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Jun 10, 2019

CFL on TSN Top 50 Players

CFL on TSN Top 50 Players

For the third straight season it was a two-horse race for top spot in the CFL of TSN Top 50 Players list between Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly, with the Calgary Stampeders quarterback coming out on top.

Mitchell is ranked No. 1, by a panel of media members across the league as well as our CFL on TSN commentators, after winning the Grey Cup and being named Most Outstanding Player in 2018. He had previously topped the list in 2015 and 2017. Reilly finished No. 2 on the list, marking the third straight year the two quarterbacks finished first and second in the Top 50 Players, with Reilly edging out Mitchell for top spot last year.

Finishing third and taking the top spot for a defensive player was Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill, while new Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive tackle Micah Johnson jumped from No. 17 last year to No. 4 this year. Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris rounded out the top five, falling two spots from last year’s No. 3 ranking.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli made the biggest jump among ranked players year-to-year, going from No. 49 last year to No. 6 this year. And his teammate in Hamilton, cornerback Delvin Breaux, was the highest newcomer on the list, coming in at No. 9. Breaux’s return to the Top 50 Players coincides with his return to the league after three years in the NFL.

The highest-ranked player from last year’s Top 50 to not appear in this edition is Alex Singleton. Last year’s No. 5 was no longer eligible after signing with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles this off-season. The biggest drop from a player still active in the league is Lions receiver Duron Carter, who finished No. 8 last year and doesn’t appear on this year’s list.

The Lions and Edmonton Eskimos tied for the most players to appear on the list with eight each, while the Ottawa Redblacks had the fewest players ranked with just two – No. 15 Brad Sinopoli and No. 46 Lewis Ward.

Five of the league’s nine starting quarterbacks made the list. After Mitchell, Reilly, and Masoli, new Eskimos’ starter Trevor Harris finished 11th and the Blue Bombers’ Matt Nichols 21st.

 

Top 50 Players by position

Position Players Top Player
Quarterback 5 Bo Levi Mitchell (1)
Running back 5 Andrew Harris (5)
Receiver 10 Brandon Banks (8)
Offensive line 7 Stanley Bryant (10)
Defensive line 8 Micah Johnson (4)
Linebacker 5 Adam Bighill (3)
Secondary 9 Delvin Breaux (9)
Special Teams 1 Lewis Ward (46)

 

Bo Levi Mitchell
1. Bo Levi Mitchell

QB | Calgary Stampeders | Last Year: 2

Mike Reilly
2. Mike Reilly

QB | BC Lions | Last Year: 1

Adam Bighill
3. Adam Bighill

LB | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 18

Micah Johnson
4. Micah Johnson

DT | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 17

Andrew Harris
5. Andrew Harris

RB | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 3

Jeremiah Masoli
6. Jeremiah Masoli

QB | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: 49

Willie Jefferson
7. Willie Jefferson

DE | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 10

Brandon Banks
8. Brandon Banks

WR | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: 22

Delvin Breaux
9. Delvin Breaux

CB | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: NR

Stanley Bryant
10. Stanley Bryant

OT | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 12

Trevor Harris
11. Trevor Harris

QB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: 19

William Powell
12. William Powell

RB | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 26

Derel Walker
13. Derel Walker

WR | Toronto Argonauts | Last Year: 20

Charleston Hughes
14. Charleston Hughes

DE | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 13

Brad Sinopoli
15. Brad Sinopoli

SB | Ottawa Redblacks | Last Year: 50

Larry Dean
16. Larry Dean

LB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: 31

Bryan Burnham
17. Bryan Burnham

SB | BC Lions | Last Year: 16

Luke Tasker
18. Luke Tasker

SB | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: 37

Greg Ellingson
19. Greg Ellingson

SB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: 7

Ed Gainey
20. Ed Gainey

HB | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 20

Matt Nichols
21. Matt Nichols

QB | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 14

SirVincent Rogers
22. SirVincent Rogers

OT | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: 47

S.J. Green
23. S.J. Green

SB | Toronto Argonauts | Last Year: 9

Henoc Muamba
24. Henoc Muamba

LB | Montreal Alouettes | Last Year: NR

Ted Laurent
25. Ted Laurent

LB | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: 40

Brandon Revenberg
26. Brandon Revenberg

OG | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: NR

T.J. Lee
27. T.J. Lee

HB | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Ja'Gared Davis
28. Ja'Gared Davis

DE | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Last Year: NR

Derek Dennis
29. Derek Dennis

OT | Calgary Stampeders | Last Year: NR

Almondo Sewell
30. Almondo Sewell

DT | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: 21

Kamar Jorden
31. Kamar Jorden

SB | Calgary Stampeders | Last Year: NR

Brendon LaBatte
32. Brendon LaBatte

OG | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 33

Davon Coleman
33. Davon Coleman

DT | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Eric Rogers
34. Eric Rogers

SB | Calgary Stampeders | Last Year: NR

C.J. Gable
35. C.J. Gable

RB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: NR

Don Unamba
36. Don Unamba

SLB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: NR

Sukh Chungh
37. Sukh Chungh

OG | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Ryan Lankford Darvin Adams
38. Darvin Adams

SB | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | Last Year: 43

Solomon Elimimian
39. Solomon Elimimian

LB | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: 4

Taylor Loffler
40. Taylor Loffler

S | Montreal Alouettes | Last Year: 39

James Wilder Jr.
41. James Wilder Jr.

RB | Toronto Argonauts | Last Year: 11

Nick Marshall
42. Nick Marshall

CB | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Last Year: NR

Don Jackson
43. Don Jackson

RB | Calgary Stampeders | Last Year: NR

Aaron Grymes
44. Aaron Grymes

HB | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Tommie Campbell
45. Tommie Campbell

CB | Montreal Alouettes | Last Year: 35

Lewis Ward
46. Lewis Ward

K | Ottawa Redblacks | Last Year: NR

Anthony Orange
47. Anthony Orange

CB | Edmonton Eskimos | Last Year: NR

Joel Figueroa
48. Joel Figueroa

OT | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Odell Willis
49. Odell Willis

DE | BC Lions | Last Year: NR

Ciante Evans
50. Ciante Evans

HB | Montreal Alouettes | Last Year: 38