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The two most recent NFL MVPs. Record-breaking contracts and record-setting performances. As we delve into the NFL top 100 for the 2021-2022 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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100. Jonathan Allen, defensive tackle, Washington Football Team

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The Washington Football Team has been abysmal this season defensively, but Jonathan Allen isn’t the problem. A 2017 first-round pick, Allen is already responsible for 28 pressures, 16 quarterback hurries and five sacks this season. Those are absurd numbers from a defensive tackle and highlight just how dominant Allen is on the interior.

99. Marcus Maye, safety, New York Jets

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If the New York Jets aren’t careful with their underwhelming offers to Marcus Maye, they’re going to lose their best player. Maye does it all at safety, shining in pass coverage and making a strong impact against the run. A top free agent in 2022, this may be Maye’s last year with New York.

Related: New York Jets 2021 schedule and predictions

98. Frank Ragnow, center, Detroit Lions (97)

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Sep 27, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detroit Lions offensive guard Frank Ragnow (77) against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a reason the Detroit Lions made Frank Ragnow the highest-paid center in NFL history. A phenomenal run blocker and pass protector, the 2018 first-round pick deserves every penny of his contract. Detroit is building its foundation in the trenches and Ragnow is integral to the club’s long-term plan.

Related: Detroit Lions 2021 schedule and predictions

97. Maxx Crosby, edge rusher Las Vegas Raiders

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The Las Vegas Raiders defense taking a huge step forward this season is partially a credit to Maxx Crosby. The 6-foot-5 edge rusher is destroying offensive tackles, compiling 19 quarterback hits and five sacks in seven games. Headed for a contract year in 2022, Crosby is moving towards a big payday.

Related: Las Vegas Raiders 2021 schedule and predictions

96. Bryce Callahan, cornerback, Denver Broncos (95)

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Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan (29) battles for the ball with Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Slot corners don’t get a lot of love, even in the age of teams using more three-receiver sets. While Bryce Callahan isn’t the most popular member of the Denver Broncos defense, keep his name in mind. As Pro Football Focus notes, quarterbacks had just a 46.9 passer rating when throwing in Callahan’s direction

95. Leonard Williams, defensive tackle, New York Giants (94)

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Oct 18, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) celebrates with linebacker Tae Crowder (48) against the Washington Football Team during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

A change of scenery can do wonders for a player. Leonard Williams, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has become a disruptive force since being traded to the New York Giants. The 6-foot-5 defensive tackle racked up 30 stops and 14 sacks this past season. Even if he doesn’t repeat some of those numbers, he can dominate in 2021.

94. Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) reaches for the ball during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With so many mouths need to feed in Tampa Bay, it’s no surprise Tom Brady and Chris Godwin didn’t connect as often in 2021. But the Buccaneers know his value, it’s why they’re determined to sign a long-term deal next offseason. Once Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski are gone, Godwin’s stats will reflect his talent.

93. Randy Gregory, edge rusher, Dallas Cowboys

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With his off-field issues behind him, everything is coming together for Randy Gregory in 2021. The Dallas Cowboys defensive end is responsible for 22 pressures and four sacks already this year. Keep in mind, this is being accomplished on a reduced snap count and with DeMarcus Lawrence sidelined.

92. Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

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Jun 15, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches the ball during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen thrived with Philip Rivers at quarterback and he’s doing the same with Herbert rocketing footballs his way. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, you can guarantee Allen will deliver another 1,000-yard season this year after falling eight yards shy in a 14–game campaign in 2020.

91. Andrew Whitworth, offensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) against Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Entering his 16th NFL season, this might be the last ride for Andrew Whitworth. If that’s the case, the Los Angeles Rams are going to rely on him to defy Father Time once more. The 39-year-old left tackle allowed just six pressures and didn’t surrender a sack in 600 snaps last year, per PFF. Quite frankly, that’s on par with Brady’s play.

90. Demario Davis, linebacker, New Orleans Saints

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis (56) celebrates the defeating the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Scooped up from the New York Jets after the 2017 season, Demario Davis has been one of the best off-ball linebackers in the NFL ever since landing in New Orleans. Entering his age-32 season, there’s no reason to suspect his play will decline this year.

89. Harrison Smith, safety, Minnesota Vikings

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Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith (22) in action during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Will this be the final year Harrison Smith takes the field for the Minnesota Vikings? The best player on Minnesota’s defense since 2015, you can bet head coach Mike Zimmer will do everything in his power to make sure Smith finishes his career in Minnesota.

