NFL's top 100 players for 2010

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Peter Schrager

Peter Schrager is the Senior NFL Writer for and the national sports correspondent for FOX News Channel's "FOX Report Weekend." He's the co-author of Victor Cruz's New York Times' best-selling memoir "Out of the Blue" and lives in New York. Feel free to e-mail him at or follow him on Twitter.


Ah, the ol’ Schrager Top 100 list, an annual summer tradition on If you’re not familiar, here are the rules:

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1. Which player would I rather have on my team?

2. Which player would make the most impact on my team?

3. Which player will be the best in 2010, specifically?

Some other things to keep in mind: Incoming rookies are not eligible (Mr. Suh, my apologies) and I didn’t include any kickers or punters (my bad, Shane Lechler).

I care more about Whitney Port's new fashion line than I do about your fantasy football team and your league's projected statistics. Hakeem Nicks' 2010 projected yards per reception and Arian Foster's projected red zone carries total were not taken into account in the compilation of this list.

Also, long-term future isn’t the goal here, the 2010 season is. Would I rather have Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans over the next 10 years than Ray Lewis? Probably. For the 2010 campaign? Gimme the 11-time-Pro Bowler.

Here's a breakdown of the Top 100:

  • No Seahawks, Buccaneers, Bills or Chiefs made the Top 100. Sorry.
  • There are 19 WRs on the 2010 list; one more than the amount of LBs, the second-most represented position.
  • The Vikings had the most players in the Top 100 (7); the Colts, Ravens, and Cowboys tied for second (6).

Players who were “right on the cusp”, but did not make the list: Cowboys center Andre Gurode, Patriots guard Logan Mankins, Redskins defenders Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter, Chiefs RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, Packers safety Nick Collins, Vikings tackle Bryan McKinnie, Giants David Diehl, Chris Snee, Antrel Rolle, and Steve Smith, and Dolphins right tackle Vernon Carey.

Super Bowl champs Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, Jonathan Stinchcomb and Reggie Bush ain’t on it either. Andrew Whitworth, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Barrett Ruud and Kris Dielman were left on the cutting room floor, as well. Again, my apologies, gentlemen.

So, who did make the cut? Let’s dig in.


Tagged: Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Redskins, Texans, Andre Carter, Andre Gurode

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