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Top 100 NFL Free Agents

Saturday, March 05, 2016


This is the Rotoworld Top 100 Board for 2016 Free Agency. The NFL's negotiating window begins on Monday, March 7, and the signing period opens Wednesday, March 9 at 4pm ET.

The top of these rankings will eventually and inevitably be depleted by franchise tags and re-signings. No more than 70 members of the Top 100 should be expected to actually hit the market on March 9, and the vast majority of those who do will be at the lower end of these rankings.

The Top 100 Board is limited to unrestricted free agents. Restricted free agents like Broncos RB C.J. Anderson very rarely change teams. A complete listing of 2016 free agents -- both unrestricted and restricted -- can be found at this link.

1. Von Miller -- 27 in March. NFL's most fearsome edge rusher. Not leaving DEN.
2. Josh Norman -- 28. Allowed league-low 54.0 QB rating in '15. Will stay in CAR.
3. Kirk Cousins -- Entering age-28 season. Led league in completion rate (69.8).
4. Muhammad Wilkerson -- 26. Top-five 3-4 end at PFF in back-to-back seasons.
5. Cordy Glenn -- Going on 27. Elite pass protector. Has made 57 straight starts.
6. Alshon Jeffery -- Just turned 26. 80+ yards and/or TD in 28 of last 38 games.
7. Olivier Vernon -- Won't turn 26 until October. 25.5 sacks over last 3 seasons.
8. Kelechi Osemele -- 27 in June. Elite guard made 4 starts at left tackle in '15.
9. Eric Berry -- 27. NFL Comeback POY. Playmaker & can cover TEs man to man.
10. Malik Jackson -- Just turned 26. Can play DE & DT. Consistently disruptive.
11. Ryan Fitzpatrick -- 33. Ranked top ten in TD passes (31). Won't leave NYJ.
12. Trumaine Johnson -- Just turned 26. 7 INTs in '15. 6'2/204 with long arms.
13. Janoris Jenkins -- 27. Inconsistent despite elite tools. Had best year in '15.
14. Russell Okung -- 28. Quality LT, but has missed 24 games last six seasons.
15. Sam Bradford -- 28. Average to below-average starter will get overpaid.
16. Alex Mack -- 30. 3-time Pro Bowler. Expected to exercise player opt-out.
17. Brandon Brooks -- Entering age-27 season. Freakishly athletic 6'5/346 OG.
18. Prince Amukamara -- 27 in June. Has missed 13 games the last two years.
19. Jason Pierre-Paul -- 27. Can still beat O-Linemen, but struggles to finish.
20. Eric Weddle -- 31. 3-time Pro Bowler coming off a career-worst season.
21. Alex Boone -- 29 in May. Mauler can play both guard spots & right tackle.
22. Greg Hardy -- 28 in July. Would be a top-3 FA if not for character issues.
23. Danny Trevathan -- 26 in March. 3-down ILB can stop the run and cover.
24. Casey Hayward -- 26. Mainly slot CB but has size to play outside (5'11/192).
25. Sean Smith -- Going on 29. Steady press CB with imposing build (6'4/214).
26. Matt Forte -- 30. His game should age well. Wants to play for contender.
27. Doug Martin -- 27. 2nd in NFL in rushing in '15. Liability in pass protection.
28. Lamar Miller -- 25 in April. Big-play back severely underutilized in Miami.
29. Ian Williams -- 27 in August. Quietly 49ers' best player on defense in '15.
30. Jerrell Freeman -- 30 in May. PFF's No. 2 ILB in '15, behind Luke Kuechly.



