Ranking The 56 Best Players In Super Bowl LVI

The great thing about the Super Bowl is that anybody can be the hero. How highly ranked would Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith have been if we did a ranking of players from Super Bowl XLVIII? In a one-game, winner-take-all scenario, every active player has a chance to make the difference in the outcome.

Both teams will be trotting out 53 players (for a total of 106), but in honor of competing for the 56th Lombardi Trophy, we are going to count down the top 56 players between the two Super Bowl participants:

56. Troy Reeder, LB, Los Angeles
Linebacker has been the Rams’ biggest defensive weakness all season, as Reeder has struggled mightily in coverage.
55. Kevin Huber, P, Cincinnati
The longest tenured Bengal ranked 28th among 32 qualifying punters in punting efficiency this season.
54. Matt Gay, K, Los Angeles
The Pro Bowl kicker had a tremendous year, but his last two games suggest there’s an injury the team isn’t telling anyone about.
53. Drew Sample, TE, Cincinnati
The back-up tight end had 81 receiving yards during the regular season, but could prove crucial if starter C.J. Uzomah is unable to play.
52. Kendall Blanton, TE, Los Angeles
The back-up tight end had 37 receiving yards during the regular season, but could prove crucial if starter Tyler Higbee is unable to play.
51. Trent Taylor, WR, Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s three-headed monster of Chase-Higgins-Boyd is lethal, but Taylor is a more-than-capable fourth option if necessary.
50. Eric Weddle, S, Los Angeles
Weddle played zero professional football snaps between his retirement February 6, 2020 and the Rams’ wild card win over the Cardinals January 17, 2022. Pending the health of starting safeties Taylor Rapp and Jordan Fuller, he could be making his fourth straight postseason start.
49. Tre Flowers, CB, Cincinnati
Flowers ranked 108th among all cornerbacks in pass defense, and fourth on his own team. The Rams will be targeting him when he’s on the field.
48. Ben Skowronek, WR, Los Angeles
Skowronek dropped a wide open touchdown pass in the NFC Championship Game – he’s hoping that won’t be his most memorable play of the postseason.
47. Hakeem Adeniji, G, Cincinnati
Adeniji ranked 81st among 82 qualifying guards in blocking, and is now going against Aaron Donald.
46. David Edwards, G, Los Angeles
The weakness of the team’s offensive line is at the guard position. Edwards is 50% of the problem.
45. Austin Corbett, G, Los Angeles
The weakness of the team’s offensive line is at the guard position. Corbett is the other 50% of the problem.
44. Isaiah Prince, T, Cincinnati
Prince ranked 77th among 83 qualifying tackles in blocking, and is now going against Von Miller.
43. Ernest Jones, LB, Los Angeles
As the best coverage linebacker for the Rams, Jones will be responsible for limiting Joe Mixon in the passing game.
42. Trey Hopkins, C, Cincinnati
Hopkins ranked 35th among 39 qualifying centers in blocking, and is now going against Aaron Donald.
41. Nick Scott, S, Los Angeles
The back-up safety has stepped up admirably in Rapp’s and Fuller’s absence, and will certainly have his hands full against Cincinnati’s high-octane offense.

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40. Eli Apple, CB, Cincinnati

The former first-round pick has had a tumultuous run in the NFL. After flaming out in New York and New Orleans, Apple found himself in a starting role for the Bengals’ secondary. Operating as the boundary corner opposite Chidobe Awuzie, teams often picked on Apple in coverage throughout the year. He had a chance to seal a Bengals win over the Chiefs in OT, but had an interception go through his hands. The oft-maligned corner is coming off his best season as a pro – two INT’s and 10 pass deflections in 16 games played – though Apple is clearly the weak link in Cincinnati’s defensive backfield.

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39. Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles

With Cam Akers on IR and Darrell Henderson underperforming, the Rams turned to Sony Michel to be their workhorse through the second-half of the regular season. Michel isn’t an overly explosive runner, but he’s been reliable on the ground over his career. The former Patriot appeared in all 17 games for Los Angeles in 2021, rushing for 845 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also the best pass blocking running back on the roster, which could be important if the Rams face an early deficit.

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