29The Top 100 NFL players
We’ve syndicated this list, with permission from our sister site Sportsnaut and make judgements on across rankings…
Scroll down to see #100 to #91 from the NFL Top 100
#100. Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy GQ still has a lot to prove. But what he’s done so far early in his career is nothing short of amazing. He’s completed over 67 percent of his passes, throwing 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, and, of course, he’s 7-0 as an NFL starter. Additionally, the 49ers took off like a rocket once he was under center last year.
#99. Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans
The addition of Dion Lewis will help Henry, rather than keep him from excelling in 2018 — they’re two completely different backs and complement one another perfectly. In his first two years, Henry has racked up 1,234 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. Now that he’s the main man, he’ll explode.
#98. Andrew Whitworth, offensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams
One of the biggest reasons the Rams’ offense took off like it did last year is that Whitworth was manning the left tackle spot. The former Cincinnati Bengals veteran played at an All-Pro level, protecting Jared Goff and opening up massive running lanes for Todd Gurley.
#97. Earl Thomas, safety, Seattle Seahawks
Regardless of his nasty contract impasse with Seattle, there’s no doubt that Thomas is one of the NFL’s elite free safeties. He’s the only player in the league since 2010 to tally 25-plus interceptions and 10-plus forced fumbles, and his ability to cover ground on the back end is a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
#96. Christian McCaffrey, running back, Carolina Panthers
Of all the running backs in the NFL, only Le’Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara caught more passes than McCaffrey last year. Now that Norv Turner is calling plays in Carolina, the second-year back could see his workload increase by as much as double from last year. Giddy-up.
#95. Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
One of the reasons Philly won the Super Bowl last year was that the team got outstanding play in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Johnson allowed just one sack all year in 591 pass-blocking snaps, which is just tremendous. Johnson is also an effective run blocker who possesses elite athleticism and is devastating moving in space.
#94. Jordan Howard, running back, Chicago Bears
Constantly overlooked by those in the national media, Howard has done nothing but dominate since earning the full-time starting job as a rookie in 2016. The former fifth-round pick out of Indiana has racked up 2,435 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground the past two years and is one of the league’s best after contact.
#93. Everson Griffen, defensive end, Minnesota Vikings
We recently highlighted Griffen as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. Over the course of the past four seasons, he has tallied 43.5 sacks and is coming off a career-high 13 in 2017, despite dealing with a foot injury in the second half of last season.
#92. Chris Jones, defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs
A converted defensive tackle, Jones is one of the young defensive players we expect to continue ascending into the upper echelon the next few years. During the 2017 season, his second as a pro, he broke out with 6.5 sacks and an interception. He lost 25 pounds this offseason, which should help him stay healthy and accentuate his quickness.
#91. Jason Kelce, center, Philadelphia Eagles
One of the best centers in the NFL, Kelce anchored arguably the best overall offensive line in football last year. Earning First-team All-Pro honors, he helped propel the Eagles to the pinnacle with his steady play and leadership. In particular, Kelce is a devastating run blocker who has a knack for always being in the right position to dominate.
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