Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, the TGH staff have ranked their top 100 players for the 2021 season.
Five 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 10 players at a time, with brief comments on their 2020 performances and what is expected of them in 2021. Make sure to check back every Friday for the next 10 players in our list!
Today, we list and evaluate players 30-21 in our list of the 2021 NFL Top 100.
30. Corey Linsley
Corey Linsley is PFF’s highest rated center in the entire NFL. He used that distinction to switch teams, from the Green Bay Packers to the Los Angeles Chargers, and earn a huge payday. His new deal is worth $62.5 million over five years, which is massive for an interior lineman.
But as stated, he earned that big deal and likely was not overpaid. Linsley was First Team All-Pro in 2020, even as he missed time with a knee injury. He will join former Packer Bryan Bulaga on that Chargers’ line, assuring some familiarity to help him return to his top-of-the-league form in 2021. -Ben Hendricks
29. Joey Bosa
Bosa has already become one of the best line-wrecking defensive ends in the entire league, in just five seasons. In 63 games, he has 47.5 sacks, 240 combined tackles and 109 quarterback hits. In 2020, Bosa played in 12 games and racked up 7.5 sacks, his second-lowest total since he played in only seven games in 2018. Even so, he earned his third Pro Bowl selection and will probably find himself there more than a few more times as his career progresses. -Ben Hendricks
28. Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner’s resume is pretty ridiculous. The linebacker has seven Pro Bowl appearances, six First Team All-Pro selections, has led the NFL in combined tackles twice (2016 and 2019) and solo tackles once (2017). Oh, he also has a Super Bowl championship under his belt, too.
2020 was one of Wagner’s All-Pro/Pro Bowl seasons. He had three sacks, eight pass deflections and 138 combined tackles. These numbers all came as the signal caller for a rollercoaster of a defense that could not find its stride and stay there. Wagner, however, never wavered. He is easily one of the most consistent players in the NFL. -Ben Hendricks
27. Wyatt Teller
Buffalo probably still laments letting Wyatt Teller go. In his two years in Cleveland, he has become one of the best guards in the entire league, let alone right guards. 2020 was his third year in the NFL and it was also his best. The only problem with his last season was his unavailability, as he missed five games. If he was healthy for all 16, he certainly would have been a Pro Bowl selection. Alas, he will likely continue to fly under the radar until he can play a full 16-game season. Either way, when he plays, he is surely one of the NFL’s Top 100 players. -Ben Hendricks
26. Khalil Mack
Mack is a six-time Pro Bowler and has been a dominant linebacker throughout his years in the NFL. In 2020, he had 50 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. Mack has finished in the top 10 in tackles for loss during multiple seasons. He also knows how to get after the quarterback, producing a lot of sacks, as he had nine in 2020. The veteran linebacker has put up many impressive stats during his time in the NFL and he is still playing at a high level. Look out for Mack to put together another Pro Bowl year in 2021. -Matthew Brown
25. Fred Warner
Fred Warner another player whose placement on this list that some might find surprising. But in his three years, he has never taken less than 94 percent of defensive snaps. That kind of durability could earn him a place on this list alone, but his versatility out of the linebacker position is really what places him this high.
In 2020, Warner grabbed two interceptions, deflected six passes, forced one fumble and recovered two. He also added a sack to that diverse stat line. His 125 tackles last season were also the most of his career. Warner is a player to watch, as he can do it all. Expect him to be on this list again next season -Ben Hendricks
24. Dalvin Cook
Cook has played in the NFL since 2017, and has only gotten better as his career has progressed. He really flourished in the NFL during his last two seasons. In 2019, Cook compiled 1,135 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. In 2020, he did even better, rushing for 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns. Cook earned a Pro Bowl bid for both of these spectacular seasons.
His most impressive attributes include fighting for extra yardage and his elusiveness. He is also speedy and will outrun most defenders if they let him get in the open field. In short, he has solidified himself as one of the more dangerous running back in the league. Cook deserves to be on the 2020 list and will likely do the same in 2021.. -Matthew Brown
23. DeForest Buckner
In his first season as a Colt, DeForest Bucker earned his first All-Pro Selection. What’s further is he managed to earn it while missing one full game and two starts last year. He defended three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one in 2020. Add those numbers to his 9.5 sacks and 58 tackles and those are the makings of a NFL Top 100 player. Expect him to continue to appear on these lists as the Colts continue support him on that defensive line. -Ben Hendricks
22. Tyreek Hill
Hill is easily one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is known for his lightning fast speed and his excellent route running. He is also spectacular at finding the endzone. The Super Bowl champion has been dominant during his last couple seasons in the NFL. In 2019, he had 860 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. In 2020, had 1,276 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hill has made the Pro Bowl in each of his five NFL seasons. He will now be seeking another Super Bowl in Kansas City, Mahomes and company in 2021. -Matthew Brown
21. Trent Williams
Williams got what he wanted in 2020, which was to get away from Washington. After missing the entire 2019 season due to a litany of reasons, he failed to skip a beat in his first season with the San Francisco 49ers. He also continued his streak of Pro Bowl appearances, getting to his eighth straight (2019 not withstanding). Left tackle is such an important position, and Williams plays it better than most. That is enough to earn him a spot on this list. -Ben Hendricks