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Top five Canadians in the NFL heading into 2023/24

Did you know that some of the most dynamic skill position players in the NFL hail from Canada?

Canada has produced numerous NFL stars in the last few decades, so let's dive into some of the best Canadian football players in the NFL today.

Chase Claypool (WR, Miami Dolphins)

The Notre Dame star began his NFL journey with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020 and now plays for the Chicago Bears. 

Claypool was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia and is known for his big-play ability as he hauled in 9 touchdowns in 2020 with an 84 yard pass being his longest play of the year. 

He was traded from the Steelers to the Bears halfway through the 2022 season, and he was traded again from the Bears to the Miami Dolphins during the 2023 season.

Jevon Holland (FS, Miami Dolphins)

Not only is Holland arguably the top Canadian player in today’s NFL, but he’s one of the best free safeties in the game, too.

The Coquitlam, British Columbia native has started in 31 of 34 possible games over his first two NFL seasons, recording five interceptions (including one in the playoffs). Now paired with Jalen Ramsey in the Dolphins secondary, Holland could become an All-Pro level player in the coming seasons.

Look out for No. 8 in the teal and white flying around the gridiron this NFL season.

Chuba Hubbard (RB, Carolina Panthers)

The former 4th-round pick out of Oklahoma State will be entering his 3rd season with the Carolina Panthers. 

Hubbard was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has become a staple of Carolina's backfield because of his ability to stay healthy and ready. 

In 2 seasons with the Panthers, Hubbard has run for over 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns and will be the backup to Miles Sanders in 2023. 

Even though he won't start, Hubbard is still expected to play a big part in Carolina's run game this season.

John Metchie (WR, Houston Texans)

Perhaps one of the most successful Canadian college football players in the last few decades is John Metchie. He was born in Taiwan and moved to Ghana with his family as an infant before they spent most of his upbringing in Canada.

The wide receiver was fantastic at Alabama, one of the best college football schools in the country, for 3 years before electing to head to the NFL. In his final 2 years at Alabama, Metchie hauled in 14 touchdowns on over 2,000 yards.

Unfortunately, Metchie had to sit out his rookie season in 2022 due to being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. However, he is 100% healthy now and is expected to play a big role in Houston's offense this season.

Josh Palmer (WR, Los Angeles Chargers)

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Josh Palmer has become one of Justin Herbert's favorite targets. 

The 3rd-round pick out of Tennessee has played a big role in Los Angeles during his first 2 seasons as Palmer has recorded 105 receptions, 1,122 yards and 7 touchdowns. Herbert has taken a liking to Palmer and targeted him 107 times in 16 games last season. 

Palmer's role is only expected to grow as he becomes more of a veteran on the Chargers, so the wide receiver has high expectations in 2023.

Other Canadians in the NFL

Eli AnkouDefensive tackleAtlanta Falcons
Matthew BergeronOffensive linemanAtlanta Falcons
Chase BrownRunning backCincinnati Bengals
Sydney BrownSafetyPhiladelphia Eagles
Deane LeonardDefensive backLos Angeles Chargers
Tavius RobinsonEdge rusherBaltimore Ravens
Sidy SowOffensive linemanNew England Patriots
Benjamin St-JusteDefensive backWashington Commanders

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