Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly has reclaimed his top spot in the CFL on TSN’s Top 50 Players ranking this year after finishing second in last season’s rankings.

Reilly, who was No. 1 in the 2016 Top 50 Players rankings, returned to the top of the list after being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last season and leading the league in passing yards (5,830) and touchdowns (30).

The Top 50 Players were compiled using votes from media members across the league as well as our TSN CFL commentators.

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Last year’s No. 1, Bo Levi Mitchell, fell just one spot to the No. 2 ranking this year after leading the Calgary Stampeders to their second straight Grey Cup Final. Mitchell finished third in the league in passing with 4,700 yards and 23 touchdowns, but his record in Grey Cups fell to below .500.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris is the highest-ranked Canadian on the list, coming in at No. 3. Harris led the league in offensive yards last season, finishing with 1,035 rushing yards and 857 receiving yards. The Winnipeg native was just 143 receiving yards away from becoming the first CFL player ever to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, an accomplishment he has his sights set on for 2018.

Two linebackers round out the Top 5 in the BC Lions’ Solomon Elimimian and the Calgary Stampeders’ Alex Singleton. Elimimian broke his own single-season record for tackles last year with 144, while Singleton finished second in the category with 123 and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Grey Cup champion Ricky Ray was the third ranked quarterback on the list, coming in at No. 6 after being ranked No. 27 a year ago.

Ottawa Redblacks slotback Greg Ellingson was the highest-rated receiver, finishing No. 7 in the rankings and narrowly edging out Duron Carter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who finished No. 8 on the list.

Roughriders DE Willie Jefferson was the top defensive lineman, ranked No. 10. Blue Bombers OT Stanley Bryant was the top offensive lineman, ranked No. 12. Roughriders HB Ed Gainey was the top defensive back, ranked No. 15.

Diontae Spencer (No. 24) and Chris Rainey (No. 41) made the list in part due to their special teams work, while Justin Medlock was the lone kicker included in the rankings, finishing at No. 42.

Toronto Argonauts running back and the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie for 2017 James Wilder was the second-highest rated newcomer to the list, ranked just one spot behind Jefferson at No. 11.

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Notable players left off this year’s rankings include slotback Adarius Bowman, ranked No. 3 last year, quarterback Jonathon Jennings, ranked No. 5, and offensive tackle Derek Dennis, ranked No. 9.

The Blue Bombers lead the way with nine players on the Top 50 list, followed by the Roughriders with eight. The Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats have seven players on the list each while the Argonauts have six. The Eskimos, Stampeders, and Lions have four players each on the list while the Montreal Alouettes finished with just one, free-agent signing Tommie Campbell.

Nine national players made the Top 50 rankings.

 

CFL on TSN Top 50 Players - 2018

 
Rk Player Pos. Team Last Year
1 Mike Reilly QB Edmonton Eskimos 2
2 Bo Levi Mitchell QB Calgary Stampeders 1
3 Andrew Harris RB Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
4 Solomon Elimimian LB BC Lions 4
5 Alex Singleton LB Calgary Stampeders 47
6 Ricky Ray QB Toronto Argonauts 27
7 Greg Ellingson SB Ottawa Redblacks 25
8 Duron Carter WR Saskatchewan Roughriders 35
9 SJ Green SB Toronto Argonauts NR
10 Willie Jefferson DE Saskatchewan Roughriders NR
11 James Wilder RB Toronto Argonauts NR
12 Stanley Bryant OT Winnipeg Blue Bombers 44
13 Charleston Hughes DE Saskatchewan Roughriders 7
14 Matt Nichols QB Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28
15 Ed Gainey HB Saskatchewan Roughriders NR
16 Bryan Burnham SB BC Lions 15
17 Micah Johnson DT Calgary Stampeders 45
18 Adam Bighill LB Winnipeg Blue Bombers NR
19 Trevor Harris QB Ottawa Redblacks 24
20 Derel Walker WR Edmonton Eskimos NR
21 Almondo Sewell DT Edmonton Eskimos 13
22 Brandon Banks WR Hamilton Tiger-Cats NR
23 Chris Randle CB Winnipeg Blue Bombers NR
24 Diontae Spencer WR/KR Ottawa Redblacks NR
25 Naaman Roosevelt SB Saskatchewan Roughriders 32
26 William Powell RB Ottawa Redblacks NR
27 Sean McEwen C Toronto Argonauts NR
28 Kyries Hebert LB Ottawa Redblacks NR
29 Jerome Messam RB Saskatchewan Roughriders 8
30 TJ Heath HB Toronto Argonauts 33
31 Larry Dean LB Hamilton Tiger-Cats NR
32 Richard Leonard HB Hamilton Tiger-Cats NR
33 Brendon LaBatte OG Saskatchewan Roughriders NR
34 Manny Arceneaux SB BC Lions 6
35 Tommie Campbell CB Montreal Alouettes 39
36 Maurice Leggett HB Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16
37 Luke Tasker SB Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43
38 Ciante Evans CB Calgary Stampeders NR
39 Taylor Loffler S Winnipeg Blue Bombers 40
40 Ted Laurent DT Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26
41 Chris Rainey RB/KR BC Lions 17
42 Justin Medlock K Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22
43 Darvin Adams WR Winnipeg Blue Bombers NR
44 Matt O'Donnell OG Edmonton Eskimos NR
45 Chris Van Zeyl OT Toronto Argonauts NR
46 Travis Bond OG Free Agent 50
47 SirVincent Rogers OT Ottawa Redblacks 38
48 Simoni Lawrence LB Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14
49 Jeremiah Masoli QB Hamilton Tiger-Cats NR
50 Brad Sinopoli SB Ottawa Redblacks NR