We have already posted a piece on Blogging Dirty about an ESPN survey that found who the most analytic-driven teams are, and the Atlanta Falcons were one of the few teams to receive at least one vote.
However, that wasn’t the end of the survey as they also asked the question of which players are the most underrated in the league, and one Falcons cornerback by the name of A.J. Terrell was singled out.
Atlanta Falcons CB A.J. Terrell seen as the most underrated player in the NFL
We have been here before as this is not the first time that A.J. Terrell was viewed as one of the best players in the league by way of an ESPN survey, but this survey polled entirely new people and his name popped up once again.
ESPN sent out a survey to each NFL team’s analytic group to ask several different questions, mostly regarding teams and their analytics but they also asked them to “name a player you believe to be generally underrated, based on your quantitatively informed opinion.”
The results were interesting, especially for Falcons fans. A.J. Terrell was one of the 13 players to receive at least one vote. One out of 13 may not sound noteworthy, but consider how many other players they could have chosen.
Those who responded were allowed to get opinions from the analytic people they work with, so Terrell might be seen as the most underrated player in the opinion of an undisclosed NFL team’s analytic group. It definitely wasn’t the Falcons because they barred each team from voting for their own player.
The only other corner that was on there was Seahawks rookie Tariq Woolen. Also, only three players — Kirk Cousins, Tyler Lockett, and Jeffrey Simmons — received more than one vote. And interestingly enough, the Cowboys punter, Bryan Anger, was voted for.
They also asked for the most overrated players and, unsurprisingly, Trevon Diggs received two votes.
You can definitely see why each of those “overrated” players received a vote, minus two, those being Derrick Henry and T.J. Watt. Both of those guys are the best at their position when healthy. Then there is Davis Mills who also doesn’t make sense because who even rates him, right now, as anything other than the now-backup QB of the Houston Texans? I have to add in the “right now” because, admittedly, I did label him as a “rising star” previously. I was certainly wrong, but he hasn’t been in the most favorable situation.
Anyways, it is awesome to see that A.J. Terrell is still getting respect from others, even if his numbers haven’t been quite as elite as they were last year. The Falcons definitely have themselves a good one!