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Ranking The Top 100 Players In The NFL In One Blog #100 - #1

I blogged this in pieces this week. It's a lot to digest, but it's the weekend - let's undo your pants button and unwind! Here are my Top 100 NFL Players for the upcoming 2022 season. I have vetted this complete list with a couple people inside the league with different teams whose jobs it is to evaluate players, so I think this is a pretty good water mark for how the league stacks these their Top 100. 

Note - This list is exempt of any Rookies and other Players that played zero games in 2021 due to either injury or suspensions.

100) EDGE Rashan Gary - Green Bay Packers (2021 Rank: NR)

Gary was a top recruit out of High School but never really lived up to the hype at Michigan. The Packers took him in the 1st round a couple of years ago and he broke out in 2021 with 9.5 sacks in 16 starts. He's got an array of ways to get to the Quarterback and he's a guy who is on the rise. I'm looking for him to be much higher in next year's rankings.

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99) LB Roquan Smith - Chicago Bears (2021 Rank: NR)

Smith has really come into his own the past two seasons and he is definitely one of the elite Linebackers in Football. He's a tackling machine (had 163 last year), which the Bears have been known to produce, but he couples incredible athleticism with tremendous instincts. I mean watch this play and tell me this guy shouldn't be in the Top 100.

98) RB Austin Ekeler - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: NR)

Ekeler is incredible. Everyone has seen him rush it, catch it, and especially score it, something he did 20 times last year. But he's also outstanding picking up free rushers in pass protection.

With the Chargers offense continuing to ascend, there is no reason he can't either.

97) DT Arik Armstead - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: NR)

He's started every single game the past four seasons and gamewrecker on the interior. He can anchor their line against the run while also providing good pressure from the inside.

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96) OG Brandon Scherff - Jacksonville Jaguars (2021 Rank: 56)

Scherff has spent his first seven seasons in Washington and been 5x Pro Bowler and 1x 1st Team All-Pro. He should provide Trevor Lawrence & co. some good stability inside, but can he stay healthy? He hasn't played a full season in the last five years.

95) WR Hunter Renfrow - Las Vegas Raiders (2021 Rank: NR)

His route running, especially around the goalline is a WEAPON. He came into the league as a slot receiver but he's so much looser than the traditional slot WRs we've seen like Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, Brandon Stokley etc. I mean these routes are just unguardable.

I'm really looking forward to seeing him in a Josh McDaniels offense.

94) DT Javon Hargrave - Philadelphia Eagles (2021 Rank: NR)

Hargrave was a MONSTER in 2021 setting career-highs in sacks (7.5), QB hits (18), tackles (63), and TFLs (18) and overtook Fletcher Cox as the Birds' strongest interior defender.

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93) C Ryan Jensen - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: NR)

The Bucs play a vertical, shot based offense that has a lot of longer developing routes. That is only possible with great protection and Ryan Jensen is the stalwart of that Offensive Line. He is nasty, sets the tone, and plays through the whistle. It's no coincidence that after Tom Brady announced his return, Jensen was the first to re-sign in Tampa.

92) WR D.J. Moore - Carolina Panthers (2021 Rank: NR)

D.J. Moore is sneaky really good. You may not draft him high in fantasy because the Panthers QB situation is a mess and he's never scored more than 4 TDs in a single season, but he possesses a lot of what you're looking for in a WR. He's not tall, only 6'0", but he's a thick guy at 210 lbs. and his catch radius is surprising. He has tremendous body control and regularly makes outstanding grabs and then has the speed to run away from you. If he gets an actual QB he's a guy that could be near the top of the league in receiving yards.

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91) TE Mark Andrews - Baltimore Ravens (2021 Rank: NR)

Andrews had a career year with 107 catches for 1,361 yards and 9 TDs in 2021. He was the focal point of the offense and Lamar Jackson's clear go-to-guy. His blocking isn't ideal which is why he's ranked in the 90s, but he's a chain mover who can adjust well on grabs and also has the speed to take it to the house when he's got the rock.

90) OT Dion Dawkins - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: NR)

The Bills are a powerhouse offense and Josh Allen is incredible as is their receiving corps, but a big reason why they're able to operate at such a high level is Allen's blindside usually an afterthought due to Dion Dawkins. He's nimble and powerful and this block below was a candidate for my illustrious Block of the Year.

89) EDGE Brian Burns - Carolina Panthers (2021 Rank: 63)

Burns is a legitimate freak show off the edge. He's so bendy it's wild. But on top of that, he's got MOVES. He had 9.0 sacks last year and could probably be much higher if Carolina actually played more with leads. On a better team he's much higher, but Burns is a guy offense's have to account for every time he's on the field.

