Niners' Bowman is underrated

NaVorro Bowman forms part of the fiercest LB corps in the NFL with Patrick Willis. Cary Edmondson/US Presswire

In conjunction with the release of the #NFLRank rollout on ESPN.com, Football Outsiders will provide an audit of the list, selecting the most overrated and underrated players revealed each day of the countdown.

Here are the most overrated and underrated players from those ranked 20-11 on offense or defense:


NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (No. 18)


While it's hard to show using numbers -- after all, how is a player supposed to blow you away with crazy tackle totals when he has to share the middle of the field with Patrick Willis -- Bowman still deserves more praise. Why? Well, one reason is that he actually ended up with more tackles than Willis last season. Bowman made a play (tackle, assist or turnover) on 18.7 percent of San Francisco's defensive plays, compared to 16.2 percent for Willis.