PFF’s Top 101 of 2012: the Full List

A chance to see our Top 101 of 2012 in full list form, with links to the reveal articles as well.

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PFF’s Top 101 of 2012: the Full List

Last week we counted down the Pro Football Focus Top 101 NFL Players of 2012. You can find a more detailed breakdown on each player who made the list in the following articles:

101-91  |  90-81  |  80-71  |  70-61  |  60-51
50-41  |  40-31  |  30-21  |  20-11  | 10-1

But if you’re pressed for time and just want to see the list at a glance, then carry on for a complete 1-to-101 of who we thought to be the best players in the NFL in 2012.







1. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

3. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals

4. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos

5. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks

6. Evan Mathis, OG, Philadelphia Eagles

7. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

8. Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins

9. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

10. Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers







11. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

12. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

13. Duane Brown, LT, Houston Texans

14. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets

15. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers

16. Joe Staley, LT, San Francisco 49ers

17. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

18. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

19. Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears

20. Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers







21. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

22. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills

23. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

24. Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers

25. Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills

26. John Sullivan, C, Minnesota Vikings

27. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28. Devin McCourty, DB, New England Patriots

29. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals

30. Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears







31. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

32. Marshal Yanda, RG, Baltimore Ravens

33. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets

34. Joe Thomas, LT, Cleveland Browns

35. Max Unger, C, Seattle Seahawks

36. Casey Hayward, CB, Green Bay Packers

37. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

38. Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

39. Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

40. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks







41. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

42. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

43. Jerod Mayo, LB, New England Patriots

44. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons

45. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

46. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants

47. Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos

48. Reshad Jones, S, Miami Dolphins

49. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

50. Alex Boone, RG, San Francisco 49ers







51. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings

52. Michael Roos, LT, Tennessee Titans

53. Mike Iupati, LG, San Francisco 49ers

54. Sebastian Vollmer, RT, New England Patriots

55. Russell Okung, LT, Seattle Seahawks

56. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

57. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers

58. Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings

59. NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers

60. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions







61. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks

62. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

63. Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens

64. Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos

65. Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans

66. Anthony Spencer, OLB, Dallas Cowboys

67. Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs

68. Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions

69. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers

70. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers







71. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

72. Antonio Smith, DE, Houston Texans

73. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

74. Daryl Washington, LB, Arizona Cardinals

75. Tarrell Brown, CB, San Francisco 49ers

76. Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

77. Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas Cowboys

78. Brandon Moore, RG, New York Jets

79. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

80. Anthony Davis, RT, San Francisco 49ers







81. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

82. Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

83. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals

84. Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears

85. Will Beatty, LT, New York Giants

86. Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers

87. Justin Smith, DE, San Francisco 49ers

88. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

89. Lawrence Timmons, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

90. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants







91. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

92. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

93. Sam Shields, CB, Green Bay Packers

94. Jared Veldheer, LT, Oakland Raiders

95. Jurrell Casey, DT, Tennessee Titans

96. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

97. T.J. Ward, S, Cleveland Browns

98. Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos

99. Reggie Nelson, S, Cincinnati Bengals

100. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

101. Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings


For those not doing the math the San Francisco 49ers led all teams with 13 players selected. The next most were Denver and Seattle with six each, followed by Minnesota and New England with five.

Only Jacksonville and St Louis failed to land a player on the list.



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  • Kevin

    Blair Walsh should’ve been top 25…
    P.S. This is because PFF being on John Sullivan’s jock has made him overrated pretty much everywhere.

  • Andrei

    Just my honest opinion:

    First of all, I love the fact Atkins is getting the respect he deserves by being placed #3 on this list. It’s also nice to see people who still consider Andre Johnson the best receiver in the game, but I honestly don’t think he was better than Calvin last year. Eric Weddle at #15? Again, I love the fact that he’s getting respect, but I still think he’s being a little bit overrated. Matt Ryan at #17? Now that’s somehting I simply can’t accept. Three receivers on that Falcons team have made this list, and yet he still had horrible games like vs Oakland or Arizona. He’s extremely overrated, in my opinion. I can live with Spiller at #18, I love Russell at #23, but McCourty at #28, seriously? I mean, I honestly don’t think he deserves to be top100, not above Cromartie and Peterson anyway. Other than that, I guess you can still find a few players being over or underrated, but I’m not gonna mock the list any more, since I partially understand it. However, I’m a Titans fan, yet I can’t understand Morgan at #65. And just this last one thing, cause I feel like he’s being way underrated: Timmons at #89? That guy, in my opinion, played on a Patrick Willis level, and considering he does not have Aldon Smith, Justin Smith or Navorro Bowman, I really believe he should be way higher on the list.

