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PFT’s Top 100: Who’s No. 1?

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Early this summer, PFT polled a panel of NFL media types and asked them to help us compile a list of the Top 100 players in the NFL — a list that would be, we thought, better than NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players, mostly because we asked members of the media who would actually take the exercise seriously, whereas NFL Network polls players who openly admit that they don’t give the vote much thought.

Now we have our final tally.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tops the list, followed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. We know that Top 5 will generate plenty of debate, especially the part about the league’s reigning MVP coming in fourth. Read through the whole list and tell us your thoughts.

1 Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Packers

2 Tom Brady, quarterback, Patriots

3 J.J. Watt, defensive end, Texans

4 Adrian Peterson, running back, Vikings

5 Calvin Johnson, receiver, Lions

6 Peyton Manning, quarterback, Broncos

7 Drew Brees, quarterback, Saints

8 Von Miller, linebacker, Broncos

9 Geno Atkins, defensive tackle, Bengals

10 Darrelle Revis, cornerback, Buccaneers

11 Patrick Willis, linebacker, 49ers

12 Richard Sherman, cornerback, Seahawks

13 Larry Fitzgerald, receiver, Cardinals

14 DeMarcus Ware, linebacker, Cowboys

15 A.J. Green, receiver, Bengals

16 Eli Manning, quarterback, Giants

17 Matt Ryan, quarterback, Falcons

18 Clay Matthews, linebacker, Packers

19 Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Steelers

20 Aldon Smith, linebacker, 49ers

21 Cameron Wake, defensive end, Dolphins

22 Joe Flacco, quarterback, Ravens

23 Joe Thomas, offensive tackle, Browns

24 Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Ravens

25 Andre Johnson, receiver, Texans

26 Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Patriots

27 Duane Brown, offensive tackle, Texans

28 Justin Smith, defensive end, 49ers

29 Brandon Marshall, receiver, Bears

30 Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Redskins

31 Julio Jones, receiver, Falcons

32 NaVorro Bowman, linebacker, 49ers

33 Arian Foster, running back, Texans

34 Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end, Giants

35 Andrew Luck, quarterback, Colts

36 Ryan Clady, offensive tackle, Broncos

37 Patrick Peterson, cornerback, Cardinals

38 Jimmy Graham, tight end, Saints

39 Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seahawks

40 Jared Allen, defensive end, Vikings

41 Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seahawks

42 Joe Staley, offensive tackle, 49ers

43 Julius Peppers, defensive end, Bears

44 Charles Tillman, cornerback, Bears

45 Vince Wilfork, defensive tackle, Patriots

46 Wes Welker, receiver, Broncos

47 Ray Rice, running back, Ravens

48 Eric Weddle, safety, Chargers

49 Earl Thomas, safety, Seahawks

50 Jamaal Charles, running back, Chiefs

51 Demaryius Thomas, receiver, Broncos

52 Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, 49ers

53 Percy Harvin, receiver, Seahawks

54 Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle, Lions

55 Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers

56 Dez Bryant, receiver, Cowboys

57 Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle, Buccaneers

58 Marshal Yanda, guard, Ravens

59 Roddy White, receiver, Falcons

60 Vincent Jackson, receiver, Buccaneers

61 Daryl Washington, linebacker, Cardinals

62 Jason Witten, tight end, Cowboys

63 Jahri Evans, guard, Saints

64 Mike Iupati, guard, 49ers

65 Jerod Mayo, linebacker, Patriots

66 Terrell Suggs, outside linebacker, Ravens

67 Tony Gonzalez, tight end, Falcons

68 Logan Mankins, guard, Patriots

69 Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Panthers

70 Jairus Byrd, safety, Bills

71 LeSean McCoy, running back, Eagles

72 Troy Polamalu, safety, Steelers

73 Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive end, Jets

74 Maurkice Pouncey, center, Steelers

75 Victor Cruz, receiver, Giants

76 Tony Romo, quarterback, Cowboys

77 Doug Martin, running back, Buccaneers

78 Frank Gore, running back, 49ers

79 Carl Nicks, guard, Buccaneers

80 Maurice Jones-Drew, running back, Jaguars

81 Vernon Davis, tight end, 49ers

82 Evan Mathis, guard, Eagles

83 Alfred Morris, running back, Redskins

84 Joe Haden, cornerback, Browns

85 C.J. Spiller, running back, Bills

86 Calais Campbell, defensive end, Cardinals

87 Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Lions

88 Antonio Cromartie, cornerback, Jets

89 Jason Peters, offensive tackle, Eagles

90 Jordan Gross, offensive tackle, Panthers

91 Mike Pouncey, center, Dolphins

92 Mike Wallace, receiver, Dolphins

93 Reggie Wayne, receiver, Colts

94 Ed Reed, safety, Texans

95 Henry Melton, defensive tackle, Bears

96 Lance Briggs, linebacker, Bears

97 Steve Smith, receiver, Panthers

98 Antoine Winfield, cornerback, Seahawks

99 Max Unger, center, Seahawks

100 Matt Forte, running back, Bears

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176 Responses to “PFT’s Top 100: Who’s No. 1?”
  1. shl4vikes says: Jul 22, 2013 12:06 PM

    No way that AP is not better than Tom Brady or JJ Watt… Please

  2. fryeways says: Jul 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    You nailed the top two, but I think there should be more QBs in general in the top 10. If there was an open draft of all players in the league, the first 12 picks would all be QBs.

  3. krause22 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    Garbage. Adrian should be number 1.

  4. dg0122 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    how can Jason Peters make the list when he played 0 games in 2012, but Cushing played 5 in 2012 and is cleared for 2013 but is not on the list? He’s a top 50 talent and played that way in 2011 and the games he played in 2012

  5. rc33 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    The #8 player on this list is reportedly lookin’ at a 4-game PED suspension.

  6. blacknole08 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:10 PM

    Im good with the top 5. Every list should include those 5 guys.

  7. gueski says: Jul 22, 2013 12:11 PM

    I’d put Adrian Peterson at #2 and Tom Brady below Peyton Manning.

  8. dolphindubs says: Jul 22, 2013 12:11 PM

    Cameron Wake finally getting a little love!

  9. str8cashhomey says: Jul 22, 2013 12:12 PM

    In before all the crying about romo

  10. ivedoneyourwife says: Jul 22, 2013 12:13 PM

    Meh, I’ve seen worse.

  11. blacknole08 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM

    BTW I would put Brady 1, Rodgers 2. Brady has taken his team to two straight afc title games and one super bowl. Rodgers hasnt made it past the 2nd round in that same time frame.

