The two most-recent NFL MVP’s. Record-breaking contracts and record-setting performances. As we delve into the NFL top 100 for the 2020 season, prepare to be surprised who is within the top five. Also, prepare to disagree with where one future Hall of Fame quarterback is ranked.
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Updated: September 22, 2020 at 1:56pm EDT
100. Le’Veon Bell, running back, New York Jets
It would be an understatement to call Le’Veon Bell’s first season in New York a disaster. However, this is still a player with more than 6,000 rushing yards, 3,121 receiving yards and 46 total touchdowns in six seasons. He might be a fantasy football sleeper, too.
99. Byron Jones, cornerback, Miami Dolphins
Miami made Jones one of the highest-paid defenders in NFL history for a reason. A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, the 27-year-old will now enjoy life in Miami as a shutdown cornerback for a team on the rise.
98. Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Baltimore Ravens
Just ask the New England Patriots what it’s like to face Humphrey. He has become one of the NFL’s rising stars on the defensive side, earning All-Pro honors in 2019. Humphrey is a big reason why Baltimore boasts one of the NFL’s best defenses.
97. Joe Mixon, running back, Cincinnati Bengals – Biggest potential 2020 fantasy football sleeper
Mixon is flying under the radar in fantasy football and is deserving of a contract extension. With the improvements made to this offense, expect Cincinnati’s star running back to prove he has All-Pro talent this season.
96. Kenny Golladay, wide receiver, Detroit Lions
While he might not be Megatron, this 6-foot-4 receiver is still unstoppable on the field. Golladay’s highlights from this past season, like this touchdown, showcase how he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns last season.
95. Eric Kendricks, linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
Once a star on UCLA’s campus, Kendricks has found a home on Minnesota’s defense. The former second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft elevated his game last year, earning first-team All-Pro honors and he must be recognized as one of the NFL’s top 100 players.
94. T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
When Hilton is healthy, there aren’t many receivers more fun to watch. The 30-year-old still has a few years left in the tank and with Philip Rivers at quarterback, targets should be coming his way often. If you’re looking for a bounce-back candidate this season, it’s Hilton.
93. Earl Thomas, safety, free agent
Thomas drew headlines for an ugly incident this offseason, but no one should let it take away from his impact on the field. The 31-year-old proved he is still a top safety and a strong finish to his NFL career could help seal his case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
92. Anthony Barr, linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
The New York Jets will look back on the 2019 offseason and feel pain. Just when Barr was ready to sign, he spurned New York and returned to the Vikings. Needless to say, Minnesota is very happy to still have its Pro Bowl linebacker.
91. Josh Allen, defensive end, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have made plenty of draft blunders in recent years. Taking Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in 2019 isn’t one of them. He racked up 10.5 sacks in his rookie season, proving he wasn’t a fluke at Kentucky. Allen will be one of the NFL’s top edge rushers here soon.
90. Kirk Cousins, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
Statistically speaking, Cousins was great in his second season with the Vikings. The two-time Pro Bowler threw for north of 3,600 yards with 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions for a robust 107.4 quarterback rating. He also led the NFL’s eighth-ranked scoring offense. Unfortunately, Minnesota laid an egg on offense against the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional playoffs. Until the Vikings have success in January, Cousins himself will be overrated
89. Allen Robinson, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
It’s the same story in Chicago as he went through in Jacksonville. Robinson is an elite wide receiver, but poor quarterback play constantly hurts his stats. He’ll likely be available for NFL teams in free agency next year and we hope he lands in the right spot.
88. Everson Griffen, defensive end, Dallas Cowboys
Credit to the Cowboys for making one of the best moves of the NFL offseason. Griffen is an outstanding pass rusher and Dallas got him for a bargain. If the Cowboys win the Super Bowl this year, it will be thanks to moves like this one.
87. Zach Ertz, tight end, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz is one of the toughest players in sports. He played through rib and kidney injuries during the playoffs last season and came through when the Eagles needed him the most. With Travis Kelce and George Kittle resetting the market for tight end salaries, Ertz could soon cash in.
86. Ryan Kerrigan, outside linebacker, Washington Football Team
Kerrigan didn’t look like the elite pass rusher we’re used to seeing this past season. But this is still a player with 90 career sacks and Washington just added defensive phenom Chase Young to the front seven. Expect Kerrigan to turn things around during the 2020 NFL season.