  • SnowThree

    This is so much better then the NFL’s version

  • Marcus Croskey

    Ummmm Where is Earl Thomas? This list is officially suspect when you don’t have a First Team All Pro on the list.

  • Jack A

    A list of 101 best players, and no McCoy of the Eagles. A real bogus list.

  • Jack A

    Evan Mathis may be the 6th best player in the NFL, but someone better tell the Eagles that, because they hardly ever mention him. The best player according to most people that follow the Eagles, is Shady McCoy, and he’s not even on the list, lol.

  • Jeff

    Very poor job. Low rankings of Ray Rice, Big Ben and Brees are comical. The following are my top 100 mostly based on 2012. More of a projection for 2013.

    1 AP

    2 ARod

    3 Megatron

    4 PManning

    5 Brady

    6 RG3

    7 Brees

    8 Big Ben

    9 Watt

    10 Andre Johnson

    11 Ware

    12 JP Paul

    13 B Marshall


    15 Revis

    16 Kaepernick

    17 Russell Wilson

    18 A Foster

    19 Fitzgerald

    20 Ngata

    21 AG Green

    22 Willis

    23 J Charles

    24 Alex Smith

    25 Gronk

    26 Romo

    27 Witten

    28 Peppers

    29 Chris Johnson

    30 Clay Matthews

    31 Joe Thomas

    32 Ray Rice

    33 Aldon Smith

    34 Wilfork

    35 Roddy White

    36 Patrick Peterson

    37 Clady

    38 W Welker

    39 R Sherman

    40 M Ryan

    41 Duane Brown

    42 G Atkins

    43 L McCoy

    44 DeMaryius Thomas

    45 Lynch

    46 Justin Smith

    47 N Bowman

    48 J Graham

    49 E Thomas

    50 J Allen

    51 P Rivers

    52 V Cruz

    53 D Martin

    54 Julio Jones

    55 Cam Newton

    56 R Wayne

    57 T Suggs

    58 A Morris

    59 Vick

    60 Maurkice Pouncey

    61Joe Staley

    62 Daryl Washington

    63 Vernon Davis

    64 MJ Drew

    65 Gonzalez

    65 J Long

    66 F Gore

    67 Matt Stafford

    68 C Tillman

    69 Schaub

    70 Wake

    71 J Haden

    72 J Byrd

    73 D Bryant

    74 Suh

    75 J Freeman

    76 E Manning

    77 M Iupati

    78 M Forte

    79 Mankins

    80 Calais Campbell

    81 Flacco

    82 Derrick Johnson

    83 Jahri Evans

    84 R Cobb

    85 J Houston

    86 A Gates

    87 Cushing

    88 Briggs

    89 Mario Williams

    90 Yanda

    91 C Meyers

    92 Vincent Jackson

    93 P Harvin

    94 Spiller

    95 Levitre

    96 Unger

    97 G McCoy

    98 Tim Jennings

    99 Okung

    100 Raji

  • zaktmundo

    please see my comment on absurdity of using math as applied to football.It is 53rd comment under y jamaal charles didnt make the top 100 list.please ignore obvious [puny by comparison]site is I must admit i love pff even articles like this which r harmless fun.

  • Brady Rauch

    Peterson for sure deserves top billing, other than that, the list is a very good one. Sure guys can slide up or down a few spots, because things are subjective, but I don’t see any glaring omissions. Well done.

    Brady from


  • billy

    weres drew brees

  • billy

    79 really you guys are idiots there are not 78 players better than drew breed

  • Cris

    Wow some big names missing, this is a pretty average list some people are way too low or way too high. But at least its better than

  • Steve

    It’s funny how the Rams managed to go 1-0-1 against the top team on this list without having ONE player on it. And they were 1-1 against the Seahawks. We have a LOT of guys on the verge who will probably be on the list next year. Chris and Jake Long, Michael Brokers, Sam Bradford, Finnegan, and James Laurinitis are good possibilities. I’ll throw in Jared Cook for good measure as I believe he and Bradford will really get it going this year with all the other mismatch possibilities this offense will present.