NFLPA’s Released ‘Rising Top 50’ Marketing List

ScoutThe NFL Players Association is prepping prospective business partners about the rising stars in the game and revealed its “Rising 50” list. The “Rising 50” rankings take into account “on-field performances during the 2015 season, fantasy-league popularity, early demand from current sponsors and licensees, and new faces in strong markets as factors determining potential future sales popularity,” according to the NFLPA. Players on the list couldn’t appear in previous top-50 quarterly sales lists.

Within this year’s Rising 50 are 10 rookies. Six teams – the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins – have at least three “future marketing stars” on the list. The Redskins lead all teams with five players.

NFLPA 2016 Rising 50

  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
  2. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
  3. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
  5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
  6. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
  7. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
  8. Josh Norman, DB, Washington Redskins
  9. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
  11. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
  12. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
  13. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  14. Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Arizona Cardinals
  15. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears
  16. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
  17. Paxton Lynch, QB, Denver Broncos
  18. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  19. Tyler Lockett, WR/KR, Seattle Seahawks
  20. Aaron Donald, DL, Los Angeles Rams
  21. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
  22. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
  23. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
  24. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
  25. Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
  26. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
  27. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  28. Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns
  29. Patrick Peterson, DB, Arizona Cardinals
  30. Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers
  31. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
  32. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
  33. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  34. Buck Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
  35. Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
  36. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
  37. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  38. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
  39. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  40. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  41. Tavon Austin, WR/KR, Los Angeles Rams
  42. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
  43. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  44. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
  45. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  46. Malcolm Butler, CB, New England Patriots
  47. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  48. Myles Jack, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  49. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
  50. Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers



NFLPA puts out this list every year and its pretty interesting. Texans were 1 out of 6 teams to have 3 players on the list thanks to Ricky’s free agent additions of Osweiler and Miller. However, a few things pop out right away:

  1. First, how the hell does ANDY DALTON come in at 6, one spot ahead of Hopkins. There is nothing marketable about a ginger nerd who does nothing but lead his team to a Wildcard spot every year and lose every year. I mean he has made the playoffs 4 times and in those four games he has a QB rating of 57.8 and TD-INT ratio of 1-6. Mind boggling stuff to say he is marketable.
  2. I don’t know what to think of Kirk Cousins coming in at 2. He did have a nice little year stats wise and playing in DC would help his stock. But 2 is insane.
  3. I can’t believe I’m saying this but the Jaguars make me very nervous. Offense is actually a threat. Bortles, Chris Ivory/TJ Yeldon, Marcedes Lewis/Julius Thomas, and Allen Robinson/Allen Hurns/Marqise Lee all were added in the last couple years and could be scary for a long time. Plus the defense has 3 “rookies” Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Dante Fowler (who was hurt last year) all who have chances to be Pro-Bowlers in the near future. Fuck, really the Jags?
  4. Winston and Mariota not cracking the top 50 is humorous. I could see why the NFL isn’t high on marketing Winston for obvious reasons. But poor Mariota who had the best-selling NFL jersey in the league last year and who has never sinned in his life, not being marketable is sad. Marcus needs to rack up a DWI or something and join the bad boy life because his nice guy shtick ain’t doing much.
NFLPA’s Released ‘Rising Top 50’ Marketing List

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