85. Calais Campbell, defensive end, Baltimore Ravens
In what might be one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history, the Ravens acquired Campbell for a Day 3 draft pick this past spring. A defense that was already frightening now has a five-time Pro Bowl selection added to its defensive line.
84. Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
Since missing most of the 2016 season, Allen has returned to NFL stardom. Coming off three consecutive seasons with 1,100-plus receiving yards and six touchdowns, the Chargers and fantasy owners know they can always count on Allen to deliver.
83. Demario Davis, linebacker, New Orleans Saints
Davis bounced around the NFL from 2012-17 with the Jets and Cleveland Browns, then he found a home in New Orleans. One of the league’s most underrated defenders, this former third-round pick’s road to becoming an All-Pro linebacker is incredible.
82. D.K. Metcalf, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Metcalf proved to be more than just a workout warrior in his rookie season. He posted some gaudy stats (900 receiving yards, seven touchdowns) for a rookie and we’re just seeing glimpses of his potential. He could be a fantasy football monster this year.
81. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Tannehill’s career resurgence was one of the best stories in the NFL last season. He went from backup quarterback to leading the Titans to the AFC Championship Game in only a few months. He’s now one of the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks and he earned the raise.
80. Kenny Clark, nose tackle, Green Bay Packers
One of the most underrated defensive linemen in the NFL, Clark earned his first Pro Bowl appearance since the Packers made the UCLA product a first-round pick back in 2016. The 314-pound defensive tackle recorded 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks. His importance inside also helped set the stage for a pair of elite edge rushers in that of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith with the Packers.
79. Ryan Ramczyk, offensive tackle, New Orleans Saints
A first-round pick out of Wisconsin back in 2017, Ramczyk has started all 47 games in which he’s appeared in three seasons with New Orleans. He’s coming off an All-Pro performance manning right tackle for the Super Bowl contenders. Along with left tackle Terron Armstead, he’s one of the primary reasons Drew Brees was sacked just 12 times in 11 games last season.
78. LaVonte David, linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For some reason, David is not mentioned among the best inside linebackers in the NFL. Potentially due to the Buccaneers lack of relevance on the broader NFL stage, he continues to fly under the radar. Despite this, the former second-round pick from Nebraska continues to prove his worth. David, 30, recorded 123 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven passes defended and three forced fumbles for the Bucs last season.
77. Justin Simmons, safety, Denver Broncos
It’s pretty sensational what Simmons has done in Denver since the team made him a third-round pick from Boston College back in 2016. The safety has recorded 24 passes defended and nine interceptions since becoming a full-time starter as a sophomore. He’s coming off a Pro Bowl campaign and will soon be among the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. He’s also a legit top-100 player in the NFL.
76. Frank Clark, defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs
Clark was one of the primary reasons Kansas City earned that elusive Super Bowl title in his first season with the team. Acquired from Seattle during the spring of 2019, the former West Virginia star recorded 14 quarterback hits, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Clark has tallied eight-plus sacks each of the past four seasons.
75. Anthony Harris, safety, Minnesota Vikings
Yet another under-the-radar safety, Harris is slated to play under the franchise tag in 2020 after showing out for Minnesota last season. The former undrafted free agent from Virginia led the NFL with six interceptions, tallying 60 tackles and 11 passes defended in the process. He’ll lead a revamped Vikes secondary this season.
74. Darren Waller, tight end, Las Vegas Raiders
Speaking of flying under the radar, Waller recorded a combined 18 receptions in his first four NFL seasons after the Ravens made him a sixth-round pick back in 2015. Breaking out big time with the Raiders in 2019, the Georgia Tech product recorded 90 receptions for 1,145 yards while catching 77% of his targets. He’s now on the brink of joining the elites, George Kittle and Travis Kelce, and is a potential fantasy football stud.
73. Kyler Murray, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
Entering his second NFL season with an All-Pro receiver joining this offense, Murray is poised for a breakout year. He could be a sneaky bet for NFL MVP if it all comes together and it won’t be long before he shoots up the top-100 NFL players list.
72. Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, Dallas Cowboys
Still only 29, Smith is already pretty much a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. He has started all 131 games in which he’s appeared since being a first-round pick back in 2011. That very same span has seen the USC product earn seven consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. The only issue here is durability. Smith has missed three games to injury in each of the past four seasons.
71. Tyler Lockett, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Another player who doesn’t necessarily stand out from a national perspective, Lockett has quickly become Russell Wilson’s favorite target in Seattle. Over the course of the past two seasons, the Kansas State product has recorded a resounding 77.2% catch rate while putting up north of 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s a legit No. 1 receiver.
70. Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle, Houston Texans
Embattled Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien received some flack for handing Tunsil a record-breaking three-year, $66 million extension during the spring. It’s not necessarily the former first-round pick’s fault. After all, Tunsil remains one of the best young left tackles in the game. He’s started all 58 games in which he’s appeared in four seasons and is an elite blindside protector.
69. Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Returning after a one-year hiatus, we’re not sure what to expect from this 31-year-old future Hall of Famer with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Gronkowski has not played a full 16-game slate since 2011, leading to him retiring in the first place. When on the field, he’s as dominant as they come. That includes a career 68.4% catch rate and four All-Pro honors.
68. Adam Thielen, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings – Best undrafted player
Injuries limited Thielen to just 30 catches for 418 yards last season. This doesn’t take away from what the Minnesota State product has done since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. Combined, Thielen tallied north of 200 catches for nearly 2,600 yards in 2017 and 2018. He’ll return to form this coming season.
67. Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Right up there with Jerry Rice and Randy Moss as one of the greatest receivers in modern NFL history, it’s amazing what this 11-time Pro Bowler is still able to do after 16 NFL seasons. Fitzgerald has caught 69-plus passes each year since 2005. He’s also coming off a 75-catch performance for Arizona in 2019.
66. Josh Jacobs, running back, Las Vegas Raiders
The only member of this Vegas team to crack the top 100, Jacobs was absolutely sensational as a rookie. The former Alabama star tallied north of 1,300 total yards at a clip of 5.0 yards per touch. Now that the Raiders are focusing on opening up their offense in 2020, we’re expecting huge things from the young back as a sophomore.
65. Aaron Jones, running back, Green Bay Packers
It’s still baffling that Jones is not talked about among the game’s elite backs. All the former mid-round pick from UTEP did last season was record 1,558 total yards and 19 touchdowns at a clip of 5.5 yards per touch. This wasn’t even enough to earn him a trip to the Pro Bowl. That’s just insane.
64. Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo certainly has a bad taste in his mouth after February’s struggles in the Super Bowl. In no way does that take away from what the golden boy accomplished in his first full season as San Francisco’s starter. He was the only NFL quarterback to finish in the top five in completion percentage, yards per completion and passer rating. It represented one of the greatest statistical seasons for a quarterback in franchise history.
63. Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end, Free Agent
To say that this former No. 1 pick struggled with injuries in his first season with the Seahawks would be an understatement. Clowney recorded all of three sacks in 13 games. This coupled with a high asking price has him as a free agent. Despite that, the track record for success is here. From 2016-18 with the Texans, Clowney tallied a combined 53 quarterback hits and 24.5 sacks.
62. Shaq Barrett, defensive end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yet another former undrafted free agent, Barrett flew under the radar during a five-year stint with Denver. That changed big time after signing a free-agent deal in Tampa Bay ahead of the 2019 season. The Colorado State product responded by racking up 37 quarterback hits while leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks. Just insane.
61. Preston Smith, outside linebacker, Green Bay Packers
One of the big-time edge rushers Green Bay signed in free agency ahead of the 2019 season, Smith morphed into an elite-level rusher. He tallied 23 quarterback hits and 12 sacks, both representing career highs after what was a solid four-year stint in the nation’s capital.
60. Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle, Atlanta Falcons
There’s a reason the Falcons signed Jarrett to a massive contract extension last summer. One of the biggest steals of the 2015 NFL Draft, Jarrett has ascended from fifth-round pick to an All-Pro defensive tackle in a few years. With 56 quarterback hits and 43 tackles for loss in 77 games, few interior linemen can match his disruptive abilities.
59. Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens would be wise to ensure Stanley doesn’t become available for other teams next offseason. The 26-year-old is an elite left tackle and easily deserves to become the highest-paid offensive lineman, especially since it would be an investment in Lamar Jackson.
58. Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
Something tells us Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will regret not signing Prescott to a long-term extension this offseason. While Dallas remains confident it will get a long-term contract done, that might come after Prescott wins NFL MVP this year and leads the Cowboys to an NFC East crown.
57. Marshon Lattimore, cornerback, New Orleans Saints
The former Ohio State star has lived up to the hype since entering the league as the No. 11 overall pick. We’ll blame a nagging hamstring issue for some of his struggles in 2019, but there’s no doubt he is an outstanding cornerback.
56. Harrison Smith, safety, Minnesota Vikings
A first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Smith has blown past all expectations since joining the Vikings. He was arguably one of the NFL’s best defensive backs over the last decade and he continues to play at a high level to this day.
55. Fred Warner, linebacker, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco found a gem in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Warner is emerging as one of the NFL’s best young defenders with a track record of causing problems for the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.
54. Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes might have won Super Bowl LIV MVP, but the Chiefs don’t complete that fourth-quarter comeback without Jones. He earned every dollar of that $85 million contract and will be essential for this team to become the next NFL dynasty.
53. Jalen Ramsey, cornerback, Los Angeles Rams
Some fans may think he is one of the most-overrated players in the NFL, but that feeling isn’t shared around the league. Ramsey is a shutdown corner and an incredible trash talker, who deserves a record contract and will likely get it.
52. Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills
While we’ve seen Diggs create plenty of drama, he makes even more highlight plays. It’s frankly absurd that he’s never made the Pro Bowl, but that might change this year with Josh Allen lofting deep balls his way. Take note fantasy football owners, a 1,200-yard, 10-touchdown season could be coming.
51. Nick Chubb, running back, Cleveland Browns
Chubb is one of the most difficult players to tackle in the NFL. He rushed for nearly 1,500 yards last season behind a bad offensive line, which the Browns finally addressed this offseason. Don’t be shocked if Chubb helps Baker Mayfield carry this team to the playoffs.
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50. Za’Darius Smith, outside linebacker, Green Bay Packers
The Packers heard plenty of skepticism last offseason when they signed Smith to a $66 million contract. A year later, the deal looks like a bargain after Smith recorded 37 quarterback hits and 13.5 sacks while creating a fearsome duo with Preston Smith.
49. Myles Garrett, defensive end, Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett will forever be known for striking Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet. But, there’s also no denying he is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he wins Defensive Player of the Year this season.
48. Marcus Peters, cornerback, Baltimore Ravens
The in-season trade to Baltimore changed everything for Peters. It led to Baltimore’s defense becoming elite, sparked a career resurgence and led to a sizable contract extension. It’s frankly absurd how much talent the Ravens have.
47. Dalvin Cook, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Expected to be one of the top free agents available next offseason, Cook is unstoppable when he’s healthy. A monster in fantasy football and a dangerous all-purpose threat on the field, Cook is the engine that drives the Vikings’ offense.
46. Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Biggest 2019 fantasy football sleeper
Fantasy owners hoped for a breakout season last year and Godwin exceeded even the grandest expectations. Not only did he earn a Pro Bowl selection, Godwin proved he is the best slot receiver in the NFL. It’s no wonder Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers.
45. David Bakhtiari, offensive tackle, Green Bay Packers
It’s fitting that a team with a rich history in the NFL thrives at finding offensive linemen late in the draft. Bakhtiari, a fourth-round pick in 2013, has become an outstanding pass protector and a pillar on the left side protecting Aaron Rodgers.
44. Danielle Hunter, defensive end, Minnesota Vikings
When the Vikings invested a third-round pick in Hunter, they hoped he could develop into a productive pass rusher. He blossomed into an unstoppable force off the edge. Just look at Danielle Hunter’s career stats (54.5 sacks in 78 games) and appreciate it.
43. Tre’Davious White, cornerback, Buffalo Bills
It would have been devastating for the Bills if Tre’Davious White opted out of the 2020 NFL season. Fortunately, he’ll be on the field this year and that means an All-Pro cornerback gets to show off his skills. Let’s just hope White’s Madden 21 rating (90) goes up, because he deserves even more recognition.
42. Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Minkah Fitzpatrick trade might go down as one of the best moves in the Steelers’ recent history. He made the same impact for Pittsburgh’s defense that he did for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Frankly, he is one of the NFL’s best play makers.