88. Terron Armstead, offensive tackle, New Orleans Saints

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Oct 27, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (28), right, celebrates his touchdown run with offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

After surrendering four sacks in 2017, New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead has surrendered that same number across 2,394 pass-block snaps in the past three years (PFF). Let that stat tell you everything you need to know about this 6-foot-5 tackle out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

87. A.J. Brown, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

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It’s fitting that A.J. Brown and Julio Jones are teammates. Brown, who has 2m126 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in his first two seasons, views Jones as a role model. After admiring his game from afar for years, the 24-year-old now gets to work alongside the future Hall of Fame receiver. The future is obviously very bright for No. 11.

86. Adrian Amos, safety, Green Bay Packers (74)

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Sep 5, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos (31) takes the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears didn’t value Adrian Amos enough to keep him in the Windy City, so he went to the NFC North rival Packers. Last season, Amos led all safeties in PFF’s coverage grades and was the No. 2-rated player at the position overall. He and Jaire Alexander make a pretty killer combination in Green Bay’s defensive backfield.

85. Joe Burrow, quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals (94)

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Jul 29, 2021; Cincinnati, OH, United States; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals for Joe Burrow and is starting to show signs of the player we saw before his devastating knee injury. With Ja’Marr Chase at wide, the LSU duo is making us feel like they are back in college. By the time we update our list next time, Burrow might be even higher.

Related: Cincinnati Bengals 2021 schedule and predictions

84. Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Dallas Cowboys (85)

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Despite a down 2020 season (by his standards), Zeke is still one of the top 100 NFL players heading into the 2021 campaign. The three-time Pro Bowler is averaging 1,668 total yards and 11 touchdowns throughout his five-year career. With the Cowboys’ offensive line healthy, Elliott is excelling and silencing those who suggested Dallas move on from him.

Related: Dallas Cowboys 2021 schedule and predictions

83. John Johnson III, safety, Cleveland Browns

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Recognizing a need at safety, the Cleveland Browns struck quickly to sign John Johnson III. A 2017 third-round pick, the 6-foot-1 defensive back from Northwestern excels in pass coverage and is strong against the run. Looking at the talent on the roster tells you exactly why our Browns’ schedule forecast is so optimistic.

Related: Cleveland Browns 2021 schedule and predictions

82. Brian Burns, edge rusher, Carolina Panthers (86)

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Dec 19, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Brian Burns (53) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers saw a supremely athletic edge rusher in the 2019 NFL Draft and didn’t waste a moment before selecting him. Brian Burns, the No. 16 pick, is headed for a Pro Bowl selection in 2021. After registering 21 quarterback hits and nine sacks in 15 games last year, those numbers will climb even higher this fall.

81. Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (85)

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Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs after defeating the Green Bay Packers in a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rookies, especially along the offensive line, aren’t supposed to be this good so quickly. Tristan Wirfs was legitimately one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL last year, Tampa Bay doesn’t win a Super Bowl without him. By this time in 2022, Wirfs might move into the top 50 on our NFL top 100 players list.

80. Chase Young, edge rusher, Washington Football Team

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Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) stands on the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t let the stats (12 quarterback hits, 7.5 sacks in 15 games) fool you, Chase Young is quickly becoming one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Keep in mind, he posted those numbers when he wasn’t completely healthy and without a full NFL offseason because of COVID-19. With experience under his belt, Young will flash some of that NFL Defensive Player of the Year talent.

Related: Washington Football Team 2021 schedule and predictions

79. Kevin Byard, safety, Tennessee Titans

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A third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard is returning to his elite form (2017 All-Pro selection). The 28-year-old is standing out in coverage (89.8 PFF) grade and making plays against the run. He played a big role in the Titans beating the Kansas City Chiefs, too.

Related: Top NFL free agents of 2023 – Lamar Jackson, Deebo Samuel lead the charge

78. Lavonte David, linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If we’re being honest, Lavonte David deserved Super Bowl LV MVP honors. He was the most important part of a championship-deciding performance by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. David is also the reason why the Bucs earn the top spot in Sportsnaut’s 2021 NFL defense rankings.

