The annual top 100 players list was concluded last week with Super Bowl champion Tom Brady taking home the #1 spot. This list is made by the players, and they would know the best players because they play against them every week. I decided to make my own top 100 list. This list is the top 100 players of next season taking into account their 2016 seasons.

The Actual List

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  1. Tom Brady: QB – New England Patriots
  2. Von Miller: OLB – Denver Broncos
  3. Julio Jones: WR – Atlanta Falcons
  4. Antonio Brown: WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Khalil Mack: OLB – Oakland Raiders
  6. Aaron Rodgers: QB – Green Bay Packers
  7. Ezekiel Elliott: RB – Dallas Cowboys
  8. Odell Beckham Jr.: WR – New York Giants
  9. Le’Veon Bell: RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
  10. Matt Ryan: QB – Atlanta Falcons
  11. Derek Carr: QB – Oakland Raiders
  12. David Johnson: RB – Arizona Cardinals
  13. Eric Berry: S – Kansas City Chiefs
  14. Dak Prescott: QB – Dallas Cowboys
  15. Aaron Donald: DT – Los Angeles Rams
  16. Drew Brees: QB – New Orleans Saints
  17. A.J. Green: WR – Cincinnati Bengals
  18. Tyron Smith: OT – Dallas Cowboys
  19. Patrick Peterson: CB – Arizona Cardinals
  20. Luke Kuechly: MLB – Carolina Panthers
  21. Richard Sherman: CB – Seattle Seahawks
  22. Ben Roethlisberger: QB – Pittsburgh Steelers
  23. Rob Gronkowski: TE – New England Patriots
  24. Russell Wilson: QB – Seattle Seahawks
  25. Joe Thomas: OT – Cleveland Browns
  26. Travis Kelce: TE – Kansas City Chiefs
  27. LeSean McCoy: RB – Buffalo Bills
  28. Landon Collins: SS – New York Giants
  29. Mike Evans: WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  30. Earl Thomas: FS – Seattle Seahawks
  31. Matthew Stafford: QB – Detroit Lions
  32. Marcus Peters: CB – Kansas City Chiefs
  33. DeMarco Murray: RB – Tennessee Titans
  34. Kam Chancellor: SS – Seattle Seahawks
  35. J.J. Watt: DE – Houston Texans
  36. Tyreek Hill: WR – Kansas City Chiefs
  37. Aqib Talib: CB – Denver Broncos
  38. Fletcher Cox: DT – Philadelphia Eagles
  39. Bobby Wagner: MLB – Seattle Seahawks
  40. Vic Beasley: OLB – Atlanta Falcons
  41. Devonta Freeman: RB – Atlanta Falcons
  42. Jarvis Landry: WR – Miami Dolphins
  43. Marshal Yanda: OG – Baltimore Ravens
  44. Cam Newton: QB – Carolina Panthers
  45. Larry Fitzgerald: WR – Arizona Cardinals
  46. Michael Bennett: DE – Seattle Seahawks
  47. Trent Williams: OT – Washington Redskins
  48. Jordy Nelson: WR – Green Bay Packers
  49. Jadeveon Clowney: DE – Houston Texans
  50. Marcus Mariota: QB – Tennessee Titans
  51. Andrew Luck: QB – Indianapolis Colts
  52. Gerald McCoy: DT – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  53. Amari Cooper: WR – Oakland Raiders
  54. Janoris Jenkins: CB – New York Giants
  55. Ndamukong Suh: DT – Miami Dolphins
  56. Cliff Avril: DE – Seattle Seahawks
  57. Jameis Winston: QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  58. Zack Martin: OG – Dallas Cowboys
  59. Josh Norman: CB – Washington Redskins
  60. Dez Bryant: WR – Dallas Cowboys
  61. T.Y. Hilton: WR – Indianapolis Colts
  62. Cameron Wake: DE – Miami Dolphins
  63. Chris Harris Jr.: CB – Denver Broncos
  64. Casey Hayward: CB – Los Angeles Chargers
  65. Jordan Reed: TE – Washington Redskins
  66. Xavier Rhodes: CB – Minnesota Vikings
  67. Greg Olsen: TE – Carolina Panthers
  68. Geno Atkins: DT – Cincinnati Bengals
  69. Jay Ajayi: RB – Miami Dolphins
  70. Kirk Cousins: QB – Washington Redskins
  71. Julian Edelman: WR – New England Patriots
  72. Taylor Lewan: OT – Tennessee Titans
  73. Philip Rivers: QB – Los Angeles Chargers
  74. Harrison Smith: FS – Minnesota Vikings
  75. Delanie Walker: TE – Tennessee Titans
  76. Justin Houston: OLB – Kansas City Chiefs
  77. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: FS – Green Bay Packers
  78. Brian Orakpo: OLB – Tennessee Titans
  79. Sean Lee: MLB – Dallas Cowboys
  80. LeGarrette Blount: RB – Philadelphia Eagles
  81. Alex Smith: QB – Kansas City Chiefs
  82. Clay Matthews: OLB – Green Bay Packers
  83. Calais Campbell: DT – Jacksonville Jaguars
  84. Mike Daniels: DT – Green Bay Packers
  85. Chandler Jones: OLB – Arizona Cardinals
  86. Jurrell Casey: DT – Tennessee Titans
  87. Travis Frederick: C – Dallas Cowboys
  88. Doug Baldwin: WR – Seattle Seahawks
  89. Thomas Davis: OLB – Carolina Panthers
  90. Malcolm Jenkins: SS – Philadelphia Eagles
  91. Lorenzo Alexander: OLB – Buffalo Bills
  92. Everson Griffen: DE – Minnesota Vikings
  93. Brandon Graham: DE – Philadelphia Eagles
  94. Dont’a Hightower: MLB – New England Patriots
  95. Kelechi Osemele: OG – Oakland Raiders
  96. Damon Harrison: DT – New York Giants
  97. David DeCastro: OG – Pittsburgh Steelers
  98. Adrian Peterson: RB – New Orleans Saints
  99. Malcolm Butler: CB – New England Patriots
  100. Joey Bosa: DE – Los Angeles Chargers

