Who should be the next player from each team to make the Hall of Fame?

With the Class of 2015 being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, NFL Nation writers provide their choices for who should be the next retired or current player, coach or contributor to enter the Hall from each of their teams.


Dallas Cowboys
Darren Woodson. The Cowboys have plenty of options. Unfortunately it will be difficult for Landry era Cowboys like 1970s All-Decade team members Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson to make it, though they are deserving and perhaps should be in already. With Woodson being added to the team’s Ring of Honor this year, he becomes the next candidate from the ‘90s Cowboys to earn induction. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro pick. He played the slot receivers, was a feared hitter and he was a core special-teamer. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants
George Young. The Giants had gone 15 years in a row without making the playoffs when Young took over as general manager in 1979. During his tenure, they hired Bill Parcells as head coach and drafted the likes of Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks, establishing the foundation for a franchise that would become one of the most consistent title contenders of the next 30 years. Young was named NFL Executive of the Year five times. He’s the one standout Giant who should be in the Hall and isn’t. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Dawkins. It’s a shame that linebacker Seth Joyner and cornerback Eric Allen aren’t already in the Hall. And you have to hope that quarterback Donovan McNabb gets careful consideration. But after his 16-year career, 37 interceptions and 26 sacks, safety Dawkins deserves to be the next Eagle enshrined. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins
Joe Jacoby. The Redskins once upon a time had a certain Hall of Famer in Champ Bailey, but he spent only the first five years of his career in Washington and is best viewed as a Bronco. So the next guy up is a throwback to a successful era: offensive tackle Jacoby. He went from undrafted to being a vital member of the famed Hogs in the 1980s, earning four Pro Bowl appearances and two first-team All-Pro selections. It was one of the best lines in history and only one member, Russ Grimm, has reached the Hall of Fame. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears
Brian Urlacher. He was the face of the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons. One of the greatest middle linebackers of his generation, Urlacher won 2000 NFL Rookie of the Year and 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Urlacher is the Bears' all-time leader in tackles. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson. If kickers were more prominent in Hall of Fame discussion, Jason Hanson would be on the top of this list. But since they are not, Johnson is the next likely Hall of Famer for the Lions. He holds the NFL’s single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards and is already over 10,000 career yards. Beyond that, he has been the most dominant receiver in the NFL during this era and the most feared player as well, according to a 2013 ESPN poll. As long as he can play a few more seasons at a high level, he should be a shoo-in for Canton. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre. This one is a no-brainer. It will be Favre, and it almost certainly will happen next year, when he’s first eligible. Favre played 20 NFL seasons (16 with the Packers), won three NFL MVP awards and played in two Super Bowls (winning one). He held the NFL’s career touchdown pass record (508) until Peyton Manning broke it last season. After Favre, quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be next. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings
Randy Moss. You mean other than Brett Favre? Sorry -- couldn’t resist, although the fact that Favre’s best statistical season came with the Vikings is sure to be noted when he enters the Hall next summer. In terms of a player who was known primarily as a Viking, the next candidate might be the receiver Favre pined for in Green Bay and finally played with briefly in Minnesota: Moss. For all his foibles, Moss took the league by storm in Minnesota. He’s third all time in receiving yards and fourth all time in touchdowns. Vikings fans, pull your 84 jerseys out for the induction ceremony in 2018. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons
Devin Hester. Hester should be the next player from the Falcons to make the Hall of Fame, but he will be more recognized for his accomplishments with the Chicago Bears. Return specialists typically aren’t considered Hall of Fame material, but Hester is the all-time best at his craft with an NFL-record 20 touchdown returns. Highly respected and long-time Hall of Fame voter Dan Pompei said specialists definitely deserve strong consideration if their career performance warrants it. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers
Kevin Greene. Greene was a Hall of Fame finalist the past four years with 160 career sacks. That ranks third in NFL history behind Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198), both in the Hall. Greene's sack total is the most for any player who was primarily a linebacker. The five-time Pro Bowl selection, who also played for the Rams, Steelers and 49ers, had 41.5 sacks in three seasons with the Panthers. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints
Morten Andersen. Drew Brees will get there eventually, but Andersen should get in first. The "Great Dane" has been knocking on the door as a finalist in recent years and he should finally kick it down once the voters decide the Hall has room for more than just one kicker (Jan Stenerud). Andersen is the leading scorer in NFL history, Saints history and Falcons history. He made both the 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams during his 25-year career. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronde Barber. Barber is Tampa Bay's next legitimate candidate among former players. The longtime cornerback has Hall of Fame numbers -- 47 interceptions, 28 sacks and 215 consecutive starts -- but the challenge will be convincing voters that he was more than a product of the Tampa 2 defensive scheme. Tony Dungy, who coached the Bucs to an NFC title game and won a Super Bowl with the Colts, was a Hall of Fame finalist the past two years. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald. This is a no-brainer. While some may think former Cardinals safety and five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson could be voted into the a Hall of Fame, the next Cardinal to be inducted will be wide receiver Fitzgerald. An eight-time Pro Bowl receiver, Fitzgerald has the most career yards from scrimmage (12,214) in Cardinals history. -- Josh Weinfuss

