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Introducing PFT’s Top 100

NFL Network generates a lot of discussion during this slowest point in the offseason by listing the Top 100 players in the league.  It’s a worthwhile endeavor, but it also has generated plenty of criticism.

So we decided that, in lieu of continuing to criticize it, we would just do our list.  So that we too could be criticized.

The problem with the NFL Network list is that it surveys only NFL players, many of whom openly acknowledge that they don’t take it seriously.  The players who vote are asked only to list their own top 20.

That’s how you get players like Donovan McNabb making the list after he had just been benched in Washington (and before his final season, in which he’d be benched once again, this time in Minnesota), or Tim Tebow making the list months after the Broncos had sent him packing — and months before he would become the NFL’s most distracting bench warmer with the Jets.

It says something about NFL Network’s list that just hours after its unveiling was completed last week, Drew Brees appeared on NFLN and said, “I did not vote and I don’t know anybody who did.”  NFL Network’s Eric Davis replied, “Neither do I.”

So we assembled a group of members of the NFL media, and we asked them to identify their top 50 (not 20) players each.  The panelists were Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego, Paul Allen of KFAN and the Viking Radio Network, Anthony Becht of PFT on NBCSN, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, PFT on NBCSN producer Matt Casey, Tom Curran of CSN New England, Mike Dempsey of 1010XL in Jacksonville, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Mike Freeman of, Bob Glauber of Newsday, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Tony Grossi of, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Shaun King of PFT on NBCSN, Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Eric Kuselias of PFT on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Alex Marvez of and SiriusXM NFL Radio, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Tim McManus of and 97.5 The Fanatic, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, former Bills and Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey, who has done some work with PFT on NBCSN, John Mullin of CSN Chicago, Pete Najarian of PFT on NBCSN, the folks at The Dan Patrick Show (one combined ballot), Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Rich Tandler of CSN Washington, Ross Tucker of PFT on NBCSN, SiriusXM NFL Radio, and Sports USA Media, Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

And, of course, every PFT writer got a ballot:  Alper, Crabtree, Florio, Gantt, Smith, and Wilkening.

We know we’ll hear from plenty of you who disagree with our Top 100.  And that’s part of the fun.  We’ll be rolling our Top 100 out 25 at a time for the next four Mondays.

No. 100-76 will be unveiled later today.

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65 Responses to “Introducing PFT’s Top 100”
  1. prideof10000lakes says: Jul 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    Did you put Tim Tebow in Aaron Hernandez’s slot already?

  2. packerbackernj says: Jul 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    Manish Mehta’s input is all from an “undisclosed sources” within “organizations.”

  3. contra74 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    Desperate for clicks huh guys

  4. marty2020 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:21 AM

    Why do people always start at 100 and count backwards to 1? Personally, I would prefer these lists to start at 1 and go forward to 100.

  5. lovefootball4life says: Jul 1, 2013 10:23 AM

    Cool. This could pass the time nicely for the next couple weeks.

  6. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:26 AM

    If AD is not #1 the list is BS.

  7. bostonian13 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:27 AM

    As much as he’s in, and how bad he’s despised; lets not forget how good Aaron Hernandez was last season until his injuries slowed him down, and how great he was becoming overall. Sucks I know but it’s the truth.

  8. zwilson56 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:27 AM

    Can’t wait to see where Pat White will land! You are putting him on the list, aren’t you, Florio?

  9. themagicman1223 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    Probably going to be better than their list, can’t believe RG3 was that high. What a joke.

  10. tharoostah says: Jul 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Oh and Noodlearm Manning will be #1

  11. tharoostah says: Jul 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Peterson #2

  12. tharoostah says: Jul 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Brady #3

  13. bucrightoff says: Jul 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    What does this have to do with Hernandez, Tebow or RGIII?

  14. nyninerfan says: Jul 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    How original.

  15. steelfla says: Jul 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    I am a football junkie but watch very little NFL Network. Endless reruns of Hard Knocks,Top Ten,Wired for Sound and former players yackety yakking. NFL Films has a vast library of classic games,how about showing them?

