NFL's Top 100 Players Of 2012: Calvin Johnson Comes In At No. 3

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions and 2013 EA Sports Madden Football cover player announces the Lions pick during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The final 10 spots of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2012" series were revealed on Wednesday night. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson came in at No. 3, which is actually a bit higher than where most expected him to land on this year's version of the list.

Last year, Johnson was ranked 27th by his fellow players. He vaulted up 24 spots this year thanks to a career season in 2011. He had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 TD last season, so it's no surprise he moved up all the way into the top five. I am somewhat surprised that he cracked the top three, though.

Here's a look at the full top 10:

  1. QB Aaron Rodgers (Packers)
  2. QB Drew Brees (Saints)
  3. WR Calvin Johnson (Lions)
  4. QB Tom Brady (Patriots)
  5. CB Darrelle Revis (Jets)
  6. LB DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)
  7. WR Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)
  8. RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings)
  9. DT Haloti Ngata (Ravens)
  10. LB Patrick Willis (49ers)

In all, the Lions had three players in the top 100 this year. In addition to Johnson, quarterback Matthew Stafford (41st) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (38th) made the list.

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