90. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

The catch in the Super Bowl would be enough to land Edelman on this list. But there’s more to Jules than making difficult catches on the big stage. If we were to ask Julian what makes him so good, he’d without a doubt say his squirreliness. That’s his toughness, his grit, his shiftiness, and his playmaking ability. And of course that includes his heart. This manifested itself last season in the form of 98 receptions for 1,106 yards, good for 4th and 13th in the league, respectively. Pair Julian’s squirreliness with his connection to Tom Brady and you have yourself a receiver that belongs on the top 100. –– Daniel Neira

89. Desmond Trufant, CB, Atlanta Falcons

Trufant was becoming one of the best defensive backs in the NFL before a torn pectoral cut his 2016 season short. In a division filled with quality receivers, Trufant is asked to do more than most other cornerbacks and he gets lost in conversations about the best corners in the league. While only having seven career interceptions, he has 48 pass breakups and 204 tackles in four seasons. I think Trufant will come back strong in 2017, especially considering that Robert Alford will garner more respect from opposing offenses and safety Keanu Neal will be an enforcer behind Trufant. Trufant will have less pressure on him and will be required to do less with an improved supporting cast around him, so expect his name to rejoin the conversation of top defensive backs this year. –– Luke Parrish

88. Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots

Drafted in 2014, Brandin Cooks has made a name for himself quickly in the league. Cooks spent three seasons with the New Orleans Saints and became a favorite target for Drew Brees. He has never averaged under 10 yards per catch in any of his three seasons and is a very good deep threat. Over the course of his NFL career so far, Cooks has amassed 215 receptions, 2,861 yards, a 13.3 YPC average, and 20 touchdowns. The scary thing about Cooks is that he is now a member of the New England Patriots. Cooks is a speedy receiver that can create space and get through the secondary, and is also a very good route runner. Look for him to make an immediate impact with the Patriots and have a very productive season. –– Milo Hay

87. Ryan Shazier, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Entering his fourth year in the league, Ryan Shazier has started to make a big name for himself in the NFL. Drafted in the first round in 2014, Shazier already has a combined 210 tackles, five forced fumbles, four interceptions, and thirteen pass deflections in his career. His best season so far was in 2016, when he had 3.5 of his 7 career sacks, three of his five forced fumbles, three of his four interceptions, and nine of his thirteen pass deflections. Shazier is only 24-years old, but has already shown his toughness in the league. He showed that toughness especially when he was warming up shirtless in 14 degree weather before last year’s playoff game against Miami. Standing at 6’1″ and 230 lbs, Shazier has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with and that he will continue to be an impact player for the Steelers for years to come. –– Brett Batchelor

86. Janoris Jenkins, CB, New York Giants

The man affectionately known as Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins had a career year in 2016, which was his first playing in New York. Jenkins has had an up-and-down career since 2011, when he was kicked off the Florida Gators football team for off-field issues despite being a future first-round NFL talent. After transferring to North Alabama to continue playing college football, Jenkins slid to the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, where the then St. Louis Rams took him. Jenkins started at cornerback for the Rams for four seasons before they chose to let him walk in free agency and stick with cornerback Trumaine Johnson instead. It was always evident on tape that Jenkins had the athleticism and ball skills to be a number one corner in the league; he just needed to get over his mental errors and off-field immaturities.

The Giants bet on Jenkins’ skill-set and signed him to a five-year $62.5 million contract in 2016, and it’s paid off. Jenkins gave the G-Men the best season of his career and a true number one corner. He made the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro behind three interceptions and a career high 18 pass deflections. Jenkins was facing top NFL wide receivers every week and was consistently producing, using his absurdly smooth hips and freaky quickness to stick all over them. He was easily a top 10 cornerback in 2016, and with the talent surrounding him in New York, he should be top 10 for quite some time. –– Rob Paul

85. Cameron Wake, EDGE, Miami Dolphins

Cameron Wake had quite the path to #85 on this list. Undrafted out of Penn State in 2005, he was signed by the New York Giants but was released before training camp even began. He played in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions for two seasons, winning Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Outstanding Defensive Player during that span. Signed in 2009 by the Miami Dolphins, Wake has made five Pro Bowls and been named an AP All-Pro four times in his eight seasons in the league. In 2016, Wake saw his playing time diminish in an effort to keep him fresh. Head Coach Adam Gase planned on utilizing Wake solely in passing situations, but later admitted this was a mistake. Despite a reduction in the amount of snaps, Wake still amassed 11.5 sacks, the fourth time he has recorded double digit sacks in a season during his career. At the age of 35, Wake remains one of the premier pass rushing threats to quarterbacks around the league. –– Erik Drew