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88) WR Chris Godwin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: NR)

There is uncertainty about his injury and if he'll be ready for Week 1. His ranking here is under the assumption he will be ready for Week 1. He plays the 'big slot' role in the Bucs offense which has been popularized by guys like Hines Ward and Larry Fitzgerald. Not only is he super dependable anywhere on the field, but he is PHYSICAL. One of the best blocking WRs in football and he regularly makes big plays a lot bigger.

87) C Corey Linsley - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: 78)

Linsley was a big Free Agent signing last year from Green Bay and he delivered. Justin Herbert didn't have guys blowing through the A Gap and he regularly helped blow holes open for Austin Ekeler.

86) DT Vita Vea - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 89)

This man is just a force of nature. He's 6'4" 347 lbs. and he typically destroys the first blocker and make plays. It literally doesn't matter if the guy across from him is a 1st Team All-Pro, they're going to hit the deck.

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85) LB Demario Davis - New Orleans Saints (2021 Rank: 99)

Demario Davis is a do-it-all Linebacker on an elite defense. He has no real weaknesses in his game. He's a little long in the tooth at age 33, but he's had nine straight seasons of 90+ tackles and had 105+ in five straight. He's a continual Pro Bowl snub, having never made the team, but do let that fool you, he's an incredible player.

84) CB Tre'Davious White - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: 53)

This is tough, but I simply cannot leave him off this list. He tore his ACL in November and there are conflicting reports on his status.

Some say he'll be ready to start the season and some say he'll start the season on IR. Two polar opposites, but assuming he'll be on the field, he's dynamite. He's only going into Year 6, so fully in his Prime. I'm looking for him to continue the stellar play for the Super Bowl contending Bills.

83) RB Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings (2021 Rank: 17)

He is down 66 spots from last year, but he's still young and will be only 27 years old when the season starts. As a pure runner, he doesn't have any equals in the league. His ability to make cuts while going full speed are his super power and hopefully we can see more of it this year. Health has been his bugaboo as he hasn't played a full season in his first five years in the league.

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82) LB Bobby Wagner - Los Angeles Rams (2021 Rank: 55)

He's made eight straight Pro Bowls and set a career high in tackles last year. But his sacks, QB hits, and TFLs were all down last year and the Seahawks let the 32 year old go this offseason. Their trash is another team's treasure and the defending champs get richer. He should anchor an already elite defense with plenty of veteran leadership. And with the Rams in the NFC West, I have a feeling he'll have a little extra something for the Seahawks twice next year.

81) DT Kenny Clark - Green Bay Packers (2021 Rank: NR)

Kenny Clark is an outstanding interior rusher and collapses pockets with ease it seems. But he's also stout against the run. The 2x Pro Bowler is only 26 years old with his arrow firmly pointed up.

80) LB Lavonte David - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 58)

Injuries limited him to 12 games last year in his 10th season, but David continues to make game changing plays. I have an extra close eye on him having broken down the All-22 for every Bucs game since 2015 and he is just a football robot. Always in the perfect spot and always making the right play. This play below led to a missed FG and literally won them the game.

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79) CB Patrick Surtain II - Denver Broncos (2021 Rank: NR)

Patrick Surtain II stepped on an NFL football field last season as a rookie and was already elite. In 15 starts he had 14 pass breakups which was 11th in the league. He also had 4 INTs. But his movement skills are special. He is lockdown city and I have full confidence that within two years we'll be talking about him as the best Cornerback in football

78) S Micah Hyde - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: NR)

Buffalo has a dynamite Safety due with Hyde and Jordan Poyer (more on him later) and both can do it all. Hyde had 5 INTs and 4 TFLs. His instincts are crazy and he can truly play Centerfield. Look at this insane pick vs. Mac Jones.

77) QB Russell Wilson - Denver Broncos (2021 Rank: 15)

Obviously a massive drop for Mr. Unlimited who has made the Pro Bowl in 9 of his 10 seasons. But last year he had the finger injury and threw for the fewest amount of yards of his career. I'm also a bit skeptical of Denver's receiving corps. Courtland Sutton had a tremendous Pro Bowl season in 2019, but the Broncos WRs (Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler) were subpar last year. Can Russ, who is entering a new system with new teammates adapt quickly? We'll see. He still possess incredible mobility and one of the best deep balls in the game, but don't expect him to just be peak Russ immediately in his new Rocky Mountain surroundings.

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76) EDGE Von Miller - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: NR)

Miller wasn't ranked on my list last year as he missed the entire 2020 season due to injury and the form he'd return with was a complete unknown. But after a full year off, he got traded mid-season and still racked up 9.0 sacks and added another 4.0 in the playoffs. He got another ring and now he's off to Buffalo who drafted two young rushers last year in Greg Rousseau and Boogie Basham. Now Miller will come in to provide a shot in the arm and some veteran leadership. I'm looking for big things from the future Hall of Famer in Western New York.

