Aaron Donald of the Rams Named No. 1 In NFL’s Top 100 Players List, Tom Brady Drops to No. 6

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The Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald leads the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2019

Fellow players including Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, and Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen voted the star defensive tackle in at No. 1. 

Donald, who set a single-season record for a DT with a league-high 20.5 sacks, is the second defensive player in nine years to come out on top of the annual rankings, according to Yahoo Sports

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Donald’s teammate, running back Todd Gurley, round out the top five. 

For the first time ever, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t named as a top-five player by his peers. At No. 6, he’s still one of four Patriots to appear on the list, NBC Boston notes.  

See all of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2019 (in reverse order) below: 

100. Eric Weddle, S, Los Angeles Rams

99. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

98. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

97. Byron Jones, CB, Dallas Cowboys

96. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

95. Kyle Fuller, CB, Chicago Bears

94. Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

93. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

92. Jurrell Casey, DT, Tennessee Titans

91. Andrew Whitworth, OT, Los Angeles Rams

90. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

89. Devin McCourty, S, New England Patriots

88. Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers

87. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

86. Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions

85. Frank Clark, DE, Kansas City Chiefs

84. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns

83. Harrison Smith, S, Minnesota Vikings

82. Bradley Chubb, LB, Denver Broncos

81. Trent Williams, OT, Washington

80. Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

79. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals

78. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

77. Taylor Lewan, OT, Tennessee Titans

76. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

75. Gerald McCoy, DT, Carolina Panthers

74. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Dallas Cowboys

73. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

72. Jason Kelce, C, Philadelphia Eagles

71. C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

70. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

69. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

68. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

67. Dee Ford, DE, San Francisco 49ers

66. Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts

65. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

64. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

63. Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Houston Texans

62. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

61. Jaylon Smith, LB, Dallas Cowboys

60. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

59. Zack Martin, OG, Dallas Cowboys

58. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

57. Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings

56. Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers

55. Xavien Howard, CB, Miami Dolphins

54. Calais Campbell, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

53. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

52. Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys

51. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

50. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

49. Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns

48. Melvin Ingram, DE, Los Angeles Chargers

47. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

46. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals

45. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys

44. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

43. David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers

42. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

41. Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints

40. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles


39. Akiem Hicks, DT, Chicago Bears

38. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

37. Jamal Adams, SS, New York Jets

36. Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs

35. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

34. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

33. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

32. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

31. Derwin James, SS, Los Angeles Chargers

30. Eddie Jackson, FS, Chicago Bears

29. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

28. Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles

27. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis Colts

25. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

24. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

23. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

22. Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots

21. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

20. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

19. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

18. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

17. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

16. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

15. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks

14. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

13. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

12. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

11. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

10. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

9. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

8. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

7. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

6. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

5. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

4. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

3. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears

2. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

1. Aaron Donald, DE, Los Angeles Rams