NFL Top 100: Best NFL Players of 2022 Season Ranked

NFL Top 100: Best NFL Players of 2022 Season Ranked
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The unveiling of the annual NFL Top 100 players of 2022 is complete. This is the 12th year of the NFL Top 100 and has regularly generated interest leading up to the start of the regular season.  

The list is voted on by current players and creates interesting debates and discussions about the best players in the NFL.  

Here at Gambling.com, we’ve listed the player awards odds for each member that makes the Top 100 NFL players of 2022 list. The list will continue to be updated at the start of each week when the NFL releases the next players to make it. Players such as offensive linemen or special teams members are not on any future markets since it would be a wasted bet.  

Stats and information on each player are from NFL.com, while all the odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.  

 

NFL Top 100 List: Nos 1-25

No. 1 Tom Brady, Tampa Bay, Quarterback 

For the fourth time since this list started in 2011, Brady takes the No. 1 spot in the top 100 NFL players list. The 45-year-old quarterback continues to add to his legacy, including posting career highs in completions (485) and passing yards (5,316) while throwing for 43 touchdowns to only six interceptions during his 22nd season in the league. Even in his mid-40s, Brady has continued to produce at an all-time level. He briefly flirted with retirement before electing to return for Year 23 after a 40-day layoff.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +850, Offensive Player of the Year +5000 

No. 2 Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, Defensive End 

Donald is considered one of the best defensive players of his generation and recently added a Super Bowl to his career accomplishments. He’s the highest-rated defender on this list for the fifth consecutive year. In 2021, he recorded 84 tackles, (19 for loss), 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Donald’s game-clinching pass rush in SB LVI was a career-defining highlight that cemented his status as an all-time great.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, Defensive Player of the Year +750 

No. 3 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Quarterback 

The two-time defending MVP is just the second player in league history to win the award four times. Rodgers guided Green Bay to its third straight 13-win season after throwing for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns to only four interceptions – the third-highest TD-INT ratio in National Football League history. How he and the Packers offense moves on without Davante Adams will be one of the most watched storylines of the season. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +1000, OPOY +2800 

No. 4 Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams, Wide Receiver 

Kupp accomplished the NFL Triple Crown for wide receivers last season, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16). He became the first player since 2005 to lead the NFL in all three of those categories in a single season. Kupp was named the 2021 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year and is +1200 at DraftKings to repeat.  He wasn't even in the Top 100 NFL going into 2021 and zoomed to fourth on the list this year.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +6000 OPOY +1200 

No. 5 Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts, Running Back 

Taylor was the NFL’s top rusher last season, gaining 1,811 rushing yards – 552 more than the next highest total. He also led the league with 20 touchdowns (18 rushing) and his 360 receiving yards made him the NFL’s scrimmage-yard leader. His breakout year made him the highest-ranked running back in the league as he goes into his third season.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +5000, OPOY +1000 

No. 6 T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers, Outside Linebacker 

It was a record-setting 2021 for Watt, who had a record-tying 22.5 sacks to secure AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Watt already ranks fifth in the Steelers’ all-time sack list with 72 through five seasons and needs just 8.5 to become the franchise leader in that category. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, DPOY +700 

No. 7 Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders, Wide Receiver 

Over the last few seasons, few have been better at wideout than Adams. He leads the league in receiving yards (6,195) and receiving touchdowns (57) over that span and is coming off a career-high season with 123 catches, 1,553 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Now, he prepares for his first season with Las Vegas after becoming the highest-paid wideout in NFL history.   

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +1800 

No. 8 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs, Quarterback 

Last year’s No. 1, Mahomes’ drop to No. 8 is the largest drop-off among those ranked in the top 20, but don’t let the new ranking imply Mahomes’ abilities have suffered any sort of decline. He threw for 4,839 yards, 37 touchdowns and had a career-high 436 completions while tallying career-highs in rushing with 381 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes led the Chiefs to their fourth straight AFC Championship Game and is in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive season.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +900, OPOY +2000 

No. 9 Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams, Cornerback 

Known for shutting down half of the field, Ramsey tied his career-high with four interceptions in 2021 and added 16 pass deflections, one force fumble and a fumble recovery. He remains one of the true shutdown corners in the league. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +40000, DPOY +5000 

No. 10 Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, Tight End 

For the second straight year, Kelce is the top-ranked tight end on the top 100 players list. He had 92 catches for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021, and he’s approaching the 10,000-yard mark for his career with (9,006), which would move him up to No. 4 on the all-time receiving yards list. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +4000 