41. Bobby Wagner, linebacker, Seattle Seahawks
An unheralded second-round pick out of Utah State in 2012, Wagner became one of the best linebackers of the decade. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, Wagner is living the dream and will one day be a Hall of Famer.
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40. Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
While some might see him as overrated, Beckham Jr’s struggles in 2019 can be attributed to playing through a sports hernia injury. With the Browns committed to OBJ and a potential rebound season by Baker Mayfield, he could be a top-10 receiver once again.
39. Trent Williams, offensive tackle, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco lost left tackle Joe Staley and replaced him with another top pass protector. Even after a year away from football, Williams will show everyone why his new teammates were so elated to land him.
38. Amari Cooper, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
While Rex Ryan might not have paid Cooper, NFL teams were more than happy to do so. The Washington Football Team tried to steal him from Dallas, but there was no way Cooper would turn down that eye-popping contract and the No. 1 spot in one of the NFL’s top offenses.
37. Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Only two players in NFL history have recorded 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons. Hall of Famer Randy Moss and wide receiver Mike Evans. He celebrated the Tom Brady signing in perfect fashion and we suspect Evans will have plenty of reasons to celebrate this season with Brady at quarterback.
36. Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints
Kamara fought through a variety of injuries last season, which limited his explosiveness and hurt his production. Now that he’s healthy, expect Kamara to explode this season with 1,500-plus scrimmage yards, 14-plus touchdowns for a monster year in fantasy.
35. DeForest Buckner, defensive tackle, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts could have taken their chances on a rookie with the No. 13 overall pick. Instead, they traded it for Buckner. After making him one of the highest-paid defensive players in NFL history, we expect the All-Pro defensive tackle to push this team into the playoffs.
34. Zack Martin, guard, Dallas Cowboys
Martin could retire today and he would be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The decision to draft him over Johnny Manziel pays off to this day and he will likely go down as one of the best guards in NFL history.
33. Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Adams is proof that the draft bust label can be applied too quickly. After two seasons, the former second-round pick seemingly couldn’t put it together. He put in the work and is now one of the best players at his position and he might have a career year in 2020.
32. Darius Leonard, linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
From second-round pick in 2018 to instant star. Leonard didn’t just win Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, he was also named first-team All-Pro as a rookie. From FCS star to one of the game’s best linebackers, Leonard proves NFL teams can find talent anywhere.
31. Tom Brady, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – best quarterback of all time
Tom Brady is the best player in NFL history. He is also in evident decline. Both statements are true. And even if he isn’t playing at an elite level these days, he can do incredible things on the field. New England will regret letting him go and it wouldn’t be a shock if Brady brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Tampa Bay.
30. Von Miller, outside linebacker, Denver Broncos
There’s little doubt that the 31-year-old Miller will be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. The former Super Bowl MVP heads into his 10th NFL season having put up 106 sacks. He’s coming off an eight-sack performance, the second-lowest total of Miller’s career. Even then, there’s still a lot left in the tank. With fellow edge rusher Bradley Chubb returning this season, look for Miller to reach the double-digit sack plateau for the eighth time in his career.
29. Tyrann Mathieu, safety, Kansas City Chiefs
Honey Badger’s story is of consequence. Here’s a dude that was kicked off the LSU football team due to off-field issues. Mathieu then entered the NFL as a major question mark after Arizona made him a third-round pick back in 2013. Since then, he’s morphed into an elite-level cover safety. Last season alone with Kansas City, Mathieu recorded 12 passes defended and four interceptions.
28. Joey Bosa, defensive end, Los Angeles Chargers
Recently signed to the richest contract for a defender in NFL history, Bosa has more than lived up to that payday. The former No. 3 overall pick from Ohio State has recorded 82 quarterback hits and 40 sacks in four NFL seasons. He’s coming off an 11.5-sack performance en route to earning his second Pro Bowl trip. Crazy enough, Bosa is not the top-ranked brother from his clan on this list.
27. Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants
Historical. Electric. That’s what we saw from Barkley as he ended up winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. That season saw the Penn State product gain a league-high 2,028 total yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging nearly six yards per touch. Injuries hampered Barkley to an extent as a sophomore, but he was still able to go for 1,441 yards in 13 games. Expect a rebound performance in 2020.
26. Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Elliott transcends the running back position in that his importance to the Cowboys’ success can’t be ignored. Here’s a dude who has put up north of 7,000 total yards in four NFL seasons. Those are some insane numbers. He also makes Dak Prescott a much better quarterback under center. If there’s ever going to be an MVP candidate at running back, it’s Zeke.
25. J.J. Watt, defensive end, Houston Texans
It’s somewhat unfortunate to see. Watt has played in eight games or less three of the past four seasons due to injuries. Although, the future Hall of Famer remains elite when he’s on the field. Back in 2018, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year recorded 25 quarterback hits, 18 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and eight forced fumbles. That’s just ridiculous.
24. Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans
A former Heisman winner at Alabama, Henry’s first two seasons with Tennessee was nothing to write home about. The bulldozer of a back recorded an average of 617 rushing yards during that span. Since, then, he’s been nothing less than dominant. Henry went for a whopping 1,746 total yards and 18 touchdowns last season en route to leading the Titans to a shocking appearance in the AFC Championship Game. This kid is absolutely legit.
23. Richard Sherman, cornerback, San Francisco 49ers
After an iffy first season in San Francisco, this future Hall of Fame corner turned it up big time en route to helping the 49ers to a shocking Super Bowl trip in 2019. Sherman yielded a sub 60 passer rating when targeted, recording 11 passes defended, three interceptions and a pick-six in the process. He’s playing at the level we saw in Seattle. That’s scary.
22. Quenton Nelson, guard, Indianapolis Colts
It was somewhat of a surprise that Indy exhausted a top-six pick on a guard back in 2018. At the very least, it was a surprise to those who didn’t see Nelson dominate at Notre Dame. He’s a generational talent, and has proven that in two seasons. Still only 24, Nelson already seems to be on the trajectory that will land him in Canton as a first ballot Hall of Famer.
21. Jamal Adams, safety, Seattle Seahawks – Best safety
A malcontent during his three-year stay with the New York Jets, Adams finally got his wish and was shipped off to the Pacific Northwest. He’ll now act as the face of a secondary previously known as the “Legion of Boom” after earning consecutive Pro Bowl trips in Jersey. One of the best safeties in the NFL, Adams has recorded 190 tackles, 21 quarterback hits and 19 tackles for loss over the past two seasons.
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20. Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Electric. That’s been the name of the game for this two-time All-Pro since the Chiefs made him a fifth-round pick back in 2016. Hill is averaging north of 1,150 total yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons. Despite some injury and off-field issues, he remains one of the game’s top play makers. That’s not going to change moving forward.
19. T.J. Watt, outside linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The younger Watt has surpassed his brother. Think about that for a second. After just three seasons, he’s already playing at a higher level than a likely first ballot Hall of Famer. Over the course of the past two years, the 25-year-old edge rusher has tallied 57 quarterback hits, 27.5 sacks and a whopping 14 forced fumbles. Just ridiculous.
18. Khalil Mack, defensive end, Chicago Bears
A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year with the then-Oakland Raiders, Mack has not lost a step since the Bears acquired him in a blockbuster trade ahead of the 2018 season. Mack, 29, has put up 116 quarterback hits and 61.5 sacks in six NFL seasons. That sustained success has led to five consecutive Pro Bowl trips.
17. Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Houston Texans
Lost in the shuffle of the performance we’ve seen from Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson over the past two years, Watson has proven to be a franchise quarterback himself. Here’s a dude that’s put up 85 total touchdowns and just 29 interceptions in three seasons. He’s also led Houston to a 24-13 record in 37 starts.
16. Cameron Jordan, defensive end, New Orleans Saints
One of the most underrated defensive linemen in the NFL, all Jordan has done since New Orleans made him a first-round pick back in 2011 is show a level of consistency few others have reached. He’s put up 7.5 sacks or more in each of the past eight seasons while playing extremely well against the run. At this point, Jordan seems to have Hall of Fame credentials.
15. Travis Kelce, tight end, Kansas City Chiefs
An argument can be made that Kelce is the game’s best tight end. The five-time Pro Bowler is averaging 92 receptions for nearly 1,200 yards over the past two seasons. He’s one of the primary reasons Patrick Mahomes has morphed into the NFL’s best quarterback after just two full seasons as a starter.
