As it does every offseason, the NFL Network is ranking the best 100 players in the National Football League regardless of position.
Players rankings are voted by NFL players, coaches and others involved with the top football league in the world. The rankings change on an annual basis and are established by the previous season’s play. Last year’s NFL rankings do not match this year’s the same as this year’s rankings will not match next year’s. The rankings often rise and fall based on the player’s most recent performance. Obviously, the rankings list is quite subjective but it does give fans a good idea of just who the league’s top players are. Two Outsider favorites, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, come in very high on the list.
The top ten rankings were released by the NFL Network just Saturday concluding this year’s list. To the surprise of absolutely no one — this year’s top spot belongs to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“Sometimes we’re not sure he is human,” the social media post from the NFL Network says. “Patrick Mahomes is the number 1 player on the NFL top 100.”
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Patrick Mahomes is an easy selection as the NFL’s top player in 2021 as he’s been dominant since stepping foot on a field. Only 25-years-old, Mahomes has established himself as the best player in the most important position in all of sports. The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the 2017 NFL draft to land their franchise quarterback and he’s done nothing to disappoint. Heading into only his fifth NFL season, Mahomes already has an MVP award and a Super Bowl Ring. Mahomes was sensational again in the 2020 season, putting MVP quality number and leading his team to another Super Bowl appearance. He threw 38 touchdowns to just six interceptions last season and threw for more than 4,700 yards. The Chiefs would fall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the championship game.
Speaking of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their star quarterback also made his way into the top 10 rankings. After another fantastic season, concluding with another Super Bowl title, Tom Brady comes in at number seven on the rankings list. That might seem on the low side for the G.O.A.T. but anyone inside the top 10 is considered to be an elite NFL player.
Last year’s Super Bowl win is Brady’s seventh NFL championship and his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season, Tom Brady threw 40 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions and just under 4,700 passing yards. He also took Super Bowl MVP honors earlier this year after throwing three touchdowns in the big game. Two of those touchdown passes went to his longtime favorite target Rob Gronkowski.
Other quarterbacks joining Mahomes and Brady in the NFL’s top 10 are Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen.