1. Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle
It's been a breakout season of epic proportions for Quinnen Williams. He led the Jets in sacks, was named to his first Pro Bowl, and received his first first-team All-Pro selection as well.
As the NFL leader in sacks from the defensive tackle position over the last three years, he signed an extension to be the NFL's second-highest-paid tackle for the next four years.
Do you think Trevor Lawrence remembers getting tossed on national television and losing the football? What about the "stiff arm heard 'round the world" on Tyreek Hill? Josh Allen surely remembers who Quinnen Williams is.
He simply has made too many big plays on too many big names to be excluded from this list. He is a true difference maker in both the passing game and in the run game that too many people in the league lose sleep about how they will avoid Quinnen Williams on gameday.
Madden has surely acknowledged this by making him the fourth-highest-rated defensive tackle in the game, and if the players agree with Madden, he's a lock to make it since there have been at least five defensive tackles selected every year. A cherry on top of an incredible breakout year.