46. Derrick Johnson, ILB, Kansas City Chiefs
If 2009 was about Todd Haley sending a message to Derrick Johnson, then 2009 worked. The talented linebacker was relegated to nickel defense while watching inferior players make a mess of playing linebacker. You can only imagine what that built up inside of Johnson, and he responded with an excellent 2010. He’s not the tackler or downhill player like a lot of the top inside linebackers, but he is as good as it gets dropping into coverage. An all around stud linebacker.
Best Performance: Week 15 at St Louis (+6.2)
Key Stat: Broke up more passes (11) than any other linebacker. Only nine cornerbacks broke up more.