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Who is the best NFL player in 2022? Sportsnauts NFL top 100 player rankings examine the most-talented and entertaining players in the National Football League. From future Hall of Famers to young NFL players on the rise to stardom, the list captures many of the biggest names.

There will be surprises along the way. The greatest quarterback in NFL history isnt No. 1. Meanwhile, a handful of players from the 2021 NFL Draft proved so much as rookies that they earned prominent spots in the NFL top 100 list with solid starts to the 2022 campaign.

Let us know what you think of our NFL top 100 player rankings. Updates will be provided on a semi-weekly basis throughout the 2022 NFL season. Lets dive into the list.

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There are some stark differences between Sportsnauts NFL top 100 players list and what the NFL itself revealed. As former Pro Bowloffensive tackle Andrew Whitworthnotes, though, the NFL top 100 players list is largely fraudulent. Very few players take the top-20 ballot seriously, often putting all their teammates or friends down. Let that shape your evaluation when comparing the two lists.

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A second-round pick back in 2018, Sutton jumped on to the scene his first two NFL seasons catching 114 passes for 1,816 yards and 10 touchdowns. The torn ACL he suffered one game into the 2020 campaign impacted Sutton big time over the next two seasons. Hes now back playing at the level of his old self with 24 receptions for 343 yards through four games in 2022.

Despite being the center ofNFLs latest concussion scandal, Tua opened the 2022 season on fire. In the process, he quieted skeptics big time. That included a six-touchdown performance in an historic comeback win over theBaltimore Ravens in Week 2. Hes completing 70% of his passes with eight touchdowns and three interceptions for a league-best 109.9 QB rating in 2022. We just hope this former Alabama star can get back on the field here soon.

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A first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2021, Darrisaw started 10 games as a rookie last season. He didnt necessarily stand out too much. Its what weve seen from the Virginia Tech product in 2022 that has people opening their eyes. Leading an offensive line that has seenKirk Cousinssacked just seven times in four games, Darrisaw has not committed a penalty or allowed a sack in four games. He certainly looks like a franchise blindside protector and makes his first appearance in Sportsnauts list of the best NFL players.

Washington received some flack for exhausting a top-20 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on a linebacker when it had needs elsewhere. Through 20 career games, Davis has proven the skeptics wrong. Hes allowed just eight catches on 15 targets while missing a mere one tackle in 202 defensive snaps this season and is one of the few bright spots for a struggling Commanders team.

Chicago has very few potential franchise cornerstones. But we must count this rookie second-round pick from Penn State among them. Brisker stood out in coverage during his days with the Nittany Lions and was getting first-round play leading up to the draft. From the preseason on, hes shown why. Thus far as a rookie,Brisker has given up a 28.6% completion mark and 39.6 QB ratingwhen targeted. Opposing signal callers have thrown for all of 34 yards in the 14 targets that have come his way. Thats insane.

We hailed Reddick as anunderrated free-agent signing this past March. Now starring for the undefeated Eagles, hes proven why. The former top-13 pick of the Arizona Cardinals is finally playing his more natural pass-rush role. Its led to Reddick racking up 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three quarterback hits through just four games. He also earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.

No one expected Sanders to be on any list focusing on the NFL top 100 this season. But here we are. Hes absolutely dominating for the undefeated Eagles, accumulating 356 rushing yards and three touchdowns at a clip of 4.9 yards per rush through four weeks. What a way to start your contract year, Mr. Sanders.

Prior to a recent injury, St. Brown was on an historic tear. That included matching the NFL record for the most consecutive games with at least eight receptions (eight). The former USC star has put up 113 receptions for 1,165 yards while catching an absurd 74% of his targets through 20 career games. That seems pretty good.

Bothered by his contract situation in 2021, Jessie Bates didnt play up to his usual standard. With that said, he showed some of his elite form during the playoff run. Ultimately, the 2022 season will really determine whether Bates drops off the NFL top 100 players list or moves up. Thus far, hes dropped down a tad after yielding a 75% completion mark and 103.1 QB rating through four games.

Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt were about the only positives on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense last year. The 295-pound defensive lineman recorded 46 stops and 61 total pressures, serving as a brick wall against the run and causing destruction as a pass rusher. That has not been the case in his Age-33 season with Heyward having recorded two QB hits and one sack in four games.

Versatility is a unique skill for offensive linemen. Michael Onwenu, the New England Patriots sixth-round pick in 2020, brings that to the table. He lined up at both guard spots and right tackle in 2021, while also serving as a third tackle on the field. Oh, hes also a freight train as a run blocker. Thus far this season, PFF grades him out as thesecond-best pass-blocking guardin the NFL. Thats impressive.

New England Patriots schedule: Must win coming Week 14 against the lowly Cardinals89. Talanoa Hufanga, safety, San Francisco 49ersKyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hufanga has come out of nowhere to become one of the elite safeties in the NFL. A fifth-round pick out of USC back in 2021, hes a playmaker in the truest sense of the word. Matthew Stafford found that out when the young defensive backsealed a Week 4 win over the Los Angeles Rams with a pick-six. Through four weeks, Hufanga is Pro Football Focuses second-ranked safety. Hes racked up four passes defended, four tackles for loss and two interceptions while yielding a 38.1 QB rating when targeted. Yeah, this kid is good.

On a defensive line with plenty of big names, Jonathan Allen slides under the radar. Incredibly, per Pro Football Focus, he ranks fourth among all defensive tackles in quarterback pressures (114) since 2020. Its obvious why the Washington Commanders didnt hesitate on signing that$72 million extension.

The most important job for a left tackle is protecting the quarterback. Its precisely why, despite being in a rebuild, the Houston Texans are keeping Laremy Tunsil. While he might not be the most reliable run blocker, its the ability to keepDavis Millsjersey clean that makes Tunsil invaluable to Houston.

The Los Angeles Rams have needed a dependable linebacker on the inside for years, Bobby Wagner fills the void. Age is catching up to him some, taking away some of his athleticism and limiting his effectiveness in coverage. With that acknowledged, the instincts and leadership are still there. Hes proven this through four games with Los Angeles, putting up two sacks and yielding just 41 yards on seven pass targets.

Los Angeles Rams star Bobby Wagner levels a fan on the field during Monday Night Football85. Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Los Angeles RamsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At times,Matthew Staffordlooks like the No. 1 quarterback in football. Then youll see dumbfounding decisions that result in interceptions,especially pick-sixes. The good far outweighed the bad up until recently. Stafford leads the NFL in interceptions with six this season and has tallied 14 picks compared to 12 touchdowns over his past eight regular-season stats. He drops dramatically in our updated NFL top 100 list.

Dalvin Cook is starting to miss more time with injuries, partially a product of the hits he takes and his running style. When Cook isnt banged up or on the sideline, he is an electric runner who is equally capable of turning a screen into 30-plus yards. As Minnesota shifts to a more pass-oriented offense, it should bode well for Cooks durability and efficiency.

An underrated free-agent signing of San Francisco this past spring, Ward showed signs of greatness during his time in Kansas City. The question was whether hed ever become a true shutdown guy. That looks to be the case in DeMeco Ryans defense with Ward having given up a 45.5% completion mark and 38.3 QB rating in four games. Hes also allowed just 91 yards on 22 targets.

CeeDee Lamb could be a lot higher on this list by December. The Dallas Cowboys felt confident enough in him to trade away Amari Cooper for practically nothing, thrusting Lamb into the No. 1 receiver role. After some initial struggles this season, Lamb has picked it up (21 receptions, 259 yards, 2 TD in past three games).

Putting Mr. Unlimited this low could look foolish. The Denver Broncos quarterback is surrounded by weapons and is in a quality offensive system to help him thrive. However, its been a major struggle for Wilson in his first season with the Broncos. The future Hall of Famer has thrown just four touchdowns in as many games and is leading the NFLs third-worst scring offense. IsRussell Wilsonnow officially past his prime?

Lets be clear here. Holland should have earned a Pro Bowl spot as a rookie for the Dolphins. But now that this is one of the best teams in the league, the former Oregon star is finally being recognized. In addition to putting up 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception, Holland has given up a 28.6 QB rating when targeted. Talk about doing it all.