75) S Budda Baker - Arizona Cardinals (2021 Rank: 33)

Baker was my #1 ranked Safety last year and while he didn't perform at the exact same level last year, he's still a Pro Bowl player. At 5'10" 195 lbs., he's undersized, but he's dripping with instincts and will hit you in the mouth.

74) QB Derek Carr - Las Vegas Raiders (2021 Rank: NR)

This may be a surprising ranking, but Derek Carr is a good player. He was a 68.4% completion percentage last year with 28 TDs and 14 INTs. And while I'd like to see those INTs go down, he made plenty of plays with a Receiving Corps that was hot and cold and Hunter Renfrow being his only reliable option (Darren Waller was not good last year). Now with the addition of his college teammate, Davante Adams in the fold and Josh McDaniels at the helm, I think Carr could be a legit (darkhorse) MVP candidate. He's accurate, has a strong arm, throws a great deep ball, is a leader and a good decision maker. Those are the key ingredients in a great Quarterback. Let's see if it can all come together, but I'm betting on yes.

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73) S Kevin Byard - Tennessee Titans (2021 Rank: NR)

At ironman at the position, he hasn't missed a game in his six year career and he's coming off probably his best season. 1st Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler with 5 INTs and 13 passes defensed, he can really play Centerfield. He also has terrific awareness and will punch a ball out if he's got the opportunity.

72) EDGE Shaq Barrett - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 73)

Barrett is still in his prime at age 29 and doesn't have a lot of tread on his tires being a part-time player his first four seasons. He finished with 10.0 sacks last year and 22 QB hits. He gets home regularly and is always looking to swipe the ball out. With JPP no longer with the team, Barrett will be counted on as the guy and I have full faith he'll continue to get it done.

71) WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: 83)

The Chargers could be the best offense in the NFL next year and Allen is clearly their best Receiver. While he doesn't have elite timed speed, the quickness in which he gets in and out of his breaks always has DB scrambling.

70) S Antoine Winfield - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: NR)

Winfield was a 2nd round pick two years ago and garnered immediate attention giving Tyreek Hill the dueces in Super Bowl LV. Winfield followed that up with a Pro Bowl season in Year 2 where he made plays all over the field. Despite his lack of ideal height at 5'9", he can still climb the ladder and make plays when needed.

69) RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints (2021 Rank: 22)

This is a tough one as Kamara may be suspended for a six weeks, but the court case is still seven or so weeks from happening and the NFL hasn't levied any suspension as of yet. If the case gets delayed there is a chance he could avoid suspension, so I can't leave him off the list. On the field, Kamara is a gamebreaker. Not only is he a good runner and pass blocker, but he is a matchup nightmare as a Receiver. To the extent where he does not have any peers at the RB position. Look at how the Saints creates mismatches with him:

68) WR DK Metcalf - Seattle Seahawks (2021 Rank: 37)

Metcalf has a reputation based on his Combine of only being able to run fast in a straight line, but he's so much more than that. He's turned into a good route runner. He was much higher in last year's rankings, but he struggled with Russell Wilson missing some games this past season. Going into 2022 with Drew Lock expected to start at QB can he get back to producing at an elite level?

67) OG Wyatt Teller - Cleveland Browns (2021 Rank: 40)

If you're even tangentially aware of the NFL Film Community, you've certainly come across a Wyatt Teller pancake block when scrolling your twitter timeline. But he's so much more than that. He's an excellent pass protector too. Watch him get beat initially here and still keep his QB clean. Elite recovery.

66) CB Marshon Lattimore - New Orleans Saints (2021 Rank: NR)

Lattimore has been in the league five years and made five Pro Bowls. He continued to prove that he's sticky in coverage and not afraid to tackle as he finished 2021 with career-highs in PBUs (19) and tackles (68).

65) S Derwin James Jr. - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: NR)

After an injury plagued 2019 and missing the entire 2020 season, James returned to Pro Bowl form in 2021 and set a career-high in tackles (118). He's the anchor of the backend of a LOADED Chargers defense in 2022 so hopefully he can stay healthy as they're primed for a huge year in the City of Stars.

64) CB Marlon Humphrey - Baltimore Ravens (2021 Rank: 36)

Humphrey is down 28 spots from last year's list after failing to finish the season with a torn pec. He saw a dip in forced fumbles, which has kind of been his calling card, falling from 8 to just 1 last season, but he's still a lights out player. Probably better than anyone in the league, he executes the 'Peanut Punch' (which he's re-named the 'Fruit Punch') to perfection. I'm expecting him to get back on track in 2022.

63) EDGE Robert Quinn - Chicago Bears (2021 Rank: NR)

Robert Quinn has had a weird career. He's had five double-digit sack seasons but was coming off of a 2.0 sack season in 2020 in his first season with Chicago. He ratcheted that up to 18.5 in 2021 with a monster year, finishing second in the NFL in sacks. He's an incredible speed rusher and really started the jumping cross chop that Aaron Donald has since perfected. Chicago felt so good about him, they were ok dealing Khalil Mack this offseason. Can he continue to produce with all eyes on him in 2022?