No 11 Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns, Defensive End 

Garrett is one of the great edge rushers. He posted a career-high in sacks with 16 in 2021, making it the fourth straight year he produced a double-digit sack total. He’s developed into one of the top pass rushers in the league, with 33 QB hits, 43 hurries and 17 tackles for loss last season.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, DPOY +700 

No. 12 Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans, Running Back 

Even during an injury-plagued 2021, Henry nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark, finishing with 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in only eight games. In a pass-first league, Henry remains a unique talent who can still impose his will on defenses with his size and athleticism. He was in the Top 5 of the Top 100 NFL players going into last season, and even though he's running behind an improved offensive line, we don't think he can't move up this season.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +5000, OPOY +1400 

No. 13 Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, Quarterback 

After two stellar seasons, Allen enters 2022-23 as the MVP preseason favorite at DraftKings. He set a franchise record with 409 completions last season for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns and also set a new Bills’ quarterback record with 763 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Known for his strong arm, he completed 28 of 68 pass attempts over 20 yards for 954 yards and a 100.7 passer rating.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +650, OPOY +1800 

No. 14 Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers, Offensive Tackle 

Williams is the highest-ranked offensive lineman on the top 100 NFL players list. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection anchors the 49ers’ run and pass blocking schemes and became the highest-paid offensive lineman in history during the offseason. He passed multiple players to achieve his ranking, which is 28 spots better than a year ago.   

No. 15 Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins, Wide Receiver 

Hill left Kansas City after a career-high in receptions (111) while recording 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns. Given his top-end speed, few are better at taking the top off a defense and he immediately gives the Dolphins a new deep-ball threat.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +6000 

No. 16 Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys, Linebacker  

Parsons is the reigning AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 84 tackles, 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. Last season he became the only rookie in the past 25 years with over 80 tackles and 10 sacks, resulting in All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +13000, DPOY +1000  

No. 17 Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings, Wide Receiver 

Jefferson is the third-youngest player to make this list. The 23-year-old moved up 36 spots from last year after tallying 108 catches, 1,616 yards and 10 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons and has continued to make life difficult for his defensive opponents and become one of the top wideouts in the league.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +1500  

No. 18 Shaquille Leonard, Indianapolis Colts, Linebacker 

This is Leonard’s highest ranking in the list after four seasons. He has never been ranked outside the top 50 since he came into the league and has established himself as one of the top defensive players in the NFL. In 2021, he produced 122 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and forced a league-high eight fumbles. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +3000  

No. 19 Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers, Wide Receiver 

Samuel established himself as one of the most versatile offensive talents in 2021, his third season in the league. He had career highs in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,405) and receiving touchdowns (six). Samuel also added 365 yards and eight scores as a rusher to finish with the third-most scrimmage yards in the NFL.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +6000, OPOY +1000  

No. 20 J.C. Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers, Defensive Back 

Jackson is the top-ranked undrafted player in this edition of the Top 100 NFL players. But after finishing with eight interceptions and a league-high 23 pass deflections in 2021, he’s now recognized as one of the top corners in the league by his peers. His 25 interceptions since 2018 lead all players, giving credence to his self-proclaimed nickname “Mr. INT.” 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +6500 

 

21. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, Quarterback 

In just his second season, Burrow made history in Cincinnati. The Bengals won their first playoff game since 1990 and reached the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988, with Burrow leading the offense. His 108.3 passer rating was the second-highest in the NFL.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +1200, OPOY +2500 

22. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers, Tight End 

Kittle has been a model of consistency at the tight end position and tallied the fourth-most receiving yards at the position last year (910). Pro Football Focus ranked him as the third-best player at the position last season.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +10000 

23. Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys, Cornerback 

In a pass-happy league, Diggs’ 2021 was special. He had 11 interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns. It was the first time since 1981 that anyone had recorded at least 11 interceptions in a single season.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +7000 

24. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals, Wide Receiver 

Chase had one of the best seasons by a rookie in the league's history. The No. 5 pick set new franchise records with 266 yards receiving in a single game and 1,455 yards receiving in a season. He also set NFL rookie records with the most receiving yards in a game and postseason (368) and for an entire season.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +3000 

25. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers, Defensive End 

Bosa had one of his best seasons last year, playing a key role in the 49ers reaching the NFC title game. He set a new career-high with 15.5 sacks and then added four more in the playoffs. His 21 tackles for loss tied T.J. Watt for the most in the league.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +25000, DPOY +1500 

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NFL Top 100 List: Nos 26-50

26. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver 

Diggs has been Pro Bowler in each of his two seasons with the Bills. In 2020 he led the league in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535) and was close to those totals last year with 103 catches and 1,225 yards.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +4500 

27. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams, Quarterback 

We saw what Stafford could achieve with a decent supporting cast around him after many fruitless years in Detroit. Stafford led the Rams to the Super Bowl title and had the third-most passing yards in the league with 4,886.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +1600, OPOY +5000 

28. Quinton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts, Guard 

Nelson was an anchor on the Colts' offensive line as surrendered just one sack last season in 767 snaps and has only allowed four sacks in 4,029 snaps over his four-year career.  

29. Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams, Middle Linebacker 

Wagner has been a mainstay in the league for 10 years, but last season was one of his best. He recorded a career-high 170 tackles, marking the 10th straight season he has accumulated at least 100 tackles. He also was named to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl team.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +5000   

30. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers, Linebacker 

Last season was a career year for Bosa, who stayed healthy and played in 16 games. He set career highs with seven forced fumbles and 10.5 sacks and was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +30000, DPOY +2000 

31. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings, Running Back 

Cook owns the longest streak of at least 1,100 yards rushing, reaching that mark for the third straight season in 2021. His 36 scrimmage touchdowns since 2019 are the third-best over that same three-year span.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +3000 

32. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens, Tight End 

Andrews led the NFL in receptions (107) and receiving yards (1,361) for a tight end last year. Those numbers were career-highs for Andrews and set single-season Baltimore records for that position. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, OPOY +7000 

33. Nick Chubb, Clevland Browns, Running Back 

In Chubb’s rookie season, he had 996 yards rushing. Over the next three years, he exceeded the 1,000-yard rushing mark, including 1,259 last year – second-most in the league. His 89.9 yards rushing per game also ranked third.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +2000 

34. Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans, Free Safety 

Next Gen Stats ranked Byard as the fifth-best coverage player in the league last season and he was the only safety to make the list. He led all safeties with five interceptions and had a league-best 25.5% ballhawk rate.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

35. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers, Wide Receiver 

Allen led the Chargers in receptions for the fifth straight year with 106. He has made the Pro Bowl in those five seasons, showing how consistent he’s been over the last half-decade.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +6000 

36. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, Quarterback 

Jackson missed five games last season but still put up impressive numbers. He threw for 2,882 yards and gained 767 yards rushing – the second-most by a quarterback in 2021. Jackson is one of the most dynamic mobile quarterbacks the league has seen, but injuries and durability are always a risk with his play style. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +2000, OPOY +2200 

37. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals, Wide Receiver 

A regular in the Top 10 in this list, injuries can be credited for Hopkins’ fall to No. 37. A hamstring injury kept him out of three games before a season-ending MCL tear in Week 14 cut his season short. The Cardinals need him on the field. With him, they went 8-2, but without him, their record was 3-5.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +10000 

38. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals, Running Back 

During the Bengals' run to the Super Bowl, Mixon established himself as one of the top running backs in the league. He recorded 1,205 yards rushing and had 13 touchdowns and a career-high 314 yards receiving during his first season as Cincinnati’s workhorse back. It was good enough for his first spot on the NFL Top 100 list. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +15000, OPOY +6000  

39. Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs, Defensive End 

Jones led the Chiefs with 17 quarterback hits and nine sacks last season, adding 34 pressures and 16 hurries. A season ago, he was the only consistent pass rush presence for the Chiefs, and similar production will be needed from him again. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +5000 

40. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers, Quarterback 

Herbert has been anointed as one of the top quarterbacks early in his career. It’s hard to argue that few have been better because Herbert already owns multiple records. In his first two seasons, he has thrown for 9,350 yards and 69 touchdowns and has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in 17 games. All those stats are records for a quarterback in their first two years. He’s tied with the third-best odds at DraftKings to win MVP. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +900, OPOY +2000 

41. Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Tackle 

Wirfs has been a mainstay on the Tamp Bay Buccaneers offensive line, playing 2,256 snaps on offense in the last two seasons while only surrendering three sacks during that span. He earned his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in 2021 and is widely considered to be the best right tackle in the NFL. 

42. Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End 

Heyward’s 83 tackles and 10 sacks last season was good enough for him to earn his third All-Pro selection and fifth Pro Bowl. This is Heyward’s highest spot in the Top 100. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +20000  

43. Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers, Free Safety 

Last season was the first we saw a healthy Derwin James. He didn’t disappoint. James recorded 118 tackles, two sacks, forced three fumbles and had two interceptions. He cashed in on his big year, signing a four-year, $76.5 million extension.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +3500 

44. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback 

Despite battling injuries, Prescott went on to have one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2021. He had career-highs in completions (410), completion percentage (68.8%) and touchdown passes (37) while accumulating 4,449 yards passing.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +1600, OPOY +4000 

45. Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills, Free Safety 

Poyer makes his debut on the Top 100 after recording 93 tackles and eight tackles for loss last season. He was the only player in the league to tally five interceptions and three sacks.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +20000 

46. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers, Running Back 

Ekeler didn’t disappoint in his first season as a team’s primary option out of the backfield. He set career-highs in rushing yards (911), all-purpose yards (1,558), rushing touchdowns (12) and tied a career-high in receiving touchdowns (eight). He also tied Jonathan Taylor for the most touchdowns last season with 20. With this sort of production, Ekeler won a lot of people their fantasy football leagues last year.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +5000 

47. Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers, Middle Linebacker 

Warner was up to No. 21 on last year’s list, but don’t let his fall imply he had a bad season. Warner collected 137 tackles and seven tackles for loss, both totals were more than he recorded in 2020.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +4000 

48. Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears, Defensive End 

Quinn set the Bears’ single-season sack record with 18.5 last season, earning his third Pro Bowl selection. This is the first time since 2015 that Quinn has entered the Top 100.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +6500 

49. De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers, Outside Linebacker 

Campbell had one of his best seasons during his first year with the Packers. He was named All-Pro for the first time in his career after recording the third-most solo tackles (103) while adding a couple of interceptions, sacks and fumbles.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

50. Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills, Safety 

Hyde was a key member of Buffalo’s No. 1 ranked defense in 2021, tying a career-high in interceptions (five) and fumble recoveries (two) while recording more tackles (74) since his first season in Buffalo in 2017. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

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NFL Top 100 List: Nos 51-75

51. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints, Running Back 

Kamara routinely ranking as one of the best pass-catching backs in the league has allowed him to make the NFL Top 100 list in each season during his career. He found the end zone 21 times in 2020 before production dropped last season with the Saints dealing with QB injuries throughout the year.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +10000, OPOY +6000 

52. Matt Judon, New England Patriots, Outside Linebacker 

After joining the Patriots, Judon recorded his first double-digit sack season with 12.5 to solidify his spot in the league as an elite pass rusher.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +5000 

53. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wide Receiver 

One of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, Evans has never finished a season with less than 1,000 yards during his eight-year career.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +8000 

54. Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee Titans, Defensive Tackle 

Simmons recorded three sacks in the playoff loss to the Bengals and had a career-high 8.5 sacks during the regular season. Early in his career, he has established himself as an excellent defensive lineman. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +6500 

55. Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns, Offensive Guard 

Bitonio has been solid on the Browns' offensive line as he allowed just three or fewer sacks in all but one season since being drafted in the second round in 2014. 

56. Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins, Cornerback 

Howard is the top corner for the Miami Dolphins. He has made the Pro Bowl in three of the last four years, accumulating 22 interceptions and 48 pass deflections.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +6000 

57. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals, Quarterback 

Murray’s athleticism and playmaking ability will have him near the top of odds boards for season awards. He was a contender for MVP last season before falling off.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +2000, OPOY +2800 

58. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders, Tight End 

Waller has been Carr’s top target since starting his career in 2019. In three seasons, he has caught 252 passes for 3,006 yards on 355 targets. It’ll be interesting to see how he benefits from Davante Adams joining the offense.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +25000, OPOY +10000 

59. Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders, Defensive End 

This is Crosby’s first time making the Top 100. He's a great pass rusher who had eight sacks last season after recording 10 in his rookie year.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +2800 

60. Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers, Center 

According to Pro Football Focus, Linsley hasn’t allowed a sack since Week 10 of 2020 when he was with the Green Bay Packers. That will do.  

61. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos, Quarterback 

One of the most intriguing additions during free agency. If Wilson can give a Broncos team in dire need of quality quarterback play, Denver could contend for a Super Bowl, vaulting Wilson to the top of the MVP discussion.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +1400, OPOY +5000 

62. Chandler Jones, Las Vegas Raiders, Defensive End 

Jones joins Maxx Crosby in Las Vegas to give the Raiders a potent rushing duo. In the last two seasons, he’s been a disruptor, forcing 14 fumbles.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +8000 

63. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins, Wide Receiver 

Waddle eclipsed 100 catches and 1,000 yards receiving in his rookie season, good enough to be added to the top 100 NFL players list. The addition of Tyreek Hill could open up the field even more for Waddle this year.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +6000, OPOY +6000 

