For those who are unaware, the NFL Top 100 is a list compiled by NFL Network where active players get to vote on who they believe are the best players in the league today. In my opinion, this honor is just as good, if not better, than any other individual award because it's voted on by the warriors who compete in the trenches each and every day.
There are plenty of people in front offices and in media who crunch numbers from the couch or spew opinions behind keyboards, but this list is the purest form of peer review that the league has today — therefore it holds added weight to the participants.
The 13th edition of this tradition starts in a mere two days, on July 24th, and will continue throughout the summer as they tend to only reveal 10 or so players at a time. As you can imagine, it's been a little bit of time since an edition of this list featured anyone wearing a Gotham Green jersey in the footage.
The last time was in 2020 when safety Jamal Adams ranked 27th, but by the time the list was voted on, he was already a member of the Seattle Seahawks. This is an important distinction to make before we get further — for this piece, we are looking at players who were on the Jets last year as opposed to this year.
So Aaron Rodgers, who almost undoubtedly will be on this list (he has been in the Top 20 of it every year), will not be a candidate here. Looking at it this way, when a player who was featured on the list played for the Jets during the season in question and remained a Jet that offseason, this has only happened once since 2016 — Jamal Adams in 2019, who was ranked 37th.
With the type of year the Jets just had, I'd imagine at least one Jet makes an appearance on this year's edition and ends the drought.
Fun fact, the most Jets to appear on any of these lists is four, which happened twice — Darelle Revis (8th), Nick Mangold (47th), Santonio Holmes (76th), and D'Brickashaw Ferguson (79th) in 2011, and then Revis (24th), Brandon Marshall (25th), Muhammad Wilkerson (39th) and Chris Ivory (78th) in 2016.
Let's see four players from last year who could be on this year's edition.