted by his hometown team and he has lived up to the hype. Last season, Bryant had a foot injury that kept him out of 10 games. The two time Pro Bowler has shown he is a force on the outside and the back shoulder fade is nearly impossible to defend on Dez.
4. Trent Williams Longview, Washington Redskins
Offensive lineman usually don’t get a lot of press, but Williams is one of the best left tackles in the game. Williams has made four consecutive Pro Bowls. He has also started in 84 of the 85 games that he has played in.
5. Drew Brees Austin Westlake, New Orleans Saints
XLIV Super Bowl MVP has had quite the career holding numerous records. He holds the high completion percentage for a season 71.2, most touchdown passes in a game, seven, and most consecutive games with a touchdown at 54. Brees is still going strong as he enters his 16th season in the league.
6. Earl Thomas III West Orange, Seattle Seahawks
The leader of the “Legion of Boom” has creating havoc for opposing offenses. Thomas has been to four Pro Bowl’s and is considered one of the best safeties in the game.
7. Justin Tucker Austin Westlake, Baltimore Ravens
Tucker is one of the most accurate kickers in the league making 87.8 percent of his kicks in his four year career. Tucker also has never missed an extra point going 139 for 139.
8. Matthew Stafford Highland Park, Detroit Lions
The number one overall pick in 2009 has had an up and down NFL career but is still a solid NFL quarterback.. Expectations were high for the Scot when he came into the league and he has led the Lions to one playoff appearance. Expectations are higher than ever to coming into the 2016 season.
9. Mike Evans Galveston Ball, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans made a name for himself with Johnny Manziel at A&M, but the 6’4″ receiver has proven he wasn’t a flash in the pan. His first two seasons in the NFL he recorded 1,000-yard seasons and with Jameis Winston at QB, the sky is the limit for Evans and the Bucs offense.
10. Andy Dalton Katy, Cincinnati Bengals
The Red Rifle has drawn lots of criticisms even though he has led his team to the playoffs every season he has been the starter. Dalton has lots of weapons at his disposal and the next step for his NFL career will be winning a NFL playoff game.