 64. Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebacker 

White is one of the premier linebackers at covering the field from sideline to sideline. He registered a 4.42 40-yard dash time and utilized his quickness to his first Pro Bowl selection last season.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +5000 

65. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders, Quarterback 

Carr is the first person on this list who I feel is a legitimate MVP candidate. For Carr, the possibilities seem endless, with Davante Adams joining the team, and having one of the top tight ends in Darren Waller.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +2800, OPOY +5000 

66. DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis Colts, Defensive Tackle 

Buckner is a two-time pro bowler who has anchored a defensive line that has pushed the Colts into a top-10 scoring defense. He has 16.5 sacks with Indianapolis.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +8000 

67. Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals, Safety 

Since entering the NFL in 2017, Baker leads the league in the least passing yards allowed (254) and passing touchdowns (one) during his career.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +8000 

68. Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys, Offensive Guard 

It’s the sixth straight appearance on the top 100 NFL for Martin, who is expected to make the Hall of Fame.  

69. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints, Defensive End 

Jordan had 12.5 sacks last season to join the 100-sack club. He ranks third among active players in sacks, trailing only Von Miller and Chandler Jones.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +6500 

70. Tyrann Mathieu, New Orleans Saints, Safety 

He is entering his first season with the Saints after a three-year run with the K.C. Chiefs. Mathieu had 13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two All-Pro selections during his time in Kansas City. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +6000 

71. Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles, Center 

Kelce hasn’t missed a game since 2014 and has been named All-Pro in four of the previous five seasons.  

72. Quandre Diggs, Seattle Seahawks, Safety 

Diggs has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons but is coming off a dislocated ankle and broken fibula injuries he suffered in Week 18 last year.  Can he recover enough to be on the Top 100 NFL list this season?

73. Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons, Running Back 

Patterson has evolved into more than just a returner. Last season with the Atlanta Falcons, he had five receiving touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns to give the team a versatile offensive threat.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +25000, OPOY +8000 

74. Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints, Outside Linebacker 

Last season was Davis's fifth straight with over 100 tackles and double-digit tackles for loss.  He's a solid selection for the Top 100 NFL players.

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

75. Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Safety 

Improvement in pass coverage to complement his ability to stop the run has made Winfield one of the top secondary players in the league.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +15000 

76. Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers, Defensive End 

Burns had 7.5 sacks as a rookie for the Carolina Panthers before posting nine in each of his previous two seasons. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection last year.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +5000 

77. Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles, Cornerback  

He has one of the coolest nicknames, “Big Play Slay,” and managed to live up to it last season. Slay had three defensive touchdowns, including a pick-six and two fumble recoveries he brought to the end zone.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

78. Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati Bengals, Defensive End 

He tallied a team-high 14 sacks and added 3.5 during the Bengals’ run to the Super Bowl.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, DPOY +4000 

79. Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers, Offensive Tackle 

He is one of the key pieces for the Chargers’ dynamic offense. Allowed only five sacks and committed just six penalties last season as a rookie.  

80. James Conner, Arizona Cardinals, Running Back 

He emerged as the primary running threat in Arizona’s ground attack. His 15 rushing touchdowns were tied for the second-most behind Indianapolis’ Jonathan Taylor.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +8000 

 

81. Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos, Safety 

Fourteen of his 21 career interceptions have come in the last three seasons. He had 80 tackles, 12 passes defended and five interceptions in 2021.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +8000 

82. Kenny Moore, Indianapolis Colts, Cornerback 

He registered a career-high last season with four interceptions and 102 tackles to make his first Pro Bowl.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +25000 

83. Wyatt Teller, Cleveland Browns, Offensive Guard 

He is considered one of the top run-blocking guards, Teller has made the All-Pro Second Team the last two seasons. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +25000 

84. Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears, Linebacker 

He made news recently with his trade request from the Bears. He made his second straight All-Pro Second team last season. He’s averaged 131 tackles in four years.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +4000 

85. Mac Jones, New England Patriots, Quarterback

Jones proved he could be a legitimate starter for the Patriots after the Cam Newton experiment ended in New England. As a rookie, Jones passed for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +6000, OPOY +7000 

86. Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebacker 

One of the top pass-rushers in the league has averaged 12.5 sacks over the last three seasons. A versatile defender, he has seven interceptions during that span.

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +40000, DPOY +5000 

87. Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns, Cornerback 

He’s No. 1 in getting paid. In April, he signed a five-year, $100.5 million extension to make him the highest-paid corner in NFL history. 