 

My List

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  1. Tom Brady: QB – New England Patriots
  2. Julio Jones: WR – Atlanta Falcons
  3. J.J. Watt: DE – Houston Texans
  4. Le’Veon Bell: RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Aaron Rodgers: QB – Green Bay Packers
  6. Von Miller: OLB – Denver Broncos
  7. Matt Ryan: QB – Atlanta Falcons
  8. Khalil Mack: OLB – Oakland Raiders
  9. Earl Thomas: FS – Seattle Seahawks
  10. Antonio Brown: WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. David Johnson: RB – Arizona Cardinals
  12. Aaron Donald: DT – Los Angeles Rams
  13. Eric Berry: S – Kansas City Chiefs
  14. Patrick Peterson: CB – Arizona Cardinals
  15. Odell Beckham Jr.: WR – New York Giants
  16. Luke Kuechly: MLB – Carolina Panthers
  17. Tyron Smith: OT – Dallas Cowboys
  18. Bobby Wagner: MLB – Seattle Seahawks
  19. A.J. Green: WR – Cincinnati Bengals
  20. Drew Brees: QB – New Orleans Saints
  21. Derek Carr: QB – Oakland Raiders
  22. Rob Gronkowski: TE – New England Patriots
  23. Richard Sherman: CB – Seattle Seahawks
  24. Travis Kelce: TE – Kansas City Chiefs
  25. Russell Wilson: QB – Seattle Seahawks
  26. Ben Roethlisberger: QB – Pittsburgh Steelers
  27. Joe Thomas: OT – Cleveland Browns
  28. Ezekiel Elliott: RB – Dallas Cowboys
  29. Michael Bennett: DE – Seattle Seahawks
  30. Fletcher Cox: DT – Philadelphia Eagles
  31. Aqib Talib: CB – Denver Broncos
  32. Kam Chancellor: SS – Seattle Seahawks
  33. Zack Martin: OG – Dallas Cowboys
  34. Xavier Rhodes: CB – Minnesota Vikings
  35. Mike Evans: WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  36. LeSean McCoy: RB – Buffalo Bills
  37. Marcus Peters: CB – Kansas City Chiefs
  38. Andrew Luck: QB – Indianapolis Colts
  39. DeMarco Murray: RB – Tennessee Titans
  40. Matthew Stafford: QB – Detroit Lions
  41. Jordy Nelson: WR – Green Bay Packers
  42. Dak Prescott: QB – Dallas Cowboys
  43. Jadeveon Clowney: DE – Houston Texans
  44. Jarvis Landry: WR – Miami Dolphins
  45. Landon Collins: SS – New York Giants
  46. Vic Beasley: OLB – Atlanta Falcons
  47. Larry Fitzgerald: WR – Arizona Cardinals
  48. Marcus Mariota: QB – Tennessee Titans
  49. Gerald McCoy: DT – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  50. Geno Atkins: DT – Cincinnati Bengals
  51. Philip Rivers: QB – Los Angeles Chargers
  52. Cliff Avril: DE – Seattle Seahawks
  53. Amari Cooper: WR – Oakland Raiders
  54. Marshal Yanda: OG – Baltimore Ravens
  55. Devonta Freeman: RB – Atlanta Falcons
  56. Jameis Winston: QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  57. Chris Harris Jr.: CB – Denver Broncos
  58. Dez Bryant: WR – Dallas Cowboys
  59. Cameron Wake: DE – Miami Dolphins
  60. Josh Norman: CB – Washington Redskins
  61. Ndamukong Suh: DT – Miami Dolphins
  62. Trent Williams: OT – Washington Redskins
  63. Greg Olsen: TE – Carolina Panthers