    But really it could go either way.

  12. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM

    The fact that AD is not #1 calls the entire list into question.

  13. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 22, 2013 12:15 PM

    The fact that there are any Steeelers on this list negates its validity. But what do you expect when the Pittsburgh media is nothing more than Looney’s megaphone?

  14. Nol@n says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    Why do you have Percy Harvin so low (53) I thought he was in the running for MVP last year before he got hurt? If it was because of his injury than how can you have RG3 so high? He sustained a much more serious injury!!

  15. MDSisAtool says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    Adrian Peterson was by far the best player in the NFL last year. If you fail to admit or understand that, go watch soccer.

  16. anonymousraven1 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    It’s easy to see why Ryan is ahead of Flacco, besides the fact Ryan has had 8 fewer playoff wins, one fewer SB victory, significantly better receivers/TE than Flacco has had, and equally strong running game (look up the Turner/Rice numbers the past 5 years), the luxury of playing the defenses in the NFC South, playing 9 games a year indoors, and not having Cam Cameron as his offensive coordinator most of his career.

    Comeback to your comeback: You say “Ravens defense” I point you to the fact that Ravens defense has been decidedly mediocre the past two seasons; you say “Rahim Moore” I say “Billy Cundiff/Lee Evans” and we call it even; you say “dump-offs to Ray Rice” I say “utilizing your best offensive weapon;” you say “lucky hot streak” I say “only games played under Caldwell;” you say “jump balls to Boldin” I say “Boldin NEVER got open so that was his only choice.” Anything else?

  17. sbchampsagain says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    I love me some Troy Polamalu, but he only played in 4 games for us last year. Not sure how he’s even rated. Guess this considers his career?

  18. wwwmattcom says: Jul 22, 2013 12:17 PM

    So what have we learned from this list? Making lists wouldn’t be in the top 1000 things I like to do.

  19. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 22, 2013 12:17 PM

    AP at #4 is laughable.

  20. The Prophet says: Jul 22, 2013 12:17 PM

    Not surprised, Rodgers is still in the midst of being in the media’s favorable spotlight no matter how he performs the past two playoffs. Brady is still far and away the best QB, Tom Brady carries his receivers and his team.

    Rodgers is carried by his strong receivers and a great offensive system, as proven by Matt Flynn’s stellar numbers in filling in for Rodgers. With Jennings out most of the year Rodgers’ numbers went down and will continue this year. Jordy and Cobb won’t be enough.

  21. iced107 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    Lol @ your list.

    Some pass rushers on your list didn’t even crack 10 sacks (like JPP) yet Chris Long/Robert quinn as a duo both got more than 10 sacks on the team that led the league in sacks.

    Dissed yet again

  22. gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    It was a poll of writers and analysts and stuff. As long as its in the ball park it’s fine by me. The top 15 or so certainly represents the best players at each of their respective positions, even if you disgree with the order.

  23. dolphins1121 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    Where is Paul Solai? Randy Starks? Reshad Jones? Come on, man.

  24. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    Rodgers is right at 1. Starting a team. QB comes before RB.
    Rodgers is more valuable to his team then Peterson.

  25. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    What… No Randall Cobb???

  26. gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    Definitely think Justin smith is more of an impact player than teammate Akron smith. But JS did miss games this year so i can see him being knocked down a peg or two . If this is based on the year before as well, definitely a top 15 player and top 3 defender.

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    I was positive that AD would be #1 here but when you really think about it an elite QB like Rodgers or Brady are more valuable to a team than an elite RB.

    Like to see JJ get some love at #3

    After an elite QB in importance comes a guy who can get to the QB, and JJ Watt is a BEAST in that area.

    JJ’s avg yards gained on his tackles was negative. Just think about that for a second. When JJ Watt made a tackle last year… it was usually behind the line of scrimmage.

  28. heisthejuan says: Jul 22, 2013 12:24 PM

    Peyton is still pretty high for a guy that can’t throw anymore.

  29. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 12:26 PM

    Well it shoulda been me but I’ll take rogers. Good choice.

  30. raider812 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    The day that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Payton Manning is the day I give up football forever and take up underwater basket weaving.

  31. 49erstim says: Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    Well played anonymousraven…. very well played. My hat is off to you.

  32. pillowporkers says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Is this top 100 players a projection for who’s the most valuable to their team this upcoming season, or for their individual performances last season like NFL network’s? You should probably specify. If it’s last season JJ Watt, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, and Peyton Manning should all defintely be ahead of both Brady and Rodgers. If it’s for the upcoming season that’s a fine opinion to hold.

  33. pilot2011 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    Everytime I see Steve Smith at #97, it just makes me shake my head.

  34. iamthefootballjerk says: Jul 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    I would rather have the number one team, than anything else. Just ask us Ravens fans. No one in the top 20 is fine with me. Y’all can have this list to make you feel better.

  35. kenbell97 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    Glad you gave J.J. Watt some love.. best defensive player in the game (if not best PLAYER in the game)

    Matt Ryan ahead of Roethlisberger.. don’t think so

    and what’s with the hard-on for Geno Atkins??

  36. jhein23 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is by far the best player in the game right now.

  37. nbooat says: Jul 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    Richard Sherman is so over-rated…AJ Green should be higher than Fitz after last year.

  38. gswgoboom says: Jul 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    Cameron Wake getting some love???21???? IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

  39. seahawks4alltime says: Jul 22, 2013 12:33 PM

    Pretty cool that Richard Sherman is the 12th man. Go Seahawks!

  40. ottawabrave91 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:33 PM

    we hear talk about how talented the chiefs roster is yet only Jamaal Charles at 50 is their is

  41. cincy85 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:33 PM

    no leon hall?

  42. bucrightoff says: Jul 22, 2013 12:34 PM

    You pretty much have to make Rodgers #1 when the Packers have a whopping 1 other player in the top 100.

  43. tdl8 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:34 PM

    The fact that Tony Romo-Simpson, Matt Stafford and Scam Newton all made the list makes this list a JOKE! They are all terrible QB’s that will have losing records their whole career! I mean C’MON MAN, Romo-Simpson chokes in every close game and ALL playoff games! Stafford is 1-21 in his career against teams with a winning record! And Scam Newton can’t complete a pass so he has to pretend to be a RB!
    I thought this was the top 100 players in the NFL?! Not a popularity contest!

  44. luckyexpert says: Jul 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    not sure how eli and romo are so far apart. romo’s stats outweigh eli in almost every category. and no, superbowl rings is not a player stat, it’s a team stat. Eli get a lot more credit than he deserves imo. just go look at his body of work from last year.