Yes, Barkley is right back in his rightful place in our NFL top 100. After two consecutive injury-plagued seasons, the former No. 2 pickhas been simply brilliant for a surprising Giants team. Heading into Week 5, Barkley leads the league in rush attempts (84), rushing yards (463), total touches (99) and total yards (570). Hes on pace for 2,422 total yards. Lets just hope the kid stays healthy.

New York Giants Saquon Barkley says hes in f*** everybody mode78. Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Philadelphia EaglesBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NFL MVP candidateJalen Hurts? At this point, that doesnt seem too ridiculous. The former Oklahoma star has Philadelphia undefeated on the season and averaging nearly 29 points per game. From an individual perspective, hes put up eight total touchdowns and two interceptions while averaging 331 total yards per game. That seems pretty solid.

The only member of the Detroit Lions on our initial 2022 NFL top 100 players list, Frank Ragnow missed a majority of the 2021 season with a turf toe. He returns to the field in 2022, a huge boost to the Lions as hell clear some run lanes for DAndre Swift and help keep the interior clean forJared Goff.

The last time we sawquarterback Deshaun Watsonplay a meaningful snap was over a year ago. Hes now suspended the first 11 games of the season after allegations of sexual misconduct from north of 20 women. However, this is also the same quarterback who posted a 112.4 QB rating with a 33-7 TD-INT ratio in 2020. When hes on the field, hes one of the most talented players in football.

In desperate need of a difference-maker in the secondary, the Baltimore Ravens opened up the checkbook for Marcus Williams. It has paid off big time thus far this season with Williams having registered five passes defended and three interceptions while yielding a 67.1 QB rating. That seems solid.

Wyatt Teller is the security detail for Nick Chubb. A fifth-round pick in 2018, Cleveland acquired him from the Buffalo Bills for fifth-and sixth-round picks before the 2019 season. Hes now a two-time selection to the second-team All-Pro squad and is one of the best run blockers in the game.

There was a time when Jalen Ramsey was the best cornerback in the NFL. Were not too sure anymore. Hes regressed early on in 2022, yielding a 64% completion mark and 100.0 QB rating in four games. With that said, we should expect him to rebound. The dude is still only 27 years old and has a lot left in the tank.

In a pass-heavy league, linebackers who can drop back in coverage and lock down the middle are increasingly valuable. While Eric Kendricks might not be a strong run defender, hes always proven himself against the pass.

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If ranking NFL players based on pure physical talent, DK Metcalf is much higher on the list. While the quarterback situation will significantly impact his production, Metcalf can be a matchup nightmare who is always capable of a 200-yard game if the football is thrown in his vicinity.

Just recentlysigned to a huge extension, James continues to prove himself as one of the best safeties in the game. Hes put up three passes defended, two QB hits, two tackles for loss and a sack while yielding an 80.3 QB rating this season. Talk about doing it all.

The Kansas City Chiefs felt confident that Creed Humphrey could handle being the center forPatrick Mahomes, even as a rookie. Not only did the 63rd overall pick hold up in his rookie season, but he also dominated the competition with far more experience. Were likely just a year or two away from Humphrey being the best center in football after he started his sophomore campaign strong.

Can Christian McCaffrey stay healthy? When he isnt limited by soft-tissue problems or on injured reserve, the former Carolina Panther arguably have the most dangerous offensive weapon in the NFL. Now that hes healthy and a member of the San Francisco 49ers after a blockbuster trade, McCaffrey can do more damage. As it is, hes on pace for nearly 1,900 total yards this season.

5 Christian McCaffrey trade scenarios from the Carolina Panthers67. Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety, Pittsburgh SteelersCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Its fair to argue the reputation surrounding Minkah Fitzpatrick might have surpassed his play the past two seasons. A first-team All-Pro selection in 2019 and 2020, the 25-year-old safety wasnt as sharp against the pass in 2021. Though, he has improved in that category early on in 2022 (56% completion, 47 QB rating allowed).

