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NFL's Top 10 Players of 2013: Can Tom Brady reclaim the top spot?

Posted by Ben Volin  June 25, 2013 10:14 AM

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Can Tom Brady reclaim the top spot? Or will he continue to slide down the rankings?

Those are the two big questions for Patriots fans when the NFL Network unveils the final installment of the Top 100 Players of 2013 feature this Thursday at 8 p.m.

Brady was No. 1 in 2011, the first year of the show, and fell to No. 4 last year, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Calvin Johnson. And he’s got some stiff competition again this year – here is the top 10, in alphabetical order:

Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB
Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB
Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions, WR
Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos, QB
Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB
Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers, LB
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE
Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers, LB

Given what Adrian Peterson accomplished last year coming off the torn ACL – rushing for 2,097 yards, second-most in NFL history – it’s hard to imagine he won’t be No. 1. And Calvin Johnson, who almost had the first 2,000-yard receiving season in NFL history (1,964), is a good bet for No. 2. Houston’s J.J. Watt also deserves serious consideration for the No. 1 spot – his 20.5 sacks, 25 quarterback hits and 30 pressures were absolutely incredible, especially given that he plays 3-4 defensive end – but these votes are almost always about offensive players.

As for the quarterbacks, Brady might be ranked third behind Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning this year. Brady had more yards, but Rodgers and Manning each had more touchdown passes and higher passer ratings.

In case you were wondering, here’s the Top 10 from 2012:

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Calvin Johnson
4. Tom Brady
5. Darrelle Revis
6. DeMarcus Ware
7. Larry Fitzgerald
8. Adrian Peterson
9. Haloti Ngata
10. Patrick Willis

Here’s the Top 10 from 2011:

1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Adrian Peterson
4. Ray Lewis
5. Ed Reed
6. Troy Polamalu
7. Andre Johnson
8. Darrelle Revis
9. Drew Brees
10. Julius Peppers

And here’s Nos. 100-11 for 2013:

100. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens, TE
99. Trent Williams – Washington Redskins, T
98. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars, RB
97. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers, TE
96. Dashon Goldson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers/San Francisco 49ers, S
95. Max Unger – Seattle Seahawks, G/C
94. Daryl Washington – Arizona Cardinals, LB
93. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers/Baltimore Ravens, WR
92. Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DT
91. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers, S
90. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks/Minnesota Vikings, WR
89. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins, DE
88. Jacoby Jones – Baltimore Ravens, WR
87. Bernard Pollard – Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens, S
86. London Fletcher – Washington Redskins, LB
85. Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers, CB
84. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers, WR
83. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears, LB
82. Logan Mankins – New England Patriots, G
81. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers, QB
80. Dwight Freeney – San Diego Chargers/Indianapolis Colts, DE
79. Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB
78. Joe Staley – San Francisco 49ers, OT
77. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots, TE
76. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB
75. Brandon Flowers – Kansas City Chiefs, CB
74. Robert Mathis – Indianapolis Colts, LB
73. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers, TE
72. Mario Williams – Buffalo Bills, DE
71. Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns, RB
70. Chad Greenway – Minnesota Vikings, LB
69. Tim Jennings – Chicago Bears, CB
68. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos, WR
67. Darrelle Revis – Tampa Bay Buccaneers/New York Jets, CB
66. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S
65. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs, WR
64. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins, RB
63. Stephen Tulloch – Detroit Lions, LB
62. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB
61. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB
60. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings, DE
59. Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs, LB
58. Victor Cruz – New York Giants, WR
57. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DB
56. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB
55. Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants, DE
54. Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears, DE
53. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos, CB
52. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
51. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks, QB
50. Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks, CB
49. Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs, LB
48. Duane Brown – Houston Texans, OT
47. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, TE
46. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
45. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles, RB
44. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos/New England Patriots, WR
43. Eli Manning – New York Giants, QB
42. Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens, DT
41. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE
40. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT
39. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons, WR
38. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers, TE
37. NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers, LB
36. Geno Atkins – Cincinnati Bengals, DT
35. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR/PR
34. Charles Tillman – Chicago Bears, CB
33. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB/PR
32. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers, RB
31. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB
30. Vince Wilfork – New England Patriots, DT
29. Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers, DT
28. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, OT
27. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears, WR
26. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR
25. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE
24. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks, RB
23. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts, QB
22. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR
21. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts, WR
20. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs, RB
19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB
18. Ed Reed – Houston Texans/Baltimore Ravens, S
17. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB
16. AJ Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR
15. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins, QB
14. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR
13. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens, RB
12. DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys, DE
11. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

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