NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2013' Series Concludes

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June 28th, 2013

 

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NFL NETWORK’S THE TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2013 SERIES CONCLUDES

 

Current NFL Players Ranked Their Peers for Third Consecutive Year

 

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Ranked No. 1 -

Joins Patriots’ Tom Brady (2011) and Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (2012)

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NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2013 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings weekly series concluded Thursday evening when players ranked No. 10 through No. 1 were unveiled. This was the third consecutive year current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL.

 

To view individual segments on players profiled on The Top 100 Players of 2013, visit: nfl.com/top100

 

Provided below are facts and trends for The Top 100 Players of 2013,  three years of the Top 100 series and three years of the top 10 in The Top 100.

 

The Complete Lists:

 

 

The Top 100 Players of 2013 Facts:

 

  • Highlights
  1. Adrian Peterson becomes first non-QB to be ranked No. 1
  2. 44 new players from 2012 list
  3. 36 player make list for the first time
  4. 8 players made the list in 2011, did not make it in 2012, and returned in 2013
  • Antonio Gates, Reggie Wayne, Jamaal Charles, Robert Mathis, Dwayne Bowe, Matt Ryan, Brandon Marshall, and Mario Williams

 

  1. Biggest Debut: J.J. Watt went from unranked to No. 5 overall
  • Highest debut ever
  1. Biggest Jump from 2012: Marshawn Lynch went from No. 94 to No. 24
  2. Biggest Fall from 2012: Maurice Jones-Drew went No. 12 overall to No. 98
  3. Four players have the same rank as 2012
  • Earl Thomas (No. 66), Patrick Willis (No. 10), Tom Brady (No. 4), and Calvin Johnson (No. 3)

 

  • Age and Experience
  1. Players average 6.3 years of NFL experience
  2. Seventy-one (71) players are 30 years of age or younger
  3. Seven rookies made the list
  • Luke Kuechly, Trent Richardson, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III

 

  • NFL Achievement
  1. Combined 33 Super Bowl rings
  2. Fifty-eight (58) players played in the playoffs

 

  • Draft Class
  1. 2010 Draft Class is most represented
  2. Sixty-one (61) first round picks
  3. Eleven (11) players drafted later than 100th overall
  4. Six undrafted players
  • London Fletcher, Antonio Gates, Wes Welker, Cameron Wake, Arian Foster, Victor Cruz

 

The Top 100 Players of 2013 – Top 10 Players facts:

 

  • Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady have made the top 10 in all three years of the series
    • Tom Brady finished No. 1 in 201, No. 4 in 2012, No. 4 in 2013
    • Adrian Peterson finished No. 3 in 2011, No. 8 in 2012 and No. 1 in 2013

 

  • Tom Brady is the only player to be ranked in top 5 all three years

 

  • Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Willis made the top 10 for the second time in three years
    • Peyton Manning finished No. 2 in 201,  No. 50 in 2012, and No. 2 in 2013
    • Calvin Johnson No. 27 in 2011, No. 3 in 2012, and No. 3 in 2013
    • Aaron Rodgers No. 11 in 201, No. 1 in 2012, and No. 6 in 2013
    • Patrick Willis No. 23 in 201, No. 10 in 2012, and No. 10 in 2013

 

  • Calvin Johnson is the only player to be ranked in top 3 in consecutive years (2012 & 2013)

 

  • J.J. Watt, Aldon Smith, Arian Foster and Von Miller mad their first appearance in the top 10
    • J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith were not ranked in 2012 and were rookies entering the 2011 season
    • J.J. Watt finished No. 5 in 2013
    • Aldon Smith finished No. 7 in 2013
    • Arian Foster was ranked No. 25 in both 2011 & 2012 and No. 8 in 2013
    • Von Miller was a rookie entering the 2011 season, ranked No. 52 last year and No. 9 in 2013

 

  • Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith join Ed Reed and Ray Lewis (2011) as the only defensive teammates to make the top 10.

 

 

The Top 100 Players  – Three Year Trends:

  • Thirty-eight (38) Players have made the list all three years:

 

Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Patrick Willis, Drew Brees, DeMarcus Ware, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson, Ed Reed, Joe Flacco, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Thomas, Vince Wilfork, Clay Matthews, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Roddy White, Ndamukong Suh, Jason Witten, Haloti Ngata, Wes Welker, Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey, Julius Peppers, Terrell Suggs, Jared Allen, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Dwight Freeney, Logan Mankins, Lance Briggs, Charles Woodson, Troy Polamalu, and Maurice Jones Drew.