San Francisco 49ers
Roger Craig. Craig should be the next 49ers player in. The first player in league history with a 1,000-1,000 season (Craig rushed for 1,050 yards while catching a league-high 92 passes for 1,016 yards in 1985), he was a key offensive contributor for the Team of the '80s, which was filled with stars and Hall of Famers like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Charles Haley. Without Craig’s contributions at running back, the Niners might not have had such positive results. It’s high time Craig high-steps into Canton. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks
Kenny Easley. Before the Legion of Boom, hard-hitting safety Easley expertly patrolled the secondary for Seattle. Easley won AFC defensive rookie of the year in 1981, finishing with a career-high 107 tackles. The UCLA product earned NFL Defensive Player of the year honors in 1984, totaling a club-record 10 interceptions as a strong safety. A five-time Pro Bowler in seven years before retiring due to a kidney ailment, Easley should be a consideration by the senior committee. -- Eric D. Williams

St. Louis Rams
Orlando Pace. The Rams have five strong candidates, including Kevin Greene and Kurt Warner, but their towering left tackle should be first in line. As the foundation of one of the most lethal offenses in league history, Pace played in two Super Bowls, went to seven Pro Bowls and earned five All-Pro honors. He made the cut to 10 before coming up short in Hall of Fame voting last year, but probably won't have to wait much longer. -- Nick Wagoner


Buffalo Bills
Mario Williams. I debated going with a former player like special-teams ace Steve Tasker or center Kent Hull, but both of them have been on the ballot for several years and haven't received serious consideration. Instead, I'll go with Williams, who is a strong bet to eclipse 100 career sacks this season. He just turned 30 this year, so don't expect him to slow down soon. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins
Jason Taylor. Taylor should be the next Dolphins player enshrined in Canton. The former defensive end is sixth all time with 139.5 sacks and was elected to six Pro Bowls. His eligibility begins in 2016. -- James Walker

