2017 NFL free agency: The original top 101 players

  • By Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling NFL.com
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For context, here is the original list of the Top 101 Free Agents of 2017. This is how the board looked upon its initial unveiling, before franchise tags, signings and releases muddled the rankings.

1) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers running back
2) Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle
3) Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs safety
4) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins quarterback
5) Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals linebacker
6) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver
7) Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals defensive end
8) Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle
9) Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers linebacker
10) Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive end

11) Dont'a Hightower, New England Patriots linebacker
12) A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans cornerback
13) Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo Bills cornerback
14) Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals guard
15) Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams cornerback
16) Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns wide receiver
17) Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle
18) Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants defensive tackle
19) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins wide receiver
20) Tony Jefferson, Arizona Cardinals safety

21) T.J. Lang, Green Bay Packers guard
22) Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers linebacker
23) Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots tight end
24) Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle
25) T.J. McDonald, Los Angeles Rams safety
26) Riley Reiff, Detroit Lions offensive tackle
27) Zach Brown, Buffalo Bills linebacker
28) Larry Warford, Detroit Lions guard
29) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins wide receiver
30) Logan Ryan, New England Patriots cornerback

31) Alan Branch, New England Patriots defensive tackle
32) Micah Hyde, Green Bay Packers defensive back
33) Chris Baker, Washington Redskins defensive end
34) Ricky Wagner, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle
35) Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys safety
36) Jabaal Sheard, New England Patriots defensive end
37) Nick Fairley, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle
38) Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver
39) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers running back
40) Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers tight end

41) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback
42) Michael Floyd, New England Patriots wide receiver
43) Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle
44) Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals linebacker
45) Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback
46) Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
47) Morris Claiborne, Dallas Cowboys cornerback
48) Johnathan Cyprien, Jacksonville Jaguars safety
49) Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers defensive end
50) Russell Okung, Denver Broncos offensive tackle

51) Julius Peppers, Green Bay Packers linebacker
52) Ronald Leary, Dallas Cowboys guard
53) DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos linebacker
54) James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
55) Jared Odrick, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end
56) Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
57) Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders running back
58) Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins wide receiver
59) Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys cornerback
60) Lawrence Guy, Baltimore Ravens defensive end

61) LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots running back
62) Mario Williams, Miami Dolphins defensive end
63) Chance Warmack, Tennessee Titans guard
64) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans wide receiver
65) Dwight Freeney, Atlanta Falcons defensive end
66) Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts tight end
67) Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle
68) Bradley McDougald, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety
69) John Simon, Houston Texans linebacker
70) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver

71) Nick Mangold, New York Jets center
72) Kelvin Beachum, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle
73) Andre Branch, Miami Dolphins defensive end
74) Datone Jones, Green Bay Packers linebacker
75) JC Tretter, Green Bay Packers center
76) Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills linebacker
77) Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals running back
78) Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears quarterback
79) Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills wide receiver
80) Ryan Clady, New York Jets offensive tackle

81) Mike Remmers, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle
82) Danny Woodhead, Los Angeles Chargers running back
83) Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets quarterback
84) D.J. Swearinger, Arizona Cardinals safety
85) Jahleel Addae, Los Angeles Chargers safety
86) Nolan Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback
87) Erik Walden, Indianapolis Colts linebacker
88) Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota Vikings cornerback
89) Geno Smith, New York Jets quarterback
90) Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver

91) Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins tight end
92) Christine Michael, Green Bay Packers running back
93) DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers running back
94) Devin Taylor, Detroit Lions defensive end
95) Malcolm Smith, Oakland Raiders linebacker
96) Terrell McClain, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle
97) Karl Klug, Tennessee Titans defensive end
98) Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers wide receiver
99) Chris Long, New England Patriots defensive end
100) William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end
101) Darius Butler, Indianapolis Colts defensive back