Splash’s Top 100 (2019): Players 30-21


#30: Cameron Jordan, EDGE, New Orleans Saints:

A lifelong Saint, Jordan has been producing for the black and gold for eight seasons now, missing zero games and only missing one start. The former first-round pick has recorded 71.5 sacks over his career including four different campaigns with double digits sacks including the last two. A four-time Pro Bowler and 2017 All-Pro, Jordan has been the mainstay on a defensive line which has seen quite the rotation of talent over the course of Jordan’s career.

#29: Odell Beckham, Wide receiver, Cleveland Browns:


In five seasons with the Giants, Beckham hauled in 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. Now a member of the Browns, he will look to link up with his LSU teammate Jarvis Landry and catch passes from Baker Mayfield. The ceiling on Beckham‘s stats has grown significantly with the improvement from Eli Manning to Baker Mayfield. However, Beckham and Mayfield might not necessarily be the best matchup of personalities within the locker room, so chaos could spew out of the Dawg Pound this season.

#28: Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts:


Andrew Luck has played six seasons of NFL football. When he plays all 16 games, he has made the Pro Bowl in all four seasons. In 2018, Luck threw 39 touchdowns and added 4,593 yards. Despite 15 interceptions (which tied him for second in the NFL), Luck looks like a legitimately competent quarterback again. Moving forward, Luck is only going to be 30 when the season begins, and he should have a decade or more of quality football ahead of him. He must reduce his turnovers to be viable into his mid to late 30s, but he should improve.

#27: Chris Jones, Defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs:

Jones had a dominant 2018 campaign, registering 15.5 sacks in 16 games. The only bright spot on a rather dreary Chiefs defense of 2018, Jones played exceptionally well and almost doubled his career sack tally. While he was not recognized with a Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection, Jones played at such a high level that he is worthy of a spot in the top 30. With Frank Clark coming to join him, it should be a little bit easier for Jones to rush the passer.

#26: Quenton Nelson, Offensive guard, Indianapolis Colts:


Nelson had an unbelievable campaign as a rookie. He was nominated as first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler at left guard. Nelson took the Colts offensive line from being arguably the worst in football to a top-five unit. Moving forward, Nelson will be pivotal in creating running lanes for the likes of Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins while also providing ample time for Luck to drop back and dissect defenses.

#25: Eddie Jackson, Safety, Chicago Bears:

A Pro Bowler in 2018, Jackson had a stellar campaign. He recorded six interceptions, returning a pair for touchdowns in addition to recovering two fumbles and returning one of those back for a touchdown, too. As a whole, that brought his tally to five defensive touchdowns in just two seasons. While defensive touchdowns can be fluky occurrences, Jackson seems poised to make it a regular occurrence for him to be dancing in the end zone. Moving forward, Jackson will look to continue to hone his coverage skills and lock down the center of the field.

#24: Zack Martin, Offensive guard, Dallas Cowboys:

In five seasons in the NFL, Zack Martin has more appearances on the All-Pro team than missed starts. As a three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Martin has established himself as the elite guard in the NFL. Despite missing games for the first time in his career in 2018, Martin registered yet another stellar campaign as he helped push Ezekiel Elliott to the NFL lead in rushing yards and help the Cowboys back to the playoffs.

#23: Demarcus Lawrence, EDGE, Dallas Cowboys:

The two-time Pro Bowler has recorded 25 sacks over the last two seasons, garnering a gigantic payday from the Cowboys, which they begrudgingly gave him. Lawrence has been able to aggressively pursue the quarterback and have iconic performances such as a three-sack game against the Lions in early 2018. While the Cowboys hope for an uptick in production, Lawrence is one of the premier edge rushers in the NFL.

#22: Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots:

Probably the most controversial figure in the NFL nowadays, Brady is still as good as it gets in the NFL. After winning the MVP award in 2017, Brady followed it up with another Pro Bowl season, his 14th, and added over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns to his career tallies, bringing them to over 70,000 passing yards and 500 touchdowns. Notably, he also went over the 1,000 yards rushing tally. Regardless, Brady played relatively quietly throughout the playoffs, but he was still able to capture his sixth Super Bowl ring. Despite being on the wrong side of 40, Brady still has a clear goal in mind: another ring.

#21: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars:

An All-Pro in 2017, Ramsey came right into the NFL and dominated. Ramsey has made it to the last two Pro Bowls and has locked down half the field during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alongside A.J. Bouye, the Jags had a tremendous defense in the 2017 season, ranking as one of the best of the decade. In 2018, the defense took a step back in the eyes of the media, but statistically speaking, they had a similar ranking in terms of points allowed in yards allowed relative to the rest of the league. Ramsey will look to return to the All-Pro team in 2019.


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