  16. mackie66 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:37 AM

    Mike, how about an all criminal team? According to press reports there have been 29 players arrested since the super bowl. I dont think some teams scouting departments are doing their jobs very well. And which team has the most criminals on the active roster? They are criminals,,right, if arrested means you are a criminal…
    The 2013-14 PFT All Criminal team. Sh** I love it.

  17. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:38 AM


    Wrong, wrong, wrong

  18. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    1. Tebow
    2. Hernandez
    3. The Redskins
    4. Pat White
    5. Tebow

  19. blacknole08 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    I think Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady will be the top 3.

    Peterson #4 or 5.

  20. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    Like how Fitzgerald made #22 when he didnt even break 800yds and got a measily 4 TDs.

    I love Fitz, but #22 for 2013? C’mon, man!!

  21. jimr10 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:41 AM

    So, you want a bunch of guys that did not play.. did not coach.. was not a college scout or general manager and obviously not an owner… the same ones that come up with mock drafts telling each team what they should do and when they don’t say it is a bad draft….good idea.

  22. justintuckrule says: Jul 1, 2013 10:41 AM

    Please diss my giants. We feed off it

  23. thesteelers says: Jul 1, 2013 10:42 AM

    marty2020 says:
    Jul 1, 2013 10:21 AM

    Why do people always start at 100 and count backwards to 1? Personally, I would prefer these lists to start at 1 and go forward to 100.

    It’s called a countdown. You save the best for last.

  24. grpatriot says: Jul 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    Why can’t Peyton win in the play offs? 1 SB and 2 appearances …..While Brady has 3 SB’s….5 appearances ? I guess people enjoy the non sense at the line of scrimmage?

  25. cpo187 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:45 AM

    1. AP 2. Megatron

    Those 2 guys were in a class of their own last year.

  26. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jul 1, 2013 10:51 AM

    As long as Eric Weddle gets recognition I’m ok. Oh and maybe for credibility’s sake, take Antonio Gates off. Love the guy but he is not in the Top 100 this year.

  27. bkh405 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:54 AM

    I hope to see a member or two of the super-snubbed Rams defense appear on this list. No Long, Jenkins or Laurinaitis?! What up with that!

  28. packerman1968 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM

    Copy Cats…do something original.

    How about the worst 100 players.

    That would be a fun list.

  29. finscanes says: Jul 1, 2013 10:57 AM

    Please don’t embarrass yourselves like NFL Network and list Cameron Wake at #89..They lost all credibility with me for that one. If he isn’t top 30 this list is just another lazy one. Tired of people who don’t watch Dolphin games (and other sub-par teams for that matter) act like there are no good or great players on those teams. Remember people it’s the top 100 players of the year, stop looking at entire careers. People do fall off you know!

  30. dirtybird28 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:59 AM

    should do a fan top 100. each login gets to pick 10-20.

  31. dirtybird28 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    by login I meant username

  32. fwippel says: Jul 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    I really don’t think there is a bigger waste of TV time than the NFL network’s lame attempt to make itself relevent in the offseason by putting up the top 100 players of 2013, which is based on 2012 season performances.

    With all due respect, who cares? It’s for one season, and once the 2013 training camps open, no one will care or remember.

    Why not go back into the NFL history archives and show us some memorable games that many young fans have never seen? How about replaying games like the 1960 NFL championship game, (especially for Eagles fans)? Where are replays of those great NFC playoff rivalries of the 1970s between the Cowboys, Vikings and Rams? Or the AFC playoff games of the same decade between the Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders? What about the 1980s playoff clashes between the 49ers, Bears, Giants and Redskins, or the AFC clashes between the Broncos, Browns, Jets, Dolphins, Raiders, etc? How many young NFL fans have never seen Jim Brown play in the 1964 NFL championship game, or Johnny Unitas in the 1958 and 1959 NFL championship games?

    No, instead of some solid and very memorable historical games we get endless reruns of NFL Total Access and this joke of a player rankings from last year. The NFL network could do so much more with its offseason programming than it is doing right now.