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +8000 

88. Jonathan Allen, Washington Commanders, Defensive End 

Earned a Pro Bowl selection last season after recording nine sacks.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

89. Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints, Cornerback 

Lattimore has made the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons. He’s coming off a career-best 68 tackles, three interceptions and 19 pass breakups.  

Bookmaker Odds: DPOY +10000 

90. Odell Beckham Jr., Free Agent, Wide Receiver 

Beckham is coming off a torn ACL injury he suffered in the Super Bowl and has remained a free agent. He’s expected to miss the start of the season, which makes it unlikely he will win any individual awards.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +30000, OPOY +10000 

 

91. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons, Tight End 

In 2021, he became the first rookie tight end in two decades to be named to the Pro Bowl. He was the second rookie tight end to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +10000 

92. Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys, Offensive Tackle 

Smith has long been one of the elite linemen in the NFL. He's a member of the 2010 All-Decade Team.

93. Von Miller, Buffalo Bills, Outside Linebacker 

Miller is the first player here with a legitimate chance to win a player of the year award. After helping the Rams to a Super Bowl, he signed with Buffalo, hoping to get the Bills over the top to a championship. He has 115.5 career sacks but hasn’t been as dominant as in previous seasons.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +25000, DPOY +3000 

94. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens, Kicker 

One of the greatest kickers of all time doesn’t get any love from the sportsbooks with individual awards props. His 91.1% accuracy leads all kickers since 1938. He has the longest-made field goal in NFL history at 66 yards.  

95. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys, Wide Receiver 

The third-year wide receiver should flourish more with Amari Cooper’s departure. Led Dallas receivers with 79 catches and 1,102 yards last year.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +20000, OPOY +4000 

96. Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers, Defensive Back 

The first selection in the NFL top 100. Last season did not allow any receiver to gain at least 50 yards against him in a single contest.  

97. Leonard Williams, New York Giants, Defensive End 

Williams is the last defensive player on the list, but a solid pick for the Top 100 NFL players list. He is a key figure on the Giants’ defense and had 11.5 sacks in 2020 and 6.5 last season.  

98. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears, Running Back 

Montgomery is a solid dual-threat out of the backfield, running for 849 yards and catching 42 passes for 301 receiving yards last season. But his production might depend on how second-year QB Justin Fields develops this season. 

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +50000, OPOY +10000 

99. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings, Quarterback 

The 10-year veteran ranks third all-time in completion percentage with at least 1,500 attempts. He also hasn’t missed a start in eight years.  

Bookmaker Odds: MVP +5000, OPOY +8000 

100. Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 49ers, Fullback 

He has no listed odds for Offensive Player of the Year or MVP. While there seems to be no love for the fullbacks, Juszczyk is a notable player. In 2017, he signed a four-year, $21 million contract. It was the largest contract for a fullback in NFL history.  Sneaking into the Top 100 NFL is a bonus. 

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How are the Best Players in the NFL Ranked?

The NFL polls players and asks them to vote on who they feel are the top-ranked players in the league. 

After receiving the votes, the league compiles the results to create the Top 100. 

This is the 12th year the NFL has released a list of the highest-ranked players in the league and it always serves as a talking point before the start of the regular season.

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NFL Top 100 Players of 2021

When looking at the top 100 players of 2022, it's interesting to see if there are any patterns coming off the National Football League Top 100 players from last season. Players kept Aaron Donald at No. 2 and Aaron Rodgers at No. 3. but they moved last year's top player Patrick Mahomes down to eighth and last year's seven, Tom Brady to No. 1.

