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Salguero's Top 50 NFL players

There seems to be a lot of listing of NFL talent going around this offseason. The NFL Network is doing it. Pete Prisco over at CBSSports.com is doing it. And soon ProFootballtalk.com will be doing it.

PFT asked me to be one of 50 voters submitting their Top 50 NFL players. I did the exercise this morning and just sent the email.

The way I judge it is by determining a player's current production, his prospects for future production (is he ascending or descending?), his past production over a span of time, his injury status (Darrelle Revis would be higher if he wasn't rehabbing a major knee injury) and then the importance of the position to the team.

Quarterbacks are very important. Receivers are very important. Pass-rushers are very important.

OK, here's my list:

1. Aaron Rodgers.

2. Adrian Peterson.

3. Calvin Johnson.

4. Tom Brady.

5. Peyton Manning.

6. Vincent Jackson.

7. J.J. Watt.

8. Julio Jones.

9. Jared Allen.

10. Von Miller.

11. Ben Roethlisberger.

12. A.J. Green.

13. DeMarcus Ware.

14. Drew Brees.

15. Clay Matthews.

16. Aldon Smith.

17. Larry Fitzgerald.

18. Duane Brown.

19. Joe Flacco.

20. Patrick Willis.

21. Eli Manning.

22. Dez Bryant.

23. Patrick Peterson.

24. Demaryius Thomas.

25. Matt Ryan.

26. Darrelle Revis.

27. Andre Johnson.

28. Reggie Wayne.

29. Steve Smith.

30. Joe Thomas

31. Cam Newton.

32. Logan Mankins.

33. Andrew Luck

34. Vince Wilfork.

35. Robert Griffin III.

36. Jamal Charles.

37. Brandon Marshall.

38. Rob Gronkowski.

39. NaVorro Bowman.

40. Marshawn Lynch.

41. Arian Foster.

42. Julius Peppers.

43. Ryan Clady.

44. Antonio Cromartie.

45. Cameron Wake.

46. London Fletcher.

47. Chris Johnson.

48. Geno Atkins.

49. Tony Romo.

50. Thomas DeCoud.

 The next 10, just because:

51. Anquan Boldin, 52. Russell Okung, 53. Sam Bradford, 54. Richard Sherman, 55. Charles Tillman, 56. Jason Witten, 57. Torrey Smith, 58. Jimmy Graham, 59. Luke Kuechly, 60. Ray Rice.

Omissions?

Hey, I love Ed Reed, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Andy Levitre, Mike Wallace and others. Reed is not the top 15 player he once was. Wilson does it again next year, he's in the top 20. Levitre's a guard and he's young. Wallace would've been a top 50 guy before last season and although he didn't have a bad year, he stats did go down some. He can return with a good year in 2013.

 

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