77. Matt Milano, linebacker, Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo’s defense is enjoying a huge turnaround in 2021 and Matt Milano is a huge reason why. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks have just a 69.6 passer rating when throwing his way, he boasts a 90.6 PFF grade pressuring the passer and he’s excelling against the run.

76. Ryan Ramczyk, offensive tackle, New Orleans Saints

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (71) in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints weren’t ever going to risk losing Ryan Ramczyk. He’s now the highest-paid right tackle in NFL history and the 27-year-old earned every penny of it. The last pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, teams certainly regretting passing on a player with just three quarterback hits allowed in the past two years.

75. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Tennessee Titans (66)

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Tannehill’s career resurgence was one of the best ongoing stories in the NFL. 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 by taking Tennessee back to the postseason and winning the AFC South in 2020.

While Tannehill slides in our latest NFL top 100 player rankings, it’s not entirely his fault. Tennessee’s offensive line is putrid right now and offensive coordinator Todd Downing is taking away the thing (play action) that his quarterback does best.

74. Adam Thielen, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings – Best undrafted player (69)

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After injuries limited Thielen to just 30 catches for 418 yards during 2019, he bounced back with 74 receptions, 925 yards and ranked third in the NFL with 14 touchdown grabs last season. The Minnesota State product was an undrafted free agent back in 2014. Combined, Thielen tallied north of 200 catches for nearly 2,600 yards in 2017 and 2018, too. Thielen and Justin Jefferson form one of the league’s premier receiving duos for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

73. Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle, Atlanta Falcons

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There’s a reason the Falcons signed Jarrett to a massive contract extension in July 2019. 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 77 quarterback hits and 51 tackles for loss in 93 games, few interior linemen can match his disruptive abilities.

72. Eric Kendricks, linebacker, Minnesota Vikings

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Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) celebrates after making an interception against the Dalles Cowboys in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Kendricks is easily one of the best cover linebackers in the NFL. A second-round pick in 2015, he earned first-team All-Pro honors two years ago and might have earned that nod again if not for a five-game absence. With Kendricks healthy, the Minnesota Vikings defense will rebound in 2021.

71. Derwin James, defensive back, Los Angeles Chargers (73)

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When healthy, Derwin James Jr. is legitimately one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He played at an All-Pro level as a rookie and if he stays on the field, we could see him reach another stratosphere under the tutelage of defensive guru Brandon Staley. Week 1 showed the elite talent is still there and that should terrify offensive players across the league.

70. Cameron Jordan, defensive end, New Orleans Saints

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One of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league, 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 nine seasons while playing extremely well against the run. At this point, Jordan seems to have Hall of Fame credentials. 

69. Myles Jack, linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars

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There haven’t been a lot of bright spots for the Jaguars of late. One of the few, Jack becoming one of the NFL’s best linebackers. He is outstanding against the run, excels in coverage and can rush the passer. Under contract through the 2023 season, Jack is the heart of Jacksonville’s defense, which will hopefully get a morale boost from an offense led by No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

Related: Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 schedule and predictions

68. Aaron Jones, running back, Green Bay Packers

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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 1,459 total yards and 11 touchdowns, even as quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the midst of his own MVP season. Plus, the team had invested a second-round draft pick in AJ Dillon. None of that fazed Jones. He’s among the most electrifying playmakers and he showed it during that four-touchdown performance against the Lions.

67. Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Baltimore Ravens

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Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) strips the ball from Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens defense blitzes more than any other unit in the NFL. A defensive coordinator is only comfortable doing that when there’s a cornerback like Marlon Humphrey in the secondary. Once a star for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Humphrey (8 forced fumbles in 2020) displays that same playmaking ability heading into his fifth NFL season.

Related: Baltimore Ravens 2021 schedule and predictions

66. Darren Waller, tight end, Las Vegas Raiders (71)

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Waller is the NFL’s story of redemption. Drug addiction nearly ended his pro career as the former sixth-round pick spent several years either suspended or at the bottom of the Ravens’ roster. After getting his life in order, the Raiders signed him in 2018 and the rest is history. There’s no doubt he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

65. Devin White, inside linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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We discussed earlier how Lavonte David doesn’t get his due for Tampa Bay, and part of that may be White’s fault. He’s the much more explosive athlete who’s still polishing up his gap discipline and technical work in pass coverage. Nevertheless, White is a supreme athlete and possibly the most freakishly gifted ‘backer in the entire NFL. He shined during the Bucs’ Super Bowl LV run with multiple big plays, and is a lethal interior blitzer who had a whopping nine sacks during the 2020 regular season.