 

  • Break-Down by position

 

Offensive Positions on The Top 100 Series

QB

RB

TE

WR

OL

FB

Total

2011

12

10

5

18

13

1

59

2012

13

15

5

14

10

2

59

2013

14

12

8

18

6

0

58

Total

39

37

18

50

29

3

176

 

Defensive Positions on The Top 100 Series

DL

DE

LB

DB

Total

2011

4

15

11

11

41

2012

3

10

17

11

41

2013

5

8

16

13

42

Total

12

33

44

35

124

 

The Top 100 Players – Top 10 Players Trends:

 

  • The NFL MVP of the previous season has finished No. 1 in each year of The Top 100 Players list
    • Tom Brady in 2011
    • Aaron Rodgers in 2012
    • Adrian Peterson in 2013

 

  • Three quarterbacks have appeared in top 10 each year
    • Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees in 2011
    • Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady in 2012
    • Peyton Manning, Tom Brady,  and Aaron Rodgers in 2013

 

  • Arian Foster is only other running back other than Adrian Peterson to have finished in top 10

 

  • A defensive player has finished among the top 5 in each year
    • Ray Lewis No. 4 in 2011
    • Darrelle Revis No. 5 in 2012
    • J.J. Watt No. 5 in 2013

 

  • Number of defensive Players in the top 10
    • Five in 2011
    • Four in 2012
    • Four in 2013

 

 

The Top 100: Players of 2013list:

 

1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB

2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos, QB

3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions, WR

4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB

5. J.J Watt – Houston Texans, DE

6. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

7. Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers, LB

8. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, R

9. Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB

10. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers, LB

 

11. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

12. DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys, DE

13. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens, RB

14. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR

15. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins, QB

16. AJ Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR

17. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB

18. Ed Reed – Houston Texans/Baltimore Ravens, S

19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB

20. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs, RB

 

21. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts, WR

22. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

23. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts, QB

24. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks, RB

25. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

26. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR

27. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears, WR

28. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, OT

29. Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers, DT

30. Vince Wilfork – New England Patriots, DT

 

31. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

32. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers, RB

33. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB/PR

34. Charles Tillman – Chicago Bears, CB

35. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR/PR

36. Geno Atkins – Cincinnati Bengals, DT

37. NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers, LB

38. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers, TE

39. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons, WR

40. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT

 

41. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE

42. Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens, DT

43. Eli Manning – New York Giants, QB

44. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos/New England Patriots, WR

45. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

46. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

47. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, TE

48. Duane Brown – Houston Texans, OT

49. Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

50. Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks, CB

 

51. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks, QB

52. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

53. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos, CB

54. Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears, DE

55. Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants, DE

56. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB

57. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB

58. Victor Cruz – New York Giants, WR

59. Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

60. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

 

61. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

62. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB

63. Stephen Tulloch – Detroit Lions, LB

64. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins, RB

65. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs, WR

66. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S

67. Darrelle Revis – Tampa Bay Buccaneers/New York Jets, CB

68. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos, WR

69. Tim Jennings – Chicago Bears, CB

70. Chad Greenway – Minnesota Vikings, LB

 

71. Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns, RB

72. Mario Williams – Buffalo Bills, DE

73. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers, TE

74. Robert Mathis – Indianapolis Colts, LB

75. Brandon Flowers – Kansas City Chiefs, CB

76. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB

77. Aaron Hernandez – TE

78. Joe Staley – San Francisco 49ers, OT

79. Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB

80. Dwight Freeney – San Diego Chargers/Indianapolis Colts, DE

 

81. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers, QB

82. Logan Mankins – New England Patriots, G

83. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears, LB

84. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers, WR

85. Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers, CB

86. London Fletcher – Washington Redskins, LB

87. Bernard Pollard – Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens, S

88. Jacoby Jones – Baltimore Ravens, WR

89. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins, DE

90. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks/Minnesota Vikings, WR

 

91. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers, S

92. Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DT

93. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers/Baltimore Ravens, WR

94. Daryl Washington – Arizona Cardinals, LB

95. Max Unger – Seattle Seahawks, G/C

96. Dashon Goldson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers/San Francisco 49ers, S

97. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers, TE

98. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars, RB

99. Trent Williams – Washington Redskins, T

100. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens, TE

 

 

The Top 100: Players of 2012 list:

 

1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions, WR

4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB

5. Darrelle Revis – New York Jets, CB

6. DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys, LB

7. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

8. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB

9. Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens, DT

10. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers, LB

 

11. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB

12. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars, RB

13. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

14. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints, TE

15. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR

16. Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens, S

17. Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers, DE

18. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

19. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers, S

20. Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens, LB

 

21. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

22. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens, RB

23. Wes Welker – New England Patriots, WR

24. Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants, DE

25. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB

26. Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears, DE

27. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

28. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers, RB

29. James Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB

30. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

 

31. Eli Manning – New York Giants, QB

32. Jahri Evans – New Orleans Saints, G

33. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears, RB

34. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

35. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers, WR

36. Charles Woodson – Green Bay Packers, CB

37. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams, RB

38. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT

39. Victor Cruz – New York Giants, WR

40. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

 

41. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB

42. Jason Peters – Philadelphia Eagles, T

43. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers, TE

44. Jason Babin – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

45. Vonta Leach – Baltimore Ravens, FB

46. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos, CB

47. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

48. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears, WR/PR

49. Maurkice Pouncey – Pittsburgh Steelers, C

50. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos, QB

 

