The TBA Top 40 Players in the NFL

June 01, 2013 | Dwayne Showalter

NFL Network has been releasing its Top 100 Players of 2013 on its channel over the last few weeks.   They’ve made it up to number 41.  You can check out the Nos. 100-41 here.

The list includes Dennis Pita at No. 100, Jacoby Jones at No. 88, and Anquan Boldin at 93.  Haloti Ngata checks in at 42, Terrell Suggs at 56.

If you study the whole list you’ll certainly have issues with the who’s and the wheres.  With 40 to go, i figure it might be fun to take a swing at who remains to be unveiled in the vote which i believe is being done by NFL players but honestly, two Google searches couldn’t validate that and its late. So i’m not sure who is voting.   Anyway, here is my guess at the next 40.

I think these players are locks with my lock value (1-10) listed behind the player.  There are 35 of them.

QBS (8 of them)

Peyton Manning  Den (10) (Voted No. 2)

Tom Brady NE (10) (Voted No. 4)

Aaron Rogers GB (10) (Voted No. 6)

Drew Brees NO (10) (Voted No.11)

Andrew Luck IND (8) (Voted No. 23)

Robert Griffin WAS (9) (Voted No. 15)

Matt Ryan ATL (7) (Voted No. 17)

Joe Flacco BAL (9) (Voted No.19)

RBS (5 of them)

Adrian Peterson MIN (10) (Voted No. 1)

Marshawn Lynch SEA (9) (Voted No. 24)

Arian Foster HOU (10) (Voted No. 8 )

Jamal Charles KC (9) (Voted No. 20)

Ray Rice BAL (9) (Voted No. 13)

WRS (5 of them)

Calvin Johnson DET (10) (Voted No. 3)

Andre Johnson HOU (8) (Voted No. 14)

Brandon Marshall MIA (7) (Voted No. 27)

Larry Fitzgerald ARI (9) (Voted No. 22)

AJ Greene CIN (8) (Voted No. 16)

OL (5 of them)

Marshall Yonda BAL (8)

Ryan Clady DEN (9)

Jahri Evans NO (8)

Mike Iupati SF (8)

Joe Thomas CLE (7) (Voted No. 28)

TE (2 of them)

Rob Gronkowski NE (9) (Voted No. 25)

Vernon Davis SF (8) (Voted No. 38)

DEFENSE (10 of them)

JJ Watt HOU (10) (Voted No.5)

Von Miller DE N (9) (Voted No. 9)

Patrick Peterson ARI (9) (Voted No. 33)

Aldon Smith SF (9) (Voted No. 7)

Geno Atkins CIN (8) (Voted No. 36)

Charles Tillman CHI (7) (Voted No. 34)

Clay Matthews GB (7) (Voted No. 31)

DeMarcus Ware DAL (8) (Voted No. 12)

Jerod Mayo NE (7)

Patrick Willis SF (9) (Voted No. 10)


With 5 spots left, i have 15 wild cards here:

WRS:  Roddy White  ATL (No.39),   Dez Bryant DAL (Voted No. 35),  Torrey Smith BAL,  Mike Wallace MIA.

TE: Jimmy Graham NO

OL:  Maurkice Pouncy PIT,  Joe Staley SF (editors note:  Staley was No. 78)

DEF: Navarro Bowman SF (No.37),  Ahmad Brooks SF,  Justin Smith SF(Voted No. 29) ,  Vince Wilfork NE(Voted No. 30) ,  Jarrius Byrd BUF,  Eric Weddle SD, Ndamukong Suh (No. 40), Trent Cole PHI

Gun to my head for the final 5, I take Bowman, Byrd, Roddy White, Suh and Trent Cole.(VOTED: Suh No. 40, White No. 39, Bowman No. 37)


No Ed Reed (Voted No. 18).  I can’t believe he would be top 40.  But i cant believe Troy Polamalu is rated higher either.  I can’t believe Torrey Smith would be top 40 either but not as good as Dennis Pitta?  No Vonta Leach either.  Fullbacks just don’t get the juices flowing anymore.

In a few weeks, we’ll go back and see how well I did.  Honestly, I’d be happy to get 25 of them.  I’m just a Shmoe sitting behind my laptop.