62) OG Quenton Nelson - Indianapolis Colts (2021 Rank: 42)

My guy Q has been a mainstay in the Pro Bowl making it each of his first four years in the league. But he failed to be a 1st Team All-Pro last year for the first time. He was hampered by an ankle injury and went on IR for a stretch last year. The expectations are large with a statuesque Matt Ryan now under Center this season and a young stud in the backfield in Jonathan Taylor, but Nelson will surely answer the call. A fun wrinkle from last season was Q scoring TDs last year (although this was unfortunately reversed).

61) WR Terry McLaurin - Washington Commanders (2021 Rank: NR)

Scary Terry just got PAID with a 3-year extension worth up to $71M and he deserved it. Coming out of Ohio State, his route running or speed was never in question, but more his durability. Well he's been plenty durable in the NFL and played all 17 games in 2020. With Carson Wentz at the helm, I'm looking for McLaurin to set a career-high in both receiving yardage and touchdowns this season.

60) C Jordan Poyer - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: NR)

Last year I left Poyer off my Top 100 list. His wife, Rachel Bush took umbrage with that. She had her reasons, which I respect and this year, her husband left no doubt. He's clearly one of the top Safeties in the league after his 5 INT, 3.0 sack, and 8 TFL season and making 1st Team All-Pro in 2021. Poyer proved he can both knock you out and also make plays on the ball and with Hyde (#78 on the list) form the best Safety duo in the league.

59) EDGE Trey Hendrickson - Cincinnati Bengals (2021 Rank: NR)

Hendrickson was one of the few guys the continually cap strapped Saints let walk in Free Agency last season after registering 13.5 sacks for New Orleans in 2020. When he signed a 4-year $60M deal with Cincinnati, the expectation around the league was it was an overpay. But Hendrickson proved he's the real deal with a 14.0 sack season for the AFC Champion Bengals. He's a technician off the EDGE and can beat you in a number of way.

58) CB Darius Slay Jr - Philadelphia Eagles (2021 Rank: NR)

In addition to his normal sticky coverage, he lived up to his nickname "Big Play Slay" with a career-high 3 Defensive Touchdowns in 2021. With a retooled Eagles team looking to make waves this season I'm expecting Slay to continue to play at a very high level.

57) WR CeeDee Lamb - Dallas Cowboys (2021 Rank: NR)

Lamb had a strong rookie season in 2020 with 74 catches for 935 yards and 5 TDs, but he followed that up with an even bigger sophomore season with 79 catches for 1,102 yards and 6 TDs. He's physical and a nightmare with the ball in his hands. With Dallas trading Amari Cooper to Cleveland this off-season, it's Lamb's show in Big D and I'm expecting him to deliver big.

56) EDGE Khalil Mack - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: 11)

Mack dealt with foot injuries in 2021 which was the reason he only played 7 games. But in those 7 games, he had 6.0 sacks. Now he'll get a fresh start with the Chargers and get to play opposite Joey Bosa. All the attention on the other side could lead to a career year and I'm excited to see him bounce back in 2022.

55) OT Ryan Ramczyk - New Orleans Saints (2021 Rank: 86)

The Saints had a difficult year with injuries that led to Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian, and Ian Book all starting at QB. Ramczyk also missed seven games, but when he was on the field, had his cleanest season to date with zero penalties. With either Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton at QB, I am not worried about who is coming off the right side.

54) DT Cam Heyward - Pittsburgh Steelers (2021 Rank: 70)

Cam Heyward is 33 years old but he was a late bloomer. He didn't make a Pro Bowl in his first six years despite being a 1st Round Draft pick, but he's made five straight since then. He's coming off a 10.0 sack, 15 TFL season that also included a whopping 9 passes defensed! In what some people would deem a rebuild, I'm looking for Heyward to continue to ascend in 2022.

53) WR A.J. Brown - Philadelphia Eagles (2021 Rank: 41)

Brown was surprisingly dealt on Draft Night for 1st and 3rd Round Draft Picks and then immediately rewarded with a 4-year $100M deal. When he's on the field, he's capable of carrying an offense, but he's been nicked up in each of his first three seasons. Can he stay healthy in Philly and help Jalen Hurts get to the next level?

52) S Justin Simmons - Denver Broncos (2021 Rank: 64)

Simmons didn't make the Pro Bowl this year but he is without question one of the top Safeties in the game. His instincts and range are outstanding and he continually makes big plays. I'm excited to see him continue to shine in the rough and tumble AFC West.

51) EDGE Cam Jordan - New Orleans Saints (2021 Rank: 97)

I had Cam Jordan #97 on my list last year, but at age 32, he had 5.0 sacks more than the season before finishing 2021 with 12.5. He's very stout against the run and his hand usage is top notch. He is somehow getting better with age.