51. Brian Urlacher – Chicago Bears, LB

52. Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB

53. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, TE

54. Brian Cushing – Houston Texans, LB

55. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB/PR

56. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers, WR

57. Trent Cole – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

58. Jonathan Vilma – New Orleans Saints, LB

59. Jake Long – Miami Dolphins, T

60. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders, RB

 

61. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, QB

62. Justin Tuck – New York Giants, DE

63. LaMarr Woodley – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB

64. Logan Mankins – New England Patriots, G

65. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons, WR

66. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S

67. Joe Thomas – San Francisco 49ers, T

68. Elvis Dumervil – Denver Broncos, DE

69. Carlos Rogers – San Francisco 49ers, CB

70. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles, QB

 

71. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles, WR

72. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears, LB

73. Johnathan Joseph – Houston Texans, CB

74. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB

75. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE

76. Carl Nicks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, G

77. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR

78. Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

79. Nnamdi Asomugha – Philadelphia Eagles, CB

80. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers, WR

 

81. Vince Wilfork – New England Patriots, DT

82. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, T

83. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills, RB

84. Chris Long – St. Louis Rams, DE

85. NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers, LB

86. Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints, RB

87. London Fletcher – Washington Redskins, LB

88. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons, RB

89. Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis Colts, DE

90. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants, WR

 

91. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys, QB

92. John Kuhn – Green Bay Packers, FB

93. Cortland Finnegan – St. Louis Rams, CB

94. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks, RB

95. Tim Tebow – New York Jets, QB

96. D’Qwell Jackson – Cleveland Browns, LB

97. Donald Penn – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, T

98. Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos, RB

99. Ryan Kalil – Carolina Panthers, C

100. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB

 

 

The Top 100: Players of 2011 list:

 

1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB

2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts, QB

3. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB

4. Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens, LB

5. Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens, S

6. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers, S

7. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR

8. Darrelle Revis – New York Jets, CB

9. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

10. Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears, DE

 

11. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

12. DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys, DE

13. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB

14. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

15. Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis Colts, DE

16. Charles Woodson – Green Bay Packers, CB

17. Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens, DL

18. Nnamdi Asomugha – Oakland Raiders, CB

19. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

20. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles, QB

 

21. James Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB

22. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers, LB

23. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers, LB

24. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons, WR

25. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB

26. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, QB

27. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions, WR

28. Jake Long – Miami Dolphins, LT

29. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles, WR

30. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars, RB

 

31. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts, WR

32. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears, WR/PR

33. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs, RB

34. Jahri Evans – New Orleans Saints, T

35. Vince Wilfork – New England Patriots, NT

36. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE

37. Jonathan Vilma – New Orleans Saints, LB

38. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams, RB

39. Logan Mankins – New England Patriots, T

40. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB

 

41. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

42. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons, RB

43. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, OL

44. Robert Mathis – Indianapolis Colts, DE

45. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs, WR

46. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, TE

47. Nick Mangold – New York Jets, C

48. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos, CB

49. Brian Urlacher – Chicago Bears, LB

50. Wes Welker – New England Patriots, WR

 

51. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT

52. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB

53. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints, WR

54. Asante Samuel – Philadelphia Eagles, CB

55. Carl Nicks – New Orleans, S

56. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens, RB

57. Andre Gurode – Dallas Cowboys, C

58. Brandon Lloyd – Denver Broncos, WR

59. Jeff Saturday – Indianapolis Colts, C

60. Justin Tuck – New York Giants, DE

 

61. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins, WR

62. Jerod Mayo – New England Patriots, LB

63. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins, LB

64. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs, DE

65. Vonta Leach – Houston Texans, FB

66. Richard Seymour – Oakland Raiders, DT

67. Brian Waters – Kansas City Chiefs, G

68. Antrel Rolle – New York Giants, S

69. John Abraham – Atlanta Falcons, DE

70. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys, WR

 

71. Mario Williams – Houston Texans, DE

72. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys, QB

73. Trent Cole – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

74. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers, WR

75. Jay Ratliff – Dallas Cowboys, DE

76. Santonio Holmes- New York Jets, WR

77. Chris Snee – New York Giants, G

78. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts, TE

79. D’Brickashaw Ferguson – New York Jets, T

80. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

 

81. B.J. Raji – Green Bay Packers, DT

82. LaMarr Woodley – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB

83. Mike Williams – Washington Redskins, WR

84. Josh Cribbs – Cleveland Brown, WR

85. Jason Babin – Tennessee Titans, DE

86. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, QB

87. Jordan Gross – Carolina Panthers, T

88. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers, TE

89. Adrian Wilson – Arizona Cardinals, S

90. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB

 

91. Terrell Owens – Cincinnati Bengals, WR

92. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears, LB

93. Eric Berry – Kansas City Chiefs, S

94. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers, RB

95. Jon Beason – Carolina Panthers, LB

96. Nick Collins – Green Bay Packers, S

97. Shaun Phillips – San Diego Chargers, DE

98. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raider, RB

99. Chad Clifton – Green Bay Packers, T

100. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins, QB

 

 

 

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