  45. wdnemesis says: Jul 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    I don’t agree. AD and Drew Brees should be ranked higher. He is number 1 in the fantasy world.

  46. localoutlaw says: Jul 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    “We are flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity to be included in the list.”

  47. longhairdontcare66 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    As a die hard Packers fan and owner it is a joke that AP is not number 1. It should go 1) AP 2) Aaron 3) doesn’t matter just don’t see how AP isn’t #1.

  48. rick1k6 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    I’m a long-suffering Browns fan. Stunned to see two in the top 100. Guess I’ll see how the season plays out.

  49. steelers4385 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    I think its awsome that most fans are just band wagon jumpers. So peterson who roided to get back asap, and who had a good oline, and had help from percy…and DID NOT BREAK A RECORD….gets more respect than calvin who played the season with ZERO help, faced triple coverage at times…played with a qb who side armed the ball to throw it, no run game, and had sprained fingers or something…and guy BROKE jerry rices record. But peterson is still better right? Pfff. Please. It should be required to take a football iq test before you are allowed to be a fan.

  50. boston444 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Matt Ryan and Ben roethlisberger in the top 20? No way.

  51. baltimoresnativeson says: Jul 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Matt Ryan has 2 monster receivers and a monster tight end and can’t make it to the big one. But some people still value him over Flacco because of those oh so important regular season passing yards. Nonsense.

  52. packerbackernj says: Jul 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    I love me some Aaron. But based on last year JJ Watt and AP should be 1A and 1B. Both had years for the record books.

  53. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    Of course , we all know that AD is a slouch. Rodgers is so much better, as are the other two. He has no credibility, since he didn’t break the record last year. We all know how unimportant AD was to his team. Rodger? Rodgers? or was that Playoffs? Playoffs? SARCASM.

    AD = #4, means PFT = B S

  54. detroitcityy says: Jul 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    Calvin should be #1 then AP

  55. smackingfools says: Jul 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    Dez Bryant is too low. But anyway, go dolphins!

  56. Vir Publius says: Jul 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    TOM BRADY IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL.

    He is a system QB with the right coaching staff. Matt Cassel went 11-5 with that team. I mean dear Christ, Josh McDaniels turned Kyle Orton into a top 5 fantasy producer…

    How can you make him #2 on this list when he wasn’t even TOP 3 at his position last year? (Manning, Rodgers, Brees)

  57. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 22, 2013 12:44 PM

    I’m sure Adrian Peterson would rather be the official NFL MVP than #1 on PFT’s bogus list. When Aaron Rodgers makes four or five plays a game that make me drop my jaw to the floor, I’ll consider him a better player than AD.

  58. rammmjammm says: Jul 22, 2013 12:45 PM

    Chris Long, robbed.

  59. jayniner says: Jul 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    Of the 2 Super Bowl teams, you don’t have a 49er or Raven in the top 10?

    Seriously?

  60. steeltroll says: Jul 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    But Ray Rice said Flacco is the best QB in football.

  61. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    steelers4385 says:Jul 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    I think its awsome that most fans are just band wagon jumpers. So peterson who roided to get back asap, and who had a good oline, and had help from percy…and DID NOT BREAK A RECORD….gets more respect than calvin who played the season with ZERO help, faced triple coverage at times…played with a qb who side armed the ball to throw it, no run game, and had sprained fingers or something…and guy BROKE jerry rices record. But peterson is still better right? Pfff. Please. It should be required to take a football iq test before you are allowed to be a fan.
    _____

    First, there is no evidence AD “roided.” Second, his best games were after Percy was hurt. Third, AD played with a qb who had his own problems. Fourth, AD had nine guys in the box trying to stop him. Fifth, the rushing yards record and the receiving yards record are two different things. Breaking the receiving yards record does not make you better than coming within 9 yards of the rushing yards record. Sixth, if Johnson is so great, how come he only scored five touchdowns?

  62. richkotitte says: Jul 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    Julio should be in the top 15. he’s the second best WR in the league after Megatron.

  63. whiningpatriotfans says: Jul 22, 2013 12:50 PM

    I think PFT is opening themselves up to alot of criticism here – the top 52 players are obviously everyone on the patriots roster. The rest of the league can fill in spots 53 – 100.

    Let’s not upset the 13 year “die hard” fan base.

  64. rukkus1 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    Derrelle Revis hasnt even been on the field in a year and a half… why is he top ten?

  65. dccowboy says: Jul 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    Okay, so how can you put a guy who’s 0-18 in 4th qtr comebacks against teams with a winning record ahead of Brady?

  66. smstonerock says: Jul 22, 2013 12:54 PM

    JJ better than Calvin?

  67. coarahming89 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Funny how chris long hasnt made the list here or by players yet he has put up better stats last 3 years then peppers on a team thats played behind more then not.

  68. pats777 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Haha. Richard Sherman’s 12th man is spelled ADDERALL.

    Pretty cool that Richard Sherman is the 12th man.

  69. Pat MyHog says: Jul 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    Brady has always been, and will always be, better than Peyton Manning. Manning had a top 5 defense in PY, Brady not so much. Brady beat Manning head to head once again. Brady > Manning. Both first ballot HOFers though.

  70. spunjmunke says: Jul 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    Really? Only 2 Browns, and one of them isn’t Trent Richardson? You have people that haven’t done anything for years on here, but your blind hatred for the Browns makes you look stupid. Now don’t get me wrong, there shouldn’t have been any more than 3 or 4 Browns on this list.

    At least you got Joe Thomas right.

  71. rtp295 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    As a Packer fan I would say AP deserves to be number 1, Rodgers number 2. AP had too good of a year not to be on top. And how is Cobb not on here?!? He has a chance to break the all purpose yards record

  72. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    want a fantasy team take matt ryan
    want to win for real take joe flacco!!!
    ryan always been overated….

  73. emoney826 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:05 PM

    As I recall, the #1 player on this list beat the #4 player on this list two out of three times this past season, including sending the #4 rated player home for the off season.

    Only homer Viking fans think AP is the best. But when it comes down to who consistently wins the battle, its Rodgers.

  74. taosravenfan says: Jul 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    I still find it incredible that you rank Ryan over Flacco. Flacco has now wins in the regular season a tone mor playoff wins, a SB win and an SB MVP. Matt Ryan lid Peyton the second. When the playoffs come his collar tightens.