50) OT Jordan Mailata - Philadelphia Eagles (2021 Rank: NR)

When selecting nominees for my Block of the Year award, I pick four run plays and four pass plays. Mailata set the record for most nominations with three of the eight total nominees. He just splatters dude…regularly. And he got rewarded for it. The former 7th rounder selection got a 4-year $64M extension this offseason.

49) S Minkah Fitzpatrick - Pittsburgh Steelers (2021 Rank: 45)

I have Fitzpatrick ranked as my top Safety. He does it all. He has outstanding instincts, range, and on-ball production. He's also not afraid to stick his nose in a gap and hit you as he finished 2021 with a career-high 124 tackles.

48) CB A.J. Terrell - Atlanta Falcons (2021 Rank: NR)

A.J. Terrell is LIGHTS OUT. He didn't make a Pro Bowl in his second season, but he has outstanding awareness and athleticism. He's a terrific player who is very much on the rise and is already one of the elite players at his position.

47) OT Tyron Smith - Dallas Cowboys (2021 Rank: NR)

After only playing two games in 2020, Tyron Smith was back in double digits with 11 in 2021. He did also return to the Pro Bowl and was in Pro Bowl form immediately as this opening game of the 2021 season on Thursday Night in Tampa he made a statement he had not lost anything. Can he hasn't played a full season in six years, but when he's available, he's flawless.

46) OG Joel Bitonio - Cleveland Browns (2021 Rank: 76)

On the opposite side of the spectrum as Tyron Smith, Bitonio hasn't missed a game in five seasons. He is the outstanding Left Guard for the Browns who is regularly blowing holes open for Nick Chubb. Due to injuries he shuffled around the line but showed off his versatility.

45) DT DeForest Buckner - Indianapolis Colts (2021 Rank: 27)

Buckner has not disappointed since coming over from San Francisco via trade. In 2021 he had 7.0 sacks and 10 TFLs and brings a nastiness to the Colts front that they'd been missing prior to his arrival.

44) RB Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns (2021 Rank: 50)

Chubb has had at least 996 rushing yards and 8 TDs in each of his first four years in the league. With the Browns two headed rushing attack with Chubb and Hunt, they are truly dangerous on the ground.

43) CB Denzel Ward - Cleveland Browns (2021 Rank: 90)

The run on Browns continues with the $100 million dollar man in Denzel Ward. Ward finished 2021 with 3 INTs 10 PBUs and this touchdown. He rewarded for his outstanding play with his 2nd Pro Bowl and a new 5-year $100.5M deal. He is only 25 years old but he's already an elite player at his position.

42) OT Lane Johnson - Philadelphia Eagles (2021 Rank: NR)

The original Block of the Year award winner, Lane Johnson continues to be a freakshow and mainstay on the right side of the Eagles Offensive Line. He is actually of the rare actually ripped Offensive Tackles.

And his strength and athleticism takes center stage as he's agile in pass pro and can move people in the run game.

He also scored his first touchdown this past season with a 5-yard catch.

41) WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 46)

Mike Evans is 6'5" and played last year at 226 lbs. He is a guy that based on that size and strength, cannot really be jammed.

He's really on the same page with Tom Brady. If he's ever singled up without Safety help, the ball is likely going to #13.

40) CB JC Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: NR)

If we're talking JC Jackson, we have to start with ball production, which is outstanding. He led the league with 23 passes defensed in 2021 in addition to being 2nd in the league in interceptions with 8. Phenomenal numbers, but the guy isn't just a stat stuffer, he plays with elite technique and despite being 6'1" 198 lbs., he can choke you out at the line.

39) DT Jonathan Allen - Washington Commanders (2021 Rank: NR)

The former 1st Rounder has really come into his own of late. He's got a combination of freakish strength and good technique which earned him his first trip to the Pro Bowl this year. His 9.0 sacks and 16 QB knockdowns were both career highs. He is the anchor of a very talented front four in Washington.

38) OG Zack Martin - Dallas Cowboys (2021 Rank: 44)

After finishing his 8th season, Martin just earned his 7th Pro Bowl and 5th 1st Team All-Pro. The guy is the actual engine of the Cowboys Offensive Line. While guys like Quenton Nelson or Wyatt Teller may garner more headlines for massive pancakes, Martin is the best Guard in football.

37) CB Xavien Howard - Miami Dolphins (2021 Rank: 25)

Xavien Howard had a down year, there is no getting around that. Coming off an insane 10 INTs 20 PBUs season in 2020, he finished 2021 with 5 INTs and 16 PBUs, which are also insane numbers. Howard has the instincts you'd want in a Cornerback mixed with the athleticism to actually carry out all of that football intelligence.

36) RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans (2021 Rank: 7)

Derrick Henry only averaged 6.6 less rushing yards per game in 2021 than he did in his Offensive Player of the Year campaign in 2020. But unfortunately, he succumb to the injury bug and missed 9 games due to a foot injury. He returned for the playoffs, but didn't seem to have the same pop. When he is on the field he is an absolute game changer as evident by his #7 overall ranking last year. If he can stay healthy this season, he'll be back there on next year's list. But based on his age (28) and career carries (over 1,400), that is no lock.

35) LB Fred Warner - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: 23)

This guy is dripping with instincts and he's got the athleticism to make things happen. Warner is an elite coverage Linebacker, but can also dole out the big hits. In the play below, he reads and reacts so quickly and winds up getting a critical TFL on a 3rd down. And this is just one of many plays I could have shown.

34) EDGE Matt Judon - New England Patriots (2021 Rank: NR)

Before T.J. Watt ended up breaking the single season sack record, I was lobbying for Matt Judon for Defensive Player of the Year for a bit. The guy was incredible in his first year in Foxboro nothing a career high 12.5 sacks. He's got a great get-off and underrated power combined with good technique. He can just straight up splatter guys.

33) QB Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens (2021 Rank: 24)

He didn't win MVP again, but he is still a terrific player. The play below is the perfect example of what Defensive Coordinators have to game plan for. Lamar drops back, everything is going great, rush is starting to get home, eligible Receivers are covered, and he just scoots away and makes a play. What can you really do??

32) TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: 20)

George Kittle is the heartbeat of the 49ers and one of the toughest guys in the league. He is an elite blocker at the position and can be used a lot as that which is why his numbers aren't always best in class. But as a Receiver, he's a nightmare too, because when he gets the ball in his hands, he is hell on wheels trying to bring down.

31) WR Justin Jefferson - Minnesota Vikings (2021 Rank: 52)

Justin Jefferson is a technician. His release and footwork are just incredible. He does have average size for the position, but he can go get balls with his athleticism. With just two years in the NFL he's already over 3,000 receiving yards and has 17 TDs. How much higher can he climb??

30) DT Chris Jones - Kansas City Chiefs (2021 Rank: 21)

When Patrick Mahomes new contract came out, it was revealed that he took less so the team could sign Jones, who was also due for a new deal. That was a great decision as Jones is an elite player at his position. A position which changed last year with him playing some Defensive End. But wherever you stuck him, he would be sure to make plays as he finished with 9.0 sacks and made his third straight Pro Bowl.

29) OT Rashawn Slater - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: NR)

This guy was a rookie last year and he is already one of the best Offensive Tackles in football. While he isn't a 'body beautiful' type guy, he just has incredible footwork, strength, and technique so that he's able to handle even the most advanced rushers.

28) EDGE Maxx Crosby - Las Vegas Raiders (2021 Rank: NR)

Maxx Crosby is one of my favorite players to watch. He is just so frisky! He finished the year with only 8.0 sacks, but he led the league in QB Knockdowns with 19. The point is, Crosby was always a disruptive force on the D-Line. The guy is fast too…

And when I say fast I mean FAST!

27) QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys (2021 Rank: 74)

Dak came into the year with questions about his shoulder and if he'd be able to play and perform at a winning level. All he did was throw for 4,449 yards 37 TDs and 10 INTs with 69% accuracy. Pretty good and I think his arrow is still pointing up.

26) DT Jeffery Simmons - Tennessee Titans (2021 Rank: NR)

This man is a menace. Titans GM Jon Robinson took a gamble on drafting an injured player in Round 1 in 2020, but it has really paid off with Simmons. An absolute force against the run while also registering a career high 8.5 sacks in 2021 netted him his first of likely many Pro Bowl appearances.

25) LB Darius Leonard - Indianapolis Colts (2021 Rank: 72)

The Maniac! Another one of my favorite guys in the league just took his game to another level in 2021 leading the league with 8 forced fumbles. In addition to his insane tackle numbers, the guy is punching the ball out too! I'm looking forward to continuing to watch him grow in this new Colts defense which will be without Matt Eberflus.

24) OT Tristan Wirfs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 62)

Tristan Wirfs is just a wall on Tom Brady's right side. He's listed at 6'5" 320 lbs., but recently said that he was playing around 345 lbs. which is insane size. But in addition to that freakish size and strength, he's got great technique which makes him so hard to get around. He ended up getting hurt on the first series of the Playoffs vs. Philadelphia and the drop-off was palpable. He is their most consistent performer on the O-Line and his return to health will be imperative for the Buccaneers success.

23) EDGE Joey Bosa - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: 35)

The Big Bear is going to be eating a lot this season, opposite Khalil Mack in a pass rush created in Madden. He is very strong and plays with heavy hands, which is a deadly combination with his technique. He could be even higher next year.

PSA: Do not try and block him with a Fullback.

