Tom Brady, 3 other Patriots make NFL top-100 list


Few things spur sports debate more than lists.

There may be no better time for a list of the NFL’s top 100 players than this dead period in the league’s calendar between the end of OTAs/minicamps and the opening of training camps in late July.

So it is that unveiled its list of the Top 100 NFL Players of 2019 this week, a ranking that includes four members of the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots and one other guy who jumped ship from the squad in free agency this offseason.

Not surprisingly, Tom Brady is the top New England representative on the list at No. 6 overall, though seems to feel the need to defend the elite selection after the quarterback’s relatively down 2018 campaign.

“His regular-season numbers weren't great, but he turned it on the playoffs -- which we have come to expect. I know some will question him being this high. You shouldn't,” writes list author Pete Prisco.

Aaron Donald tops my NFL Top 100 list. It kills me that a quarterback isn't No. 1, but he earned it. Take a look.

— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) June 19, 2019

After Brady the next Patriot on the list is Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore, sliding into the No. 30 slot. “He was the best corner in the league last season and carried it over to the postseason.”

New England then goes 60 spots until Super Bowl MVP wide receiver Julian Edelman’s pick at No. 90. Guard Shaq Mason just makes the cut to close things out in the final spot at No. 100.

CBS does also list safety Devin McCourty among those who “just missed.”

Trey Flowers, the New England defensive star who signed a $90 million contract with the Lions in March, ranked No. 81 overall.

Two players who the Patriots had to go through on the way to another Super Bowl ring – Rams Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and Chiefs NFL MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 overall, respectively.