The Shutdown Eleven: The most interesting footballers of 2010. #8: Darrelle Revis

The Shutdown Eleven counts down a list of eleven NFL-related things, in order of the editor's preference. In this installment, we look at the most interesting players heading into the 2010 NFL season.

#8. Darrelle Revis(notes).

Earlier drafts of this list had Revis much closer to the top, but honestly, he's less interesting now that he's signed and in uniform. If the holdout had continued, it would've been fascinating (unless you're a Jets fan) to see just how badly his absence would have crippled the merciless python that is the Jets defense.

If it's true that you don't know what you've got until it's gone, we could have found out for sure. And yes, we already know that Revis is superb, but that he didn't win last year's Defensive Player of the Year award shows that the message hasn't been hammered home hard enough.

But now he's back where he should be -- locking down entire halves of the playing field, and not screaming at innocent soccer moms at Dick's Sporting Goods. In the end, of course, that's better -- we want the best players on the field, and the best overall football product we can get. Having the league's best defender sitting at home, while it might've been interesting to see the effects for a few games, would've made us all poorer as football fans.

11. Sam Bradford.
10. LaDainian Tomlinson.
9. Brett Favre.