Written By: Noah Underhill
30. Bradley Atogwe RB Explorers
Bradley Atogwe is great. There is nothing you can say to change my mind on that. When he is on the field, he is one of, if not the best ,player out there. He is an all-pro talent. A lot of people talk about his inability to stay on the field but this ,was the year he put it all together and played all 16 games. And he was able to rack up 1,315 yards and 7 TDs. He also had 330 yards receiving. It’s a shame that the Explorers weren’t able to capitalize and grab the championship when they had the chance.
29. Ben Wakefield QB Crusaders
Ben Wakefield is one of those stat machines that has never really figured it out in the wins column. There is no denying the talent he has but the Crusaders have never been a threat. He wrecked the league with 5,027 yards, 38 TDs, and a completion rate of 76%. He did have 16 INTs, but when you have to put the team on your back, mistakes are bound to happen. When the team around him gets better, the Cru will be rolling with Wakefield.
28. Dre Shivers RB Riverhogs
The Riverhogs were one of the top offenses in the game, and Shivers was the driving force. This year, he was on another level racking up 1,502 yards and 5 TDs with almost 5 yards per carry. He also had 376 yards and 3 TDs receiving without breaking a sweat. Shivers was done being forgotten and overlooked in the discussion of top players, and he laid the gauntlet down to anyone who wanted to counter him.
27. Ethan King SS Desperadoes
Ethan King became Mr. Money Bags after signing an insane deal with the Brooklyn Barons and just looking at how he played last year, he deserved it. He had 69 solo tackles (124 Total), 4 TFLs, and a stunning 5 INTs. King is now joining a secondary with fellow RFL 100 Member Trenton Christian, and I can’t wait to see what that turns into. The former 1st round pick was in the Pro Bowl and will be there for years to come.
26. Dmani Manuel RB Conquistadors
Dmani Manuel only became the starter this year after the departure of Denard Locker and showed all of the potential that he had when he was coming out of college. He racked up 1,459 yards on the ground with 4 TDs and caught 60 passes for 505 yards and another TD. The offense hurt him in the endzone department, but he showed out well enough to get his first Pro Bowl. Only time will tell if his career will stay on this course.
25. Dion Gunn T Crusaders
When it comes to the RFL, Offensive Linemen are primarily overlooked, but there is one man that is always there, and that’s Dion Gunn. The Crusaders LT has been the premiere Lineman at the top of the list. The perennial Pro Bowler only gave up 5 sacks last year and continues to be elite for the Cru. Unsurprisingly, he was ranked as the top Lineman this year.
24. Rob Slater QB Cougars
Another interesting entry as he may not even play this year, the veteran Rob Slater did have a last big push. Even though he will be replaced as the starter by the rookie Gino Gannon, Rob Slater should not be forgotten in last year’s run of the Cougars. Head Coach Rob Roby said, “Rob Slater was phenomenal, and I am sorry we were not able to afford to keep him on salary. He played a Pro Bowl-caliber season, won some very difficult games, and put it all on the line every snap last season. He will truly be missed in the Cougars Organization.” I sincerely hope we haven’t seen the last of Rob Slater.
23. Elijah Bentley WR Crusaders
When you have Ben Wakefield as your QB, you are bound to have a lot of opportunities to catch the football, and Elijah Bentley took full advantage by putting up a great statistical season. He accrued 1,152 yards on 78 receptions and an insane 13 TD receptions. Bentley will be hoping for more than just another Pro Bowl as the Cru head into the championship hunt next season.
22. Keoni Jones CB Cougars
The Cougars had a lot of breakout players last year, and Keoni Jones was probably the best of them. His 87 total tackles and team-leading 6 INTs put him solidly into a Pro Bowl spot. With the Cougars defense being as old as it is, it must be great for the Chicago crowd to know they have a young superstar that will be in the blue and grey for years to come.
21. Chase Shilling DE Lancers
Ranked and the 3rd DE, Chase Shilling was getting a lot of praise from his play last season. His season can only be compared with the best in the game, and was shown that even glowing respect by getting into the Pro Bowl. The Lancers legend put together a tremendous statistical season putting up 66 total tackles, 19 TFLs, and 14.5 sacks. The Lancers should build this defense around Shilling as the golden boy of OKC.
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