Splash’s Top 100 (2020): Criteria and Honorable Mentions


Welcome back, folks. It’s June, which means it is time for me to cobble together a list of 100 players.

Before you bring out the pitchforks and the nasty tweets, the basis for the top 100 needs to be laid out.

The original 170 players included in the preliminary list were organized by position and ordered based on a variety of factors, with their 2019 performance being a massive piece of the ranking. While there are players present who played sparingly in the 2019 season (yes, Derwin James, this is where you come in), the list does factor-in consistency on a year-to-year basis. In filling out the middle portion of the list, ability before 2019 played a role in organizing the players.


Injuries are a reality in the NFL. While the perfect league would have no injuries and no suspensions, that is simply not the case in the NFL. With that said, some injuries were more catastrophic to players and their ranking.

While the list is by no means perfect, care was made to include the 100 players that deserve to be on the list. The following set of honorable mentions had some consideration, but at the end of the day, they missed the ranking. Many of the players are young and will feature in the 2021 pre-season installment of the Splash Top 100, but as of June 2020, they do not belong in the top 100.


The honorable mentions are alphabetized organized by position.

Note: These are players who were considered for a spot in the top 100 at any point in the creation of the list.


Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings


Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Running Back:

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Wide Receiver:

DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

Tight Ends:

Evan Engram, New York Giants

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Offensive Tackles:

Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis Colts

Jack Conklin, Cleveland Browns

Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans

Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers

Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers

Interior Offensive Linemen:

Brandon Linder, Jacksonville Jaguars

Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints

Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions

Joe Thuney, New England Patriots

Trai Turner, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior Defensive Linemen:

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals

Jurrell Casey, Denver Broncos

Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers

Matthew Ioannidis, Washington Redskins


Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers

Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos

Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys

Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars

Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears

Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers


Kwon Alexander, San Francisco 49ers

Jamie Collins, Detroit Lions

Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills

Rashaan Evans, Tennessee Titans

Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots

Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Cory Littleton, Las Vegas Raiders

Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys


A.J. Bouye, Denver Broncos

Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears

Joe Haden, Pittsburgh Steelers

J.C. Jackson, New England Patriots

Byron Jones, Miami Dolphins

Steven Nelson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Logan Ryan, Free Agent

Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers


Landon Collins, Washington Redskins

Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears

John Johnson, Los Angeles Rams

Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills

Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens

Be sure to send me why you think these players deserve to be in the top 100 on Twitter or in the comment section. The first 10 players of the 100 will be released in the coming days.

To look at last year’s honorable mentions, go here.


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