  75. moeman79 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:08 PM

    Not a bad list, a few name recognition player not to many. top 10…..Your telling me JJ Watt, while the top defender last year, would make a bigger impact than say Drew Brees if he missed the year? Its nit picking at the top 10, but Alot of QB’s would be their teams MVP i guess. AD should be 3, The queens were 5-7 win team without him. Von miller top 50 yes top 10?

  76. getsome636 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:11 PM

    If there was a draft today I bet just about every team would select Rodgers #1 if they could. That makes him the #1 player. AP is a beast, no doubt, but not better than Rodgers.

  77. rajbais says: Jul 22, 2013 1:11 PM

    Rodgers had too many games in 2012 where he looked like he went through weapon withdrawal and he needs an o-line too often.

    He was subpar vs Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, the New York Giants, and San Francisco.

    I like him too, but AP, Brady, and Kaepernick’s 2012 7 games extrapolated into 16 make them better than Rodgers. As good as Rodgers is he’s more dependent on others than people think and can’t beat his matchups better than guys like Kaepernick and Brady can.

  78. themackstrong says: Jul 22, 2013 1:13 PM

    pats777 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Haha. Richard Sherman’s 12th man is spelled ADDERALL.

    Pretty cool that Richard Sherman is the 12th man.

    ——————————————-

    You’re a Pats fan. Go bury your head in the dirt!

  79. rukkus1 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:14 PM

    The only defensive end on this list to have more sacks than Chris Clemons on this list in the last 3 years is Jared Allen. Yet theres 3 defensive ends on it not named Chris Clemons.

  80. steelcurtainn says: Jul 22, 2013 1:15 PM

    Flacco at 22, thats way to high. At least they got the Roethlisberger over Flacco right.

  81. donth8thehorns says: Jul 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Silly silly silly, any list with AP @ #4 loses all credibility! From my understanding, this list is not based on last years numbers, or he would be the obvious #1, but #4??? Plain unacceptable! If it’s is projected 2013-14 season, and you have Roders #1 and AP#2, I could accept that, Rodgers is the best QB in the game! But 4th is plain silly

  82. steelers4385 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:17 PM

    Well have to get staffords number and ask him why they didnt design more plays for calvin in redzone. And probally like you, i have watched football my whole life. And never seen someone come back that fast from that sort of injury. I dont care how much work you put in…muscles and ligaments just dont heal that fast. Its a healing process. Just like some would have said last year no way von was using performance enhancers. Oh really now?

  83. onlysane1intheroom says: Jul 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    Vir Publius says: Jul 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    Matt Cassel went 11-5 with that team.

    —————————————-

    Matt Cassel went 11-5 with a STACKED team that was coming off an 18-1 season. Let’s put all of the facts out there.

  84. jayniner says: Jul 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    But I will give you credit for putting Patrick Willis higher than Aldon Smith, unlike NFL.com did…

  85. 1newprodigy says: Jul 22, 2013 1:21 PM

    To kenbell97
    The hard on for Geno Sackins is for the fact that he is
    by far the best DT in the game, probably the best in the last decade. There isn’t a offensive lineman that can stop him. He is clearly in the top 3 for all defensive players and therefore deserves to be in the top 10 over all.

  86. bvolke says: Jul 22, 2013 1:21 PM

    Where’s mario Williams?

  87. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:22 PM

    Even as a Pats fan I would probably put AP ahead of Brady at this point in their careers.

    Watt is way too high though for a player who largely disappeared in both big games against the Pats last year. Good player but no way #3 or ahead of Peterson

  88. tek9er says: Jul 22, 2013 1:23 PM

    C’mon, Russell Wilson 11 spots ahead of Kaep? ..Gimme’ a break!

  89. radrntn says: Jul 22, 2013 1:24 PM

    i think what would be better is what would the first 100 picks if a draft were to be held today. I wonder how youth would prevail.

  90. mkbane says: Jul 22, 2013 1:25 PM

    Antonio Gates disagrees with his ranking on this list as well.

  91. GenXJay says: Jul 22, 2013 1:28 PM

    What a travesty. ShAaron #1?
    But then, pft had the ‘boys ranked @ #14 for 2014. So, the mindset is askew.

  92. discountdoublecheck says: Jul 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    “Richard Sherman is so over-rated…AJ Green should be higher than Fitz after last year.”_
    _________________________________

    Haha wow. Way to let your hatred of Sherman’s mouth blind you to his talent. He is absolutely deserving of being ranked high. I was surprised to see him THAT high…but it’s far from a travesty.

    I agree with you on AJ over Fitz though.

  93. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    Watt should be second and you could possibly argue first

    He does what he does better than anyone in the league except maybe rodgers

  94. michaelscarn25 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    Not a terrible list but 32 GMs out of 32 would take Russell Wilson or RGIII over Flacco.

  95. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    You can debate the order of the top 5-6 players, but I think they are the right 5-6 guys.

  96. Johnny-5-is-alive says: Jul 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    Geno Atkins in the top 10? It’s about time someone noticed that dude. 2013 DPOY.

  97. screechdaddy says: Jul 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    When guys I’ve never met who play for the team whose colors, nickname, and logo I like better than the other 31 don’t get named on a very subjective list that I have absolutely zero input on, it makes me feel like a much lesser person.

  98. seahawks4alltime says: Jul 22, 2013 1:32 PM

    Haha. Richard Sherman’s 12th man is spelled ADDERALL.

    Pretty cool that Richard Sherman is the 12th man.


    So, you’re problem is that Sherman didn’t have a prescription for Adderall?? Because it is NOT a banned substance in the NFL. He just didn’t have a doctor’s note for it.

  99. blue18hutthutt says: Jul 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    If we’re basing this off of last season and projecting this upcoming season, you just have to put Peyton ahead of Brady.

    If not for Adrian Peterson, Peyton would’ve won another MVP and had one of the best seasons of his career coming off a career-threatening injury while breaking into a completely new team and leading them to the best record in the AFC

    The players themselves voted Peyton as the best QB in the league and Peyton will only get better in his 2nd year on his team with his health improving and familarity with his players having gone through their growing pains in the first year.

  100. whereyaat says: Jul 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    How did Mark Sanchez not make this list??? His defense is incredible!

  101. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    Brady and watt over Peterson?

  102. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    For those obsessing over “Who is # 86?”, it is Calais Campbell.

