1 Calvillo - He's still the best mastermind behind center. A total pro and a total leader.
2 Lulay - Ok so maybe I'm giving AC some points for longevity. I have to admit that I expect Lulay to pass him on this list this year or next, but for now he's 2nd.
3 Ray - The man is a surgeon, plain and simple.
4 Durant - I don't give a damn how many people say he had an off year. People who say this look at stat lines and don't actually watch the games. Considering the entire castle crumbling all around him, 2011 was his best year yet. Best in the league? Uhh, no.
5 Burris - Easily the most talented QB in the league. I know he had a poor season, and he also put to rest any doubt that he is in fact a big sucky baby, but he'll have to have another run of mediocrity before he drops off this list. Physically, even in his late 30s he is fine wine. Absolutely sickening talent.
Tate - Shown more than just promise, has shown real ability. It'll just take more than 4 or 5 starts to make the top 5 list.
Pierce - Always been a huge Buck fan. Tremendous heart, will do ANYTHING to make a play for his team. Great QB and one of my all time favorite players to watch. Top 5? Can't do it.
Glenn - Mr no respect. I've always liked the guy.
RB - This is a tough call because technically there are 3 particular dudes currently out of work who I would all put in this top 5. Otherwise ...
Not much to choose between most of them. The top 3 are all complete 3-phase backs (run, catch, block). Harris is the most agile of the bunch. Boyd is probably the toughest inside runner, although Mallet is very good too. Don't be surprised to see Mallet move to the top of the list by season's end.
WR/SB - If you can't switch spots from out to in or in to out, you're not a real receiver.
1 Richardson - The complete package: speed, size, hands, vert - everything.
2 Green - as above, pretty much interchangeable but I don't believe in ties in these types of lists.
3 Stamps - Incredible athlete, don't let him by, you WILL get burned.
4 Geroy - Still smooth after all these years. Still highly productive even if a few of the younger guys are quicker and have more jump. Probably the smartest receiver in the league right now.
5 Dressler - Deceptive speed, tremendous heart, superb hands.
6 Bowman - Big guy with wheels. I've been so impressed with him the last two seasons now that his hands have come around. No more problems with the dropped passes. Now he's just a force.
7 Williams - Little 80 looks silly in the huddle standing next to huge 60, but you can't argue with his huge numbers and ridiculous highlight reel plays. At first I thought he was pretty lucky, but he just kept on making the plays.
8 Gore - This guy really won me over with his determination. Quick, good hands. Very underrated player.
9 Bruce - i wasn't enamored with his mental game last year, even in Week 19, Lulay still had to curtly usher him over to the other side of the formation a couple of times, but he has always been a vastly underrated playmaker. You need someone to drag a toe in the back of the endzone in the last minute, he's your man. Seriously.
10 Fantuz - Tough to say, he didn't do much last year, but if he has any return to 2010 form whatsoever, he's a no-brainer for this list. Like Geroy, certainly one of the smartest receivers in the league.
Lewis - He's a total punk ass bitch, but he's damn good, and has a complete game, including probably being the best blocking receiver in the league. Maybe he belongs in the top 10 and maybe he's not in it because I can't stand the s.o.b. Suck it, Nik.
Bratton - Often overlooked as AC's no 3 target, but this guy is an excellent player.
Barnes - This is one tough dude. I'm so impressed with the plays that he makes in traffic.
Romby - I like this guy. Team player. Good skill, goes out, catches the ball, does his job. Has some big play ability as well.
Koch - Esks got a good one. From the limited action he got late last year after coming off knee surgery, I liked what I saw. Looked like he was coming back into form. Very consistent and reliable dude. Also seems to rise to the occasion when the stakes are raised.
Stala - Bad joke teller. Good receiver. Excellent hands, strong body. Knack for big plays. Always been a fan, but his attitude is getting more punkass every year. Seriously, keep the water bottle to yourself, he should be in the top 10, but he isn't.
Watson - Majorly lanky dude. Took a little time to get comfortable in the offense last year, but towards the end became more consistent. Definitely a guy to watch because the talent is totally there.
Matt Carter - I was surprised how long he stayed FA. Maybe he was weighing multiple offers. Reminds me of Fantuz a lot. Kind of reminds me of Andrew Grigg and even Howdy-Doody Kelly. This guy could be a real sleeper in the next year or two.