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

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 Prisco's Top 100 NFL Players of 2022: Aaron Donald is the new No. 1 as the 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’re certainly a top-heavy team, with a lot of money being paid to their star players. Of course they need to complement the squad well to make it 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 list, they also have three in the top 10, and none of those are their high-priced quarterback, despite Matt Stafford being a top-50 player.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is #1 on my list this year. That’s because he’s the best defensive player in the league, and he’s in it too the argument to be considered the best of all time. He’s clearly the top player at his position, while one could argue with everyone else, even the quarterback.

The other Rams players in my top 10 are receiver Cooper Kupp at #5 and cornerback Jalen Ramsey at #10. Kupp showed the football world last year that he’s currently the top receiver in the NFL. Ramsey remains a shutdown corner who has blossomed into much more over the past season in a variety of roles in Raheem Morris’ revamped defense.

The fact that Donald tops the list moves a quarterback off the lead. That doesn’t mean the top 10 isn’t quarterback-heavy as usual. In fact, the entire list is quarterback-heavy as there are currently many star passers in the league.

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 with six (Cowboys, Buccaneers, and 49ers). The Rams ended up with five, as did the Bills, Bengals, Chiefs and Packers. The Patriots are among six teams without one in the top 100, joining the Giants, Jets, Texans, Jaguars and Lions.

So dive in and eat it up. Nobody will be happy. I know that much. But for anyone out there willing to kill me for the list, here’s what I offer you: give it a try. It’s not easy, especially in a league where there are so many good players.

George Kittel

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Jaire Alexander

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Lamar Jackson

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Alvin Kamara

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Xavien Howard

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DK Metcalf

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Durwin James

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Kyler Murray

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Minka Fitzpatrick

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AWARD: Penei Sewell, T, Detroit Lions; Michael Thomas, WR, Saint of New Orleans; 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 Reader, DT, Cincinnati Bengals; Patrick Surtain II, CB, Denver Broncos; Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington commanders; Kenny Moore, CB, Indianapolis Colts; Tre’Davious White, CB, Buffalo Bills; Marlon Humphrey, CB, 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 Privateer; 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, Saints of New Orleans; Tyrant Mathieu, S, Saint of New Orleans; Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers; Leonard Williams, DE, New York Giants; Elgton Jenkins, OL, Green Bay Packer; 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 Privateer; Adrian Phillips, S, New England Patriots; Harold Landry, EDGE, Tennessee Titans; Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Indianapolis Colts; Matt Ryan, quarterback, 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, CB, 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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