  103. wwttww says: Jul 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    I love how Ravens fan get pissed seeing Ryan over Flacco. He won u guys a Super Bowl but for some reason Ryan being ranked in the top 20 PFT rankings drives a stake up your collective arse….bet a stack us Falcons could care less about a opinion poll if we had a Lombardi….it’s hilarious….all the hate from the champs…arrogant fools

  104. 1newprodigy says: Jul 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    I agree with the mojority that if this list was based on last year then AP has to be number one. That being said I’m thinking this list much be a 2013 projection.

  105. nou04 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:41 PM

    The list as a whole is a joke. Now putting Brady at #2 ahead of Watt, Peterson and Calvin Johnson just solidifies that.

  106. pillowporkers says: Jul 22, 2013 1:44 PM

    I think its awsome that most fans are just band wagon jumpers. So peterson who roided to get back asap, and who had a good oline, and had help from percy…and DID NOT BREAK A RECORD….gets more respect than calvin who played the season with ZERO help, faced triple coverage at times…played with a qb who side armed the ball to throw it, no run game, and had sprained fingers or something…and guy BROKE jerry rices record. But peterson is still better right? Pfff. Please. It should be required to take a football iq test before you are allowed to be a fan.

    ————————————————–

    Lions 2012 record: 4-12
    Calvin’s 2012 receiving total: 1,964 (122.8 per game)
    Calvin’s 2012 receiving total in wins: 421 (105.3)
    Calving’s 2012 receiving total in losses: 1,543 (128.6)
    AKA, many times in the 4th when the crappy lions were down so much and teams sat back in cover 3 prevent on the final couple drives, Calvin gobbled up tons of meaningless yardage. More yardage for Calvin, more likely the Lions lost the game.

  107. naygerkid says: Jul 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    This list depends on a couple different things. Is this based off of this past season or is this just more of a general list that doesn’t specifically targt only one season?? If this is off of last year, I disagree with a lot of things. How is AP not #1? Why would Jason Peters be in when he didn’t play? MJD ranked higher than Spiller & Alfred Morris when he played, what, 3-4 games? Revis played like half a game. Lots of questions I could point out there. But, if this is just a general top 100, I would somewhat agree with it. Fewer questions, probably wouldn’t have some rookies as high basing them just off of one season. Some missing players too like Mario Williams, and even though he was arrested and whatnot, Hernandez was definitley a top 100 player. Just a few thoughts.

  108. kev86 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:48 PM

    Die hard NFL fan who stopped caring about this list a while ago. Too subjective. Thanks.

  109. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:15 PM
    Flacco at 22, thats way to high. At least they got the Roethlisberger over Flacco right.

    Only if the ranking is based on the number of rape allegations.

  110. dolphins1121 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:59 PM

    Why the hell are so many people calling Adrian Peterson (AP) “AD?” Am I missing something?

  111. beedubyatoo says: Jul 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    How is Percy Harvin on this list at all? Has he played 2 full games in the past 2 years?

  112. xanderport says: Jul 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    No John Sullivan. This list is as illegitimate as player’s poll.

  113. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    Little known Fact:
    None of these players made it onto Jeff Ireland’s draft board.

  114. ken0west says: Jul 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    Finding it hard to respect this list. Rashard Jones is hands down a top 100 player.

  115. JSpicoli says: Jul 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    It’s like a Star Trek convention here, with all you nerds comparing rankings and who you think is better than who.

    Yeeeeeeccccccchhhhhh

  116. rexryanstoecheese says: Jul 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    @Vir Publius

    What does Fantasy production have to do with winning NFL games?
    Really? is this “logic” what we’re reduced to now?

    Kyle Orton v.s. Tom Brady and the missing link is Josh McDaniels? Really?

    That’s about the worst Brady/NE Patriot Hater empty argument I’ve ever heard.
    And rest assured, we’ve heard alot of them.

    This site is rapidly approaching the floor of football intelligence in it’s readership

  117. fatsolio says: Jul 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    Brady being second is quite comical. What is the reason for this? Because he won 3 superbowl rings over 8 years ago when his team had an elite defense and he’s won none ever since?

    “He’s been to two other superbowls since then!”

    Oh you mean the two he sucked in and they lost? The two Eli Manning did well in and got a ring from?

    It surely can’t be based on performance both playoff and regular season since he is inferior to quite a few guys over the last few years namely Drew Brees and both Mannings.

    Why is Brady ranked higher than Manning? Because Manning tossed a stupid pick against the Ravens in the playoffs that basically sealed the game? Apparently that is so horrible but Brady’s two picks (and the last coming that sealed the game when they still had a chance to tie it) and WORSE game a week later against THE SAME RAVENS TEAM is a-okay. So Brady can be lousy basically all game and it’s no big deal but Manning makes a mistake (and after his defense blew the win at the end of regulation) and he is a choker or sucks or whatever other idiotic thing people label him with. Gotcha.

    The media’s love affair for Brady is pathetic. It’s just like how they keep gushing over Woods because of Woods’ majors yet ignoring he hasn’t won a single major in over 4 years and in that span has faltered numerous times when he had a chance to make a move and didn’t. See yesterday as the latest example.

    Brady is obviously one of the best in the league but there is NO WAY he’s better than a bunch of those guys listed. It’s arguable he is even the 4th best QB as I’d put more faith in Eli coming through in the clutch than Tommy boy.

    Oh and I like these writers saying how the top 100 list by players is a joke yet this seems just as much a joke if Brady is ranked second. I guess it’s another case of where the morons in the sports media seem to think they are all-knowing when every day they show how clueless they are about the very sport they cover.

    Never in the history of sport I bet has there been a guy living more off his rep from what he did almost a decade ago. Incredible.

  118. fargovikesfan says: Jul 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    Hmmm, Pro Bowl MVP not on the list anywhere?

    Kyle Rudolph should be in the top 100 somewhere, not saying top 20 or anything but he should be in the top 100

  119. andrewluck12 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    anything below 50 for reggie wayne is garbage. everyone knows most of these sports writers would just love to be sandwhiched between fumanchu rodgers and bieber brady.

  120. discountdoublecheck says: Jul 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    “Hmmm, Pro Bowl MVP not on the list anywhere?”
    __________________________________

    If this is seriously the rationale you’re rollin with to make a case for ANYONE…Idk what to even tell ya.

  121. getyourownname says: Jul 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    If your “NFL media types” included Skip Bayless, Jamie Dukes, Merrill Hoge, and Heath Evans, it is inherently flawed, and can’t be as thoughtful as an NFL player poll.

  122. dickjagger says: Jul 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    The Fact that guys who didn’t even play a full season last year are on this list makes it a joke. Ryan over Flacco is ridiculous as well.

    michaelscarn25 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:30 PM
    Not a terrible list but 32 GMs out of 32 would take Russell Wilson or RGIII over Flacco.

