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USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones discusses Michael Thomas’ record breaking contract and which NFL wide receivers could get a big payday next. Max Schreiber, USA TODAY

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the NFL’s No. 1 player as NFL Network unveiled the top 10 of its 100-player countdown on Wednesday night.

The rankings for “The Top 100 Players of 2019” were determined by votes by NFL players. This year, NFL Films collected 1,098 ballots, .

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Rams running back Todd Gurley rounded out the top five.

This was just the second time since

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