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Making a thread dedicated to a list I compiled of the best players in the NFL entering the 2019 season before training camp. I looked at data compiled primarily by the Associated Press, NFL, Pro Football Reference, and Pro Football Focus. In addition to statistical analysis, these rankings were made by recalling back to the games, highlights, and analysis I've personally consumed as a fan of football.

You are encouraged to participate here anytime by sharing your own top 10, 20, 30 or whatever so that we might compare our lists. I've gone through many revisions and changes with specific rankings over the time spent putting everything together.

I don't plan on adding a lot of detailed analysis this time since I think most of the people here will recognize everyone that is included. Any feedback I get would be greatly appreciated. Any rankings you'd like an explanation for I'll try to elaborate on quickly and concisely.

This will be revealed in installments of ten or twenty players at a time. My hope is to generate a little bit of conversation and anticipation so that it makes this whole lead up to training camp season fun.

*I did take into account recent medical history as well as career availability based on games played.

*Unfortunately no specialist positions cracked my top 100. Don't expect to see a kicker, punter, long snapper, or coverage specialist.

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#100 CJ Mosley

Linebacker for the Jets. Newly acquired coming off an All Pro caliber season according to the Associated Press.

#99 Kenny Clark

Interior defensive lineman for the Packers. Reliable against the run and pass. Former first round pick who is bringing a positive return on investment.

#98 Michael Bennett

Defensive end for the Patriots. Comes over in a trade to provide a solid overall pass rush capability on the edge. Scores favorably with PFF.

#97 Jaylon Smith

Outside linebacker on the Cowboys. Overcame a major knee injury before being drafted by the Cowboys. A supremely gifted athlete at the linebacker position with a tenacious pursuit and nasty demeanor on the field.

#96 Justin Houston

Edge defender for the Colts. Newly acquired free agent addition with a great pass rush ability but needs to improve durability.

#95 Le'Veon Bell

Running back for the Jets. In 2017, Bell was regarded as perhaps the best runner in the NFL. Following a yearlong absence, joining a new team, in addition to a history of untimely injuries and suspensions, it is fair to question what should be expected now.

#94 Kawann Short

Defensive lineman for the Panthers. Short plays interior defensive tackle usually however with the length, strength and athleticism to be a 3-4 end. Coming off a Pro Bowl 2018 season.

#93 Kareem Jackson

Cornerback on the Broncos. Capable of switching over to safety but very dependable in coverage one-on-one.

#92 AJ Green

Wide receiver for the Bengals. Talent is sky-high however Green is underachieving statistically due to some nagging injury concerns in recent years. Some question the durability going forward rightfully so.

#91 Yannick Ngakoue

Defensive end on the Jaguars. Productive pass rusher in the middle of a contract dispute.

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#90 Frank Clark

Defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs. Trade acquisition from the Seahawks after contract negotiations failed. More productive rushing the pass although capable of being productive against the run.

#89 Mike Evans

Wide receiver, Buccaneers. A large catch radius allows Evans to remain a productive downfield target in combination with his height and long arms. Evans sets himself apart from most deep threats as a possession receiver at times when needed.

#88 Joey Bosa

Chargers defensive end. Two out of three seasons hampered by injuries lower Bosa's ranking. Durability aside, Bosa often receives double-teams when on the field which opens up lanes for his teammates to pursue. Disappointing playoff appearance against the Patriots last season.

#87 Patrick Peterson

Cardinals cornerback. Technique meets athleticism for the veteran defensive back. A performance enhancing drug suspension will limit Peterson to just twelve possible regular season games in 2019. Trade rumors have surfaced previously leading to questions about the future of Peterson in Arizona as well as his desire to remain on a rebuilding team.

#86 Trey Flowers

Defensive end of the Lions. Reliable presence in all phases of Matt Patricia's defense. Consistently applies pressure to opposing backfields.

#85 Bryce Callahan

Broncos cornerback. After finding success defending the slot on the Bears, Callahan rejoins his former defensive coordinator in Denver where much more success is expected. Top ten cornerback in 2018 by PFF.

#84 Carson Wentz

Quarterback for the Eagles. MVP candidate two seasons ago but injuries have prevented Wentz from growing into a playoff performer.

#83 JuJu Smith-Schuster

Wide receiver on the Steelers. Generally well liked by fans and media for his classy personality on and off the field. One of the best slot receivers in the NFL with more and more opportunities to prove he is the next great receiver in Pittsburgh.

#82 Jalen Ramsey

 Corner on the Jaguars. Elite pass coverage talent but with questionable motive at times has led to a dip in production in run defense in back to back seasons. Expectations are that Ramsey has a bounce back season from good to great again to earn a large contract next off-season.

#81 Baker Mayfield

Quarterback on the Browns. Changed the losing culture with leadership and production to put the Browns in position for the playoffs as a rookie.

