8. Donovan Wilson, Safety
The Dallas Cowboys season thus far has been an objective disaster. The team has suffered from several high-profile injures and has been plagued with poor play for much of the year. However, the emergence of second-year safety Donovan Wilson has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season.
The 25-year old was not even a starter at the outset of this season. Wilson has managed to sneak into the starting lineup due to a combination of injuries and poor play from other players in Dallas’s secondary.
This fact makes it even more impressive that the young defender is currently third on the team in total tackles with 53 and is tied for third in sacks with 2.5. Wilson has demonstrated a remarkable willingness to deliver truly debilitating, but legal, hits. He put this skill on full display in what was arguably his best game of the year against the Minnesota Vikings.
The second-year safety finished the game against the Vikings as an integral part of the teams’ win. He forced two fumbles, recovered one, and set the tone for the organizations’ upset victory with a vicious hit on running back Dalvin Cook.
That earth-shattering hit on one of the league’s best running backs highlights why Wilson has found himself on this list. He gives one-hundred percent on every play and has emerged as a playmaker on a defense that was sorely lacking one.
The Dallas Cowboys should be thrilled with the emergence of safety Donovan Wilson this year. He has played spectacularly in an otherwise disappointing season. The fact that he is only getting started should excite every fan of America’s Team and if he continues to deliver hits as he did above it would not be surprising to see him moving up this list.