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Default ProFootballFocus' Top 101 Players in the NFL

Not sure I agree with the ordering of many of these players, but it at least is not the joke the NFL Network's list is -- and it's done by guys who watch & grade every game.

Certainly challenges conventional wisdom, but you have to go to the linked article and backtrack to the rankings to read why they ended up where the did.

ProFootballFocus' Top 101 Players in the NFL
Every year the PFF team gets together, and every year there is mayhem.

Getting six individuals to put together an inherently subjective list of the top 101 players in the NFL in 2012 is a grueling process, but once again we’ve reached our destination.

Now some things are pretty important in understanding the criteria for the list;

- This is based solely on 2012 play. Nothing that happened in years previous was accounted for.

- This is created with an “all-positions created equal” mantra, so it asks for a leap of faith that you assume a guard is an important as a quarterback (there are some exceptions here with more situational roles not quite as equal).

1. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
3. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
4. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
5. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
6. Evan Mathis, OG, Philadelphia Eagles
7. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
8. Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins
9. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
10. Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers

11. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
12. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
13. Duane Brown, LT, Houston Texans
14. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets
15. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers
16. Joe Staley, LT, San Francisco 49ers
17. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
18. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
19. Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears
20. Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
22. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills
23. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
24. Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers
25. Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills
26. John Sullivan, C, Minnesota Vikings
27. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. Devin McCourty, DB, New England Patriots
29. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals
30. Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

31. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
32. Marshal Yanda, RG, Baltimore Ravens
33. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets
34. Joe Thomas, LT, Cleveland Browns
35. Max Unger, C, Seattle Seahawks
36. Casey Hayward, CB, Green Bay Packers
37. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
38. Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
39. Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
40. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

41. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
42. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
43. Jerod Mayo, LB, New England Patriots
44. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
45. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
46. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
47. Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos
48. Reshad Jones, S, Miami Dolphins
49. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
50. Alex Boone, RG, San Francisco 49ers

51. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings
52. Michael Roos, LT, Tennessee Titans
53. Mike Iupati, LG, San Francisco 49ers
54. Sebastian Vollmer, RT, New England Patriots
55. Russell Okung, LT, Seattle Seahawks
56. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
57. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers
58. Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings
59. NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers
60. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions

61. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks
62. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
63. Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
64. Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos
65. Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans
66. Anthony Spencer, OLB, Dallas Cowboys
67. Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
68. Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions
69. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers
70. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

71. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
72. Antonio Smith, DE, Houston Texans
73. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
74. Daryl Washington, LB, Arizona Cardinals
75. Tarrell Brown, CB, San Francisco 49ers
76. Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
77. Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas Cowboys
78. Brandon Moore, RG, New York Jets
79. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
80. Anthony Davis, RT, San Francisco 49ers

81. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
82. Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
83. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
84. Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears
85. Will Beatty, LT, New York Giants
86. Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers
87. Justin Smith, DE, San Francisco 49ers
88. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
89. Lawrence Timmons, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
90. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

91. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
92. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
93. Sam Shields, CB, Green Bay Packers
94. Jared Veldheer, LT, Oakland Raiders
95. Jurrell Casey, DT, Tennessee Titans
96. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
97. T.J. Ward, S, Cleveland Browns
98. Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
99. Reggie Nelson, S, Cincinnati Bengals
100. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
101. Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings
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