NFL Top 100: 2021

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1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs26. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns51. Za'Darius Smith, OLB, Packers76. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
2. Aaron Donald, DT, Rams27. DeForest Buckner, DT, Colts52. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Steelers77. Quandre Diggs, S, Seahawks
3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers28. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers53. Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings78. Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Titans
4. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans29. Julio Jones, WR, Titans54. Grady Jarrett, DT, Falcons79. Terron Armstead, OT, Saints
5. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs30. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers55. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers80. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
6. Davante Adams, WR, Packers31. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks56. Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers81. Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
7. Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers32. Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers57. Cameron Heyward, DT, Steelers82. Garett Bolles, OT, Broncos
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals33. Quenton Nelson, G, Colts58. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs83. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans
9. T.J. Watt, LB, Steelers34. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs59. Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, Buccaneers84. Leonard Williams, DE, Giants
10. Josh Allen, QB, Bills35. Darren Waller, TE, Raiders60. Corey Linsley, C, Chargers85. Zack Martin, G, Cowboys
11. Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills36. David Bakhtiari, OT, Packers61. Chase Young, DE, Washington86. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Saints
12. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks37. Darius Leonard, LB, Colts62. A.J. Brown, WR, Titans87. Allen Robinson, WR, Bears
13. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Rams38. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Ravens63. Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles88. Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Buccaneers
14. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints39. Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals64. Demario Davis, OLB, Saints89. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Buccaneers
15. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs40. Bradley Chubb, OLB, Broncos65. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons90. Jesse Bates, S, Bengals
16. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns41. Jaire Alexander, CB, Packers66. J.J. Watt, DE, Cardinals91. Corey Davis, WR, Jets
17. Xavien Howard, CB, Dolphins42. Trent Williams, OT, 49ers67. K.J. Wright, OLB, Free agent92. Jason Kelce, C, Eagles
18. Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans43. Lavonte David, OLB, Buccaneers68. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders93. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions
19. Budda Baker, S, Cardinals44. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers69. Ryan Kelly, C, Colts94. Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns
20. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings45. Justin Simmons, S, Broncos70. Eric Kendricks, LB, Vikings95. Tre'Davious White, CB, Bills
21. Fred Warner, LB, 49ers46. Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints71. Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns96. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills
22. DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks47. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots72. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints97. Kyle Juszczyk, FB, 49ers
23. Khalil Mack, OLB, Bears48. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers73. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Bengals98. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington
24. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens49. J.C. Jackson, CB, Patriots74. James Bradberry, CB, Giants99. Brandon Graham, DE, Eagles
25. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks50. George Kittle, TE, 49ers75. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Texans100. James Robinson, RB, Jaguars

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10 Best NFL Players of All Time

1. Jim Brown

Position: Running Back

Years Played: 1957-65

Team: Cleveland Browns

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (1971); NFL champion (1964); MVP (1957, 1958, 1965); First Team All-Pro (1957-1962, 1963-1965); NFL Rookie of the Year (1957)

Brown led the NFL in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons. When he retired in 1965, he had broken most of the league's most major rushing records, including 2,359 carries for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns. He averaged 104.3 rushing yards per game and is the only player in NFL history to average more than 100 rushing yards per game for his career. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry in large part because it usually took more than one defender to tackle him.

2. Jerry Rice

Position: Wide Receiver

Years Played: 1985-2004

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (2010); SB Champion (1989, 1990, 1995); SB MVP (1990) MVP (1987); 10x First Team All-Pro; 1x Second Team All-Pro; 2x OPoY; 13x Pro Bowl; All-Time Leader in touchdowns (208), receiving touchdowns (197), receptions (1,549), and consecutive games with a reception (274).

As much as his ability and talent, and because he retired as leaders in almost every receiving categories that's pretty high, Rice was known for his off the charts work ethic. He missed only 17 regular season games in his 20 NFL seasons. He played in 303 games, which is the most in league history by a significant margin. He was known for his work ethic and conditioning program that he followed for his entire career.

3. Lawrence Taylor

Position: Outside Linebacker

Years Played: 1981-1993

Teams: New York Giants

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (1999); SB Champion (1987, 1991); MVP (1986); First Team All-Pro (1981-86, 1988, 1989); Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1988); NFL Player of the Year (1983, 1986); Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981)

Taylor is one of two defensive players to be named the league's MVP. He has been regarded by coaches, players and football reporters as the greatest defensive player of all time. He led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles and changed the game with his speed and strength.

4. Reggie White

Position: Defensive End

Years Played: 1985-2000

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (2006); SB Champion (1997); Defensive Player of the Year (1987, 1998); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1987, 1991, 1995); First Team All-Pro (1986-1991, 1995, 1998); 13x Pro Bowl

Known as the Minister of Defense because he was an ordained Baptist precher, White was one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the league. He had 198 sacks in the NFL (221.5 in his professional football career, counting his two seasons with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL). White had nine consecutive seasons (1985–93) with at least 10 sacks, an NFL record. He was named an All-Pro for 13 of his 15 seasons, including eight as a first-team selection. He had 19 recovered fumbles.

5. Tom Brady

Position: Quarterback

Years Played: 2000-present

Teams: New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Accomplishments: SB Champion (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021); SB MVP (2002, 2003, 2015, 2017, 2021); MVP (2007, 2010, 2017); First Team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017); Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010);  Pro-Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009-2018, 2021).

Nobody has won more Super Bowl championships than Brady and his longevity and work ethic show in how his first title and most recent were almost 20 seasons apart. His 243 regular season wins and 35 playoff wins make him the winningest quarterback in NFL history. He is the only quarterback to win 200 games and he has more than twice as many playoff wins as the next person on the list. He has beaten all 32 NFL teams.

