Sorry for the hiatus, life has come at me fast lately. With that being said I am back with another part of my NFL top 100 list today. If you missed part five which was 60-51, here is a link for you to catch up to speed on who has been released from my list right now.
Now with that being said here are my players that rank from 50 to 41 on my list of my NFL Top 100 players for the 2021 season.
50.) DeForest Buckner (Indianapolis Colts)
Coming in at number fifty is defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. Buckner played his first season with the Colts last season, and he was an All-Pro last season. 9.5 sacks for the 26 year old last season, and boy was he a big time factor for the Colts front seven last year. Buckner is going to be a big time factor on the Colts defensive line next season. Look for Buckner to try and work his way back to All-Pro status.
49.) Grady Jarrett (Atlanta Falcons)
Grady Jarrett has been a big time problem for opposing teams offenses since he came into the league back in 2015. His ability to stop the run and create consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback which is huge for Atlanta. With Atlanta looking like they are going to retool, look for Grady Jarrett to become a three time Pro-Bowler after this season.
48.) Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
My pick for comeback player of the year is Dak Prescott. I have him in 48th spot on my list, just because of the question marks still that are on how healthy he is. Prescott has his season ended early last season with an ankle injury. He was putting up MVP style numbers last season and it is a shame that we have no idea what he would have finished with for passing yards last year. Prescott is going to have to be on his A game this year so that he can get the Cowboys back into the playoffs. Let’s see how great Dak can be in 2021, hopefully he is healthy.
47.) Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore Ravens)
Marlon Humphrey has been a huge bright spot for the Baltimore Ravens defense. Last season he forced 8 fumbles, and had over 80 tackles as well. Humphrey is a perfect fit for the Ravens defensive scheme and we have seen it first hand the last couple of seasons. With the ability to create a turnover at will, Humphrey is a top defensive back and can be a big time factor for the Ravens this season.
46.) Leonard Williams (New York Giants)
Leonard Williams has been electric since being traded to the New York Giants. He finally has come onto the scene like he was expected to do when he came out of the NFL Draft in 2015. Williams had a career high in sacks last season with 11.5 and was just the force that the Giants defensive line needed. Look for another good year out of Leonard Williams this year.
45.) Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears)
Allen Robinson balled out in what looked to be one of the shakiest offenses in the league in 2020. Robinson had over 100 receptions for the first time in his career and over 1,000 yards receiving as well. He was the only bright spot about that offense last year that just went through quarterbacks. I am praying that Justin Fields is going to be as legitimate as I think he is. That boosts Robinson’s numbers up a lot more than where he is. It also helps him get open if he has a quarterback that can successful run a play action. With the way the Bears could look this season, Robinson is a must watch player in 2021.
44.) Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans?)
Now obviously if we knew if Watson is playing or not he would be higher or lower on the list. Unfortunately, there is still no news on Watson so I have him as forty four on my list. If he plays, Watson will have a tough hill to climb with this weirdly assembled Houston Texans team. Say Deshaun is not going to play then him being on this list becomes invalid. I do think we will see Watson play at some point, but he will be a factor on the field whenever he plays next.
43.) Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
What a rookie season for Justin Jefferson. He had 88 receptions to go along with 1,400 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Jefferson slowly became a must watch receiver in this league. It all started in week 3 when he had 7 receptions to go along with 175 receiving yards and added a touchdown to go along with it. That was his first of seven games in 2020 with over 100 receiving yards in a game. If last year was a starting point for Jefferson, 2021 is going to be an all-pro type of season for him.
42.) Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Lavonte David is one of the best off the ball linebackers in the league today. In his nine year NFL career there has been only one year that he has had under 100 tackles in a season. His ability to track the ball and to run the players down and stop their momentum is something spectacular. Look for David to continue to be one of the best linebackers in the leageu in 2021.
41.) DeMarcus Lawrence (Dallas Cowboys)
DeMarcus Lawrence has had under double digits for sacks the last two seasons. He still is a force to be reckoned with on that Cowboy defensive line. Lawrence continues to create pressure on the quarterback and even though his sack numbers aren’t as high as normal, doesn’t mean he isn’t producing. Watch the tape on DeMarcus Lawrence and you will see why he is well worth the price of his contract, and can get opt out after next season and work on getting a better contract.
Those are my NFL Top 100, 50-41. Stay Tuned as 40-31 will be out Monday 6/21/2021.
-Chris Jones (@cjoneswho1212)
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