Dickerson exploded onto the NFL scene. He led the NFL in rushing in 1983, then set the single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards in 1984. Dickerson also was part of the one of the biggest trades in NFL history when he was sent to Indianapolis. He led the NFL in rushing four times.
Tomlinson put together a prolific career that started with eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Chargers. He led the NFL in rushing in 2006 and 2007 and was remarkably durable. Tomlinson added 4,772 receiving yards and 17 TDs and is part of the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame class.
There aren’t too many players in NFL history who were more exciting than Sanders, a Heisman Trophy winner whose one-of-a-kind-running-style immediately took the NFL by storm. Sanders rushed for 1,000 or more yards in each of his 10 NFL seasons, and he led the NFL in rushing four times. That included a 2,053-yard effort in 1997. Sanders ranks third all time in the NFL in rushing yards.
The Steelers need a player who can create pressure off the edge because thus far Bud Dupree hasn’t been that player. Key is raw, and has some off-field questions to answer, but he’s at the least a good edge rusher.
The NFL is a copycat league, and there will be plenty of teams this offseason looking for their own version of Zach Ertz — in other words, a tight end who beats defenders with a mixture of crafty route running, athleticism, and size. That’s basically Goedert in a nutshell.
Harden is having a better individual season than anyone on this list, and his team has won the most games. As long as he stays healthy, continues to put up similar numbers and the Rockets keep winning, it’s hard to see anyone else stealing this award from him between now and the end of the season.
The kicker is Anunoby is reliant on his 3-point shooting to unlock those options. His athleticism makes him a threat in transition, where he has generated 22.6 percent of his offense this season, but he’s not someone who can be expected to create offense for himself yet.
According to NBA.com, Anunoby has only attempted eight shots as the pick-and-roll ball handler, four shots in the post and three shots in isolation this season. There is potential for him to develop into a decent scorer out of those play types. He just doesn’t have the polish yet to warrant more touches.