Sep. 11, 2018
NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: MY Top 10
The NFL's Top 100 list, compiled by the players, is heading towards its conclusion. The Top 10 players have been named, and are to be revealed in order tonight (June 25th) at 8:00 ET. Obviously, everyone has an opinion, so this is, without further ado, my list of the top 10. I don't completely agree with the players' list of the Top 10, but this is my order of their top 10.
10. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers - Personally, I don't think Rodgers should be in the Top 10. He only played seven games! Yes, Rodgers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, but he still only played in seven games for the Packers. I don't think that warrants a Top 10 selection.
9. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos - Miller gets by on name value and another double-digit-sack season, but he wasn't good enough in my view to rank No. 2 like last year. He didn't wreck the league the way he did two years ago, and he "only" had 10 sacks.
8. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons - Jones was phenomenal again in 2017, but he was once again overshadowed by Antonio Brown. He put up over 1,200 yards, but only scoring 3 touchdowns hurts his status in my view.
7. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Bell was his old self in 2017, scoring touchdowns and putting up 1,945 total yards. That's Top 10 production, but I don't think he was the top RB in the league.
6. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints - Brees put up gaudy numbers again, but I wouldn't rank him higher because he had a "down" year. He had "only" 4,334 passing yards and 23 scores, but set an all-time record with a 72.0% completion rate. Brees was great, but I think there were five guys ahead that had better years.
5. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams - In 2017, Todd Gurley was the NFL's best back. Gurley had 20 touchdowns and was unquestionably valuable to second year quarterback Jared Goff. He continued his hurdling, playmaking style, and to great effect.
4. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - Well, well. Brown again led the NFL in receiving yards, but what you see off the stat sheet is more impressive. Brown made crazy catches on a weekly basis, with his best-in-the-NFL body control, hands, and route-running leading him to explosive play after explosive play.
3. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams - Donald is the best interior lineman, on either side of the ball, in the league. He's explosive and racks up crazy numbers, yet somehow doesn't have the contract he wants. Nobody can stop Aaron Donald, and as such, he deserves a high ranking.
2. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles - Wentz had a phenomenal year, hitting over 30 TDs in his injury-shortened campaign. He would have run away with MVP, and was playing out of his mind.
1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots - To me, this should be a no-brainer pick. Brady led the league in passing, had over 30 passing touchdowns again, won AP MVP, and threw for 505 yards in the Super Bowl. Brady is the greatest player in the game's history, and nobody was better in 2017.