64. Shaq Barrett, outside linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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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, and backed that up with a phenomenal performance when it mattered most as part of a championship defense. Barrett earned a lucrative payday this offseason to stay with the Bucs, and deservedly so.

63. Julio Jones, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

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It’s hard to imagine that Jones is in 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 and appearing in only nine games in the latest season, Jones remains among the best receivers in the game when healthy enough to play. As professional and consistent as they come, Jones averaged 104 receptions for 1,565 yards from 2014 through 2019. Now, the Tennessee Titans might have an X-factor to give them legitimate Super Bowl hopes.

62. Trevon Diggs, cornerback, Dallas Cowboys (74)

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The Dallas Cowboys might have a new superstar on defense. Trevon Diggs, the second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is off to a scorching start this season. Matched up against No. 1 receivers, Diggs has allowed just a 53.5 passer rating when targeted and leads the NFL with seven interceptions. Diggs is the biggest reason for the Cowboys’ defensive turnaround.

61. Justin Simmons, safety, Denver Broncos

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Jan 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) celebrates his interception in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

All-Pro talent is found in every round of the NFL Draft. Justin Simmons, the 98th pick in 2016, was named second-team All-Pro in 2019 and earned a Pro Bowl selection this past season. The 6-foot-2 safety out of Boston College has 37 pass deflections and 16 interceptions across his first five seasons. Yeah, there’s a reason he is the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

Related: Denver Broncos 2021 schedule and predictions

60. Budda Baker, safety, Arizona Cardinals

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Thanks to his ability to blur the line between linebacker and safety with his unique physicality and skill set, Baker earns a spot pretty high up on this list. Although he’s predominantly a defensive back, there’s no question the Cardinals can get as creative as they are on defense thanks to Baker’s versatility and a knack for playing in coverage and getting physical versus the run.

59. Jack Conklin, offensive tackle, Cleveland Browns

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Conklin turned out to be a home-run free agency signing by new Cleveland GM Andrew Berry, who was the youngest in his post in NFL history but retooled the Browns roster amid yet another regime change within the organization and helped them finally return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Not bad for a first season’s work as the top executive. However, Conklin had to go out and play right tackle at an elite level to justify his acquisition, which is precisely what he did throughout Cleveland’s surprisingly successful 2020 season.

58. D.K. Metcalf, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks

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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 it turned out we were just seeing glimpses of his potential. The rising star has proven to be a fantasy football monster after an 83-catch, 1,303-yard, 10-touchdown stat line from 2020. Now that the Seahawks are breaking in a new offensive coordinator, Metcalf could wind up ascending even higher.

57. Calvin Ridley, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

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For all the deserved love Julio Jones got in Atlanta, Ridley has proven more adept at getting it done on the most important downs in the scoring zone. In only three seasons as a pro, Ridley’s 26 receiving touchdowns are almost half of Jones’ career total of 60. Whether that’s thanks in part to the attention Jones attracts in the red zone is unclear, but Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sure likes to look Ridley’s way when he needs a score. It’ll be interesting to see how Ridley is utilized in new head coach Arthur Smith’s scheme with Jones gone.

56. Marshon Lattimore, cornerback, New Orleans Saints (65)

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Marshon Lattimore is proof that cornerback is one of the most volatile positions in the NFL. While he wasn’t awful in 2020, the Saints’ 6-foot cornerback really didn’t live up to his reputation. He’s a new man in 2021, playing like one of the best cornerbacks in football. Needless to say, Lattimore is earning that extension.

Related: Atlanta Falcons 2021 schedule and predictions

55. Danielle Hunter, defensive end, Minnesota Vikings

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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 Hunter’s career stats (54.5 sacks in 78 games) and appreciate it. Even after neck surgery cost him the 2020 season, Hunter is on a new contract in Minnesota and should be fresh and primed for another monster year.

Related: NFL mock draft 2022 – Quarterbacks once again dominant

54. Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, Carolina Panthers

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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 two seasons ago. 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. He’s now in Carolina and expectations should be fairly high as long as he stays healthy.

