NFL: Ranking the top 7 playmakers in the league entering 2020

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Playmakers could be the difference between a win and a loss in the NFL. While football is the ultimate team sport, a premier playmaker could single-handily win a football game. This list excludes quarterbacks since they are more so facilitators and include strictly the wide receiver, tight end, and running backs positions.

While someone could be a great player, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are considered a playmaker. The first thing a playmaker must have is consistency. Being a threat throughout the entire game is what makes elite playmakers special.

The second condition a playmaker must have is reliability. On a key third down, red-zone opportunity, or big fourth-quarter drive, playmakers get the job done. The final aspect a playmaker must have is big playability. A playmaker could be a threat to score every time they touch the ball.

Over the past season, many new faces have emerged as elite playmakers. While looking at this list, surely some names will be missing that is up for debate. Some notable players just missed the cut including; Michael Thomas, Dalvin Cook, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Alvin Kamara, Devante Adams, and Odell Beckham Jr.

While this list could very well change at the end of the 2020 season, these players all share the three distinct traits of being an elite playmaker. Expect them to dominate once again this season. In no particular order, here are the top seven playmakers in the league entering 2020.