Ultimate Ranking: The 100 Best Players in the National Football League

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Ultimate Ranking: The 100 Best Players in the National Football League
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By this point, we've all seen the NFL's official top 100 players list, and, of course, we all have our fair share of issues with the list. Whether it's a bias toward the defending Super Bowl champion or a tendency to overrate players based on past production, the list was far from perfect. 

So I made my own list, just like I did last year

For my list, I made a point of rating players based on a combination of their 2013 season and the couple of seasons before. I mostly looked for trends. 

When a dominant running back like Arian Foster struggles through an injury-plagued 2013 season, he still receives the benefit of the doubt in my rankings. After all, he was one of the best backs in the game from 2010 to 2012. The 2013 season was the anomaly, not the norm.

I didn't base my rankings off of projections. I think Jadeveon Clowney is going to be a stud in 2014 and beyond, but he can't make my top 100 when he hasn't played a down in the NFL. The same applies for a player like Chance Warmack, a first-round draft pick in 2013 who struggled as a rookie but will likely be a stud sooner rather than later. 

Finally, I value the quarterback position much more than any other position. Throw in the ridiculous passing totals we've been seeing in recent seasons and you can understand why the top several players on the list are quarterbacks.

Likewise, a dominant guard or center simply will not be ranked higher than an equally dominant tackle. Position matters. 

You get the point. It's not perfect. No rankings list can be. It's all completely subjective. I'm sure the average fan will disagree and think that each player on his team was vastly underrated, but there was no intentional bias in any of my rankings. 

I also added a (+) if a player is clearly going to continue to improve (example: Andrew Luck) and a (-) if a player is still productive but his best years are definitely past him (example: Justin Smith).

The players are ranked as follows. Following each player, I have included last year's ranking in parentheses. 

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