31. Donald Penn -- 33 in April. Still one of NFL's steadiest pass-protecting LTs.
32. Kelvin Beachum -- 27 in June. Undersized LT (6'3/303) tore ACL in October.
33. Jaye Howard -- 27. Should attract teams that miss out on Malik Jackson.
34. Mitchell Schwartz -- 27 in June. Consistent RT has made 64 straight starts.
35. Nick Fairley -- 28. Rotational DT only but can still dominate for stretches.
36. George Iloka -- 26. Interchangeable FS/SS can support the run and cover.
37. Jeff Allen -- Just turned 26. Capable starter at both guard spots and RT.
38. Reggie Nelson -- Entering age-33 season. PFF's No. 4 cover safety in '15.
39. Tashaun Gipson -- 26 in August. 11 INTs 2013-2014, injury plagued in '15.
40. Pacman Jones -- Entering age-33 season. Still Bengals' best CB last year.
41. Derrick Johnson -- 33. Virtual lock to finish his career with Kansas City.
42. Antonio Gates -- Turns 36 in June. Virtual lock to finish his career in S.D.
43. Brock Osweiler -- 25. Could become a functional starter in Kubiak's O.
44. Travis Benjamin -- 26. Speedster (4.36) expected to re-sign with Browns.
45. Marvin Jones -- 26 in March. Prototype Z receiver in Donald Driver mold.
46. William Hayes -- 31 in May. Had 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles in 11 starts.
47. Bruce Irvin -- 28. Played SAM in Seattle's 4-3. Overrated as pass rusher.
48. Damon Harrison -- 27. Mammoth run-stopping 3-4 nose tackle at 6'3/339.
49. Richie Incognito -- 33 in July. Coming off arguably his career-best year.
50. Robert Ayers -- Entering age-31 campaign. Coming off 9.5-sack season.
51. Anquan Boldin -- 35. Can still win with old man strength & crisp routes.
52. Ladarius Green -- 26 in May. Runs 4.56 at 6'6/238. Underutilized in S.D.
53. Dwayne Allen -- 26. Do-it-all TE has missed 21 games the last 3 seasons.
54. Haloti Ngata -- 32. No longer a superstar but still a plus starter at DT/NT.
55. Walter Thurmond -- Entering age-29 season. Had breakout year at safety.
56. Patrick Robinson -- 28. Ex-draft bust turned career around with Chargers.
57. Akiem Hicks -- 26. Massive (6'5/318) DT/DE. Was difference maker in NE.
58. Tamba Hali -- 32. Can still rush the QB. Has spent his entire career in K.C.
59. Coby Fleener -- 27. Finesse tight end improved as a run blocker in 2015.
60. Rodney McLeod -- 25. Undersized (5'10/186) but was top-ten safety at PFF.
61. Cedric Thornton -- 28 in June. Two-down, edge-setting 5-technique DE.
62. Tyvon Branch -- 29. Shined as Chiefs 3rd safety, should get starting job.
63. Ramon Foster -- 30. PFF's No. 17 guard among 82 qualifiers last season.
64. Rashad Johnson -- 30. Calling card is his ball skills. 12 INTs last 3 seasons.
65. Mark Barron -- 26. Successfully transitioned from SS to WLB in St. Louis.
66. Rishard Matthews -- 26. Should interest teams that miss on Marvin Jones.
67. Chris Long -- 31. 14 missed games last 2 seasons. 3 sacks in last 16 games.
68. Geoff Schwartz -- 29. Good player, bad luck. 19 missed games last 2 years.
69. Brandon Boykin -- 26 in July. Feisty slot corner with playmaking ability.
70. Jahri Evans -- 32. Cut by Saints. Declining but still a capable starting guard.
71. Leon Hall -- 31. His play outside has declined but still a quality slot corner.
72. Evan Mathis -- 34. Was PFF's No. 1-rated run-blocking guard last season.
73. Adrian Clayborn -- 27. Rehabbed value as interior pass rusher in Atlanta.
74. Tahir Whitehead -- 26 in April. Ascending run stuffer can play OLB & ILB.
75. Jeremy Lane -- 25. Good slot CB when healthy. 19 missed games last 2 years.
76. Terrance Knighton -- 30 in July. 2-down nose tackle disappointed in WAS.
77. Zach Brown -- 26. Speedy linebacker best suited for weak side on 4-3 team.
78. Steve McLendon -- 30. Early-down NT only tends to fade late in seasons.
79. Chris Ivory -- 28 in March. Physical RB limited in pass game, often nicked.
80. Tyrunn Walker -- 26 in March. Promising DT broke fibula/ankle in October.
81. Zach Miller -- 31. Shined in place of Martellus Bennett down 2015 stretch.
82. Will Beatty -- 31 in March. Missed 2015 with shoulder and pectoral tears.
83. Brandon Mebane -- 31. Stocky 1-technique NT best utilized in a rotation.
84. Stephen Tulloch -- 31. Has devolved into late-career two-down thumper.
85. Joe Barksdale -- 27. Able pass protector. Chargers most reliable OL in '15.
86. James Laurinaitis -- 29. Lauriniaitis' name was always bigger than his game.
87. B.J. Raji -- 30 in July. Chronic underachiever gets pushed around in Run D.
88. Bobby Massie -- 27 in August. Inconsistent RT, especially in pass protection.
89. Andre Smith -- 29. A liability at RT in Cincinnati each of the last two years.
90. Kroy Biermann -- Entering age-31 season. Best used as early-down LE/SLB.
91. Michael Griffin -- 31. Cut by Titans. PFF's No. 77 safety out of 88 last year.
92. Courtney Upshaw -- 26. Run-stopping OLB only. Does not rush the passer.
93. Ben Watson -- 35. Set career highs in catches, yards, and TDs last season.
94. Vernon Davis -- 31. Still a great athlete. Got benched in Denver for drops.
95. Nick Perry -- 26 in April. Former first-round bust. Rotational OLB in a 3-4.
96. Stefen Wisniewski -- 27 in March. Can pass protect, struggles in run game.
97. Jason Jones -- 30 in May. Useful role player at LE, can also play on interior.
98. William Moore -- 31 in May. Box safety has missed 14 games last 2 seasons.
99. Mohamed Sanu -- 26. Overrated gadget/slot receiver likely to get overpaid.
100. Chase Daniel -- 29. Look for him to follow Doug Pederson to Philadelphia.

More Noteworthy Unrestricted Free Agents: QBs Matt Moore, Tarvaris Jackson, and Colt McCoy; RBs Alfred Morris, Bilal Powell, LeGarrette Blount, James Starks, Ronnie Hillman, and Chris Johnson; FBs Mike Tolbert, John Kuhn, and Darrel Young; WRs Rueben Randle, James Jones, Jermaine Kearse, Brian Quick, Andre Holmes, and Percy Harvin; TEs Marcedes Lewis, Jermaine Gresham, and Jared Cook; OTs Jermon Bushrod and Donald Stephenson; G/Cs Ben Jones, Ryan Wendell, J.R. Sweezy, Chris Chester, Amini Silatolu, and Mike Harris; DLs Henry Melton, Jared Crick, Al Woods, and Mike DeVito; EDGE players Dwight Freeney, Mike Neal, Wallace Gilberry, Derrick Shelby, and Junior Galette; ILBs Craig Robertson, Demario Davis, and Rolando McClain; 4-3 LBs Vincent Rey, Chad Greenway, Emmanuel Lamur, Nigel Bradham, and Sean Weatherspoon; CBs Antonio CromartieJerraud Powers, Greg Toler, Tracy Porter, and Terence Newman; safeties Roman Harper and Husain Abdullah.



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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