  33. Iknoweverything says: Jul 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    Let me go ahead and ruin the suspense for all of you.

    #1 Mr. Russell “real deal” Wilson

  34. CKL says: Jul 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Jul 1, 2013 10:40 AM
    Like how Fitzgerald made #22 when he didnt even break 800yds and got a measily 4 TDs.

    I love Fitz, but #22 for 2013? C’mon, man!!
    Maybe Fitz is too high, but I imagine that some reasoning is that in 2013, he should have stability at QB with an eperienced vet in Palmer who can get him the ball .

    No offense to writers, but many of aren’t qualified schematically and football knowledge wise to do the list either. Guys like Gosselin, Bedard, Matt Bowen etc, yes. Peter King? HAHAHA. Maybe a good idea would be to let all 32 fanbases suggest their team’s best writers and national best writers then try to choose from that. We all know who is good who writes about our teams and most of us have national writers we respect.

  35. Iknoweverything says: Jul 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    #100 RGfraud3

  36. EJ says: Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Its always 1)Brady 2) Peterson 3) Manning 4) Johnson 5) Rodgers in no particular order. Do we really need to see 2013?

  37. GenXJay says: Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    The NFL top 100, voting by player peers, has ShAaron Rodgers @#6.
    I do not agree. #12 should be at the respective number…#12 of 100.

  38. godofwine330 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    This will be interesting to say the least. You could never come out with a top 100 anything and have most of the people agree. I remember the NFLN’s top 10 hands. Jerry Rice was 7, but Fitzgerald was 4? Seriously. Now, I do agree with Cris Carter being #1 on that list – dude’s hands were outta this world, but Fitz #4 & Rice #7 is just…please.

  39. jayniner says: Jul 1, 2013 11:09 AM

    One request from 49ers fans…..please, for the love of god, don’t put Aldon Smith higher than Patrick Willis like did.

  40. micknangold says: Jul 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    My advice would be to choose your top 100 and just list them alphabetically. I never understood the need for people to rank everything, especially in sports. How exactly do you compare defensive backs to offensive linemen?

    And why on earth does Manish Metha get a say? He’s a gossip columnist masquerading as a football writer.

  41. atthemurph says: Jul 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    grpatriot says:
    Jul 1, 2013 10:44 AM
    Why can’t Peyton win in the play offs? 1 SB and 2 appearances …..While Brady has 3 SB’s….5 appearances ? I guess people enjoy the non sense at the line of scrimmage?

    I think it’s called cheating. Brady zero super bowls since NE caught cheating. Perhaps that’s the stat that really matters.

  42. sdelmonte says: Jul 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    Who is #1? I bet Aaron Rodgers.

    Part of me thinks this is silly. But it’s also kind of fun.

  43. seattlecoug says: Jul 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    Richard Sherman #1 — he’s better at life than you.

  44. calibear831 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    TE Brandon Myers better make the list! , he was one of the best tight ends last year n he didn’t get recognized

  45. historyisyourfriend says: Jul 1, 2013 11:33 AM

    Any top 100 is going to be subjective and opinionated, so no matter who puts what, they are “right” as much as the next person. Scroll up through the comments and you can see each person has a different idea of who is what and where they should be.

    So in other words, griping about a top 100 list is kind of a waste of time. Welcome to the NFL offseason….

  46. jaxasc84 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:40 AM

    Will the Jaguars have anyone else besides MJD on the list? The world wants to know.

    Seriously though, if the Jaguars have anyone on the list, you did it wrong. Sigh…Go Jags.

  47. goawayeverybody says: Jul 1, 2013 11:48 AM

    Any list that doesn’t include Marques Colston is illegitimate.

    For instance, Colston is one of only about five receivers to have eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in at least 6 out of his first 7 seasons. Dude’s a beast that continues to go unrecognized by all the braindead idiots in the media.

    If Colston isn’t on the list, there’s no reason to continue reading it. End of story.

  48. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:49 AM


    That’s an awesome idea!!!

