Vikings' Secret Superstar
Every team has a player who deserves more credits than he receives from the casual fan. According to ProFootballFocus, Rhett Ellison was the Vikings' hidden gem last season.
Article: Secret Superstar: Rhett Ellison
(A good article, just ignore the one error: I'm sure Ellison is taller than Jim Kleinsasser. Must be a typo or something.)
Critics were saying that Rhett Ellison was drafted a little too early because he doesn't possess outstanding qualities. Personally, I think that using a 4th round pick on a durable high character "do-it-all" player is a draft pick well used. As the article above says, Ellison is the "Jack of All Trades":
ProFootballFocus also mentions Vikings Pro Bowl FB Jerome Felton:
Although his forte was his run blocking, Ellison graded positively in every facet of the game. He received a +2.8 grade for his pass blocking, where he gave up zero sacks and hits, and did not allow a QB pressure until the playoff game against the Packers. He wasnít targeted often as a receiver, but he made the most of his opportunities, posting a +1.6 grade on the season. Another impressive aspect of Ellisonís play was that he didnít commit a penalty the entire season.
Wow! I didn't know Rhett Ellison graded out that well. I have been impressed with him so far. I can't remember one really bad thing he has done on the field and I think he's an underrated receiver.
He was our third-rated NFC fullback with a +9.3 grade on the season. He also had a +7.9 run blocking grade last year, good for second in the NFC. However, as good as Jerome Felton was last year, the wrong Vikingís fullback may have made the Pro-Bowl.
Enter Rhett Ellison. He played just 251 snaps at fullback, compared to Feltonís 402, but in those limited snaps he posted a +15.8 overall grade and a +9.8 grade in run blocking ó both good for tops in the NFC and second in the entire NFL.
How a player receives the label "secret" is up to the individual I guess. At first I thought the PFF article was going to be about John Sullivan as they've been praising him for years now, but I guess a player can't be considered much of a secret when he's the starter, and over multiple seasons as in the case of Sullivan. I think Ellison gets first place as the Vikings' Secret Superstar on my list if you emphasize "secret" since many Vikings fans probably don't even know who he is. Plus, he's maybe the most versatile player on the roster at the moment. However, when emphasizing "superstar" then Everson Griffen gets my vote. That might be because I payed closer attention to him last season, but he was fricken awesome last year!