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2020 NFL Top 100: Players 10-1

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With the NFL season, draft and free agency over, The Game Haus is ranking the top 100 players.

Six TGH staff members voted on their top 75 players, who were given scores based on their ranks, then sorted by their final score. The players were ranked regardless of position, and the editors broke any ties at their discretion.

Each article in this series will list ten players at a time, with brief comments on their 2019 performances and what is expected of them in 2020. Make sure to check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of May for the next list!

Today, players 10-1 are listed and evaluated.

10. Travis Kelce

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Kelce is changing the tight end position with his play. (Photo by Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Travis Kelce was coming off of the best season in an already impressive career when 2019 began, and somehow almost matched it. On his way to a Super Bowl championship, Kelce racked up over 1,000 yards for the fourth time in his career, scored five touchdowns and added a rushing TD for good measure. Not quite the double-digit touchdown season he had in 2019, but Patrick Mahomes missed time and the offense was somehow even more stacked. Kelce is always a threat, and is changing the game for tight ends. – Ben Hendricks

9. T.J. Watt

Watt had a game-breaking year in 2019. In addition to 14.5 sacks from the outside linebacker position, he also lead the entire NFL in forced fumbles, with eight. He also collected two interceptions last year, making him not only a threat to tackle for a loss, but may also take the ball away on top of it. Following in his older brother’s footsteps, he is already one of the best defensive players in the league in his third year. – Ben Hendricks

8. Russell Wilson

Some may argue that Russell Wilson deserves to be higher on this list, and for good reason. In his eight years as an NFL quarterback, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times. Wilson’s skillset has made him arguably the best quarterback in the league. In 2019, the QB completed 341 passes for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns, all while limiting his interceptions to five. His miraculous season was enough for Pro Football Focus to rank him as the best quarterback of 2019. As he heads into 2020, Wilson has shown no intentions of slowing down. – David Montoya

7. Bobby Wagner

A six-time Pro Bowler and five-time First Team All-Pro selection, Bobby Wagner is one of the most unsung superstars in the entire NFL. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks, and has been the only holdover from that “Legion of Boom” defense. Last season, his eighth in the league, Wagner led the NFL in combined tackles, picked up three sacks and intercepted a pass. The key to his game is consistency, which means he will likely be near this position on next year’s list.

6. Quenton Nelson

Interior offensive linemen rarely get love, but Nelson is one of the best players in the league. He has great awareness and physical traits, which allow him to play at an elite level. The Colts will have one of the best lines in the NFL in 2020 and Nelson is the best player of the group. – Joe DiTullio

5. Lamar Jackson

Although the season ended with a whimper for the NFL-best Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson still came out on top. The NFL MVP had an unprecedented season rushed for over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns, ending the season with the highest yards per rush in the league (6.9). But maybe more impressive than that was how wrong he proved his doubters by throwing for over 3,000 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns. He was head and shoulders above all of the quarterback competition, he has a chip on his shoulder, and he is only getting started. – Ben Hendricks

4. Christian McCaffrey

In 2019, Christian McCaffrey earned his first Pro Bowl selection as well as his first two First-Team All-Pro selections. Yes, two selections. He earned himself the honors of being First-Team running back and First-Team flex due to his efforts last season. McCaffrey was able to accomplish this feat because of his work in the running and receiving game. The running back rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns on 287 carries. In addition, he caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns. In doing so, McCaffrey became only the third player in history to reach 1,000+ yards rushing and receiving. – David Montoya

3. Michael Thomas

2019 was the year of breaking records for wide receiver Michael Thomas. In just one season alone, Thomas broke the NFL record for the most receptions (149) and reception yards (1,725). He also had the most targets than any other wide receiver (180). In 2020, Thomas will be expected to be targeted much more, which can result in more reception yards and records being broken. – Loreal Nix

2. Patrick Mahomes

At just 24 years old, Patrick Mahomes is playing some of the best football many has ever witnessed from a quarterback. Mahomes recorded 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2019. But what was most impressive from Mahomes was his post-season performances, like leading his team to a 21-0 run to win Super Bowl LIV. Now with one championship under his belt, there’s no doubt that Mahomes is hungry to win another one in 2020. – Loreal Nix

1. Aaron Donald

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Aaron Donald tops the list for the second year in a row. (Photo by Kelvin Kuo/AP Photo)

Donald is always near the top of these lists because he is a freak of nature. He has outstanding leverage, gets off the snap well and is often double or triple-teamed. His ability to produce even though everyone is focusing on him is incredible. Donald is one of the greatest players of all time and will lead the Rams’ defense again. – Joe DiTullio

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