22) WR Stefon Diggs - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: 12)

The top pass catcher for the AFC's top scoring offense, Stefon Diggs is a crafty route runner with an excellent release. He had a lot of top Cornerbacks running in circles last season.

21) QB Justin Herbert - Los Angeles Chargers (2021 Rank: 84)

At 6'6" 237 lbs. with a rocket arm and wheels he is built like a create-a-player in Madden. He looked like it on the field a lot in his first two years with 69 TDs to just 25 INTs. The Chargers are going all-in with Herbert still on his rookie deal with the signings of Khalil Mack and JC Jackson, so the aggressive, Brandon Staley-led Chargers have a legit shot to hoist a trophy this season.

20) TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs (2021 Rank: 5)

Kelce didn't put up the best in class stats for the Tight End position, but he did finish with 92 grabs for 1,125 yards and 9 TDs which is absolutely nothing to sneeze at. He did just takeover games, like this Thursday Night affair against the Chargers. Not to mention that shootout vs. the Bills in the Divisional Round. With Tyreek Hill now in Miami, this leaves more room for Kelce to put up mind blowing numbers. I'm buying more of his stock, which is already very high going into 2022.

19) WR Davante Adams - Las Vegas Raiders (2021 Rank: 9)

Adams got out of Green Bay and reunites with his old college teammate Derek Carr. Adams was arguably the top WR in football the past few years, can he move from an MVP in Aaron Rodgers to Carr and see little to no drop-off? What we do know is those two have chemistry already…

18) EDGE Nick Bosa - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: 29)

The knock on Nick Bosa has always been durability. After playing just two games in 2020, Bosa played all 17 and put up 15.5 sacks and 21 TFLs. He is a game wrecker off the edge and is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

17) WR Deebo Samuel - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: NR)

We're assuming he stays on the 49ers because that is the best case for Deebo situation-wise. It's a run-first offense that caters to his exact skill set. Kyle Shanahan & co. really used him perfectly last year as Deebo can be a tough run-after-catch Receiver, but also run the ball out of the backfield. He finished with 77 grabs for 1,405 receiving yards while running it at a 6.2 yards per carry clip on 59 carries. He also knows how to put it in the paint with 14 total TDs.

16) QB Matthew Stafford - Los Angeles Rams (2021 Rank: 67)

Hard to deny the guy's greatness with a ring on his finger. Matthew Stafford was all potential with last year's ranking, but being married to Sean McVay and that offense was the perfect fit for the original no-look QB.

And when he actually is looking at his target…good luck!

15) RB Jonathan Taylor - Indianapolis Colts (2021 Rank: 88)

Taylor rushed for 1,811 yards at a 5.5 yards per carry clip. He was also a scoring machine with 18 TDs. His size, strength, and breakaway speed make him so dangerous. He's so young, I'm expecting him to continue to climb.

14) WR Ja'Marr Chase - Cincinnati Bengals (2021 Rank: NR)

So I think the Bengals made the right move to go with Ja'Marr Chase over Penei Sewell. Chase put on a rookie season the likes of which we've never seen before. 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 TDs. He also put up another 25 catches for 368 yards and 1 TD in that magical playoff run. He's Joe Burrow's guy so there is no reason to think he won't continue to be a monster for years to come.

13) CB Jalen Ramsey - Los Angeles Rams (2021 Rank: 16)

Ramsey made his 2nd straight 1st Team All-Pro for the Rams out at Corner. That team has built their foundation around Ramsey and Aaron Donald and it obviously paid off a few months ago with a Super Bowl Championship. Ramsey can do it all at Corner and regularly takes out his assignment, no matter how good they are.

He's also got pretty good ball skills are you can see here…

12) QB Joe Burrow - Cincinnati Bengals (2021 Rank: NR)

Going into the year Joe Burrow's knee was a topic of concern. After that incredible year which led to a Super Bowl appearance, nobody is questioning Joe Cool anymore. He finished 2021 with 4,611 yards passing with 34 TDs to just 14 INTs. He showed up when it counted in the Playoffs and Joey B is a guy I wouldn't want to be against anytime in the near future.

11) WR Tyreek Hill - Miami Dolphins (2021 Rank: 14)

I know he's not with Patrick Mahomes anymore, but he is just a gamechanging Receiver. And no matter what team he suits up for, his speed and elusiveness travel. I am interested to see what this Dolphins offense looks like with two undersized speedsters in Hill and Jaylen Waddle, but I do know that Hill is going to draw a lot of attention. And based on previous history, he'll still put up big numbers.

10) EDGE Myles Garrett - Cleveland Browns (2021 Rank: 18)

The guy is a monster. He's 6'4" 272 lbs., fast with long arms, just the ideal body for an EDGE rusher. He's a looks like Tarzan, plays like Tarzan type guy. He finished the year 3rd in the league with 16.0 sacks and 2nd in the league with 17 QB Knockdowns.

