When the NFL Network polls players for their Top 100 list, every year there are more than a few head-scratchers. Ravens receiver Steve Smith openly ridiculed this year's voting, and in certain instances, he has a point.
But when it came time to unveil the top two players in the NFL for this year's rankings, it seems as though the players got it right. Cam Newton, the near-unanimous MVP of the league in 2015, was given the No. 1 spot, while Tom Brady took home second place.
Brady -- who was on pace for a career year before the Patriots lost multiple offensive starters to injury -- received one MVP vote this year to Newton's 48. Carson Palmer, who didn't make the NFL Network's top 10, also pulled down an MVP vote for his performance in 2015.
The Patriots and Panthers were the only two clubs with two players in the top 10. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski landed at No. 9, and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly landed at No. 7. Others in the top 10 included Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 10), Falcons receiver Julio Jones (No. 8), Packers quarterbackk Aaron Rodgers (No. 6), Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 5), Steelers wideout Antonio Brown (No. 4) and Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt (No. 3).
Both Brady and Gronkowski inched one position closer to the top of the list this year. Brady was named the league's No. 3 player last year. Gronkowski checked in at No. 10 after putting together a First-Team All-Pro campaign in 2014.