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Northwestern football’s Top 10 most important players for 2019: Overall Rankings

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Let the summer football previews commence.

Illinois v Northwestern Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Although Northwestern students are just now beginning exam week, we realize that the summer has commenced for nearly every other student across that country. As we prepare to head into the warm summer months, Inside NU will be working hard to give you all the preview coverage you need ahead of Northwestern Football’s 2019 season.

With the season just 82 days away, it’s time to get started previewing the defending Big Ten West champions. We start our first of many summer football preview series by ranking and counting down the Top 10 most important players on Northwestern’s 2019 roster. Take a look at who our staffers identified in their Top 10 as well as the overall staff consensus rankings.

2019 Top 10 Rankings

Ranking Consensus Noah Coffman Avery Zimmerman Joe Weinberg Davis Rich Lucio Vainesman Claire Kuwana Eli Karp Graham Brennan Matt Albert
Ranking Consensus Noah Coffman Avery Zimmerman Joe Weinberg Davis Rich Lucio Vainesman Claire Kuwana Eli Karp Graham Brennan Matt Albert
1 Hunter Johnson Hunter Johnson Hunter Johnson Rashawn Slater HJ Hunter Johnson Hunter Johnson Hunter Johnson Hunter Johnson Joe Gaz
2 Paddy Fisher Paddy Fisher Paddy Fisher Hunter Johnson RT (Vogel) Fisher Paddy Fisher Joe Gaziano Joe Gaziano Hunter Johnson
3 Joe Gaziano Gunnar Vogel Joe Gaz Paddy Fisher Alex Miller Joe Gaziano Joe Gaziano Rashawn Slater Trae Williams Paddy Fisher
4 Rashawn Slater Travis Whillock Slater J.R. Pace Trae Williams Pace Isaiah Bowser Paddy Fisher Rashawn Slater Rashawn Slater
5 Alex Miller Joe Gaziano Alex Miller Alex Miller Rashawn Slater Rashawn Slater JR Pace Jared Thomas Ben Skowronek Ben Skowronek
6 Gunnar Vogel Greg Newsome Vogel Isaiah Bowser Paddy Fisher Isaiah Bowser Alex Miller Blake Gallagher Paddy Fisher Isaiah Bowser
7 J.R. Pace Trey Pugh Newsome Joe Gaziano Riley Lees Pugh Riley Lees Trae Williams JR Pace JR Pace
8 Trae Williams/Greg Newsome Rashawn Slater Pace some cornerback Trey Pugh/Charlie Mangieri Alex Miller Trey Pugh Earnest Brown Earnest Brown Earnest Brown
9 Isaiah Bowser Alex Miller Trae Williams Jared Thomas J.R. Pace Earnest Brown Rashawn Slater Isaiah Bowser Jared Thomas Alex Miller
10 Trey Pugh Samdup Miller Kuhbander Riley Lees Charlie Kuhbander Skowronek John Moten IV A punter Ramaud-Chiaokhiao Bowman Travis Whillock

Stay with us over the course of these next few days/weeks as we break down our Top 10 selections and provide an analysis of every player on this list as well as a few honorable mentions. Feel free to drop your own Top 10 rankings in the comments below!