The highest-graded NFL players, rookies and surprises at every position during the 2019 season

The 2019 NFL regular season has been completed, and while we've seen the AP's All-Pro team and await the full slate of NFL honors, it's time to reset and take a look at which players led the league in overall grades from Pro Football Focus. And there will be a few disagreements with the AP's team.

Here are the highest-graded players at every position from the 2019 season, plus the top rookie and a surprise from each position. We start at quarterback, where the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson -- an All-Pro, and widely assumed to be the shoo-in as league MVP -- did not earn the highest grades in our system:


Best overall: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Regular-season PFF grade: 92.5

The race for highest-graded quarterback came down to two players who saw action in 11 games this season, as Tannehill just edged out Drew Brees for the throne. Tannehill was a revelation for the Titans this season, and he finished with the third-highest percentage of big-time throws -- those are PFF's highest-graded pass attempts based upon ball placement, velocity, targeted depth and other factors -- among qualified quarterbacks (6.93%). He also limited turnover-worthy attempts at an incredible rate, as only Dwayne Haskins (82 fewer attempts) and Teddy Bridgewater (90 fewer attempts) threw fewer turnover-worthy passes than Tannehill.

Top rookie: Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars

Grade: 70.3

It wasn't a banner year for rookie quarterbacks, but I'm sure the Jaguars aren't complaining about how their rookie sixth-round pick performed. The former Washington State signal-caller was a magician at times -- without a ton of help around him offensively. Still, he finished with more turnover-worthy plays than big-time throws, and he has a long way to go before he's "the guy" in Jacksonville.