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#NFLRANK: Browns in ESPN's Top 100

"More than 70 voters. NFL analysts, reporters and statisticians -- both from ESPN and outside ESPN -- including former players and NFL front-office members" each cast their vote for their top 100 players in the NFL.

Joe Thomas shares his wisdom with Joel Bitonio and Mitchell Schwartz
Joe Thomas shares his wisdom with Joel Bitonio and Mitchell Schwartz
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#17 Joe Thomas

average score = 90.99

Eight seasons, eight Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams, zero missed snaps. As in every play, every game, for eight NFL seasons, at a really, really high level. "He's putting together a resume for the Hall of Fame," said one panelist who happens to be a Hall of Fame voter. "He might already be one." What Thomas hasn't been is a player in a playoff game, an unfair slight to a player universally praised and forever-thanked by short-armed tackle prospects.

Add it up: Thomas and Patrick Willis are the only players to make at least five All-Pro teams over the last eight seasons.

#42 Joe Haden

average score = 85.46

One of the NFL's most respected man-to-man corners, Haden's reputation around the league has grown, with Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons. Said one voter, "I think the metrics don't look as good for Haden because he's always facing up against the best guy the other team has."

Add it up: Haden's metrics against Cincinnati's A.J. Green are pretty solid. He has held the star WR to 130 receiving yards and zero TDs in their last four games against each other. Haden picked off two passes intended for Green over that span.

#73 Alex Mack

average score = 81.56

Start here: In the five games Mack started in 2014, the Browns averaged 146.4 yards rushing per game. That number dipped to 90.5 in the next 11 without him. Quarterback play was an issue, but Mack's injury was a big part of Cleveland's derailed 2014. "He can make every blocking scheme call or adjustment at the line of scrimmage," said one panelist. "He's like a second quarterback for that offense."

Add it up: Prior to missing the final 11 games last year, Mack had made 85 consecutive starts for the Browns.