Thursday, March 30, 2023

Full NFL Top 100 list: Here’s who players voted as the best in the league for 2021

There’s nothing that sports fans love to do more than debate which players are better than others. And the NFL has an annual event that allows football fans the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Every year, the NFL asks a group of its players to vote on which players are the league’s best. And every year, the list that results from these votes — the NFL’s Top 100 — causes a stir. There are always some surprises, some snubs and some downright head-scratchers.

But because the NFL Top 100 is voted on by players, it’s hard to get too angry about it. After all, the guys voting are the same guys going up against the ranked players on a weekly basis.

Still, the list draws big reactions from NFL fans and players alike. Fans have fun (or get angry) debating the list while players generally express gratitude when they’re named to it. Of course, not all are happy. Some feel disrespected by their ranking if it’s too low while others get upset if they don’t make the list at all.

The league has released the names of 90 of the players in the Top 100. Here’s a look at the players ranked Nos. 11-100 and who will likely be included in the top 10.

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So far, the NFL has revealed the names of the players ranked 11-100 on the 2021 list. The top 10 players on the list will be announced during a two-hour special Saturday, Aug. 28 (4-6 p.m. ET).

Of last year’s top 10 players, six have already been ranked. Lamar Jackson finished 24th in 2021 after finishing No. 1 overall in 2020. Russell Wilson dropped 10 spots from No. 2 to No. 12. Michael Thomas, Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and Stephon Gilmore all fell out of the top 40. Thomas’ fall from No. 5 overall to No. 72 was the largest of the group.

Among the notable players who have not yet been ranked: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Bills QB Josh Allen, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Titans running back Derrick Henry. They will almost certainly be featured in the top 10.

  1. Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills
  2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
  3. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Rams
  4. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
  5. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
  6. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns
  7. Xavien Howard, CB, Dolphins
  8. Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans
  9. Budda Baker, S, Cardinals
  10. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
  11. Fred Warner, LB, 49ers
  12. DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
  13. Khalil Mack, OLB, Bears
  14. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
  15. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks
  16. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
  17. DeForest Buckner, DT, Colts
  18. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers
  19. Julio Jones, WR, Titans
  20. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers
  21. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks
  22. Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers
  23. Quenton Nelson, G, Colts
  24. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs
  25. Darren Waller, TE, Raiders
  26. David Bakhtiari, OT, Packers
  27. Darius Leonard, LB, Colts
  28. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Ravens
  29. Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
  30. Bradley Chubb, OLB, Broncos
  31. Jaire Alexander, CB, Packers
  32. Trent Williams, OT, 49ers
  33. Lavonte David, OLB, Buccaneers
  34. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
  35. Justin Simmons, S, Broncos
  36. Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints
  37. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots
  38. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
  39. J.C. Jackson, CB, Patriots
  40. George Kittle, TE, 49ers
  41. Za’Darius Smith, OLB, Packers
  42. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Steelers
  43. Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings
  44. Grady Jarrett, DT, Falcons
  45. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
  46. Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers
  47. Cameron Heyward, DT, Steelers
  48. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs
  49. Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, Buccaneers
  50. Corey Linsley, C, Chargers
  51. Chase Young, DE, Washington
  52. A.J. Brown, WR, Titans
  53. Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles
  54. Demario Davis, OLB, Saints
  55. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
  56. J.J. Watt, DE, Cardinals
  57. K.J. Wright, OLB, Free agent
  58. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
  59. Ryan Kelly, C, Colts
  60. Eric Kendricks, LB, Vikings
  61. Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
  62. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
  63. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Bengals
  64. James Bradberry, CB, Giants
  65. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Texans
  66. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
  67. Quandre Diggs, S, Seahawks
  68. Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Titans
  69. Terron Armstead, OT, Saints
  70. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
  71. Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
  72. Garett Bolles, OT, Broncos
  73. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans
  74. Leonard Williams, DE, Giants
  75. Zack Martin, G, Cowboys
  76. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Saints
  77. Allen Robinson, WR, Bears
  78. Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Buccaneers
  79. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Buccaneers
  80. Jesse Bates, S, Bengals
  81. Corey Davis, WR, Jets
  82. Jason Kelce, C, Eagles
  83. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions
  84. Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns
  85. Tre’Davious White, CB, Bills
  86. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills
  87. Kyle Juszczyk, FB, 49ers
  88. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington
  89. Brandon Graham, DE, Eagles
  90. James Robinson, RB, Jaguars

The Buccaneers have the most players on the list to date with seven. They’re almost certain to add an eighth when Brady’s placement is revealed Saturday.

The Jaguars came close to having no players on the list. James Robinson barely made the cut at No. 100 overall.

Deshaun Watson’s inclusion on the list created an uncomfortable moment for the NFL. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints. The league released an awkward video honoring his placement on the list.

Only one current free agent is included in the Top 100: linebacker K.J. Wright, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Seahawks. Wright, 32, had 86 tackles, two sacks and 10 pass defenses last year for Seattle.


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