  64. Casey Hayward: CB – Los Angeles Chargers
  65. T.Y. Hilton: WR – Indianapolis Colts
  66. Janoris Jenkins: CB – New York Giants
  67. Justin Houston: OLB – Kansas City Chiefs
  68. Sean Lee: MLB – Dallas Cowboys
  69. Doug Baldwin: WR – Seattle Seahawks
  70. Clay Matthews: OLB – Green Bay Packers
  71. Harrison Smith: FS – Minnesota Vikings
  72. Tyreek Hill: WR – Kansas City Chiefs
  73. Julian Edelman: WR – New England Patriots
  74. Jordan Reed: TE – Washington Redskins
  75. Adrian Peterson: RB – New Orleans Saints
  76. Thomas Davis: OLB – Carolina Panthers
  77. Brian Orakpo: OLB – Tennessee Titans
  78. Jay Ajayi: RB – Miami Dolphins
  79. Don’t’a Hightower: MLB – New England Patriots
  80. Jurrell Casey: DT – Tennessee Titans
  81. Delanie Walker: TE – Tennessee Titans
  82. Cam Newton: QB – Carolina Panthers
  83. Joey Bosa: DE – Los Angeles Chargers
  84. Travis Frederick: C – Dallas Cowboys
  85. Kelechi Osemele: OG – Oakland Raiders
  86. Damon Harrison: DT – New York Giants
  87. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: FS – Green Bay Packers
  88. Chandler Jones: OLB – Arizona Cardinals
  89. Malcolm Butler: CB – New England Patriots
  90. Taylor Lewan: OT – Tennessee Titans
  91. Mike Daniels: DT – Green Bay Packers
  92. Malcolm Jenkins: SS – Philadelphia Eagles
  93. Everson Griffen: DE – Minnesota Vikings
  94. K.J. Wright: OLB – Seattle Seahawks
  95. Jordan Howard: RB – Chicago Bears
  96. Kawann Short: DT – Carolina Pantherss
  97. Donald Penn: OT – Oakland Raiders
  98. Jimmy Graham: TE – Seattle Seahawks
  99. Tyler Eifert: TE – Cincinnati Bengals
  100. Melvin Gordon: RB – Los Angeles Chargers

 

5 takeaways

1. Talented Teams

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The Seahawks have ten players on my list. They led the actual list with eight players in the top 100. Although I think rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were overrated, they were two of the seven Cowboys that made my list. Dallas’ rookies got all the praise, but this Cowboys team has a lot of talent. The defending Super Bowl champions had five players that made the top 100, and they all made my top 100

2. 7 Players on the Top 100 Not on My List

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Kirk Cousins, LaGarrette Blount, Alex Smith, Calais Campbell, Lorenzo Alexander, Brandon Graham, David DeCastro

Cousins had a nice season, but he’s been too inconsistent to be a top 100 player in the NFL. He plays a premium position and is good enough that the Redskins should’ve locked him up long-term (and really screwed up by not getting him a contract). He just misses the top 100. Smith missed the list for a different reason. He’s a good quarterback and I’d take him ahead of Cousins, but he’s too safe. It’s one thing taking unnecessary risks with the ball (ala Jay Cutler), but it’s another thing entirely to fear throwing the ball down the field.

