ESPN Insider list of the NFL’s best performers in every category you can think of – for the fourth year in a row – using grades, stats and data pulled from grading every player on every play of every game of the 2019 NFL season.
Best quarterback in the pocket
Stafford has limited mistakes and taken his shots admirably from within the pocket, leading the league with 23 big-time throws – PFF’s highest-graded pass attempts based upon ball placement, velocity, targeted depth and other factors – from inside the pocket. He has completed 169 of 258 attempts for 2,271 yards and 17 touchdowns, with the latter leading the NFL
Best quarterback when kept clean
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
When not under pressure, Stafford has been lights-out in 2019, hitting 140 of 196 attempts for 1,886 yards. He has thrown 17 touchdown passes to lead the league and adds a little extra to his passes when given time to go through his reads. He’s averaging the league’s top depth of target (11.1) from a clean pocket and subsequently has the highest yards per attempt average (9.6)
Best wide receiver by route: corner
Marvin Hall, Detroit Lions
It’s Hall’s corner, and we’re just living in it. He has secured three corner route receptions this season for a whopping 154 yards, the latter figure comfortably leading the league. All three have gone for either a first down or touchdown, as he’s one of just 25 players to score on a corner route.
Best run-blocking center
Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions
The 2018 first-round pick moves bodies in the run game and has been dominant with his speed and first step, as he routinely clears lanes for the Detroit running backs. Lions backs are averaging nearly 2.0 yards before contact on carries to either of his gaps, and credit falls heavily on Ragnow’s shoulders