Kenny Clark (64 pressures in 2021) has managed to deliver phenomenal production under the circumstances in Green Bay. For years, the Packers really couldnt find a player to help make his job easier on the inside. With Devonte Wyatt and Jarran Reed now on the roster, Clark should see a lot fewer double teams and that could yield even better results. Thats been the case with Clark in 2022 (5 QB hits, 2 sacks in four games).

Signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2018, Demario Davis went from a player bouncing around the league to earning All-Pro honors in three consecutive seasons. Now in his age-33 season, Davis is onec again serving as a leader in the middle of the Saints defense that stands out against the pass and run.

The Los Angeles Chargers made protecting Justin Herbert their top priority in the 2021 offseason. Corey Linsley quickly proved why he is the best center in the NFL, allowing zero sacks and just two quarterback hits (PFF) last season in 724 pass-block snaps.

Anyone left wondering if Trey Hendricksons breakout 2020 season was the product of great talent around him had that erased this past year. The Cincinnati Bengals struck gold with the FAU alum and he should have a few more double-digit sack seasons ahead of him.

Puttingquarterback Dak Prescottthis high in the NFL top 100 player rankings is betting on what he showed early last season. Before playing through a leg injury, Prescott posted a 115 QB rating , 73.2% completion rate and a 16-4 TD-INT ratio. Unforunately, Prescott is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on his throwing hand after Week 1.

The Carolina Panthers defense flew under the radar in 2021 and so did Brian Burns as a result. In his first three NFL seasons, the 6-foot-5 edge rusher out of Florida State generated 55 quarterback hits, 26 tackles for loss and 25.5 sacks. An easy choice for our NFL Top 100 players list now, Burns could push for a top-50 spot by midseason.

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller already had a pair of 1,000-yard seasons on his resume. Now, defenses will be so focused on stopping Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow that Waller will practically be operating in open space. We could be looking at the best receiving tight end in the NFL by 2023. It all depends on further continuity withDerek Carr.

Some will labelquarterback Kyler Murrayas a first-half player. He posted a 112.2 QB rating and a 72.7% completion rate in his first nine starts last year followed by an 85.6 QB rating and 64.8% completion rate in his last five games. The truth is, Murray has struggled to open the 2022 season, too. Hes thrown just five touchdowns in four games and has Arizonas scoring offense in the middle of the pack.

If youre looking for a player who could challenge for a top-25 spot within the next two years, its Patrick Surtain II. He flashed elite ability during his rookie season, all while still learning on the job. Now that the Denver Broncos pass rush is improved, the corner is in the midst of a breakout performance. Opposing signal caller have completed 55% of the passes thrown in his direction with a QB rating of 64.6. Talk about being a shut-down guy.

While the Atlanta Falcons might be one of the worst NFL teams in 2022, there is some talent on this roster. Grady Jarrett is arguably one of the most underrated linemen in the NFL, stuck facing double-teams because there isnt much help around him, but none the those assigned to block Garrett would disagree that he is one of the top 100 NFL players.

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A third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Kevin Byard earned first-team All-Pro honors in just his second NFL season. Unsurprisingly, one of the best defensive backs in the NFL received that recognition once again in 2021. Opponents are advised to stay away from the Middle Tennessee State product who racked up 13 pass deflections and five INTs last season.

The son of former All-Pro corner Antoine Winfield Sr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has only played two-plus seasons in the NFL and hes already one of the best safeties. He is the same caliber of playmaker we saw in college, ruining dreams of big plays by quarterbacks every other week.

It comes down to health for David Bakhtiari. If the Green Bay Packers left tackle is on the field and playing at his usual standard, hes a top-25 player. Unfortunately, he didnt play a meaningful snap since December of 2020 prior to returning Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thats something to keep an eye on.

Diggs, 24, is not done making NFL top 100 lists. He should be a consistent force on these for years to come after racking up a whopping 11 interceptions last season. The issue here is that Diggs also yielded the most receiving yards (907) among corners. It has been a different case in 2022 with Diggs having already picked off two passes while giving up a mere 54.9 QB rating when targeted.

