It is that time of the year! Sports fans all around the world can smell football in the air. As the summer begins to wind down, training camp for all 32 NFL teams is in full force. We have created our NFL rankings of the NFL top 100 players of 2022. Each article will be split up into 10 different players, starting at 100-91 and moving all the way to 10-1.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the first 10 players on the list of our NFL top 100 players of 2022. Two young wide receivers and four big-name defensive backs find themselves in this first group.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the next 10 players on the list of our NFL top 100 players of 2022. Two young wide receivers and four big-name defensive backs find themselves on the list below.
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NFL Top 100 Players of 2022: 90-81
90. Lane Johnson – Tackle – Philadelphia Eagles
Lane Johnson is coming into the 2022 season with a chip on his shoulder resulting from missing the Pro Bowl last year.
“I was pissed. I’ll leave it at that,” Johnson said. “I was really pissed.”
In three games without Johnson last year, the Eagles went 1-2. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson played 426 passing snaps and did not give up one sack. He is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and he makes it into the NFL Top 100 Players rankings.
89. Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Atlanta Falcons
Other than Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Pitts may have been the lone bright spot for the Atlanta Falcons this past year. The highly-touted rookie tight end gave Atlanta somewhat of a vertical threat last year, as he finished the season with 1,026 yards. The downside is that he only finished with one touchdown. That is probably due to shaky quarterback play. Looking into this season, Pitts is one of the better tight ends in the NFL and should have more than one touchdown.
88. Lavonte David – Linebacker – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The veteran linebacker once again produced in the small number of games he played last year. Lavonte David only played in 12 games, but he recorded 97 combined tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. While age is a concern for David, who turns 33 in January, he should still be one of the driving forces behind another good Buccaneers defense.
87. Minkah Fitzpatrick – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers
After an incredible 2020 season, Minkah Fitzpatrick came down to Earth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He came on strong at the end of the year to help Pittsburgh make the playoffs though. The ball-hawking safety finished 2021 with 124 combined tackles and two interceptions. While Pittsburgh is still looking for their next franchise quarterback, Fitzpatrick should be one of the leaders of their stout defense.
86. Arik Armstead – Defensive End – San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers drafted Arik Armstead partly due to his physical frame. At 6-7, 290 lbs, Armstead is one of the biggest players in the NFL. Armstead proved his ranking here, as last year he finished with six sacks and 63 combined tackles. With those 63 combined tackles, Armstead proved that he is much more than just a pass rusher as he also plays a factor in the run game.
85. Brian Burns – Defensive End – Carolina Panthers
One of the bright spots on the Carolina Panthers last year, Brian Burns finished the season with nine sacks and 50 combined tackles. Along with the nine sacks, Burns recorded 31 pressures, showing his ability to get to the quarterback. He is rated higher on this list than guys like Rashan Gary and Arik Armstead, due to the lack of help on the defensive line.
84. Aaron Jones – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones once again showed that he is one of the better backs in the NFL in 2021. Even with the emergence of backfield mate A.J. Dillon, Jones recorded 1,190 combined yards and ten touchdowns. Six of those touchdowns came through the air. With Davante Adams gone from Green Bay, it makes sense why Jones should see an increased role in the offense this season.
83. Joe Mixon – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
Last season was the best season of Joe Mixon‘s young career. The 26-year-old finished the year with 1,205 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He added 314 more yards and three more touchdowns through the air. In an offense that threw that ball almost 60% of the time last year, Mixon has made a name for himself. The running back should be a central part of Cincinnati’s run back to the Super Bowl.
82. Grady Jarrett – Defensive Tackle – Atlanta Falcons
Much like Pitts, Grady Jarrett was one of the only bright spots for the Falcons last season. At the defensive tackle spot where he would see double and triple teams, Jarrett recorded 59 combined tackles. With Jarrett at DT, the Falcons finished in the upper half of the league in terms of yards per carry given up.
81. DeForest Buckner – Defensive Tackle – Indianapolis Colts
DeForest Buckner took a step back in his second season in Indianapolis. This does not discredit what he has done though, Buckner recorded seven sacks (which is down from last year’s 9.5), but upped his total combined tackles from 58 to 68. Buckner should be able to get back into his rhythm as he has another year to learn the Colts defense.