Blount is a good player and led the league in touchdowns, but there’s a reason that he wasn’t highly coveted in free agency. He’s a bruiser, but he’s past his prime. Campbell is also past his prime. He would’ve made the list in years past, but not this time around. DeCastro is just entering his prime and will make the list in the future if he continues improving.

Lorenzo Alexander and Brandon Graham are coming off of great seasons. Graham has shown his talents in the past, but didn’t put it all together until this season. Alexander has never shown this type of ability. His great season came out of nowhere. I need to see more consistency and longevity before I claim that he’s a top 100 player.

3. 7 Players on My List Not on the Top 100

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K.J. Wright, Jordan Howard, Kawann Short, Donald Penn, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Eifert, Melvin Gordon

Wright was a first time Pro Bowler this season, which has been long overdue. He gets overshadowed by the Legion of Boom and Bobby Wagner at the linebacker position, but Wright is a stud in his own right. Jimmy Graham also had a great season for the Seahawks. He doesn’t put up numbers like he did in New Orleans, but he’s great in limited opportunities.

Jordan Howard had a breakout season as a rookie. No one saw this fifth round rookie making an impact like he did last season. He didn’t rush for as many yards as Ezekiel Elliot, but I was more impressed with his performance because of his draft position and the talent he had (or didn’t have) around him. Melvin Gordon also had a breakout season. He struggled as a rookie, but I thought that was a bit of an anomaly. He proved me right this season.

Tyler Eifert hasn’t been able to stay healthy in recent years, but he’s a potential top 50 talent when he’s on the field. Donald Penn doesn’t get enough credit as the anchor for the Raiders’ offensive line. The Raiders have the second best offensive line in the NFL, and Penn is their best lineman. Kawann Short is a beast in the middle of Carolina’s defense. He was drafted after fellow defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, but has outperformed his teammate. Short can stop the run and has success as an interior pass rusher.

4. Top 100 Overrated Players

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As I mentioned earlier, I think Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are overrated. I was impressed by the Cowboys’ rookies, but everything came together perfectly for them. Prescott surprised me with his progression between his last game at Mississippi State and his first games in the preseason. He improved drastically and looks like a good quarterback. But RGIII looked like a good player as a rookie and was ranked 15th in 2013. Elliott played behind an offensive line that helped Darren McFadden rush for more than 1000 yards in 2015.

I also think fellow rookie Tyreek Hill is overrated. He’s a flashy player and has the potential to score every time he touches the ball, but he’s a gadget player and will never be a true #1 receiver. If he doesn’t find the end zone as often next year, I could see him falling off of this list. Cam Newton had a bad year and fell down the list. But this is more of the real Cam Newton than last year’s MVP anomaly. Newton has never been a great passer (below 60%), has bad technique, and makes foolish decisions at times. He’s a superb athlete, is exciting to watch, has a great personality, and is built like a Greek god, but he isn’t the elite quarterback that he’s been hyped up to be.

5. Top 100 Underrated Players

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Zack Martin is the best guard in the NFL. He’s been that way since his first day in the NFL. Xavier Rhodes also didn’t get enough credit as a top 50 player. He is a great athlete, has great size, is extremely intelligent, and has the confidence that all corners need. He’s one of the few shutdown corners in today’s NFL.

Earl Thomas is coming off of an injury, but he’s the best safety in the league and it’s not even close. Eric Berry is a legit Hall of Fame talent, but he’s not a surefire first ballot Hall of Famer like Thomas. People give Sherman and Chancellor credit for being the leaders of the Legion of Boom, but Thomas is five times better than his teammates. That’s saying something, because Sherman is the second best corner in the league and Chancellor is a top five safety.

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Written by The Miles Files

I'm a sports fan with a passion for writing about the games that we love.

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