14. Drew Brees, quarterback, New Orleans Saints
A sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer, Brees now holds the NFL record for most passing yards with 77,416. He also boasts four of the top-six single-season marks in league history. More than that, the former second-round pick has proven himself to be a winner. Still going strong at 41, Brees has posted a 163-111 record as a starter in the NFL.
13. Nick Bosa, defensive end, San Francisco 49ers
Not only did Bosa earn Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season, he put up one of the greatest initial seasons in NFL history. The Ohio State product recorded 25 quarterback hits, nine sacks and one crazy interception last season. He also put up an absurd 102 pressures. One. Hundred. Two.
12. Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, New England Patriots – Best cornerback
One of the very few big-time free-agent successes around the NFL in recent years, Gilmore earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Patriots last season. It’s a campaign that saw him record league highs in passes defended (20) and interceptions (six). Gilmore also yielded a sub 50 passer rating when targeted.
11. Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Green Bay Packers
Statistically speaking, Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. Heading into his 16th NFL season, the Super Bowl winner has tallied nearly 47,000 passing yards with 364 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. Think about that for a second. Rodgers has thrown 280 more touchdowns than interceptions throughout his career. Just insane.
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10. Chandler Jones, outside linebacker, Arizona Cardinals
Looking back to ahead of the 2016 season, it seemed to be a fantasy to believe Jones would turn into one of this generation’s top-100 players. He had performed well with New England in 2015, recording 12.5 sacks. Since then, the former first-round pick has been on an upward trajectory. This includes Jones tallying 98 quarterback hits and 60 sacks in four seasons with the Cardinals. Sixty sacks!
9. Christian McCaffrey, running back, Carolina Panthers – Best running back
Historical. The top running back in this top-100. The richest contract for a player at this position in the history of the NFL. However, any attempt to explain what McCaffrey has done in three seasons would fall short. Last season alone, McCaffrey led the NFL in touches (403), total yards (2,392) and total touchdowns (19). He’s also averaging north of 100 receptions per season throughout his young career.
8. George Kittle, tight end, San Francisco 49ers – Best tight end
San Francisco made him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history for a reason. George Kittle’s stats are certainly gaudy with 2,430 receiving yards over his past two seasons, but its ruthless pancake blocks like this that make him the best tight end since Gronk.
7. Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
More history in the NFC South. Throughout the course of his young four-year career, Thomas has recorded 470 receptions for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns. He broke the single-season mark for receiving yards last season with 1,725. Thomas is also catching a ridiculous 78% of the passes thrown in his direction thus far in his career.
6. Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons – Best offensive player
5. DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Here starts the run of wide receivers. Shockingly acquired from the Houston Texans during the spring, Hopkins has been a dominant force throughout his career. We’re talking about a young man who is averaging 105 receptions for nearly 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns since the start of the 2017 campaign.
It’s hard to imagine that Jones is entering his 10th season in the NFL after Atlanta pulled off the blockbuster trade for the Alabama product during the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite some bumps and bruises throughout said career, Jones remains the best receiver in the game. As professional and consistent as they come, Jones is averaging 104 receptions for 1,565 yards since the start of the 2014 season.
4. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Anyone who saw Lamar Jackson’s highlights in college knew he could be special in the NFL. The Ravens kept him at quarterback and they now have the most dominant player in the game. The scary part is, even after being the unanimous NFL MVP, Jackson could get even better this season.
3. Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams – Best defensive player
Plenty questioned Donald coming out of college because of his height at 6-foot-1. For those 12 teams that passed on him in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s a day that will live in infamy. Donald is the best defensive player in the NFL and with 72 career sacks already, he could one day retire as one of the NFL’s all-time greats on the defensive line.
2. Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is living the dream life as an NFL star with his wife Ciara. The former third-round draft pick still hears jokes about his height (5-foot-11). However, Wilson can just laugh as he continues to dominate his peers with a Super Bowl ring on his finger, incredible stats and a future bust in Canton, Ohio.
1. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback Kansas City Chiefs – Highest paid NFL player
There’s a reason the Chiefs signed Mahomes to a $500 million contract this offseason. The reigning Super Bowl LIV MVP makes throws that seem humanly impossible and defy physics. When his career is over, we could be talking about Mahomes as the best player in NFL history.