84. Kelechi Osemele, OG, Oakland Raiders

In 2016, Raiders behemoth Kelechi Osemele was one of two guards to play 1,000 or more snaps and allow zero sacks (the other was his Raiders teammate Gabe Jackson). After spending four seasons in Baltimore, Osemele signed a massive 5-year, $59 million deal with Oakland. His addition gave the Raiders one of the best lines in football. The Oakland line allowed only 18 sacks and consistently opened up holes in the running game. At the end of the season, Osemele was named a first team All-Pro for the first time in his career. –– Grant Baker

83. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles’ defensive back Malcolm Jenkins comes in at 83 on the list. The ex-Saints defender has been making plays ever since he joined the Birds in 2014. This past year, Jenkins continued the momentum that gave him his first Pro Bowl in 2015. The veteran safety racked up 72 tackles and 3 interceptions while also being the Eagles best cover corner. Given the fact that their secondary was porous, that’s not saying much, but the fact that the Eagles trusted him to cover Odell Beckham Jr. says a lot. Jenkins’ signature game was actually against the Giants in Week 16, when he was making plays all over the field. Jenkins ended up with two big interceptions early that changed the game — including a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown — and propelled them to a 24-19 win. Jenkins will need to elevate his play once again this year if the Eagles defense is to play at its best. ––Demetrius Mason

82. Calais Campbell, DL, Jacksonville Jaguars

Calais Campbell has been one of the most underrated players in the NFL since 2009, if not the most underrated. If 5-technique defensive linemen received the praise that edge rushers do, there would be no doubt that Campbell would be a future NFL Hall of Fame player. After nine years in the NFL, Campbell has finally started to receive the mainstream media praise he deserves. The 6’8” behemoth of an interior defender has been one of the most gifted pass rushers to ever play the 5-tech in NFL history. In nine seasons — eight as a starter— with the Arizona Cardinals, Campbell has racked up 56.5 sacks to go along with 501 tackles. Those are mind boggling numbers for a man that plays a position that’s primary job is to absorb blocks for others to make plays.

Campbell has been playing at an All-Pro level since becoming a starter along the Cardinals defensive line in 2009, but has rarely been recognized for his dominance — he’s made the Pro Bowl just twice and been named All-Pro just twice. Still just 30-years old, Campbell signed a four-year, $60-million contract this offseason to join the up-and-coming Jaguars defense. Campbell’s ability to play inside as a 3-tech, outside as a 5-tech, or even on the edge brings a ton of versatility to Jacksonville. In 2016, the only interior defender better than Campbell was Rams All-Pro Aaron Donald. He’s been absolutely dominant for nearly a decade, the type of defensive lineman every defensive coordinator’s mouth waters over. –– Rob Paul

81. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Baldwin leads an often-overlooked receiving corps in Seattle. In 2016, he led the Seahawks in catches with 94 for 1,128 yards, which were also career highs. In addition, he led the team with seven touchdowns and earned his first Pro-Bowl nod. A season ago, Baldwin landed at 72 on the list, where he had less yardage on the season, but double the touchdowns. Now at 28-years old, the wideout is beginning to string together some consistency in his numbers from season to season. This will surely mean more appearances on this list if he continues to ball. Baldwin is just one of several Seahawk players who will make an appearance on the list. –– Ben Barclay

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My name is William LaFiandra, and I’m a college student attending the College of the Holy Cross. I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots but also follow any NFL related news. I’ve always enjoyed both writing and sports, so I figured I’d give sports journalism a try. I particularly like analyzing and reading about NFL contracts, rosters, strategies, free agency, and the draft.
My name is William LaFiandra, and I’m a college student attending the College of the Holy Cross. I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots but also follow any NFL related news. I’ve always enjoyed both writing and sports, so I figured I’d give sports journalism a try. I particularly like analyzing and reading about NFL contracts, rosters, strategies, free agency, and the draft.
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