Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Staff Writer 24d

Most underappreciated NFL players at every position: Execs help us pick 10 secret stars who deserve more respect

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Sometimes an NFL player has been producing for a long time and doesn't get his proper due. So when he comes out hot through the first two weeks -- or simply does what he's been doing all this time -- people inside the league notice.

Derek Carr might be the most obvious candidate after a scorching hot start to the 2021 campaign, averaging north of 400 passing yards in two wins. But he isn't the only one who perhaps needs a closer look. We asked execs and coaches around the NFL, who stands out as an underappreciated talent at 10 different positions. Which players deserve more attention, respect and consideration among the game's best? Many of these players could be pushing for top-10 status at their positions in due time.

Hyping up players this early is always dangerous because maintaining excellence over a 17-game season is an arduous task. Game plans tighten, coaches smarten up and playmaking fizzles. But nonetheless, execs and coaches acknowledge these players are among the most underappreciated in the NFL. Let's get started in Las Vegas with Carr and why he's emerging this season.

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Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders

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