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Executives and coaches audit NFL Rank — Answering eight questions on what we got right and flawed in top 100 rankings


No league sells variety quite just like the NFL.

4-win teams can reach the Super Bowl the next yr (hello, Cincinnati). Late-round picks and undrafted free agents can change into stars in a matter of weeks. And the best coach of a generation can suddenly resolve he doesn’t need an offensive coordinator.

ESPN’s annual NFL rank follows that unpredictable theme.

Once more, our panel of greater than 50 NFL experts has ranked players based on how good they shall be within the 2022 season in comparison with their peers. A few of the results are unsurprising. A certain quarterback from the heartland and game-wrecking defensive tackle from Southern California rank favorably.

However the league has so many good players that inevitably you will wonder how did that guy rank 78th or 82nd … or by no means? The league’s elite group of players stretches well beyond 100 spots.

Just ask the 50-plus executives, coaches, scouts and players we polled over the summer for the top-10 rankings at each position. In that survey, some major talents barely cracked honorable mention status amongst their peers.

To make sense of the newest top 100 — and settle player vs. player debates that will not dissipate any time soon — we asked league personnel some key questions.

Is Tom Brady still a top-20 player?

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