Related: New England Patriots 2021 schedule and predictions

53. Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals (Unranked)

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It’s exceptionally rare for a rookie to crack the NFL top 100 player rankings during the season. But Ja’Marr Chase is already at 754 receiving yards with six touchdowns through seven games, leading the NFL in yards per catch (21.5).He has cooled off since, but there’s no doubt Chase will become one of the best NFL wide receivers before long.

52. Micah Parsons, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

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It’s absurd how good Micah Parsons is in his rookie season. He entered the middle of December with an absurd 46 run stops, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles. He’s already the Defensive Rookie of the Year and there’s a legitimate argument that Parsons deserves to be named Defensive Player of the Year.

51. Nick Chubb, running back, Cleveland Browns

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Chubb is one of the most difficult players to tackle in the NFL. He rushed for nearly 1,500 yards behind a bad offensive line in 2019, which the Browns addressed in a big way by bringing aboard Jack Conklin, drafting Jedrick Wills and getting incredible play from Wyatt Teller at guard. Injuries didn’t stop Chubb from piling up 1,067 yards rushing (5.6 yards per carry) and 12 scores in just 12 games last season. Don’t be shocked if Chubb helps Baker Mayfield carry Cleveland deep into the playoffs this year.

See where the Cleveland Browns fall in our latest NFL power rankings

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50. Jessie Bates III, safety, Cincinnati Bengals

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Guess who was PFF’s highest-graded safety last season? Not many would have Bates at the top of the list. Alas, there he was, playing incredible ball for a lost Bengals team whose roster was much worse than previously feared. Just about every area of the team has room to improve in Cincinnati, but the safety position is one exception. That’s largely thanks to Bates, who will soon be up for a massive contract when he hits free agency in 2022 unless the Bengals step in and ink him to a lucrative extension first.

49. Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Only two players in NFL history recorded 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons: Hall of Famer Randy Moss and wide receiver Mike Evans, who developed excellent chemistry with TB12 as a member of the Super Bowl champion Bucs. Evans did Moss one better by eclipsing 1,000 yards once again in 2020, and hauled in a personal-best 13 touchdowns.

48. Cameron Heyward, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers

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One of the unsung heroes of Pittsburgh’s sensational defense, other studs at flashier positions such as T.J. Watt or Minkah Fitzpatrick get more exposure than Heyward. Meanwhile, the 10th-year pro continues to go about his business and trucks along as one of the most consistent players in the entire league. Heyward was a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and 2019. Even at this relatively later phase of his career, the 31-year-old is a critical building block for the Steelers’ D.

47. Corey Linsley, center, Los Angeles Chargers

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PFF ranked Linsley as 2020’s top-graded center, as he snapped the ball to MVP winner Aaron Rodgers and made sure the superstar signal-caller was checked into all the right protections and blocking schemes upfront. On the first day of NFL free agency for the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Chargers rewarded Linsley with a huge contract and he is earning every dollar of it.

46. Bobby Wagner, linebacker, Seattle Seahawks

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An unheralded second-round pick out of Utah State in 2012, Wagner became one of the best linebackers of the decade. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro, Wagner is living the dream and will one day be a Hall of Famer.

45. Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

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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 playmakers and is showing no signs of slowing down with a long career ahead of him.

Related: Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 schedule and predictions

44. Dalvin Cook, running back, Minnesota Vikings

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A monster in fantasy football and a dangerous all-purpose threat on the field, Cook is the engine that drives the Vikings’ offense. If Minnesota can upgrade at quarterback from Kirk Cousins someday, perhaps Cook can be even more dangerous in the prime of his career now that his future with the franchise is secure with a long-term contract.

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43. Zack Martin, guard, Dallas Cowboys

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Martin could retire today and probably be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The decision to draft him over Johnny Manziel pays off to this day and he could well be considered one of the best guards ever when he’s finished playing. Before going down with a calf injury last season, Martin further proved his value and versatility by excelling at right tackle for an injury-depleted offensive line.

42. Jamal Adams, safety, Seattle Seahawks (26)

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After paying Jamal Adams, it feels like the Seattle Seahawks forgot how to use him. He is a liability in coverage, the player opposing quarterbacks always want to go after. Instead of putting him near the box, using him like an edge rusher, Seattle is playing Adams deep. If this keeps up, he won’t be in our NFL top 100 player rankings by December.

