NFL Minicamps across the country are officially getting underway in the coming weeks, and that means it is time for fans across the country to fire off hot takes, bold predictions, and unrealistic optimism for their respective teams. Between the public overwhelmingly betting the Cleveland Browns to win Super Bowl, one of my good friends delusionally believing Deandre Baker will be the best corner in football this year, and Bears fans thinking they will have a decent kicker, this season is sure to not only cause numerous concussions but also some broken hearts too. None the less, I am here to calm everyone down and give you the 5 players who will be the most dominant in the MVP discussion. If you are a betting man, feel free to lock in some props on these guys.
David Jonhson (ARI)
Everybody’s favorite running back in Madden, David Johson did not have a great year in 2018. This is almost entirely because of the utter nonsensical garbage play of the Quarterback position in the desert. Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen COMBINED for a QBR of 55. That number was lower than 20 NFL QBs, and only 4 points higher than Eli Manning who looked like Stevie Wonder if he threw footballs with a ramen noodle for an arm.
This year Johnson has Kyler Murray at the helm, and Murrays scrambling ability will not only open up holes in between the tackles but will also allow Johson to catch a plethora of dump offs and wheel routes. David Johson is an elite level talent. Do not be surprised if he produces somewhere around 2200 all-purpose yards.
Carson Wentz (PHI)
Eagles fans will not let you forget that Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate in 2017 before going down with a torn ACL in week 14. The newly filthy rich Quarterback had a somewhat disappointing 2018, but that was warranted coming off an injury as significant as the one he suffered. Wentz will go into 2019 fully healthy with one of the most stacked rosters in the entire NFL. He will lead his team to an NFC East Title and do it while outperforming his 2017 stat line.
Patrick Mahomes (KC)
I would be a fool if I did not put last years runaway MVP on this list. Mahomes is the most electric football player in the world right now, and there is a high chance he wins this award in back to back years. The possible loss of Tyreek Hill will hurt the Chiefs offense, but Damian Williams filling in for Kareem Hunt last year further proved Andy Reid has shown in the past he can plug any playmaker into his offensive scheme and they will thrive
Khalil Mack (CHI)
A defensive player has not one of the MVP award since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. Khalil Mack is quickly becoming the closest thing the NFL has seen since Lawrence Taylor. Mack burst on to the scene right away for the Bears last year as he completely tore apart the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Unfortunately, injuries stalled his season, and he was never the same player he was the first few weeks of the year. This year Mack has two huge factors that will allow him to be in the MVP conversation. First, Roquan Smith has had another year to develop and will most definitely be better in year two, causing offensive lines to pay almost as much attention to him as Mack. Secondly, the NFC North is not very good. The Packers O-Line is either too old or too young. The Vikings are led by a guy who plays like he still thinks Pluto is a planet, and the Lions are, well, the Lions.
Tom Brady (NE)
I hate Tom Brady. He is going to be good again. He is going to win another Super Bowl. The only thing the rest of the league can do is wait for him to turn 65, causing the NFL to force him to retire because they don’t want to be liable for a senior citizen getting injured.
So there you have it, the 5 players who will be in the MVP conversation by the end of 2019. Who do you believe will take home the hardware at the end of the year?