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The PFF 101: Highlighting the top 101 players from the 2022 NFL season

Super Bowl 57 brought a close to the 2022 season, and before we move on to the excitement of free agency and the NFL draft, let's reflect on some of the best individual performances of the year.

The PFF top 101 represents the top 101 individual performances this season, regardless of position, and credits the best players of the season that was.

PFF remains a player evaluation site at its heart, and the 101 is our chance to acknowledge and praise the best players from the 2022 season one last time before we look ahead to assembling rosters for the upcoming year.

Here is a quick reminder of our basic criteria:

This list is based solely on play in 2022. Past or future play is not accounted for. This isn't about class or talent; it's about performance throughout the 2022 NFL season.

This list is created with an “all positions are created equal” mantra. So, you won't see 32 quarterbacks heading the list, even though that is the game's most valuable position. Instead, we take a look at how guys played relative to what is expected from their position.

Unlike PFF's awards, the 101 factors in the postseason, so some players who won PFF awards may find themselves jumped in the 101 by rivals who had a playoff run worthy of a change in ranking.

Disagree with the players we've included here? Let us know on Twitter (@PFF).

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes' season was a legacy-building year. The debate is no longer about whether he is the best quarterback in the game, but simply about how long he needs to play at this level before he is unquestionably the greatest the game has ever seen. What he was able to do in the playoffs on a high ankle sprain will become the stuff of legend in years to come.

2. Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF’s Defensive Player of the Year only added to his spectacular season in the playoffs, where he added 20 total pressures to his tally and took over the game late in the AFC Championship to down the Bengals and their patchwork offensive line.

3. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati overhauled its offensive line to make Burrow’s life easier, but by playoff time, injuries meant the Bengals were right back where they started. Nonetheless, Burrow continued to look excellent, as he came up just short of completing four-straight wins against Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC title game.

4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Just stop Kelce, and you can stop the Chiefs' offense. That was the plan for pretty much every team all season long and yet, Kelce caught 137 passes for almost 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns, including the postseason, gaining 2.3 yards per route run while remaining virtually impossible to slow down.

5. Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

It’s worth remembering that this was Parsons' first full-time season as an edge rusher. He was immediately one of the best in the game, dominating lesser opponents and beating some of the best tackles in the game for their first sacks allowed this season. 

6. Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Parsons and Nick Bosa‘s statistics are obvious, but Cleveland’s defense forces onlookers to dig a little deeper to see Garrett’s dominance. He actually led the NFL in pass-rush win rate as well as wins that didn’t get a chance to become pressure because the ball came out before he could affect the quarterback.

7. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

Hill's impact on Miami’s offense was obvious this season. He led the league in yards per route run  (3.07) by more than half a yard, and his 48 explosive plays as a pass-catcher were one more than Justin Jefferson in second place. He was a true game-changer whose pursuit of records faltered when his quarterback was injured.

8. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

There was very little to separate Hill and Jefferson, who had just one fewer explosive play than the Miami speedster.  Jefferson flirted with Calvin Johnson’s all-time single-season receiving record before finishing short with 1,809 yards on the season. Jefferson gained a first down 83 times this season, including the playoffs — the most among wideouts. 

9. Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

Despite playing with an injury throughout the playoffs, Johnson allowed just 11 hurries across 18 games this season with virtually no schematic help at any point. None of his allowed pressure registered as sacks or even knockdowns. 

10. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Jacobs broke 90 tackles this season on 339 rushing attempts, gaining over 1,100 yards after contact behind a Raiders offensive line that improved as the year wore on but was far from dominant. Jacobs averaged 3.4 yards per carry after contact and accumulated 94 rushing first downs — 21 more than any other back. 

11. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

One of the game's very best defenders this season, Bosa tied for the league lead with 90 pressures in the regular season before adding eight more in the playoffs. Bosa was a problem for any offense that had to block him, and he was the best run defender among the top edge rushers this season.

12. Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta’s offense becoming the most run-heavy offense in the game played right into Lindstrom's hands, as he built on a good career thus far to become a human bulldozer this season. Lindstrom was a phenomenal run blocker all season long, and he allowed just nine total pressures across 17 games and over 500 pass-blocking snaps. An underrated element: He committed just two penalties all season.

13. Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers

Williams has been arguably the league's best offensive lineman over the last several seasons and did little this year to change that story. He led all offensive tackles in overall PFF grade (91.7) for the third year in a row, allowing 19 total pressures in 17 games.

14. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

The Allen experience was something to behold this season. He ended up leading the league in both big-time throws (44) and turnover-worthy plays (29) in addition to the work he did on the ground rushing the football. Allen was more of a rollercoaster this season than he had been in the last couple of years, but the Bills' offense dominated largely because of him.

15. Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants

Unfortunately for Lawrence, his worst game of the season came in the playoffs against the best offensive line in the game (Philadelphia), but outside of that performance, he was virtually unstoppable. His domination of Minnesota the week prior is a big reason the Giants made it to the Eagles game. Lawrence racked up 70 pressures, including the playoffs, and 42 defensive stops.

16. Andrew Thomas, New York Giants

It’s hard to believe that Thomas was a liability as a rookie left tackle for the Giants. This year, he was consistently one of football's best tackles, finishing with 81.0-plus PFF grades as both a run blocker and pass protector.

17. Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

Kelce was once again as good as it gets at the center position this season. As part of the best offensive line in the game, Kelce dominated in the run game, especially on the move, but also allowed just 11 hurries across  753 pass-blocking snaps, including the playoffs.

18. Sauce Gardner, New York Jets

Gardner had one of the best rookie seasons the league has seen in years, as he was the game's best cornerback in his first year. He allowed just 45.9% of passes thrown into his coverage to be caught and recorded 14 pass breakups on just 74 targets.

19. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders and Derek Carr underachieved, but Adams showed why the team brought him over in the offseason, as he finished the regular season with over 1,500 yards, 2.45 yards per route run and a league-leading 14 touchdowns. Adams was still a dominant force, but it just didn’t propel the Raiders' offense as far forward as they expected it to.

20. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

Brown’s presence in Philadelphia's offense was transformative. He was the catalyst for improvements across the board, changing how aggressive Jalen Hurts is with downfield passing while opening space up for DeVonta Smith and others. Brown averaged 3.4 yards per route run against man coverage, the fourth-most in the league.

21. Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs

Humphrey was one of the league's few centers who was capable of physically matching up with behemoth nose tackles, such as D.J. Reader, who had been terrorizing undersized players at the position all season. Humphrey was a dominant run and pass blocker all season, allowing 18 pressures in 17 games.

22. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

With Jacoby Brissett at quarterback for the first eleven weeks of the season, Chubb was the focal point of the Browns' offense. He gained over 1,000 rushing yards after contact, breaking 83 tackles on 302 carries. 

23. Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

Last season, Crosby led the NFL in pressures going up against an extremely favorable slate of opposing tackles. This year, he backed up the performance despite a much tougher run, finishing the year with 81 total pressures and an 82.5 PFF run-defense grade.

24. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

One of the surprises of the season, Hurts proved that he can be the guy in Philadelphia, as he was able to go toe to toe with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in one of the best Super Bowls in memory…until the ending. Hurts is a dynamic threat at all levels and produced 68 rushing first downs in the regular season.

25. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Few players were as singularly responsible for their team’s receiving success as Diggs in Buffalo, as he accounted for 149 targets in the regular season while Gabriel Davis came in second place with 93. Diggs caught 108 passes while no other Buffalo receiver topped 50. He was every defense's sole focus and yet still produced, earning a 90.1 PFF grade.

26. Christian Darrisaw, Minnesota Vikings

Darrisaw's major breakout season for the Vikings was blotted somewhat when he was rushed back from a concussion, leading to a second one in fairly quick succession. Darrisaw ended the season with an 81.8-plus PFF grade as both a run blocker and pass protector.

27. Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

Williams' mid-season injury slowed down what was potentially a Defensive Player of the Year kind of season, but he still ended the year with 52 total pressures, 32 defensive stops and a 90.1 overall PFF grade — the best of his career by almost 10 grading points.

28. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

St. Brown may not have the same skill set as some other dominant receivers, but it’s difficult to overlook just how effective he has been for Detroit despite little help around him. This season, he was one of six receivers to post a 90.0-plus PFF grade, and he dropped just four passes from 139 targets.

29. Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

With T.J. Watt missing from the lineup for half the season, Heyward had to do the heavy lifting for the Steelers' defense this season. He recorded 58 total pressures and 43 defensive stops, earning an 89.8 overall PFF grade.

30. Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams

On opening night, Wagner looked like he may be well into his decline in his Rams debut. But for the rest of the season, he bounced back to show that he’s still an elite linebacker, tallying 50 defensive stops and missing just four of his 137 tackle attempts on the season.

31. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

McCaffrey became the final version of his potential this season in San Francisco after the team traded for him midseason. He was an elite ball carrier and receiver, but his ability to line up all over the formation and interchange alignments with Deebo Samuel became a nightmare for opposing defenses to contend with.

32. Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

Surtain is one of the game's smoothest and most in-control cornerbacks. With Denver’s offense struggling, pressure was always on the defense to lock down opponents, and Surtain consistently excelled at that task. Only Sauce Gardner had a higher PFF coverage grade this season.

33. Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns

Bitonio started the season with a curiously average performance against Carolina, but from that moment on, he was dominant. He finished the year with an 87.5 overall PFF grade and was above 80.0 in each facet of play. He allowed 20 pressures in 17 games.

34. Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers

Warner continues to show he has special ability as an NFL linebacker. He makes more improbable plays — such as running step for step with CeeDee Lamb down the seam from mugging the A-gap pre-snap — than any other linebacker in football.

35. Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans

There may have been no better pass-blocking left tackle this season than Tunsil. He finished with a 91.7 PFF pass-blocking grade from 17 games, featuring 17 total pressures — only one of which was a sack. 

36. Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles

Graham looked close to washed last year but was back to his best form this season at almost 35 years old. Graham recorded 55 total pressures in more of a rotational role for the Eagles, earning an 89.8 PFF pass-rushing grade.

37. Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams

Ramsey was good as a cover corner from his inside alignment for the Rams, but he was otherworldly against the run, where his 91.8 PFF grade was the best in the league. Ramsey spent a lot of time lined up in the box or in the slot, putting him closer to the action than he used to be as a boundary corner.

38. Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles

One of the free agent signings of the season, Reddick ended up with 87 total pressures, including the playoffs. He recorded 19 pressures in three postseason games and was one of the most consistent speed rush threats in the league all year.

39. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

For those wondering if Chase’s production might slow down once teams had a better handle on him, this season suggested the answer to that is “not really.” Even missing time, Chase still racked up over 1,000 yards in just 12 games and was a major factor in all three postseason performances.

40. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

When the 49ers need to lean on Kittle, he shows that he is still a dominant game-breaker. He generated almost 1,000 yards receiving, including the playoffs, but they tended to come in feast or famine bursts due to the volume of playmakers San Francisco can deploy. Passes thrown his way this season generated a 140.5 passer rating.

41. D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals

Few players put together the kind of highs that Reader did this season, and injury prevented him from having one of the very best seasons in the entire league. He produced 32 pressures from 310 pass-rushing snaps and was a brick wall against the run. 

42. Montez Sweat, Washington Commanders

With Chase Young out for almost all of the season, Sweat was the Commanders' primary source of edge pressure this season. Sweat accumulated 62 total pressures and 30 defensive stops, earning 83.8-plus PFF grades in both facets of play.

43. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“Father Time” may have finally caught up with Tom Brady, but David seems to still be evading his grip. David posted impressive PFF grades in every facet of play and allowed just one touchdown into his coverage from 82 targets this season.

44. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers

When Fitzpatrick plays at his best, there is no better safety in the game, and this season was arguably the longest-sustained period of elite play in his career. He generated six interceptions and four pass breakups, earning the highest PFF coverage grade of his career (83.3).

45. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa was leading an offense that was matching Kansas City and Buffalo's output until concussions first interrupted and then ended his season. He ended up playing in just 13 games and had a little over 400 dropbacks, but the difference between this year and his career to date is stark.

46. Derrick Brown, Carolina Panthers

One of a number of young, interior linemen to bring their game to a new level in 2022, Brown was on a tear this year, setting new career highs for pressures (40) and defensive stops (31). Additionally, he produced, by far, the best PFF grade (84.4) of his young career.

47. Jordan Mailata, Philadelphia Eagles

One-fifth of the best offensive line in football, Mailata earned 76.3-plus PFF grades in each facet of play. He allowed no sacks and just one hurry from three postseason games, dominating in the run game in the postseason as well.

48. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

This year, Donald suffered the first significant injury of his NFL career, but in a little more than 600 snaps, he was still one of the league's most destructive players. Donald posted 40 pressures and 33 defensive stops in a fraction of the snaps that it took other dominant players.

49. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas still couldn’t quite bring themselves to install Pollard as the true alpha back in their offense, but for the first time, he was given a far more even split with Ezekiel Elliott and continued to dramatically outperform the former fourth-overall pick. Pollard averaged 3.76 yards per carry after contact, breaking 51 tackles —18 more than Elliott on 40 fewer carries.

50. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

Lamb ended up carrying Dallas' passing attack almost single-handedly this season, producing 121 receptions, including the playoffs, with no other Dallas player notching more than 47. Lamb gained 2.39 yards per route run — late-season addition T.Y. Hilton was the only other receiver to generate more than 1.25.

51. Za'Darius Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Smith was a problem all season for opposing offenses to block. He tallied 80 total pressures over the season, with almost half of those coming from an inside alignment, where his speed and quickness proved way too much for guards to contend with.

52. Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints

Since arriving in New Orleans, Davis has been one of the best linebackers in football, and this year was no exception. He recorded four pass breakups in coverage and racked up 43 defensive stops while earning impressive grades in every area except tackling, where 17 misses was a rare below-average return for him.

53. Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee Titans

Until he picked up an ankle injury midway through the season, Simmons was on a Defensive Player of the Year type of run. He still finished with 53 total pressures and 27 defensive stops, and the Titans' defense was visibly less potent when Simmons wasn’t 100%.

54. Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady had the fastest average time to throw (2.31 seconds) in the NFL, which certainly helped his offensive line, but Wirfs allowed just six pressures all season, and two of them came after he returned from injury. He is as good as it gets from a pass-protecting standpoint in the NFL.

55. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

After missing significant time with injuries in recent seasons, Hunter was back to something like his best play this season for the Vikings. He totaled 76 pressures including the playoffs, the second most of his career, and earned the second-best overall PFF grade (87.1) in his career.

56. Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati Bengals

Hendrickson continues to go from strength to strength in the NFL. He is on a streak of three consecutive career years, adding to last season’s 86.9 PFF pass-rushing grade with an 87.7 mark this season on the back of 74 pressures and 24 defensive stops.

57. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee offense collapsed in 2022, but Henry came back from last season’s injury showing little signs of decline. Despite one of the worst offensive lines in the game paving the way for him, Henry racked up more than 1,200 rushing yards after contact this season, breaking 69 tackles and posting yet another 300-plus-carry year.

58. Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins

Miami fielded a dramatically improved defensive front this year, and Wilkins was one of the biggest drivers of that. Wilkins had 33 total pressures and was one of just two interior defenders to play more than 1,000 snaps, with Super Bowl champ Chris Jones the only player to top him in workload.

59. Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins

Phillips may have sacked the quarterback 10 times in each of his first two seasons, but those two years were very different by almost any other measure. Year 2 was a huge step forward for the former first-round pick. He recorded 77 total pressures including the playoffs, almost doubling last season’s total. His 42 defensive stops were more than twice his rookie mark, and his PFF grade jumped by more than 30 grading points.

60. Tyrann Mathieu, New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans defense underachieved in 2022, but there were impressive individual performances within the unit, and Tyrann Mathieu was one of them. In coverage, Mathieu had four pass breakups to go along with three interceptions, and he lined up all over the Saints' secondary.

61. Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers

Ward justified the contract the 49ers gave him in the offseason and had an excellent year. He finished with 11 pass breakups in addition to his lone interception and posted the best PFF run-defense grade of any outside cornerback (91.0).

62. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Barkley had a career year this past season and was one of the leading candidates for Comeback Player of the Year. Behind a terrible Giants offensive line, he was able to record more than 1,400 rushing yards and score 12 touchdowns. He broke 41 tackles overall and helped propel the Giants past the Vikings on the road in the playoffs.

63. Kolton Miller, Las Vegas Raiders

Miller has become a good left tackle after some early-career struggles. This season marked his second consecutive overall PFF grade of at least 84.0, and he earned a mark over 75.0 in each facet of play. He allowed 33 total pressures across 16 starts.

64. Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers

He wasn’t quite able to play at a high level all season, but there were stretches this year where Alexander was as good as any cornerback in football, including limiting Justin Jefferson to just one catch for 15 yards in Week 17. 

65. Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

There may not be a more complete NFL safety than Derwin James, who was able to post his second straight largely injury-free season for the Chargers. James has yet to earn a below-average PFF grade in any facet of play over a season in his NFL career.

66. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

With Tyreek Hill putting up record-setting numbers in the Miami offense for much of the season, it’s easy to ignore Waddle's continued success. Waddle almost doubled last season’s yards per reception figure in the new offense, and passes thrown his way generated a 119.2 passer rating.

67. DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis Colts

One of the few players with significant positives to take away from an ugly Colts season, Buckner posted an 82.3 overall PFF grade and recorded 56 pressures and 47 defensive stops.

68. Brian O'Neill, Minnesota Vikings

O’Neill gave up 24 total pressures in 16 games at right tackle for the Vikings this season. His run blocking was outstanding, with him earning an 83.3 PFF grade in that facet, and his absence due to injury late in the year was an obvious problem for Minnesota to try and overcome.

69. Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills

Edmunds put together a career year as he heads into free agency, finally showcasing the play that many believed him capable of given his age and physical skill set. He was particularly excellent in coverage, earning the best PFF grade of any off-ball linebacker (90.0) this past season.

70. Ryan Neal, Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s defense was a surprising unit this season thanks in part to players like Ryan Neal at safety. He played almost 800 snaps for the Seahawks and posted an 84.4 PFF coverage grade thanks to six pass breakups and a very strong second half of the season.

71. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

Before the season, it was almost impossible to foresee the kind of year Geno Smith would have at quarterback for the Seahawks. Only the Bills' Josh Allen posted more big-time throws than Smith’s 34, with the veteran showing that he can do much more than act as a bridge quarterback.

72. Javon Hargrave, Philadelphia Eagles

Only Dexter Lawrence and Chris Jones earned better PFF pass-rushing grades than Hargrave this past season among interior linemen. Hargrave racked up 57 total pressures and 30 defensive stops including the playoffs, but he did record just a 48.2 PFF run-defense grade.

73. Michael Onwenu, New England Patriots

Finally given the chance to start all season at one position, Onwenu continued to excel on the Patriots' offensive line. He allowed 14 total pressures in 2022, and six of those came in the final three games, including the only sack he let up. 

74. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Despite dealing with no real threat at wide receiver for most of the year and backup quarterbacks for some of it, Andrews remained elite for the Ravens. He caught 73 of the 110 targets thrown his way, dropping just four passes all season.

75. Stephon Gilmore, Indianapolis Colts

Gilmore had a quiet resurgence this past season with the Colts, but it was largely overlooked because of how bad the team was overall. He finished with an 81.1 PFF coverage grade and eight pass breakups to go along with two interceptions.

76. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

The work that Wilson was able to do despite the Jets' quarterback situation was remarkable for a rookie. He racked up more than 1,100 yards, and his 22 broken tackles with the ball in his hands were more than any receiver outside of Deebo Samuel

77. Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions

Detroit’s offense was cooking for much of the year, and Sewell was a big part of that success at right tackle. He allowed 28 total pressures over 17 games and was one of the better run blockers in the league. He even caught a game-clinching pass against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14.

78. Patrick Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson may not have the same athletic ability as earlier in his career, but he has the experience and veteran savvy to still be an excellent zone cornerback. Peterson posted an 82.5 PFF coverage grade in 2022 — his best since 2018 — and allowed a 66.8 passer rating into his coverage.

79. T.J. Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles

The Super Bowl was an unfortunate way for his season to end, but Edwards had an excellent season for the Eagles at linebacker. He earned an above-average PFF grade in all facets of play over the season and made 51 defensive stops in the regular season. 

80. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

He may not have been leaned on quite as much as other players, but when Goedert got the call, he was ready to make plays. Including the playoffs, Goedert caught 83.5% of the passes thrown his way, averaging 1.79 yards per route run and dropping only two passes all season.

81. Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

Cooper is an instant success anywhere he goes in the NFL. Despite the Browns lacking an elite quarterback all year (between Jacoby Brissett’s play and the level Deshaun Watson was at when he returned), he racked up more than 1,100 yards and scored nine touchdowns, averaging 2.06 yards per route run.

82. Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles

Sweat had his most productive NFL season to date as part of Philadelphia’s aggressive defensive line rotation. He played almost 700 snaps including the playoffs, racking up 51 pressures and 36 defensive stops. His overall PFF grade (83.8) was just behind Brandon Graham and Haason Reddick within the rotation.

83. Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills

Outshone for the first time by Tremaine Edmunds, Milano still had a fine season for the Bills and put together multiple elite games over the year. Milano didn’t allow a touchdown all season into his coverage from 81 targets, and he had 57 defensive stops, including 11 in the playoffs.

84. Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles

At one point in the year, you could have made the case that the Eagles had the league’s best two cornerbacks based on how they were performing. That play tailed off a little as the season wore on, but Slay still allowed just 56.6% of passes thrown his way to be caught and broke up nine passes including the playoff run.

85. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Jones didn’t have much in the way of touchdown success this past season, but he was as good as ever running the football for the Packers. He averaged 3.2 yards per carry after contact while proving to be a consistent receiving threat.

86. Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers

Fred Warner is the superstar at linebacker for the 49ers, but Greenlaw has emerged as an excellent player in his own right alongside him. Greenlaw earned above-average PFF grades in every facet of play over the year and made 71 defensive stops including the playoffs, just one behind Warner.

87. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders

Yet again, McLaurin had to endure rough quarterback play in a season, and yet again he showed he can produce regardless. McLaurin caught 67.0% of the passes thrown his way in 2022 and led the team’s receivers by a distance with 2.04 yards per route run.

88. Nick Bolton, Kansas City Chiefs

We saw in the Super Bowl, on the biggest stage, just what Bolton is capable of, and the Chiefs linebacker ended his year with impressive grades in all areas. He finished with 61 total pressures including the playoffs and allowed just one touchdown in coverage.

89. James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles

Bradberry may well be unfortunately remembered as the player responsible for the holding call that cost the Eagles a game-winning chance at the end of the Super Bowl, but he was outstanding overall this past season. He allowed just a 51.8 passer rating into his coverage this season, and that penalty on the final drive of the season was just his third all year.

90. Tyson Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars

Campbell took a big leap forward in Year 2 in the NFL. The former second-round draft pick finished with nine pass breakups and wasn’t beaten for a pass longer than 25 yards all season. He surrendered just 9.7 yards per catch despite lining up almost exclusively on the outside.

91. Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s rookie safety had people worried in the preseason after some tough reps in practice and preseason games, but he looked like the assured college star once the games counted for real in the regular season. He became particularly adept as the season wore on at covering the slot against tight ends and running backs.

92. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson played in just 13 games in 2022 — his second straight injury-marred year — but those games saw him approach some of his best play again. He finished with a 5.0% big-time throw rate while adding 47 first downs and 6.9 yards per carry on the ground.

93. Kamren Curl, Washington Commanders

Curl was excellent at safety in just 12 games this past season, earning PFF grades of at least 80.0 in three separate areas. He missed only four tackles all year and was a consistent presence in coverage from a variety of different alignments.

94. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

After the disaster that was the Urban Meyer tenure in Jacksonville, Lawrence first turned the corner in Year 2 and then went on to play as well as any quarterback in the league by the end of it. From Week 9 onward, only Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes earned better PFF grades.

95. Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers

Linsley allowed just seven pressures across 15 games this past season, none of which were sacks. His run blocking wasn’t quite at the same level, but he has been arguably the best pass-blocking center in the game for several seasons.

96. Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Thuney finished the 2022 season with the best PFF pass-blocking grade among guards. He allowed just 20 total pressures in 18 games for the Chiefs and didn’t have a single performance all year with a below-average PFF pass-blocking grade.

97. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Cousins had some spectacular games in 2022, including passing for more than 10.0 yards per attempt on two separate occasions and leading the biggest comeback in NFL history, no matter how that comeback unfolded. He now has five straight years with a PFF grade of at least 79.3.

98. Connor Williams, Miami Dolphins

The only upgrade of the Miami offensive line to make it through the entire season, Connor Williams played 1,127 snaps this season and allowed just 16 total pressures over 18 games. He finished with an 85.6 PFF run-blocking grade and was a huge upgrade over last year.

99. L'Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

Sneed played both in the slot and out wide for the Chiefs this season and was the team’s best cornerback. He allowed 9.3 yards per reception and made a massive 44 defensive stops including the playoffs, the most of any cornerback in the league.

100. Rodney McLeod, Indianapolis Colts

McLeod had an excellent 2022 season for the Colts and was particularly good in the second half of the year. From Week 8 onward, he earned the second-best overall PFF grade among all safeties.

101. Jaycee Horn, Carolina Panthers

Horn has now allowed just 318 yards in his NFL career. He gave up a 52.6 passer rating this past season and did not let up a touchdown catch across 47 targets into his coverage.


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