57. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers (64th)
Some will think Smith should be higher based on his sack numbers alone. However, for that to be the case there needed to be some quicker developing pressure. That doesn’t mean Smith didn’t have a great year, just that there’s room for him to do more. Coped reasonably well with an expanded role.
Best Performance: Week 11 versus Chicago, +9.8
Key Stat: His 70 quarterback disruptions were the most of any 3-4 outside linebacker.
47. Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos (Unranked)
After a year spent protecting the somewhat unpredictable Tim Tebow, life got a lot easier for Ryan Clady when Peyton Manning rolled into town. Far from dominant in the run game, Clady makes his name as a pass protector and that’s exactly why the Broncos were never going to let him hit the open market in free agency.
Best Performance: Week 3 versus Houston, +5.8
Key Stat: Allowed just 22 quarterback disruptions on 609 pass blocking snaps.
45. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (Unranked)
Outside a couple of fumbles when Thomas wasn’t touched, it was a big year for the former first-round pick who showed what he could do with a viable quarterback throwing him the ball. Making some spectacular catches as he picked up 1,430 yards and 10 touchdowns, Thomas emerged as one of the most dynamic receivers in the league.
Best Performance: Week 8 versus New Orleans, +7.1
Key Stat: Picked up 2.51 yards per route run, seventh-highest in the league.