    Yeah, I’m sure a bunch of other Madden GM’s (like you) would do the same. For the record, Flacco went further in his first season than both of those guys; since that’s the way you seem to want to rate these guys? SMH Are you kidding man?! LOL!

  123. austinwhodat says: Jul 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    dolphins1121 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:59 PM

    Why the hell are so many people calling Adrian Peterson (AP) “AD?” Am I missing something?
    __________________________________

    nickname is “all day” (AD)

  124. steelcurtainn says: Jul 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    “only if the ranking is based on the number on rape allegations”

    The key word in your statement is allegations(no proof of committing no crime). Big Ben is also up in superbowl wins and appearances. Thanks for playing!

  125. baytownbombers says: Jul 22, 2013 2:40 PM

    Patrick Willis should be ranked way ahead of Von Miller. (Probably several other LB’s as well)

  126. flash1283 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    Why is Brady ranked higher than Manning? Because Manning tossed a stupid pick against the Ravens in the playoffs that basically sealed the game? Apparently that is so horrible but Brady’s two picks (and the last coming that sealed the game when they still had a chance to tie it) and WORSE game a week later against THE SAME RAVENS TEAM is a-okay. So Brady can be lousy basically all game and it’s no big deal but Manning makes a mistake (and after his defense blew the win at the end of regulation) and he is a choker or sucks or whatever other idiotic thing people label him with. Gotcha.

    —–

    Brady= All time best post season record. (previously held by Montana)

    Manning= below 500

    It’s just the opinion of a few guys, not that big a deal

  127. golforepar says: Jul 22, 2013 2:48 PM

    2 Packers in the top 100?? No Cobb?
    This list is sad!

  128. mpetey123 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    Ray Rice at 47?? I am sorry but that seems a little low to me. Matt Ryan as what number 5 quarterback on the list, really why. Shouldn’t you win at least win 5 post season games to be ranked as a top 5? I do not understand the love for Ryan, I mean are fantasy numbers are we care about? I thought QBs were measured by wins and losses but only numbers seem rewarded.

  129. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    Wait just one darn minute!!!
    Ben Roethlisberger traveled clear to London, England, to announce he was going to win more Super Bowls than any quarterback in the history of history.
    I’d say any quarterback able to win more than four Super Bowls without having to throw more than one TD pass deserves the No. 1 ranking…
    I demand a recount!!!!

  130. gbpakrfan says: Jul 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    Why would the media be polled? I think that the poll would be far more accurate if the poll votes came from players & coaching staffs….just sayin’

  131. engage47 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    @ fryeways – agreed Qb’s are most important position and would have thought the 10 would have more – but that doesn’t mean they are the best players…can’t believe AP only comes in 4th?!?!

  132. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 22, 2013 3:16 PM

    No Lawrence Timmons!

  133. thankheavenfornumber14 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM
    BTW I would put Brady 1, Rodgers 2. Brady has taken his team to two straight afc title games and one super bowl. Rodgers hasnt made it past the 2nd round in that same time frame.

    But really it could go either way.

    Well let’s examine that There are no other Top 100 players on the offensive side of the ball for the Packers
    So who has more help?
    Those Packer Coaches must be the best in the league to do so much without the talent

  134. bullcharger says: Jul 22, 2013 3:27 PM

    shl4vikes says:Jul 22, 2013 12:06 PM

    No way that AP is not better than Tom Brady or JJ Watt… Please

    —————

    I think it’s hard to value RB over QB even with the talent of Peterson. AP is clearly the superior athlete, but I think the Vikings would have been Super Bowl contenders with Brady or Manning. RBs can only do so much to help a team win in the current version of the NFL.

  135. njpackerfan says: Jul 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    What makes Aaron Rodgers so great is that there is no other offense player on that list. He truly is a one man show.

  136. deltaoracle says: Jul 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    All of this and $4 can get me a gallon of gas and a few pennies. If I hurry.

  137. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jul 22, 2013 3:36 PM

    @ fatsolio:

    You clearly hate Giselle for stealing the man you are in love with, Tom Brady. My goodness, what a rant that was.

    “He sucked in the SBs.” – First off, let that sink in….he was IN THE SB. Not only that, his team had the LEAD in BOTH SB’s with like 2 minutes to go before Eli led incredible drives….somehow that’s Brady’s fault?

    And he was the first ever, UNANIMOUS NLF MVP just 2 years ago….you act like that was 10 years ago.

    As for your Tiger comment, I dislike golf, but the infatuation with him is obvious. He wins a lot, more consistently than anyone else. Who has the most PGA wins in 2013? I’ll save you the time, it’s Tiger Woods. That’s why he is favored…make sense? He isn’t ranked #1 because Andy North picked his name out of a hat. Get your head out of your arse.

  138. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    Let’s be honest. I know there is a lot of disagreement on the order of #1 thru #4. Fine. But the joke here is the whole list. When you asking the writers and the other “experts”, that is where the credibility ends. One thing I can say is that they are not taking PEDs. Unfortunately, they are taking SEDs, ie, stupid enhancing drugs.

  139. bullcharger says: Jul 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    raider812 says:Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    The day that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Payton Manning is the day I give up football forever and take up underwater basket weaving.

    ————–

    You must be a pretty good water weaver by now then with a decade of practice.

  140. milliondollardream2 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    #50 for Jamaal Charles is way too low. Dude averages a yard more per carry for his career than AP. If he didn’t tear his knee by stepping on the down marker and have terrible coaching for the last three years he would get more credit.

    AP isn’t anywhere near the receiver out of the backfield Charles is. Charles will have more total yards than any other running back this year under Reid. Heard it here first.

  141. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jul 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    thankheavenfornumber14 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 3:24 PM
    blacknole08 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM
    BTW I would put Brady 1, Rodgers 2. Brady has taken his team to two straight afc title games and one super bowl. Rodgers hasnt made it past the 2nd round in that same time frame.

    But really it could go either way.
    ————————–
    Well let’s examine that There are no other Top 100 players on the offensive side of the ball for the Packers
    So who has more help?
    Those Packer Coaches must be the best in the league to do so much without the talent

    ————————–
    So you’d take the weapons Brady has over Rodgers?

  142. deeppurple13 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:58 PM

    First of all Tom Brady will never be better than Payton Manning…Ever.

    I guess AD needs to go over 2500 yards to move up this list. There is no way that he should not be #1 on this list. Not after the year he just had. Period.

  143. lids1982 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Really no Chad Greenway? Dude is a tackling machine and has been for years. He had the same amount of tackles and Bowman.
    I can care less about AD being #4, but seriously Greenway gets no respect.

  144. blue18hutthutt says: Jul 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    It’s time to dispell the myth of Brady being anywhere near on the level of Montana or Unitas in the play-offs

    2005 – back breaking pick 6 in the redzone with the game in the balance

    2006 – should’ve thrown a game-ending interception but Troy Brown rips the fumble to give him a second chance – eventually does get a chance to throw a season ending interception following week against the Colts while giving up a 21 point lead

    2007 – greatest choke job of all time, bar none. “We’re only going to score 17 points?” turns out Plax was being generous. Barely beat a crippled Chargers team while throwing 3 INTs against a zero-ACL Rivers. Led team to season low output in points (to say the least) after averaging 30

    2009 – completely annihialated by Ravens – got some nice garbage time stats with the game well out of reach. Led team to season low output in points

    2010 – completely abused all game by the Jets D, started hearing footsteps and auto-sacking himself. Got some nice garbage time TDs against a prevent D that make the game look closer than it really was. Led team to season low output in points

    2011 – lost to Giants in Superbowl once again. Should’ve lost the previous week after throwing 0TD and 2INT against the Ravens. Threw a horrible 4th Q interception in the Superbowl by trying to do his best Eli-imitation, overthrew Welker to ice the game and missed open receivers throwing behind them. Once again led team to season low output in points

    2012 – completely shutdown by Ravens D and once again led team to season low output in points

    Can we please stop with the “Brady is clutch” nonsense?

    If Brady wasn’t piggy-backed to 3 Superbowls in his early years by his D, we would be talking about him as this generation’s Dan Marino, who can’t win the big one

  145. uscoach says: Jul 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    You just can’t have Ryan over Flacco. That’s just not right. Matt Ryan has won one playoff game in his career!!

  146. lanman11 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Brady has been the best player in the NFL for over a decade. It’s not debatable. He is still the best and probably the most feared opponent. Think about it and be honest with yourself and you should come up with the same opinion. Nobody wants to get to the biggest game of their life and see Brady on the other side. That doesn’t mean he’s won every big game (darn close though). As for all players, there is a lot more to consider with regard to the rest of the team, but if I’m playing for all the marbles, I feel a lot better about my chances if TB12 is some place else.

  147. deltaoracle says: Jul 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    Hello? Desmond Bishop’s going to be DPOY, you know.

  148. jprcox says: Jul 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    I don’t see how Revis is #10. Sherman played much better than Revis, but I am not suggesting that Sherman should be ranked there either – just saying #10 is a bit high for someone that mostly didn’t play last year.

    Personally, I would swap AJ Green and Revis straight up. Even then Revis is high, but I would give him credit for his career.

  149. thirtyrackdash says: Jul 22, 2013 4:50 PM

    @fatsolio I’m not exactly sure what your argument is based off of.

    Peyton Manning had the best total QBR which attempts to factor in “intangibles” so that pocket QBs, rushing QBS, and QBs on bad teams can be compared on somewhat even terms. Number two on that list after him was Tom Brady.

    The separating factor is that, in Denver’s first round playoff game, Peyton threw 2 picks and lost 1 of 2 fumbles and his team was eliminated.

    In Tom Brady’s first playoff game, he threw for 3 toughdowns, no picks, and no fumbles in a win.

    Now, Rodgers was 5th in QBR but had the #1 passer rating which is just old school good slingin plus he also won a playoff game so there’s a pretty good argument for him being the most valuable overall.

    Bottom line: Of the STATISCALLY good quaterbacks, Brady, Matt Ryan, and Rodgers faired the best in the playoffs. Matt Ryan loses points for having massive targets and Joe Flacco loses points for not even being in the top 1/2 or even 3/4 of QBs statiscally. Peyton Manning had a great regular season but he performed poorly in the playoffs. Eli did not fair particularly well statistically and did not appear in the post season.

    The top 3 guys had outstanding seasons that were the main reasons they were able to win in the post season. Had the Vikings beat the Packers or the Lion’s made the playoffs, AD and Megatron’s personal accomplishments would have seemed more *valuable* to their teams but that was not the case.

  150. kmartin173 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:01 PM

    “not sure how eli and romo are so far apart. romo’s stats outweigh eli in almost every category. and no, superbowl rings is not a player stat, it’s a team stat. Eli get a lot more credit than he deserves imo. just go look at his body of work from last year.”

    Seriously? A QB has to perform at an extremely high level for 3-4 consecutive games to make a Super Bowl run which Manning has proven he can do. Romo can’t hold it together long enough to even get in the playoffs, much less make a run at a SB. In a play-in game he throws 5 picks (2 dropped) and gets outplayed by a rookie. Who cares about his stats other than fantasy football nerds?

  151. themike31 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:31 PM

    Over a span of three games, it took Adrian Peterson 508 yards to keep his team within 20 points of Aaron Rodgers’ team.

    If it was all about talent I could see the argument. If it’s about winning games, Peterson doesn’t belong at #1.

  152. mswravens says: Jul 22, 2013 5:49 PM

    You keep patting yourselves on the back for employing a superior process to your top 100 list…

    …all the while neglecting to mention that any advantage gained is more than offset by he fact that, you know, the players are professional football players & know what they are talking about…and most of these media types you are relying on are sports fans/football fans who cover the sport for a living. Hardly as qualified to pass judgment.

  153. themike31 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:50 PM

    Easiest way to put it: Think of the Vikings without Peterson and the Packers without Rodgers – which team wins more games?

    Proud (and also scared) to say my Packers would lose out in that scenario.

  154. byayard says: Jul 22, 2013 6:32 PM

    Only one NFL team without a player on that list. SF has 9, Seattle has 7, and Arizona has 4. Hope the St. Louis Rams post that list on their bulletin board all year long.

  155. milobloom23bazelope says: Jul 22, 2013 8:24 PM

    How can anyone make the Top 3 playas in the NFL white guys? First you kill Trayvon and now you dissin’ the brothas in the NFL.

    You just know that a white guy runs this website!

  156. phinsaaa says: Jul 22, 2013 8:37 PM

    Cameron Wake finally getting some love but there is not way possible he should ever be ranked behind Aldon Smith that is a joke!!! Tom Brady second are you serious he’s 4-6 best at his position are you kidding me that Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are ranked below him???? Joe Flacco should be ahead of Brady if we are going by last year…… all at once…….COME ON MAN!!!!!!!!! Get off Bradys dick

  157. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:33 PM

    Look at all the Viking losers crying about AP not being worthy of number 1. It’s what they do.