10 longest field goals in NFL history52. DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Arizona CardinalsMichael Chow-Arizona Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

The suspension isnt to blame for this fall by DeAndre Hopkins. Instead, its a concern shared with Christian McCaffrey. Hamstring injuries are becoming a recurring problem. Nuk is one of the best of his generation pulling down contested catches, but even the Arizona Cardinals cant count on him being healthy all year.

Only six players in NFL history have eight consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison. Mike Evans is the only player to accomplish that feat in his first eight NFL seasons. Expect another 1,000 yards in 2022, which would put him in company with only Rice and Tim Brown.

Marshon Lattimore perfectly captures the state of cornerbacks today. For the No. 1 corners outside of the elite tier, there can be some variation in how they perform. After allowing a 103.3 QB rating when targeted in 2020, per PFF, Lattimore looked a lot like more like a shutdown weapon on the boundary. Thus far in 2022, thats been magnified with the Ohio State product giving up a 74.5 QB rating.

Explosive. Dynamic. A true threat to take it the distance. That has definedJaylen Waddlesgame since Miami made him a first-round pick in 2021. This has never been more apparent than in 2022 with Waddle having already caught 21 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns in just four games.

Lane Johnson, one of the NFLs leading voices formental health awareness, is also one of the games best offensive linemen. He played over 800 snaps last season and continues to play at a high level even through injuries. Hes a big part of the reason why one of the best NFL offensive lines resides in Philly.

A top-10 player on our list in 2021, Derrick Henry takes a tumble during the 2022 NFL season. Theres a chance the foot injury is just a freak occurrence, but 955 touches in three seasons take a toll on a running back. If Henry proves he can stay healthy, hes one of the 20 best players in the NFL. Hes done that through four games, but is averaging what would be a career-low 4.0 yards per rush.

2022 NFL offense rankings: Top units and stats leaders ahead of Week 1446. Terron Armstead, offensive tackle, Miami DolphinsJim Rassol / USA TODAY NETWORK

After years of issues on the offensive line, the Miami Dolphins found an answer with Terron Armstead. Hes coming off an injury-plagued 2021 season, but theres little doubt Armstead is one of the best pass blockers in football when healthy.

Khalil Mack certainly is no longer the caliber of player who created havoc and won Defensive Player of the Year. However, he remains an outstanding defender against the run and is perfectly suited to star in Los Angeles. In his first four games as a member of the Chargers, Mack has registered 7 QB hits and five sacks. Yeah, he still has it.

Any notion that Von Miller was declining went away. After missing the 2020 season, Miller came alive and looked even more effective in eight games with the Los Angeles Rams (12 tackles for loss, eight sacks in eight games). Now one of thehighest paid NFL players, Miller is having an impact with his new Bills team (five tackles for loss and three sacks in four games).

The 16th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, A.J. Terrell showed some promising signs in his rookie season. He put it all together and took it to another level in 2021. Terrell held opponents to a 61.0 QB rating when targeted in 2021. This season has seen him struggle to an extent (three touchdowns allowed). But hes still a top-end young player and one of our NFL top 100 players.

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Whether he is viewed as the No. 1 player at his position, Shaquill Leonard has one of the best stories in the NFL. Drafted out of South Carolina State, Leonard earned first-team All-Pro honors as a rookie and has earned a spot on the All-Pro ballot every year. Formerly going by Darius Leonard,injuries have caught up to him to an extent.

Injuries are likely responsible for Vita Vea being a bit lower on other NFL top 100 players lists. While its a factor to consider, he is just so overwhelming as a run defender that opposing teams stop even trying. When you can make that type of impact on the game, youre a top-50 player.

The San Francisco 49ers offense is simply different when George Kittle is out there. Sure, Kyle Shanahan loves a pass-catching weapon with 3,974 receiving yards in his last 52 games heading into 2022. What really makes him so valuable, Kittle seems to love blocking just as much as touchdowns. Thats taken a precedence in 2022 with Kittle having put up just six catches for 52 yards in two games.

Just look back at what Jeffery Simmons did against the Cincinnati Bengals. He almost single-handedly won the game, racking up three sacks, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. He is capable of taking over a game in an instant and that makes him someone offenses must always fear.