He does everything well from hand placement, to having the right about of bend. He can convert speed to power and just straight up run through you. Garrett made his 2nd straight Pro Bowl and 2nd straight 1 Team All-Pro. He's everything you hope for when you take an EDGE Rusher 1st overall.

9) OT Trent Williams - San Francisco 49ers (2021 Rank: 8)

The man who just became the first ever Offensive Lineman to be a 99 overall in Madden! He is an absolute LOAD in the run game and is a regular nominee for my Block of the Year award, including this nominee from last season:

But he's also a stud in pass pro too. For a guy that is his size, being put in motion should be illegal!

8) LB Micah Parsons - Dallas Cowboys (2021 Rank: NR)

My 8th ranked player after his rookie season - insane! Micah Parsons took the league by storm. I tried to tell you all…

Parsons is such a freak show because he not only an incredible pass rusher, using his other worldly speed and strength to dominate bigger, slower Lineman, but he is great in coverage too!

Not only do we see him take on a switch designed to attack him, but he has the speed to recover and beat the opposing team's #1 Receiver to the spot. He is an incredible player that I like to win Defensive Player of the Year this coming season.

7) WR Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams (2021 Rank: 81)

We tried to tell you before last season that Kupp is the real deal. Both Mintzy & I were the only fantasy analysts on record to question why people were ranking Robert Woods over his teammate Cooper Kupp. With the addition of Matthew Stafford, it didn't make sense.

And boy did Kupp deliver. 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 TDs and NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The dude is just nasty. Sean McVay does a nice job moving him around so make it harder for the defense to key on him, but his route running is just phenomenal.

And you think slot Receiver and picture a smaller guy like a Wes Welker or Julian Edelman, but Kupp has good size and is solidly built at 6'2" 208 lbs. The guy was clutch time after time this season, including the playoffs. Especially in the play that absolutely broke my heart.

But you can't help to respect the guy. My top non-QB Offensive Player on the list.

6) EDGE T.J. Watt - Pittsburgh Steelers (2021 Rank: 6)

T.J. Watt has increased his sack total in each of his first five seasons. It'll be tough to do next season as Watt just set the single season sack record with 22.5. And I don't want to hear any of this 17 game season stuff, because the guy only played in 15 games!

Watt can play both the run and the pass and his instincts are top notch which leads him to make game changing plays like this:

5) QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers (2021 Rank: 2)

Rodgers is the reigning MVP. Coming off a season in which he threw 37 TDs to just 4 INTs Rodgers still has the juice at age 38. He's still mobile enough to buy some time and his arm is as strong as ever.

If you couldn't tell by those gaudy numbers, Rodgers is wildly accurate. But with his top target, Davante Adams now gone, I'm expecting some fall off.

4) QB Tom Brady - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 Rank: 1)

While he's not #1 this year, TB12 didn't really see a drop off last year in season 22. He even posted a career high with 5,316 passing yards to go along with 43 TDs to just 12 INTs. When he signed in Tampa, the concern was his arm strength was starting to go. But having broken down his tape for each throw as a Buccaneer, that sure hasn't been the case yet!

And we all know Tom Brady can carve teams up from the pocket which his football intelligence, arm strength, and accuracy, but this year we saw a mobile Brady scrambling for some nice runs!

3) QB Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs (2021 Rank: 3)

Speaking of scrambling, Patrick Mahomes is elite at scrambling to buy time to either throw it down field or just take off and run. He ran the Bills defense tired last year in the playoffs:

But much like Aaron Rodgers, Mahomes will now be without his top Wideout as Tyreek Hill has been dealt to Miami. Will Andy Reid & co. be able to replicate some of his on-field speed with other lesser experienced players?

2) QB Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills (2021 Rank: 10)

Josh Allen may have lost to Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs, but in reality, he just ran out of time. The overtime rules are changed and I'm giving him the credit he deserves and ranking him as my #2 overall player and top Offensive player. He's continued to grow to the point where mentally he's able to really maximize his physical gifts.

He will unfortunately be without his Offensive Coordinator in Brian Daboll who is coaching the Giants now, but the offense will remain in tact with former QB Coach Ken Dorsey taking over the playcalling duties. The Bills are built to win now and with Allen under center, they have a real shot to.

1) DT Aaron Donald - Los Angeles Rams (2021 Rank: 4)

He didn't win Defensive Player of the Year again, but I think he'll take his other trophy. Donald was a terror in the Super Bowl with 2.0 sacks and made the game clinching play on this 4th down with Cincinnati driving down to try and win it.

He's so good both against the run and pass that he's actually unguardable and regularly sees 2-3 people responsible for blocking him on a single play. Yet he still finished with 12.5 sacks and 10 QB Knockdowns last year.

He was always known as a game wrecker and someone that could singlehandedly collapse an Offense, but now he will forever be remembered as being a Champion. Aaron Donald is my #1 player in the NFL.

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