Bleacher Report's NFL 1,000 began in February with our ranking of the top 65 quarterbacks. It culminated last week with the 19th positional breakdown, for running backs. Now, we've mined all the rankings to pull out the top 100 overall scorers in our 100-point system.
The result is this slideshow ranking the top 100 NFL players. Each player is presented with the scores and comments that appeared under his name in the positional articles. This means you'll see different criteria for different players, according to their positions.
Many players are tied in terms of overall score. I have broken any tie to set the ranking according to which player I'd rather have on my team to win a game right now.
One of the key differences between last year's top 100 and this year's is that we have excluded kickers and punters. We did rank them as part of the 2013 NFL 1,000 (here's the kickers slideshow, and here's the punters slideshow) but chose not to include them in the mix of the overall top 100 players.
As expected, the NFL 1,000 rankings inspired a lot of reader comments, many of them challenging our choices. All along, our team was watching film from the 2012 season and trying to stay true to the mission of judging players by the skills they showed in that film—not by their basic statistics, their past achievements or their potential.
With that said, let the debates begin.
All statistics are from Pro Football Focus.