Four Las Vegas Raiders land on the NFL’s Top-100 list, 50-100

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Derek Carr /

The NFL has started its annual Top-100 countdown, and this year, there are many familiar faces on the list from the Las Vegas Raiders.

Starting at 100, the NFL is counting down to reveal the players voted Top-100 in the league by their peers, and the Las Vegas Raiders were all over it. On Sunday, the league announced the latter half of the list, counting from 100 to 51. On August 21st, 50-21 will be revealed, wrapping up on the 28th with 20-1.

While we only see 50-100, Raider Nation should take great pride in knowing not one, not two, not three, but four Raiders landed on the NFL’s first reveal of the Top-100 list. These players include quarterback Derek Carr (65), Chandler Jones (62), Maxx Crosby (59), and Darren Waller (58).

For Carr, this is his fourth time making the list. Considering he’s played eight years in the National Football League, it’s impressive that he’s been deemed a Top-100 player in the league among his peers for half of his career. Crosby is enjoying his first appearance, and Waller capped off a back-to-back-to-back (x3) showing on the list.

Of course, veteran edge rusher Chandler Jones is a perennial Top-100 player, although he missed it in the ’20 season due to an injury.

With Hunter Renfrow and Davante Adams, there’s still more to come.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is praised by his peers

From analysts to coaches, to fellow players in the league, Carr has garnered a ton of praise over the years. This year alone, Colin Cowherd defended Davante Adams when Adams referred to Carr as a future Hall of Famer, and former NFL head coach Mike Martz stated he views the Raiders’ quarterback as a top-5 QB.

"“This will be a special season for the Las Vegas Raiders, especially with Derek Carr, who I consider a Top-5 QB in the NFL, leading them on the field.”"

All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David noted Carr’s clutchness. David does have a point; Since 2014, no quarterback has had more 4th quarter comebacks than Derek Carr. The Raiders’ signal caller also owns various ‘clutch’ NFL records, including most game-winning passing touchdowns in a season, and 4th quarter comebacks through a QB’s first 7 seasons.

In 2021, Carr helped the Raiders break the NFL record for most last-second victories by a team in a season.

4x first-team All-Pro Jason Kelce had words of his own about Carr. “I’ve watched Derek play for a long time”, [Jason] Kelce said. “He’s just incredibly consistent and smart. When he played us, I think he had three or four incompletions the whole game.”

Kelce isn’t exaggerating, either. When the Raiders faced off against the Eagles last season, Carr went 31-for-34. This gave the Pro Bowl quarterback a completion percentage of 91.18 during the entire contest.

Like Kelce said, Carr just seems to get better as he gets older – or, if you prefer a hometown guy like Denzel Perryman said; “That’s my quarterback. A true quarterback, a true leader.”