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The NFL Network recently completed its countdown of the Top 100 players in the NFL for 2017, as voted on by the players, and we couldn’t help but notice the number of quarterbacks on the list.

16 made it.

Three quarterbacks are ranked among the Top 10 players in the league. Eight are among the NFL’s Top 25 players. 11 are among the Top 50.

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QBs in NFL Top 100 rankings

  1. Tom Brady | New England Patriots (No. 1 overall)
  2. Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers (No. 6 overall)    
  3. Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons (No. 10 overall)
  4. Derek Carr | Oakland Raiders (No. 11 overall)
  5. Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys (No. 14 overall)
  6. Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints (No. 16 overall)
  7. Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 22 overall)
  8. Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks (No. 24 overall)
  9. Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions (No. 31 overall)
  10. Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers (No. 44 overall)
  11. Marcus Mariota | Tennessee Titans (No. 50 overall)
  12. Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts (No. 51 overall)
  13. Jameis Winston | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 57 overall)
  14. Kirk Cousins | Washington Redskins (No. 70 overall)
  15. Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers (No. 73 overall)
  16. Alex Smith | Kansas City Chiefs (No. 81 overall)

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The NFL Network has counted down the Top 100 players in the NFL for 2017, as voted by the players. See who made the rankings.

No Carson Palmer?

Carson Palmer was the No. 4 ranked QB last year and also No. 12 overall in the NFL Top 100 rankings.

He slipped out of the rankings in 2017 and it didn’t go unnoticed.

For The Win’s Steven Ruiz lists the Cardinals QB among the biggest snubs on this year’s list.

He writes: “Statistically speaking, Palmer had a down year. But look at his tape and tell me he’s not one of the 15 best quarterbacks in this league right now. Palmer was consistently facing pressure playing behind a suspect line in an offense that likes to attack downfield. That’s a dangerous combination. He still managed to make a few ‘wow’ throws every week.”

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  • Newton was the No. 1 QB and the No. 1 player overall in last year’s NFL Top 100. He took quite a slip to No. 44.
  • Brady was the No. 2 ranked QB and the No. 2 overall ranking player on the list in 2016.
  • Rodgers was also No. 6 overall in the rankings last season. Smith was also No. 81 overall.
  • Wilson fell from No. 17 to No. 22. Rivers fell from No. 46 to No. 73.
  • Roethlisberger went up one spot from No. 22 in 2016. Brees gained 14 spots after being No. 30 a year ago.
  • Cousins gained 15 spots after being No. 85 last season. Luck went from being No. 92 in 2016 to No. 51 in 2017.
  • After being ranked last season, Andy Dalton, Eli Manning and Blake Bortles all weren’t ranked in 2017, just like Palmer.
  • At No. 100 last year, Carr just snuck into the rankings. He jumped all the way to No. 11 in 2017.
  • Ryan, Prescott, Stafford, Mariota and Winston were not ranked a year ago.

To see the complete list of the Top 100 NFL players for 2017, as ranked by the players, click here.

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