41. Chandler Jones, outside linebacker, Arizona Cardinals (41

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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 prior seasons with the Cardinals. Unfortunately, his 2020 campaign got cut short to a right biceps injury, and he might not be in Arizona much longer.

He’s healthy again and we’re already seeing what he looks like at his best. Jones erupted for five sacks in Week 1, reaching the 100-career sack mark in his career. With JJ Watt on the line with him, Jones is headed for a 20-sack season.

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40. Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings (49)

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It takes a lot for a rookie to jump onto the NFL top 100 players list during the season. However, Jefferson is quickly proving he deserves the recognition. Despite dealing with some middling quarterback play especially early on, he recorded an even 1,400 receiving yards in his first year. We knew the 2020 draft class was loaded at receiver, but Jefferson is already proving to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

39. Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs

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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. He responded to his lucrative long-term deal with a 7.5-sack 2020 campaign and graded as PFF’s No. 2 interior defender behind only Aaron Donald.

Jones is playing a new position in 2021, making the transition to defensive end. There are some rough moments, as we saw against the Baltimore Ravens, but he remains an elite player.

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38. Tre’Davious White, cornerback, Buffalo Bills

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It would have been devastating for the Bills if Tre’Davious White opted out of the 2020 NFL season. Fortunately, he decided to play and helped boost Buffalo to the AFC Championship Game. The All-Pro cornerback deserves to see his previous Madden rating (90) go up. As strong as the Bills’ secondary is across the board, White is definitely the best player in their defensive backfield. We’ll see him again in 2022, fully recovered from that torn ACL.

37. Tyrann Mathieu, safety, Kansas City Chiefs

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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. Mathieu led the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance this past season, earning first-team, All-Pro honors for the third time in his career and second year in a row.

36. Darius Leonard, linebacker, Indianapolis Colts

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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.

35. Khalil Mack, defensive end, Chicago Bears

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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 has put up 129 quarterback hits and 70.5 sacks in seven NFL seasons. That sustained success has led to six consecutive Pro Bowl trips. 

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34. George Kittle, tight end, San Francisco 49ers

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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 yards over the prior two seasons and 634 yards receiving in only eight 2020 games, but ruthless pancake blocks like this make him a force on the ground. Sadly, injuries are starting to get in the way.

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33. Nick Bosa, defensive end, San Francisco 49ers

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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. The only question: how will he look in 2021 coming off a torn ACL?

32. Joey Bosa, defensive end, Los Angeles Chargers

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Signed to the richest contract for a defender in NFL history at the time he put pen to paper, Bosa has more than lived up to that billing. The former No. 3 overall pick from Ohio State has recorded 109 quarterback hits and 47.5 sacks in five NFL seasons. Bear in mind that he missed four games as a rookie, nine in 2018 and four this past season. Provided he stays healthy in his prime, Bosa has the production and elite skill set to ascend much further up the NFL top 100 list.

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31. Fred Warner, linebacker, San Francisco 49ers

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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.

30. Brandon Scherff, guard, Washington Football Team

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A fixture on Washington’s front ever since being chosen fifth overall in the 2015 draft, Scherff is slated to hit free agency this offseason, and the Football Team would do well to re-sign one of football’s premier interior offensive linemen. Scherff is a four-time Pro Bowler who will be a key building block for whichever offense he’s playing for in 2021 and beyond, and is truly capable of playing anywhere in the trenches if need be. His dependability and versatility warrant a high NFL top 100 bid.

29. Christian McCaffrey, running back, Carolina Panthers

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Historic. Any attempt to explain what McCaffrey did in his first three seasons would fall short. In 2019 alone, McCaffrey led the NFL in touches (403), total yards (2,392) and total touchdowns (19). He also averaged north of 100 receptions per season leading into 2020. Then, he dealt with injuries and appeared in just three games. Just as things started going right for him, injuries end another season.

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28. Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (58)

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Something tells us Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will regret not signing Prescott to a long-term extension sooner. After losing Prescott to that gruesome, season-ending injury, the Cowboys wound up falling short of the playoffs despite the NFC East being won by Washington with a losing 7-9 record. With each passing loss, Prescott’s asking price went up, and Dallas wisely secured him on a multi-year contract this offseason.

27. Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints

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Kamara fought through a variety of injuries during the 2019 season, which limited his explosiveness and hurt his production. Now that he’s healthy, Kamara is back to doing jaw-dropping things on the football field. He finsihed with 932 yards rushing and 756 receiving last season, as he continues to rank alongside Christian McCaffrey as the best all-around offensive weapons out of the backfield in all of football.

