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My top 100, 1-10: Patriots QB Tom Brady tops the list (again)

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"The Top 100 Players of 2017" reaches its finale on Monday, June 26, with the final 10 names revealed in a two-hour special beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The conversation will continue on the "Top 100 Players Reactions" show, airing immediately after at 10 p.m. ET.

For the second straight year, NFL Media's Ike Taylor is sharing his own spin on "The Top 100," listing who he thinks is among the league's best heading into next season. Let's conclude this activity by revealing his final set of rankings, Nos. 1-10:

» No. 1: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
» No. 2: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
» No. 3: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
» No. 4: Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders
» No. 5: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
» No. 6: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
» No. 7: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
» No. 8: Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
» No. 9: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
» No. 10: Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

What's different from my top 10 last season? I have three quarterbacks in the mix, not five. What's the same? Tom Brady sits at No. 1. (Weird, I know.) What else can be said about TB12? He's won five Super Bowl titles and is hungrier than ever. Rings might hit his other hand after this season. Aaron Rodgers was incredible in 2016, and if he's on another team, he might have more than one title. He can throw the ball from every angle and from awkward positions, while always making the play. Matt Ryan had the best season of any quarterback last year and was rewarded with the league MVP award. He's becoming one of the league's best players, not just one of the best QBs. It will be interesting to see how Matty Ice carries the Falcons' offense without Kyle Shanahan.

After last season, I don't think anyone will object to having the remaining four offensive studs this high up. Antonio Brown is pound for pound the best wideout -- and best route runner -- in the league. He's a huge weapon for the Steelers, and he's nearly uncoverable. I love it! Julio Jones is a freak of nature, period. His size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), speed and athleticism make for a rare combination. He's one of the main reasons Matt Ryan has been so successful of late. Odell Beckham Jr. has it all -- and, most importantly, the determination to be great. The Giants' gifted receiver could get five passes in a game and score at least twice. He's that good. Le'Veon Bell could play several positions with his patience, explosiveness and spatial awareness. He's about to take over in 2017.

I can't not recognize Khalil Mack, Richard Sherman and Von Miller for what they did last season, and for what they will do going forward. Mack lands at No. 4 -- after being No. 41 last year (sure proved me wrong!) -- having become a true game changer for the Raiders. In Year 3, he had 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and one INT. Mack hasn't scratched the surface of his potential. I'm not going to say he's immortal, but he's damn close. Sherman is the best all-around cornerback in the NFL. He can tackle, cover and force turnovers. Denver's got a gem in Von Miller, who possesses a motor that's out of this world. The Super Bowl 50 MVP is super athletic and we're going to be talking about him for a long time. This unique pass rusher is on his way to Canton.

Follow Ike Taylor on Twitter @Ike_SwagginU.

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