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My Top 100 Players in The NFL

Updated on June 26, 2013

So, admittedly, I have been tuning in to the NFL Network's "Top 100 players"
I say admittedly because... Well... I'm ashamed to say that I watch it.

It is, by far, the most inaccurate and offensive piece that NFL Network has played in recent memory.
In what could only be described as a half-ass attempt to steal views from... Whatever else people are watching during the "Dry season" of the NFL, I have several problems with the list.

1. RG3 at 15? He was a rookie who had average stats and couldn't stay healthy. But he's better than Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, and other players that didn't make the list?

2. They had Matt Ryan almost immediately over Joe Flacco. They were drafted in the same season, and despite Matt Ryan having 2 star receivers, a hall of fame tight end, a good running game, and an awesome offensive line, Joe Flacco has 9 more playoff wins, including a Super Bowl championship... But sure. He's better.

3. They have Reggie Wayne over Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, and Dez Bryant. PLEASE. Stop.

4. And last but not least... Um... Who voted on this thing? That's a serious question. There have been reports of players asking when they were supposed to have voted or if someone was supposed to have approached them. And even then, the players aren't necessarily famous for their ability to be completely impartial when it comes to voting...
Have you seen the pro-bowl rosters over the last couple of years?
Exactly.

So. Out of disappointment, I decided to make my own list.
I'm going to let you know now... It isn't perfect. I had to create lists by position and then try to balance the importance of a position versus their statistical performance in 2012, while also taking into consideration their circumstances and previous work, while looking forward to what 1 believed they would do in 2013.

It is more complicated than it sounds, so believe me, if you disagree with my list, I won't hold it against you.

However, I am posting it, so these are my beliefs. If you would like to raise your opinion and prove me wrong. I welcome it.
This is one of the few articles where I may even agree with you.

Keep in mind that I had to do this myself. I'll defend any and all rankings, but I know this list isn't perfect.

  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Calvin Johnson
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Tom Brady
  6. J.J. Watt
  7. Rob Gronkowski
  8. Patrick Willis
  9. Aldon Smith
  10. Drew Brees
  11. Jamaal Charles
  12. Dez Bryant
  13. A.J. Green
  14. Marshawn Lynch
  15. Geno Atkins
  16. Von Miller
  17. Richard Sherman
  18. Joe Flacco
  19. Andre Johnson
  20. Luke Kuechly
  21. Tyvon Branch
  22. Andre Johnson
  23. Jason Witten
  24. Tony Romo
  25. Larry Fitzgerald
  26. Joe Thomas
  27. Cameron Wake
  28. Haloti Ngata
  29. Darelle Revis
  30. Earl Thomas
  31. Harrison Smith
  32. Jimmy Graham
  33. Julio Jones
  34. Joe Staley
  35. Arian Foster
  36. Matt Ryan
  37. Wes Welker
  38. Russell Okung
  39. Demarcus Ware
  40. Justin Smith
  41. Joe Haden
  42. Eric Weddle
  43. Shaun Phillips
  44. Marshal Yanda
  45. Brandon Marshall
  46. Jared Allen
  47. Vince Wilfork
  48. Clay Matthews
  49. Jairus Byrd
  50. Tamba Hali
  51. Lance Briggs
  52. Antonio Cromartie
  53. Charles Tillman
  54. Justin Houston
  55. Kyle Rudolph
  56. Tim Jennings
  57. Eli Manning
  58. Donte Whitner
  59. Eric Decker
  60. Tony Gonzalez
  61. Logan Mankins
  62. Russell Wilson
  63. Charles Johnson
  64. Jordan Gross
  65. Vincent Jackson
  66. Matthew Stafford
  67. Charles Woodson
  68. Lawrence Timmons
  69. Kyle Williams
  70. Matt Light
  71. Greg Olsen
  72. Derrick Johnson
  73. Doug Martin
  74. Andrew Luck
  75. Adrian Wilson
  76. Ray Rice
  77. Reggie Nelson
  78. Julius Peppers
  79. Chad Greenway
  80. Nick Mangold
  81. Alfred Morris
  82. Robert Griffin
  83. Frank Gore
  84. Carl Nicks
  85. Anthony Spencer
  86. Reggie Nelson
  87. Brandon Mebane
  88. Eric Berry
  89. Dwan Edwards
  90. Andy Dalton
  91. Marcel Reece
  92. James Laurinatis
  93. Jerod Mayo
  94. Stevan Ridley
  95. Ben Roethlisberger
  96. Josh Freeman
  97. Victor Cruz
  98. Chris Long
  99. Andy Dalton
  100. Ed Reed

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    • Ryan Daniel Smith profile image
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      Ryan Smith 4 years ago

      Thank you for your input, and he's definitely not the most complete back, however, he almost broke an NFL record in rushing, and lead his team to the playoffs in a competitive division and conference.

      He literally put the team on his back, and Rodgers had several weapons last year and still couldn't get his team past a defensive team.

      Note- As you are a Bears fan, I've gotta tell you, I really had to think about Jay Cutler. How the Bears play without him, his offensive line, not mentioning the fact that Marshall is the only legitimate weapon that he's had in his Bears career, but ultimately, I felt like putting him too low would be inconsistent with the flow of the list, and putting him too high didn't fit.

    • EJ Lambert profile image

      EJ Lambert 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Listen, I understand the love affair of everybody with Adrian Peterson with his super human feat of returning from that knee injury to do what he did, but that does not make him the best player in the NFL. He's not even a complete running back for as amazing as he is. Now, please keep in mind I'm a Bears fan saying this, but Aaron Rodgers is the best in the league right now. You're telling me a guy who got sacked 51 times and still threw for over 4,200 yards and 39 touchdowns isn't #1? The same guy who beat Peterson twice in three tries? Respectfully disagree, my friend.