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Highlighted by Aaron Rodgers, 9 former Pac-12 stars make 2022 NFL Top 100

Aug 30, 2022
Aaron Rodgers at Cal | Photo courtesy Cal Athletics

Every year NFL players cast their votes to identify and rank the top 100 players in the league, a procedure that creates plenty of conversation among fans, players and media members.

Nine former Pac-12 stars made the exclusive list, highlighted by former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who checks in at No. 3 overall despite winning the league's Most Valuable Player award the last two seasons.

Rodgers is one of three Golden Bears to make the Top 100, the most among Pac-12 schools. The others are Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (No. 35) and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (No. 69).

Oregon and USC each placed two players on the list.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (No. 40) and Indianapolis Colts defensive end DeForest Buckner (No. 66) represent the Ducks. Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (No. 92) and New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams (No. 97) appear for the Trojans.

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (No. 67) is Washington's lone representative, while Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer (No. 45) is Oregon State's. Both were All-Pros last season.

Rodgers and Herbert give the Pac-12 two of the top six quarterbacks in the NFL, according to the players' rankings.

Rodgers is a 10-time Pro Bowler and four-time MVP, showing no signs of slowing down as he enters his age-38 season.

Herbert, a former No. 6 overall pick, is one of the league's top young talents, winning NFL Rookie of the Year in 2020 and reaching the Pro Bowl in 2021.

Player NFL Top 100 Rank NFL Team
Aaron Rodgers, QB (Cal) 3 Green Bay Packers
Keenan Allen, WR (Cal) 33 Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB (Oregon) 40 Los Angeles Chargers
Jordan Poyer, S (Oregon State) 45 Buffalo Bills
DeForest Buckner, DE (Oregon) 66 Indianapolis Colts
Budda Baker, S (Washington) 67 Arizona Cardinals
Cameron Jordan, DE (Cal) 69 New Orleans Saints
Tyron Smith, LT (USC) 92 Dallas Cowboys
Leonard Williams, DL (USC) 97 New York Giants