Fred Warner is the best linebacker in the NFL. The backbone of the San Francisco 49ers defense, the 6-foot-3 defensive weapon is just as good at making plays in coverage as he is stopping the run. As long as Warner is on the field, the 49ers defense is one of the top units in football.

The Philadelphia Eagles didnt hesitate to flip a first-round pick for A.J. Brown. Hes already racked up 2,995 receiving yards in his first 43 games with the Tennessee Titans. Now catching passes from Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, Brown has upped his game even more. Hes currently on pace for 106 catches and north of 1,700 yards. That seems decent.

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One of the best boundary cornerbacks in the NFL, Darius Slay had even more pressure on him as the only reliable defensive back in the Philadelphia Eagles secondary last year. He did more than old his own, allowing just 10.4 yards per reception and a 76.1 passer rating when targeted (PFF). Now that the Eagles have rebuilt their secondary round him, the four-time Pro Bowler is playing at an even highr level (29.2% completion, 24.5 QB rating).

The Indianapolis Colts didnt hesitate when DeForest Buckner became available for a first-round pick. In two-plus seasons since joining the Colts, Buckner is responsible for 46 quarterback hits, 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks in 36 games. But much like the rest of his Colts team, theres been struggles on this front in 2022.

One of the most well-paid linemen in the NFL, Joel Bitonio developed from a second-round pick out of Nevada into a perennial All-Pro honoree. Amid so many changes on the Browns offense Bitonio is the stabilizing force and he always performs at a high level.

There are plenty of reasons for concern with the New Orleans Saints offense in 2022, but Ryan Ramczyk isnt one of them. The 6-foot-6 right tackle clears running lanes like a bulldozer and allowed just two quarterback hits in 361 pass-block snaps last year. He is the best of the best.

Expectations werent absurdly high for Maxx Crosby when he entered the league, thats the norm for a fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft. Selected 106th overall in 2019, the Raiders 6-foot-5 edge rusher emerged as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Now paired with Chandler Jones, Crosby could set a career-high in sacks this fall.

When the Kansas City Chiefs line up Chis Jones at his natural position, hes a phenomenal defensive lineman. The 6-foot-6 defensive tackle has racked up 94 quarterback hits, 41 sacks, 38 tackles for loss and 18 pass deflections across the last four seasons. If the exterior pass rush improves, Jones could do even more this fall.

While he might have been surpassed by his brother, Joey Bosa is still one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. The 6-foot-5 edge defender was set to benefit from the addition of Khalil Mack before hesuffered a groin injuryearlier in the season. It doesnt push Bosa down any in our list of NFL top 100 players as he should be back in no time.

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Tristan Wirfs became one of the best right tackles in football upon his arrival in the NFL. In nearly 1,5000 pass-blocking snaps, Wirfs surrendered just three sacks and nine quarterback hits.Tom Bradydidnt expect to have a shield like this protecting his right side when he signed with the Bucs, but Wirfs is one of the biggest reasons Brady remains an MVP threat.

When healthy, Quenton Nelson is the best interior offensive lineman in the NFL. He dealt with some issues last year, but the Indianapolis Colts guard remains an indispensable part of the teams success. If he is available all year and returns to form, Nelson will move back up our NFL top 100 player rankings.

Fastest 40 yard dash: Who is fastest NFL player in 2022, fastest ever?27. JaMarr Chase, wide receiver, Cincinnati BengalsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A year away from football didnt slow downJaMarr Chasein the slightest. As a rookie, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver ranked third in the NFL in yards per target (136.0). With a pair of 200-yard games in his first season and eight games of 70-plus yards, Chase proved he is one of the best receivers in football.

Viewed as a minor draft bust early in his career, Rashan Gary put everything together in 2021. The former 12th overall pick stepped up in the absence of ZaDarius Smith, compiling 28 quarterback hits and proving he is the new star pass rusher in Green Bay. He picked it up even more in 2022, racking up six QB hits, five tackles for loss and five sacks in four games. Talk about domination.

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The torch is officially passed. Even if you put Henrys injury red flags asid.