San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) plays against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.
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Ahead of the quickly approaching start to the NFL season, Pro Football Focus has released an updated top 50 players list, which draws on its own grading system. Two players with Utah ties made the cut, thanks to their performance on a number of measures.
“No single number or grade dictates this list, but the grading along with PFF’s wins above replacement metric has been used as a foundation while weighting toward the most recent season,” PFF wrote.
Fred Warner, who played at BYU before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2018, was the first player with Utah ties to appear on the list. He came in at No. 30, right behind fellow linebacker Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Warner wasn’t as dominant in 2021 as in the year before, but he still remains an elite player at the position and one of the best coverage linebackers in the game,” PFF wrote.
Warner was also recently named to a list of top NFL players under age 25, which was put together by Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports.
“He makes his presence felt all over the field, totaling a whopping 504 tackles since 2018,” Benjamin wrote.
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