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26. DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals

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Here ends the run of wide receivers. Shockingly acquired from the Houston Texans, Hopkins has been a dominant force throughout his career. We’re talking about a young man who is producing at a rate unmatched by anyone in the NFL right now. In his first year with Arizona catching passes from Kyler Murray, the Cardinals’ newest playmaker to take up the mantle from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald put up 115 receptions, 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

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25. Jalen Ramsey, cornerback, Los Angeles Rams

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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 the record contract he received in the form of five years and $105 million.

24. DeForest Buckner, defensive tackle, Indianapolis Colts

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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 expected the All-Pro defensive tackle to push this team into the playoffs, and he did just that with an exemplary 2020 in which he 58 combined tackles and 9.5 sacks as PFF’s fifth-ranked interior defender.

23. Wyatt Teller, guard, Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland dominates with its running game and Teller is pivotal to that success. A fifth-round pick in 2018, turned out to be an absolute steal for the Browns in a seemingly trivial trade carried out by departed GM John Dorsey. Teller absolutely dominates as a run blocker, and now that he’s thriving with a full-fledged starting opportunity, Teller can prove he is the best guard in the NFL in 2021.

22. Xavien Howard, cornerback, Miami Dolphins

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Is it buying into coach Brian Flores’ system, the presence of Byron Jones, or both that has led to a renaissance for Howard in 2020? The issue is, Howard has flashed this type of brilliance before, only to see his production and player grades fall off a cliff the next year. When he’s locked in, Howard has the tools to be as good as any player at his position. Until he strings together multiple top-shelf seasons, though, it’s hard to push him higher in the NFL top 100 list. No less, he’s here after a mind-boggling 10 interceptions last season.

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21. Kyler Murray, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals – NFL breakout player

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The Grand Canyon-sized leap we saw from Lamar Jackson from 2018 to 2019? Something similar happened this past year with Murray, who became a more decisive, devastating ball-carrier and improved as a passer. He fits perfectly into Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme, and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins is paying off big time. Murray was on pace to become the first quarterback in NFL history with 4,000-plus passing yards and 1,000-plus rushing yards in a season, but got banged up down the stretch. We’re already seeing him flash MVP talent in 2021 and he could pull it off if he stays healthy

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20. Jaire Alexander, cornerback, Green Bay Packers

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Meet the NFL’s new shutdown corner. Alexander is proving to be the top cover player in the NFL, shadowing No. 1 wide receivers and routinely taking them off the map. Keep in mind, he’s doing this with a defense that doesn’t have much in the way of cornerback depth. Alexander seemed like almost a certain lock to earn first-team All-Pro honors, but he made the second team in 2020 — despite being PFF’s top-graded corner. When he comes off injured reserve, he’ll make a big impact once more for Green Bay.

19. Cooper Kupp, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams

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Cooper Kupp is on pace to shatter NFL single-season records in 2021. The arrival of Matthew Stafford changed everything for the Rams’ No. 1 receiver. A special quarterback-receiver chemistry has turned Kupp into one of the most unstoppable players in the NFL. A fantasy football monster, we’ll see if Kupp tops the record books.

18. Trent Williams, offensive tackle, San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco lost left tackle Joe Staley and replaced him with another top pass protector. Even after a year away from football, Williams has shown everyone why his new teammates were so elated to land him, earning PFF’s No. 1 overall grade for offensive tackles.

17. David Bakhtiari, offensive tackle, Green Bay Packers

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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. Now the highest-paid tackle in NFL history, Bakhtiari will be anchoring left tackle in Green Bay for years to come. Unfortunately, he’s recovering from a season-ending knee injury suffered just before the Packers’ playoff run in practices leading up to Week 17.

16. Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs

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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 only continuing to evolve as a receiver. Despite some injury and off-field issues, he remains one of the game’s top playmakers. That’s not going to change moving forward. 

15. Justin Herbert, quarterback, Los Angeles Chargers (59)

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We saw Josh Allen make the dramatic leap into the elite quarterback tier in 2020. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is doing the very same thing this season. While he doesn’t have pin-point accuracy, the ability to make every throw with eye-popping velocity and the ease with which he throws on the move can make him an MVP one day.

