Since the year 2000, only two players that have been named the most valuable player in the NFL have been drafted out of the first round. There are currently two players this season that are playing at a level capable of accomplishing that prestigious award. One of those players was not drafted at all, let alone in the first round. You would have to go back to 1978 to find Earl Campbell's rookie season, a year that saw him win both the Rookie of the Year award, and the MVP as well. There are a few names in the 2012 season that may have the chance to achieve that extremely rare feat. Finally, the is one team left that has a chance to answer the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins season. If that happens, one would be led to believe that the man at the head of that offense would be named the Most Valuable. This week's rankings have seen a bit of a shake-up since the last time they were released, so without further ado, here are the Week 9 NFL MVP rankings.
#5. Doug Martin, HB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Rankings - Unranked) (1,039 total yards, 8 touchdowns, 0 fumbles) - The rushing onslaught continues from the diminutive Martin, the rookie out of Boise State. After having his first career 100-yard game last week, Martin exploded in his hometown of Oakland for a total of 272 yards, 251 of those rushing, along with four touchdowns, including lengths of 45, 67 and 70 yards. It seems there is always a rookie in this list, which is great news for the future of this league.
#4. Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears (LR - UR) (43 tackles, 7 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, 6 pass deflections, 2 touchdowns) - The length of Tillman's stats this season speaks volumes for how much of an impact he has had. Affectionately known as "Peanut", Tillman has been the catalyst for a defense that is on pace to shatter records for touchdowns scored, especially after forcing four fumbles by himself against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It will be interesting to watch the 10-year vet go against a potent offense this coming Sunday night in the Houston Texans.
#3. Arian Foster/J.J. Watt, RB/DE, Houston Texans (LR - 3) (847 total yards, 11 touchdowns, 0 turnovers/39 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections) - The streak continued against the Buffalo Bills for Arian Foster, as he extended his consecutive games with a either a rushing or receiving touchdown to 10 games in the regular season. As far as Watt is concerned, he added another tally to his already impressive sack totals, increasing his league lead over Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
#2. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (LR - 1) (2,453 total yards, 18 total touchdowns, 7 turnovers) - While Ryan is the leader of the only remaining undefeated team, and while Ryan did absolutely pick apart the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago, and while he did throw for over 340 yards against the Cowboys this past Sunday night, there has been one player that has been performing at an alarmingly higher rate lately...
#1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (LR - 2) (2,545 total yards, 25 touchdowns, 5 interceptions) - Rodgers has been on a ridiculous pace as of late, averaging over 3.5 touchdowns per game in his last six. It doesn't matter whether Greg Jennings or Jordy Nelson are even in the lineup at this point for the Packers. Rodgers has even made former college quarterback Randall Cobb look like he can be a legitimate NFL receiver. Well, at least more legitimate than Matt Jones ever was...863390