  49. patriots420 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:51 AM

    The logical top 5

    1. Bob Griffin
    1b. Alfred Morris
    1c. Sammy Baugh’s ghost
    1d. Santana Moss
    1e. I can’t think of any more redskins

  50. 49erstim says: Jul 1, 2013 12:06 PM

    This could be interesting. Like others have stated I’m not a huge fan of some of your voters though.

    As to the guy that wants the worst 100 players….that’s not a fair list. It’s completely skewed toward the Jags and Jets! Lol

  51. packerbackernj says: Jul 1, 2013 12:11 PM

    JJ Watt and AP were the two most unstoppable players last year. The top 10 should be 1A. AP -> 1B JJ Watt -> Geno Atkins -> Von Miller -> Dick Sherman -> Evan Matthis -> Aaron Rodgers -> Cameron Wake -> Andre Johnson -> Patrick Willis. That is your top ten ladies and gents. Sorry if you’re butthurt by the truth.

  52. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 1, 2013 12:17 PM


    Here are my nominations:

    rick spielman is a magician

    And to show it’s not just Vike Fans:

    logicalvoicesays (just kidding)

  53. t8ertot says: Jul 1, 2013 12:19 PM

    If Andy Dalton isn’t number one I’m calling shenanigans

  54. nbarber2013 says: Jul 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    I despise the Niners, but Jayniner I have to agree with you on what you said. Aldon Smith is in no way shape or form better than Willis at all ever.

  55. audioflint says: Jul 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    Ok. Let’s get it right this time. 🙂 Calvin, AP, and Rodgers should be the top 3. Manning is a stud, but Rodgers has clearly surpassed him by now.

  56. lewiscafarella says: Jul 1, 2013 12:28 PM

    Please tell me CJ Spiller, Jaruis Byrd and Jimmy Graham will be on this list. Can’t believe this guys were left off NFLN list. Especially Graham.

  57. ghoul11 says: Jul 1, 2013 12:29 PM

    You realize Vikings fans are the only ones that call him AD, right? You guys try so hard…kind of feel sorry for you.

  58. mikellie says: Jul 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    Well, if it’s based on last years numbers and not where the team ended up and not a popularity contest, then Tony Romo should have been on the NFLN list and also be on this one. Like the Cowboys or hate them, Romo threw for over 4900 yds last season.

  59. larryboodry says: Jul 1, 2013 1:22 PM


    Here are my picks for top fans, limiting myself to the NFC North:

    Bears – ososrule, and many others.
    Vikes – ponderthedumpoffking, among others.
    Lions – lionsdraftguy, and…uh…just him.
    Packers – tokyosandblaster (The man got married at Lambeau…’Nuff said.)

    Most annoying fans, league-wide:

    filthymcnasty1, and all his minions.

  60. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 1, 2013 1:26 PM

    Tom Brady is the best player in the history of the NFL.. in time, Aaron Hernandez would’ve risen to #2 had he not murdered 3 people (allegedly)

  61. gbpackfan1990 says: Jul 1, 2013 1:45 PM

    If Rodgers isn’t the top QB this list is a sham. He should be #2 right behind AP

  62. jayniner says: Jul 1, 2013 2:59 PM

    Seeing as how the first 25 were released, I had to come back and see if Chris Chase was one of the “Members” creating this list…..

  63. Waffle 2.0 says: Jul 1, 2013 3:27 PM

    Can we show Brandon Marshall some love?

    I love Megatron but Marshall is a baller.

  64. deltaoracle says: Jul 1, 2013 3:33 PM

    I see “homers” on the list of voters for most teams – Allen for the Heidis, etc. – but don’t recognize any Wisconsinites. So maybe Peterson will rank ahead of Rodgers. And I guess Desmond Bishop may make the list as well.

  65. standrew26 says: Jul 1, 2013 8:08 PM

    I am concerned that the New Orleans market isn’t represented. In fact, the only person whose job is/was tied to the NFC South at all on this list is Darin Gantt, who hasn’t covered the Panthers in about a year. You can’t find ONE reliable correspondent for NO, ATL, TB? Start with Larry Holder from the TP; you’ve had him on PFT Live.

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