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Prisco’s Top 100 NFL Players of 2022: Aaron Donald, new No. 1 as Rams have three of the top 10;  Aaron Rodgers #2

Prisco’s Top 100 NFL Players of 2022: Aaron Donald, new No. 1 as Rams have three of the top 10; Aaron Rodgers #2

Stars win in the NFL. Period.

The Los Angeles Rams showed that last season by winning the Super Bowl. They are certainly a very heavy team, with a lot of money paid to their star players. Of course, they have to do a good job of completing the roster for it to work, which general manager Les Snead has done, but it’s the stars that drive the team.

They also top my 2022 list of the NFL’s Top 100 Players. Not only do the Rams have the No. 1 player on the roster, they have three in the top 10, and none of those are their most expensive quarterback, although Matt Stafford is one of 50 best players.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the No. 1 player on my list this year. This is because he is the best defensive player in the league, in addition to being in the argument to be considered the best of all time. He is clearly the best player in his position, when an argument could be made to everyone else, even the quarterback.

The other Rams players in my top 10 are wide receiver Cooper Kupp at No. 5 and cornerback Jalen Ramsey at No. 10. Kupp showed the football world last year that he is currently the best receiver in the NFL. Ramsey remains a closed corner, who has evolved into a lot more over the past season in a variety of roles in Raheem Morris’ new defense.

Donald being at the top of the list displaces a quarterback from the top spot. That doesn’t mean the top 10 isn’t quarterback-heavy, as usual. In fact, the whole list is heavy because there are a lot of star passers in the league right now.

If you’re wondering which team has the most players, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers with nine in the top 100 — three more than the three teams tied for second with six (Cowboys, Buccaneers and 49ers). The Rams ended up with five, as did the Bills, Bengals, Chiefs and Packers. The Patriots are one of six teams with none in the top 100, joining the Giants, Jets, Texans, Jaguars and Lions.

So dive in and eat it. No one will be happy. That I know. But for anyone willing to kill me for the list, I offer this: give it a try. It’s not easy to do, especially in a league where there are so many good players.

George Kittle

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Alexander Jaire

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Alvin Kamara

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Xavier Howard

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DK Metcalf

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Derwin James

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Kyler Murray

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Minka Fitzpatrick

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HONORABLE MENTION: Penei Sewell, T, Detroit Lions; Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints; Jevon Holland, S, Miami Dolphins; Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns; Shaq Mason, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers; Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins; DJ Player, DT, Cincinnati Bengals; Patrick Surtain II, BC, Denver Broncos; Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders; Kenny Moore, BC, Indianapolis Colts; Tre’Davious White, CB, Buffalo Bills; Marlon Humphrey, BC, Baltimore Ravens; Matt Judon, EDGE, New England Patriots; Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns; Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets; David Andrews, C, New England Patriots; Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles; Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders; Randy Gregory, EDGE, Denver Broncos; Jason Kelce, C, Philadelphia Eagles; Haason Reddick, EDGE, Philadelphia Eagles; Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos; Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints; Tyrann Mathieu, S, New Orleans Saints; Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers; Leonard Williams, DE, New York Giants; Elgton Jenkins, OL, Green Bay Packers; David Bakhtiari, T, Green Bay Packers; Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings; Quandre Diggs, S, Seattle Seahawks; Vita Vea, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Ryan Jensen, C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Adrian Phillips, S, New England Patriots; Harold Landry, EDGE, Tennessee Titans; Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Indianapolis Colts; Matt Ryan, QB, Indianapolis Colts; Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks; Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers; Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders; Cordarrelle, Patterson, RB/WR, Atlanta Falcons; Carlton Davis, BC, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Allen Robinson, WR, Los Angeles Rams; Brandon Scherff, G, Jacksonville Jaguars; Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings; and DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys.

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