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PFT’s Top 100: Who’s No. 1?

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Early this summer, PFT polled a panel of NFL media types and asked them to help us compile a list of the Top 100 players in the NFL -- a list that would be, we thought, better than NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players, mostly because we asked members of the media who would actually take the exercise seriously, whereas NFL Network polls players who openly admit that they don’t give the vote much thought.

Now we have our final tally.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tops the list, followed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. We know that Top 5 will generate plenty of debate, especially the part about the league’s reigning MVP coming in fourth. Read through the whole list and tell us your thoughts.

1 Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Packers

2 Tom Brady, quarterback, Patriots

3 J.J. Watt, defensive end, Texans

4 Adrian Peterson, running back, Vikings

5 Calvin Johnson, receiver, Lions

6 Peyton Manning, quarterback, Broncos

7 Drew Brees, quarterback, Saints

8 Von Miller, linebacker, Broncos

9 Geno Atkins, defensive tackle, Bengals

10 Darrelle Revis, cornerback, Buccaneers

11 Patrick Willis, linebacker, 49ers

12 Richard Sherman, cornerback, Seahawks

13 Larry Fitzgerald, receiver, Cardinals

14 DeMarcus Ware, linebacker, Cowboys

15 A.J. Green, receiver, Bengals

16 Eli Manning, quarterback, Giants

17 Matt Ryan, quarterback, Falcons

18 Clay Matthews, linebacker, Packers

19 Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Steelers

20 Aldon Smith, linebacker, 49ers

21 Cameron Wake, defensive end, Dolphins

22 Joe Flacco, quarterback, Ravens

23 Joe Thomas, offensive tackle, Browns

24 Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Ravens

25 Andre Johnson, receiver, Texans

26 Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Patriots

27 Duane Brown, offensive tackle, Texans

28 Justin Smith, defensive end, 49ers

29 Brandon Marshall, receiver, Bears

30 Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Redskins

31 Julio Jones, receiver, Falcons

32 NaVorro Bowman, linebacker, 49ers

33 Arian Foster, running back, Texans

34 Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end, Giants

35 Andrew Luck, quarterback, Colts

36 Ryan Clady, offensive tackle, Broncos

37 Patrick Peterson, cornerback, Cardinals

38 Jimmy Graham, tight end, Saints

39 Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seahawks

40 Jared Allen, defensive end, Vikings

41 Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seahawks

42 Joe Staley, offensive tackle, 49ers

43 Julius Peppers, defensive end, Bears

44 Charles Tillman, cornerback, Bears

45 Vince Wilfork, defensive tackle, Patriots

46 Wes Welker, receiver, Broncos

47 Ray Rice, running back, Ravens

48 Eric Weddle, safety, Chargers

49 Earl Thomas, safety, Seahawks

50 Jamaal Charles, running back, Chiefs

51 Demaryius Thomas, receiver, Broncos

52 Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, 49ers

53 Percy Harvin, receiver, Seahawks

54 Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle, Lions

55 Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers

56 Dez Bryant, receiver, Cowboys

57 Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle, Buccaneers

58 Marshal Yanda, guard, Ravens

59 Roddy White, receiver, Falcons

60 Vincent Jackson, receiver, Buccaneers

61 Daryl Washington, linebacker, Cardinals

62 Jason Witten, tight end, Cowboys

63 Jahri Evans, guard, Saints

64 Mike Iupati, guard, 49ers

65 Jerod Mayo, linebacker, Patriots

66 Terrell Suggs, outside linebacker, Ravens

67 Tony Gonzalez, tight end, Falcons

68 Logan Mankins, guard, Patriots

69 Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Panthers

70 Jairus Byrd, safety, Bills

71 LeSean McCoy, running back, Eagles

72 Troy Polamalu, safety, Steelers

73 Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive end, Jets

74 Maurkice Pouncey, center, Steelers

75 Victor Cruz, receiver, Giants

76 Tony Romo, quarterback, Cowboys

77 Doug Martin, running back, Buccaneers

78 Frank Gore, running back, 49ers

79 Carl Nicks, guard, Buccaneers

80 Maurice Jones-Drew, running back, Jaguars

81 Vernon Davis, tight end, 49ers

82 Evan Mathis, guard, Eagles

83 Alfred Morris, running back, Redskins

84 Joe Haden, cornerback, Browns

85 C.J. Spiller, running back, Bills

86 Calais Campbell, defensive end, Cardinals

87 Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Lions

88 Antonio Cromartie, cornerback, Jets

89 Jason Peters, offensive tackle, Eagles

90 Jordan Gross, offensive tackle, Panthers

91 Mike Pouncey, center, Dolphins

92 Mike Wallace, receiver, Dolphins

93 Reggie Wayne, receiver, Colts

94 Ed Reed, safety, Texans

95 Henry Melton, defensive tackle, Bears

96 Lance Briggs, linebacker, Bears

97 Steve Smith, receiver, Panthers

98 Antoine Winfield, cornerback, Seahawks

99 Max Unger, center, Seahawks

100 Matt Forte, running back, Bears