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Five Patriots in Fox Sports Top 100

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We went over one man’s Top 50 player rankings last week.

Want a second opinion? Fox Sports’ Pete Schrager took on the task of putting together a list of the 100 best in the NFL, and the Patriots were well represented.

QB Tom Brady, WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker, LB Jerod Mayo and NT Vince Wilfork all made the cut. New England was one of eight teams in the NFL to have as many as five, and the only one in the AFC East to have that many. Here, by number, is how many players each team in the NFL had on the list (Buffalo, Kansas City, Seattle and Tampa Bay came up empty) …

7 — Vikings
6 — Cowboys, Ravens, Colts
5 — Steelers, Falcons, Patriots, Texans
4 — Bears, Bengals, Eagles, Saints, Broncos, Panthers
3 — Cardinals, Dolphins, Redkins, 49ers, Chargers, Jets, Packers
2 — Browns, Titans, Giants
1 — Lions, Jaguars, Rams, Raiders

If there was a mild surprise at the top here, it might be that Brady came up third, behind both Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. And not so much because Brees doesn’t deserve recognition, but more since you don’t see it that often. Here’s how Pete sees it …

100. QB Jay Cutler, Bears
99. WR Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
98. CB Leon Hall, Bengals
97. WR Percy Harvin, Vikings
96. KR/PR/WR Josh Cribbs, Browns
95. DE Trent Cole, Eagles
94. WR Hines Ward, Steelers
93. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
92. S Darren Sharper, Saints
91. G Jahri Evans, Saints

90. RB Cedric Benson, Bengals
89. DT Darnell Dockett, Cardinals
88. OLB Anthony Spencer, Cowboys
87. WR Roddy White, Falcons
86. OT Michael Roos, Titans
85. WR Brandon Marshall, Dolphins
84. MLB Curtis Lofton, Falcons
83. QB Donovan McNabb, Redskins
82. ILB Karlos Dansby, Dolphins
81. TE Vernon Davis, 49ers


80. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
79. TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
78. WR Vincent Jackson, Chargers
77. MLB Jonathan Vilma, Saints
76. NT Vince Wilfork, Patriots
75. WR Miles Austin, Cowboys
74. WR Anquan Boldin, Ravens
73. OLB Brian Cushing, Texans
72. ILB Jerod Mayo, Patriots
71. S Adrian Wilson, Cardinals

70. WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
69. LB Lance Briggs, Bears
68. S Antoine Bethea, Colts
67. RB Frank Gore, 49ers
66. LB Brian Urlacher, Bears
65. OT Jason Peters, Eagles
64. NT Haloti Ngata, Ravens
63. C Nick Mangold, Jets
62. WR Sidney Rice, Vikings
61. S Bob Sanders, Colts

60. S Brian Dawkins, Broncos
59. OLB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
58. ILB London Fletcher, Redskins
57. TE Dallas Clark, Colts
56. DT Albert Haynesworth, Redskins
55. QB Carson Palmer, Bengals
54. WR Wes Welker, Patriots
53. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
52. WR Greg Jennings, Packers
51. OT Jordan Gross, Panthers

50. CB Asante Samuel, Eagles
49. QB Matt Schaub, Texans
48. RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
47. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
46. QB Brett Favre, Vikings
45. ILB David Harris, Jets
44. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
43. MLB DeMeco Ryans, Texans
42. MLB Jon Beason, Panthers
41. OLB James Harrison, Steelers

40. OLB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
39. NT Jay Ratliff, Cowboys
38. QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
37. G Steve Hutchinson, Vikings
36. OT Jake Long, Dolphins
35. WR Reggie Wayne, Colts
34. TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
33. CB Champ Bailey, Broncos
32. RB Ray Rice, Ravens
31. CB Charles Woodson, Packers


30. S Ed Reed, Ravens
29. DT Kevin Williams, Vikings
28. WR Randy Moss, Patriots
27. WR Steve Smith, Panthers
26. DE Mario Williams, Texans
25. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys
24. QB Eli Manning, Giants
23. DE Julius Peppers, Bears
22. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
21. RB Steven Jackson, Rams

20. MLB Ray Lewis, Ravens
19. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
18. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
17. OT Ryan Clady, Broncos
16. WR Andre Johnson, Texans
15. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
14. S Troy Polamalu, Steelers
13. CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders
12. LB Patrick Willis, 49ers
11. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

10. DE Jared Allen, Vikings
9. OLB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
8. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
7. CB Darrelle Revis, Jets
6. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
5. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
4. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
3. QB Tom Brady, Patriots
2. QB Drew Brees, Saints
1. QB Peyton Manning, Colts


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