14. Quenton Nelson, guard, Indianapolis Colts

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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 three seasons. Still so young, Nelson already seems to be on the trajectory that will land him in Canton as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. 

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13. Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills

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There were some concerns about how Diggs would fare in Buffalo with Josh Allen, a shared belief that a quarterback with ball placement issues would be a major problem. It turns out, this is the perfect pairing. Diggs wound up leading the NFL with 127 receptions and 1,535 yards receiving in 2020. It’s scary to think what the Bills could accomplish offensively in 2021 with Allen’s improvement and Diggs having an entire offseason to gain more chemistry with his cannon-armed QB.

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12. Lamar Jackson quarterback, Baltimore Ravens (19)

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Lamar Jackson already has an NFL MVP, but we’re seeing the evolution of his game in 2021. Already the most dangerous athlete in the NFL as a runner, Jackson’s growth as a passer is making him even more unstoppable. The Ravens’ offense is getting key pieces (Ronnie Stanley, Rashod Bateman) back as the season rolls on, meaning Jackson can do even more.

11. Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks (5)

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The drama between the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson is settled…for now. Sadly, after putting himself in the NFL MVP conversation, a finger injury sent Wilson to injured reserve. He’ll play at an MVP-caliber level when healthy, but this is almost certainly his last year in Seattle.

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10. Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans – Best NFL running back

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Derrick Henry averaged 126.7 rushing yards per game this past season, cracking the 2,000-yard mark. Keep in mind, he did a majority of that damage against stacked boxes. Henry remains the center of the Titans’ offense in 2021 and if not for the broken foot, he would have broken through single-season rushing records. If you question why he’s this high among our NFL top 100 players, look what happened to Tennessee after his injury.

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9. Josh Allen, quarterback, Buffalo Bills (14)

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After a rough 2021 opener, Buffalo Bills star Josh Allen is back in the MVP discussion. He isn’t even locking onto Stefon Diggs as much these days, spreading the football around and beating defenses in a variety of ways. If he just cleans up a few of the mental mistakes, Allen can move into the top-5 of our NFL top 100 player rankings.

8. Travis Kelce, tight end, Kansas City Chiefs – Best NFL tight end

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Travis Kelce already holds NFL records for most 1,000-yard seasons by a tight end (five), single-season receiving yards by a tight end (1,416) and most 100-receptions seasons by a tight end (two). In the prime of his career, Kelce just keeps adding to his legendary resume that will land him in Canton, Ohio.

7. Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers – Best NFL wide receiver

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Davante Adams wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL and for good reason. Coming off a 14-game season with 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns, this All-Pro wideout is poised to cash in as the top NFL free agent in 2022, whether it’s the Packers or another team paying him.

6. Myles Garrett, defensive end, Cleveland Browns

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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. We told you he could’ve won Defensive Player of the Year before this last season and with 12 sacks, he is well on his way to achieving that accolade soon enough.

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5. T.J. Watt, outside linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers – Best NFL edge rusher

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A look at T.J. Watt’s stats tell you everything about how good this All-Pro edge rusher is. With 98 quarterback hits and 42.5 sacks in his last 47 games, the Pittsburgh Steelers were willing to break their own archaic rules to make Watt the highest-paid player in NFL history. That should tell you everything about how good he is.

4. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback Kansas City Chiefs – Highest-paid player in NFL

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It’s been a rough 2021 season for All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After a rough stretch in the middle of season, Mahomes’ performance over the Chargers on Thursday Night Football showed everyone that he is still the most physically-talented quarterback in football.

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3. Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams – Best defensive player

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Aaron Donald is the reason why, despite key losses, the Los Angeles Rams are high on Sportsnaut’s NFL defense rankings. When you see 93 quarterback hits, 59 tackles for loss and 46.5 sacks across games, then remember how he sets up teammates, there’s no question Donald is the best defensive player in the NFL.

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2. Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers are dominating after that rough season opener, but reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers isn’t playing at that same absurd level. Once Green Bay’s offensive line is healthy and this offense is really clicking, we should see the elite version of Rodgers again.

1. Tom Brady, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Best quarterback of all-time

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is at it again, defying Father Time by playing like the best player in the NFL. He’s on pace for another NFL MVP award, which seems unthinkable for a 44-year-old quarterback. But Brady’s historic pace keeps demonstrating why he’s the best player in football history.

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