I'm still surprised that Patrick Mahomes didn't get the No. 1 spot, let alone a nod for the top-three. But hey, I'm just an up-and-coming sportswriter. The annual NFL Top 100 list is determined by the players themselves, the guys who have to face off against the game's most popular stars and experience their greatness firsthand. I'll withdraw my opinion and just tell it like it is.
Lamar Jackson earned the No. 1 spot on the 2020 NFL Top 100 list, while Russell Wilson served as the runner-up. Aaron Donald rounded out the top three, while Patrick Mahomes and Michael Thomas ranked at No. 4 and No. 5. The top running back on the list was Christian McCaffrey, at No. 6, while George Kittle was the top-ranking tight end, at No. 7 -- the highest ranking for a tight end in the history of the NFL Top 100.
The first of the top duo to be revealed, obviously, was Wilson at No. 2.
Wilson threw for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions last season, adding on an additional 342 rushing yards and three scores on the grounds.
Last year, Wilson came in at No. 25 on the list, while he ranked at No. 11 after the 2017 season.
"He's almost a running back," said Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints, "except with a killer arm."
You want an "almost" running back? How about Lamar Jackson, who ranked at No. 1 for his debut on the NFL Top 100 list? You know, the guy who broke Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback with a mind-blowing 1,206 yards on the ground? And the guy that led the league with 36 passing touchdowns? And became the second-youngest MVP in league history, one of only two players to ever receive a unanimous vote?
Okay, maybe it isn't so crazy that Lamar was voted No. 1.
In interviews that were part of the list reveal, Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton called him a "cheat code." Buccaneers star Mike Evans lauded his ability to mature quickly. Even Russell Wilson acknowledged that Jackson had been "electric" throughout the whole season.
As for Jackson himself, he said it was an honor and that he could have expected to be named to the top five, but not to the very top spot on the list. His genuine reaction to receiving the award is really heartwarming to watch.
Who do you think should have been No. 1? Would you rather have Patrick Mahomes than either Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson? Let us know on Twitter @RDCSports!