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50 Best NFL Players for 2021

Quarterback Rankings Week 9: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is a three-time NFL MVP and the best among his peers entering the 2021 season

No one should be surprised that Aaron Rodgers leads off Athlon Sports' list of the top 50 NFL players entering the 2021 season. After all, he is the reigning MVP (for the third time in his career), and just because he and Green Bay's front office may not be in lockstep at the moment, that doesn't affect the caliber of player Rodgers is.

Speaking of caliber, the first three players on this list are surefire future Hall of Famers with Aaron Donald and Tom Brady following Rodgers. The next guy, Patrick Mahomes, is certainly on that same path as well. After that, you get a glimpse of the range of talent in the NFL with the rest of the top 10 consisting of an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a running back, a defensive back, another quarterback, and a tight end.

The guys under center continue to lead the way on this list, with nine quarterbacks making the top 50 followed by a total of eight offensive linemen (four tackles, four guards) and cornerbacks, running backs and wide receivers earning five representatives each. Overall, there are 30 offensive players and 20 defensive, so while the league may be tilted more towards one side of the ball, that doesn't mean defenses are completely helpless from a talent standpoint.

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2021 NFL Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE/FB I OL I DL I LB I DB

50 Best NFL Players for 2021

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
2. Aaron Donald, DI, Los Angeles Rams
3. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis Colts
6. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
7. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
8. Tyrann Mathieu, Slot/S, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
10. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
11. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
12. Xavien Howard, CB, Miami Dolphins
13. David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers
14. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
15. Cameron Heyward, DI, Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams
17. Trent Williams, OT, San Francisco 49ers
18. Shaquil Barrett, EDGE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
20. Jaire Alexander, CB, Green Bay Packers
21. DeForest Buckner, DI, Indianapolis Colts
22. Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans
23. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
24. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
25. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
26. Wyatt Teller, OG, Cleveland Browns
27. Zack Martin, OG, Dallas Cowboys
28. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Baltimore Ravens
29. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks
30. Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
31. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
32. J.C. Jackson, CB, New England Patriots
33. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
34. Chris Jones, DI, Kansas City Chiefs
35. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
36. T.J. Watt, EDGE, Pittsburgh Steelers
37. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
38. Myles Garrett, EDGE, Cleveland Browns
39. Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos
40. Za’Darius Smith, EDGE, Green Bay Packers
41. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
42. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota Vikings
43. Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
44. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
45. Darious Williams, CB, Los Angeles Rams
46. Garrett Bolles, OT, Denver Broncos
47. Ali Marpet, OG, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
48. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Los Angeles Rams
49. Darnell Savage, S, Green Bay Packers
50. Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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