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Conor Orr's Top 10 players of 2015


Wednesday night marks the end of our journey on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown as players 10 through 1 will be revealed starting at 8 p.m. ET.

We at Around The NFL are offering up our own top 10 selections. Please note that NFL players had zero input in the creation of these lists. So they should make a lot more sense.

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. J.J. Watt
3. Tom Brady
4. Andrew Luck
5. Peyton Manning
6. Darrelle Revis
7. Odell Beckham, Jr.
8. Marshawn Lynch
9. Earl Thomas
10. Tyron Smith

» I wish there was a way for me to fit Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger into my Top 10, but I tried to not favor quarterbacks too heavily. Tyron Smith, for example, is almost unstoppable as a left tackle. That is such a hard value to find as there are only about five elite-level left tackles in football. This merits a Top 10 ranking for me.

» I suppose I'm tipping my hand in terms of my overall cornerback ratings here as well. I don't necessarily subscribe to the school that Richard Sherman is only talented because he plays with two elite safeties, but I do think Darrelle Revis is a better overall cover corner. I also think that Earl Thomas is more instrumental to the Legion of Boom's success.

» Everyone will likely say a version of this and it's true: Anyone who isn't voting for Aaron Rodgers just doesn't watch professional football on a regular basis. We're lucky to have such a talented player that can bridge the eras between Peyton and Luck.

» Odell Beckham Jr. fits so perfectly with Eli Manning and his speed is simply dominant. If he can control celebrity and the rest of the outside world creeping in, he will be a star.

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