2. Montez Sweat - Commanders DE
With Chase Young out for most of the season, Montez Sweat had to hold his own as a starting defensive end. The 26-year-old had one of his better campaigns this past year.
Large implications loom around Sweat and his tenure with the Washington Commanders as he is coming to the tail-end of his rookie contract. Using that extra motivation, the former Mississippi State star showed why he is one of the most pivotal players on Jack Del Rio's defense.
Sweat led the team in quarterback hits with 28, had the second most sacks on the team with eight, third-most tackles for a loss with 14, tied his career high for quarterback pressures with 31, and on top of that stayed fairly healthy playing all 17 games.
He has been a solid if not higher end defensive end throughout his career thus far. Yet, he only netted an 82 overall from Madden's evaluators.
Sweat has expressed his disappointment in the rating in a subtle but cheeky way.
Young is rated 85 overall despite barely playing over the past few seasons. With that context, Sweat should be rated higher thanks to his reliability and productivity.