#80 Marlon Humphries

#79 Landon Collins

#78 Jamal Adams

#77 Ben Roethlisberger

#76 Damon Harrison

#75 Trent Williams

#74 Kyle Fuller

#73 Deion Jones

#72 Shaq Mason

#71 Akiem Hicks

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#70 DJ Swearinger

#69 Andrew Whitworth

#68 Matt Ryan

#67 Geno Atkins

#66 Joe Staley

#65 Grady Jarrett

#64 Adam Thielan

#63 Jared Goff

#62 Danielle Hunter

#61 Davonte Adams

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#60 Tyron Smith

Left tackle on the Cowboys. Oft-injured but playing through the pain is Smith who offers arguably the best option at his position to any team in the league when healthy.

#59 Chris Harris

Cornerback, Broncos. Defends the slot as well as just about anyone but unlike those other guys, Harris is an All Pro caliber defender outside of the slot as well. Recently restructure his deal to receive a fairer market deal.

#58 Odell Beckham Jr.

Wide receiver on the Browns. Controversial withe New York media, some of the distractions are brought on by himself while many others were less so. Either way, Beckham is without a doubt one of the best receivers in the NFL but injuries have played a part in limiting his durability since entering the league as a rookie.

#57 Calais Campbell

Defensive lineman on the Jaguars. Moved from defensive interior to the edge upon joining the Jaguars a few seasons ago. Campbell is a consummate professional through and through. Still an elite defender up front with a huge impact on the rest of the team.

#56 Cam Newton

Quarterback for the Panthers. Another fairly divisive figure in sports, Newton remains a stable and productive player who amazingly improves each season as a passer while remaining a dangerous runner.

#55 Antonio Brown

Wide receiver on the Raiders. Before quitting on the Steelers amidst a playoff hunt at the end of 2018 and throwing his teammates under the bus publicly repeatedly, Brown was considered a flawless player without a negative impact to consider at all. At least that's what many perceived on the outside looking in. Always a savvy route runner with impeccable coordination, Brown's burners to threaten deep are slowly wearing out which may be one reason why he chose to preserve himself for this off-season when he would inevitably throw a tantrum to land himself with a franchise that would do anything to keep him. Well Raiders, good luck.

#54 Deshaun Watson

Quarterback for the Texans. Amazingly resilient coming off of several end of season torn ACL's since being drafted. A knack for pulling off comebacks and creating amazing plays with his arm and legs. Watson continues to refine his craft and learn with experience which means he should only chart higher in future rankings.

#53 Casey Hayward Jr.

Cornerback on the Chargers. Casey Hayward should probably be credited with helping aid the development of his teammates. Hayward is heralded far and wide by his contemporaries for being one of the most intelligent defensive backs. Hayward thrives and improves those around him by understanding everything that is happening on the football field.

#52 Ryan Kerrigan

Edge defender for the Redskins. Kerrigan is consistently productive year to year. High motor with relentless pursuit and a team leader whose given the Redskins what they needed to build their strong defense the last couple of years.

#51 Zach Ertz

Tight end for the Eagles. Dealt with rotating quarterbacks, struggled with a few nagging injuries early on, but Ertz has emerged from a crowded offense to be one of the most reliable and productive players at his position in the entire league. Proficient as a blocker and reliable as a receiver.

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First player at #100 is a member of the Jets. #99-#91 are on the following teams:

100 Jets

99 Packers

98 Patriots

97 Titans

96 Colts

95 Jets

94 Panthers

93 Broncos

92 Bengals

91 Jaguars

 

Any guesses?

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9 minutes ago, DoleINGout said:

First player at #100 is a member of the Jets. #99-#91 are on the following teams:

100 Jets

99 Packers

98 Patriots

97 Titans

96 Colts

95 Jets

94 Panthers

93 Broncos

92 Bengals

91 Jaguars

 

Any guesses?

CJ Mosely
Davante Adams
Darius Leonard
Sony Michel
Taylor Lewan
Jamal Adams
Christian McCaffery
Bradley Chubb
Joe Mixon
Myles Jack

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2 hours ago, DoleINGout said:

*I did take into account recent medical history as well as career availability based on games played.

And by this I am assuming Wentz won't be on the list. 

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35 minutes ago, Danger said:

And by this I am assuming Wentz won't be on the list. 

Incorrect. He made the cut but would be higher if not for his injury status. Also, expect the injury status of Todd Gurley and the absence of Le'Veon Bell to play a major factor in their rankings.

36 minutes ago, Danger said:

CJ Mosely
Davante Adams
Darius Leonard
Sony Michel
Taylor Lewan
Jamal Adams
Christian McCaffery
Bradley Chubb
Joe Mixon
Myles Jack

I like the idea of turning this into a guessing game!

So far you got #100 correct. CJ Mosley.

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Who is ranked higher, Dak or Wentz?

I'm guessing #94 is Cam.

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2 minutes ago, Thomas5737 said:

Who is ranked higher, Dak or Wentz?

I'm guessing #94 is Cam.

Who says there is a ranking for all of those guys...

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5 hours ago, DoleINGout said:

100 CJ Mosley

99 Mike Daniels

98 Dont'a Hightower

97 Derrick Henry

96 Eric Ebron (if not Ebron then I think it's Ryan Kelly for sure. You don't have to comment on this 2nd guess though. Ebron is official guess)..

95 Leonard Williams (guess would have been same as Danger's)

94 Gerald McCoy

93 Phillip Lindsey

92 Williams Jackson III (guess would have been same as Danger's)

91 AJ Bouye

 

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