6. Joe Montana

Position: Quarterback

Years Played: 1979-94

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (2000); SB Champion (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990); SB MVP (1981, 1985, 1990); MVP (1989, 1990); First Team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1990); Pro Bowl (1981, 1983-85, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993); Offensive Player of the Year (1989).

Montana had 35 games that he threw for more than 300 yards, seven that he threw for more than 400 yards. He is one of two quarterbacks to be unbeaten in four Super Bowls. In those games, he completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions, earning him a SB record passer rating of 127.8. He holds the SB record for most pass attempts (122) without throwing an interception. He was named by the NFL Network as the fourth-greatest player in history.

7. Walter Payton

Position: Running Back

Years Played: 1975-87

Teams: Chicago Bears

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (1993); SB Champion (1996); MVP (1977); Offensive Player of the Year (1977); First Team All Pro (1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985).

Playing a position that consistently takes a pounding from defensive players, Payton was one of the most durable players in the NFL. He started every game he played in his 13 seasons. He didn't just play in these games, he was the lead back during this time, averaging more than 300 attempts per season. Nicknamed "Sweetness" because of his abilities, Payton could juke defenders as well as run through them for extra yards. When he retired, he was the all-time leader in rushing yards.

8. Johnny Unitas

Position: Quarterback

Years Played: 1955-73

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (1979); NFL Champion (1958, 1959, 1968) SB Champion (1971); MVP (1959, 1964, 1967); First Team All-Pro (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967); 3x Pro Bowl (1957-64, 1966, 1967).

Playing at a time in the NFL when the regular season was 12 or 14 games, Unitas was the first quarterback to throw for more than 40,000 yards. He was the first quarterback to throw 30 touchdown passes in a season. Between 1956 and 1960, Unitas had a streak of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass (It stood for 52 years). He led the Colts to the NFL championship on Dec. 28, 1958, 23–17 win against the New York Giants in sudden death overtime. It was the first overtime game in NFL history, and is often referred to as the "Greatest Game Ever Played" and is credited with sparking national interest in the NFL.

9. Peyton Manning

Position: Quarterback

Years Played: 1998-2015

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (2021); SB Champion (2007, 2016); SB MVP (2007); MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013); Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013); First Team All-Pro (2003-2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013); Pro Bowl (1999, 200, 2002-10, 2012-14).

Manning was one of the most consistently good quarterbacks in NFL history, throwing for more than 4,000 yards in 14 of his 18 NFL seasons. He holds the record for yards and touchdowns in a single season with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns in 2013. He also has the most game-winning drives in NFL history with 54. He is tied with the most touchdown passes in a game with seven.

10. Joe Greene

Position: Defensive Tackle

Years Played: 1969-81

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Accomplishments: Hall of Fame (1987); SB Champion (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980); Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974); Defensive Rookie of the Year (1969); First Team All-Pro (1972-74, 1977, 1979); Pro Bowl (1969-76, 1978, 1979).

‘Mean’ Joe Greene was the leader of the "Steel Curtain" Steelers of the 1970s, and was the top defensive lineman of the decade. He played in 181 out of a possible 190 games as a pro, 91 consecutive to start his career. Even though the sack wasn't an official statistic until after Greene retired, he had 77.5 . He had 16 fumble recoveries. He was the fourth pick in the 1969 NFL draft and his selection is often cited as the building block of the Steelers' dynasty of the 1970s.

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Commonly Asked Questions about NFL Top 100

Who was number 1 in the NFL Top 100 Last Year?

K.C. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was voted No. 1 last year. Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rounded out the Top 3.

Who is the top player in the world?

For the fourth time since this list started, Tom Brady was voted as the No. 1 player on this list. Brady threw for 5,316 yards and finished with 43 touchdowns in his 22nd NFL season as he continues to add to his legacy.

How does the voting work for NFL Top 100?

Current NFL players vote on who they think are the top players in the league. 

Who is the Best NFL Player of All Time?

This is subjective, of course, but Jim Brown is widely considered by NFL historians as the league's greatest player. Brown averaged 104.3 rushing yards per game and is the only player in NFL history to average more than 100 rushing yards per game for his career.

Who are the 10 Best NFL Players of All Time?

  1. Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, running back
  2. Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver
  3. Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants, outside linebacker
  4. Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles/Green Bay Packers, defensive end
  5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback
  6. Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers/Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback
  7. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, quarterback
  8. Walter Payton, Chicago Bears, running back
  9. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts/Denver Broncos, quarterback
  10. Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive tackle.
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