New England Patriots
Gino Cappelletti. Cappelletti played for the Patriots from 1960-70, the first 11 years of the franchise’s existence, and was a five-time AFL All-Star, the AFL’s MVP in 1964, and a member of the All-AFL 10-year Anniversary Team. One of only three players along with Jim Otto and George Blanda to play in every AFL game, he was the league’s all-time leader in points (1,100) and field goals (170), while also doubling as a receiver (292 receptions, 4,589 yards). He’s a top-notch senior candidate for Hall of Fame induction. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets
Joe Klecko. He was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the 1980s and the only player in history to make the Pro Bowl at three different positions on the line -- end, tackle and nose tackle. In 1981, he recorded a league-leading 20.5 sacks before it was an official statistic. Klecko enters his second season of eligibility as a senior candidate. Several Hall of Famers, including Howie Long, have voiced strong support for Klecko's candidacy. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis. He's eligible for the Class of 2018 and he's a slam-dunk first-ballot inductee. Like him or not, Lewis is the best player in Ravens history and he is arguably the best middle linebacker in NFL history. He's a 13-time Pro Bowl player, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl MVP. The only real question here is whether Lewis will bust out his signature pregame dance on the Hall of Fame stage. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals
Ken Anderson. There’s no question, the former Bengals player most deserving of a Hall of Fame nod is Anderson. It’s a travesty that the best quarterback in franchise history -- the one who took Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl, no less -- hasn’t made it in. A four-time Pro Bowler, Anderson helped former Bengals assistant Bill Walsh lay the groundwork for the offense that eventually won him three championships in San Francisco. It’s an offense teams continue to emulate to this day. Anderson’s longtime left tackle, Anthony Munoz, is Cincinnati’s only Hall of Famer. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns
Gary Collins. Left tackle Joe Thomas will be the next Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer, but receiver Collins should get in ahead of him. Collins retired with 70 touchdown receptions, sixth-best total in NFL history at the time and more than Hall of Fame receivers Lynn Swann, Art Monk, Bobby Mitchell, Michael Irvin and John Stallworth. Collins made the 1960s All-Decade Team, was one of the league's best punters and was MVP of the 1964 Championship Game when he caught three touchdown passes. His career has been badly overlooked. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers
Kevin Greene. Charles Haley’s entrance into the Hall should create a path for Greene, who averaged nearly 11 sacks a season over a 16-year career. Greene spent three productive years with the Steelers, producing a 14-sack season in 1994. Greene played for four NFL teams but he undeniably resonates with black and yellow faithful. Greene has been out of the game for 16 years and he keeps getting bypassed in Hall voting. Hines Ward’s numbers -- 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards, 85 scores -- should stack up favorably over time. The Pittsburgh Steelers have numerous young players on offense with Hall of Fame potential, including Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. But this conversation starts and stops with Ben Roethlisberger, who has the chance to pile serious numbers on top of a Hall of Fame career that includes three Super Bowl appearances. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans
Andre Johnson. The Texans’ next Hall of Famer will also be their first -- receiver Johnson. His departure from the Texans wasn’t pretty, in part because of the very factor that might cost Johnson in the Hall of Fame discussion: The best quarterback he ever played with on the Texans was Matt Schaub. Despite that, Johnson ranks 12th in receiving yards with 13,597, and is only 302 yards behind Hall of Famer Cris Carter. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts
Marvin Harrison. Harrison has been a Hall of Fame finalist each of the past two years. He ranks third in NFL history in receptions, fifth in touchdown receptions and seventh in receiving yards. He also had eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars
Tony Boselli. The Jaguars don’t yet have a player in the NFL Hall of Fame but the first one should undoubtedly be Boselli. The No. 2 overall pick in 1995 had his career cut short at seven seasons because of injuries, but he was the top offensive tackle in the league for much of those seven seasons. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro and was voted to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team. -- Michael DiRocco

Tennessee Titans
Bud Adams. Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile may get veterans consideration and Jerome Bettis’ induction could help Titans running back Eddie George get a look. The strongest case, however, is for late owner Adams, without whom the AFL wouldn’t have gotten off the ground and the history of professional football may have been very different. Years later, he basically traded his vote for permission to relocate his team to Nashville and was of little influence later in his life, which hurts his chances. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos
Terrell Davis. With seven Super Bowl appearances in the franchise’s history and just four Hall of Famers, the Broncos are one of the most under-represented teams in Canton. Their list of deserving candidates is long, including Karl Mecklenburg, Randy Gradishar, Louis Wright and Steve Atwater. But running back Davis was a finalist in 2015. His career was shortened by injury, but Davis was an NFL MVP, a Super Bowl MVP and his career average of 97.5 rushing yards per game is fourth best in league history. He holds the NFL postseason record (minimum five games) of 142.5 rushing yards per game. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs
Tony Gonzalez. Tight end Gonzalez should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s the No. 1 NFL player at his position in career catches, yards and receiving touchdowns. Gonzalez is arguably the greatest player in Chiefs history. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders
Kenny Stabler. Super Bowl-winning quarterback Stabler died in July at the age of 69. After his death, many former teammates and his former coach, John Madden, pushed for the Snake’s enshrinement. The left-handed gunslinger threw 150 touchdown passes from 1970 to '79. It was the third most in that decade. The other four QBs in the top five from the 1970s are in the Hall of Fame. Stabler is the only quarterback who started and won a Super Bowl in the 1970s who isn’t a member of the Hall of Fame. It’s time. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson holds the NFL record for most touchdowns in a season (31), rushed for over 1,000 yards eight times and is fifth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,684 yards. The four players ahead of Tomlinson (Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin) already are in the Hall of Fame. Tomlinson should join them when he becomes eligible for the Hall in 2017. -- Eric D. Williams