  158. nitehump says: Jul 22, 2013 9:46 PM

    peyton manning is a flake Eli is the man. If it had not been for the refs peyton would not have that one RING

  159. nitehump says: Jul 22, 2013 9:50 PM

    Tom Brady best QB ever

  160. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    It just doesn’t matter. They can do these rankings and it doesn’t mean anything. I’ll just watch the games. However, I would have loved it if they said Tebow was #1, then watch all you guys freak out. Good for a laugh.

  161. kimbo71006 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:24 PM

    I think Brees should be higher on the list.

    Even with a losing season (which Rogers had too), he broke records that no other QB above him on the list did last year.

    Overall – Brees is much better than Brady could ever be – I think Brees and Rodgers are pretty evenly matched, for the most part.

    Manning – was great and may be again. I think he had a pretty good season considering what he came back from.

  162. pbastille says: Jul 22, 2013 11:08 PM

    lol! Ed Reed and and his 20% plus broken tackle rate (worst in the nfl last year) in the top 100. Tasty kool-aid, my friends

  163. taosravenfan says: Jul 22, 2013 11:08 PM

    @steelcurtain – as a ravens fan I have no probl saying that Ben should put rate joe at this point in their careers. But even you have to admit, the gap is closing.

    @ttwwtt- of course you would rather have an SB over Ryan outranking Flacco. You have no lbardis in your xase and the ravens have 2. And in the second one Flacco finished off an historic playoff rim to win the SB and the MVP.

    Their stats are almost inseparable except in one category, playoff experience. Ryan has one win , two losses and was not a difference maker. Flacco is 9-4 and for the last 3 years has gone from asserting half to becoming an MVP. Throw outatts stats. He plays in a dome half the season. If he didn’t have way better stats than joe I would be surprised. And guess what, he doesn’t. Bottom line is that Ryan’s ranking is based on his name, his high draft status and playing in a dome. I’ll take Flacco any day and so would you if winning in the playoffs mattered. Just one mans hole opinion

  164. rho1953 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:21 PM

    Probably right. Most people agree QB is the most important position, and there isn’t one playing at a higher level than Rodgers. If you were drafting an expansion team and you had to choose between Rodgers and Peterson, about ninety percent would take Rodgers, because he can have a bigger impact.

  165. rationalitybias says: Jul 23, 2013 2:54 AM

    And I thought the players made mistakes…

  166. patriots420 says: Jul 23, 2013 5:14 AM

    Good list although I’d put Brady over Erin, but I’m just a nobody fan

  167. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:20 AM

    rho1953:
    Count me among the minority who believes the quarterback is no longer the most important position.
    The lax rules that allow receivers to roam freely and untouched have made the position easier to play. The dink-and-dunk “attack” has led to more passing yards and fewer interceptions.
    There’s a reason that rookie quarterbacks can now show up and become immediate starters. Every season, we see instant successes. The rules have turned average quarterbacks into stars and stars into superstars … to be the point that the quarterback position has become devalued.
    Someday, GMs are going to catch on to this and draft QBs later on draft days. Spending a top pick on a QB nowadays is both a waste of money and a major waste of a high draft pick.

  168. irishfury says: Jul 23, 2013 10:26 AM

    AP needs more love. This isn’t about best so far in their respective careers. Its who is best now as of the last seasons play and projections

  169. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    These Viking whiners make me laugh.

    Pretty good list. I think Cobb should have been somewhere, as he led the league in all purpose yards and is a threat to do so again every year for quite a few years.

    But I don’t care that much. Other people’s opinions don’t matter that much.

  170. jjackwagon says: Jul 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    “Only one NFL team without a player on that list….” No Rams, No Raiders.

    But I can see how you made the mistake.

  171. jnvd3b says: Jul 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    What is everyone’s fascination with Aldon Smith? He’s talented but do you people even watch football? He’s a one trick pony. Completely lost in coverage and without Justin Smith he was useless. We have the same player in Robert Quinn, a pure pass rusher. He’s borderline top 100 but #20? Far fetched to me.

  172. palmettocity says: Jul 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    kimbo71006 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:24 PM

    I think Brees should be higher on the list.

    Even with a losing season (which Rogers had too), he broke records that no other QB above him on the list did last year.

    Overall – Brees is much better than Brady could ever be – I think Brees and Rodgers are pretty evenly matched, for the most part.

    Manning – was great and may be again. I think he had a pretty good season considering what he came back from.

    Rodgers did not have a losing season the packers won the Division in 2012

    What has brees done that Brady has not?

    Brees has thrown almost twice has many INTs has Rodgers Manning and Brady since 2008

    all these Qbs have records the others dont

    Brees throws like 150 more passes than Rodgers every Season

  173. palmettocity says: Jul 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    lanman11 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Brady has been the best player in the NFL for over a decade. It’s not debatable. He is still the best and probably the most feared opponent. Think about it and be honest with yourself and you should come up with the same opinion. Nobody wants to get to the biggest game of their life and see Brady on the other side. That doesn’t mean he’s won every big game (darn close though). As for all players, there is a lot more to consider with regard to the rest of the team, but if I’m playing for all the marbles, I feel a lot better about my chances if TB12 is some place else.
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    Look at the stats since 2008 when Rodgers became a starter
    both of the last two seasons Rodgers has thrown more more Tds and less INTs and a higher Qb rating than Brady

    Brady 137 Tds 37 ints Rodgers 171 Tds 45 ints

    Since 2008
    Playoff record: Brady 4-4 Rodgers 5-3
    Super Bowls: Brady 0 Rodgers 1

  174. ldawg2112 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:32 AM

    Anyone who rates Maurkice Pouncey over Mike knows nothing about football. Dont know if MDS or Florio made this list, but who ever did has lost a lot of respect. Maurkice is a middle of the road center based on his play, not his draft position. Watch the tape. PFF grades him out around 15 or 16 I believe whereas they have Mike as a top 5 center.

  175. ldawg2112 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:38 AM

    Why is the best center in football for two straight years not on this list yet Maurkice Pouncey is? John Sullivan is whom I refer too. Guess blocking for a 2,000 yard rusher isn’t enough proof. Cus you know, Pouncey anchors that fantastic Steelers’ line that gets Ben hurt every year and had zero run game last year.

  176. chrisco716 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Kaep 52? You gotta be kidding me. Try top 10.

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