3DownNation top 100 CFL players: No. 20 to No. 16

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20. REC Greg Ellingson, Edmonton Football Team

If you’re looking for a model of consistency in the CFL, you needn’t look further than Greg Ellingson.

The Florida International product has reached the 1,000-yard threshold in each of the past five seasons. He’s also appeared in 86 of a possible 90 regular season games, remaining remarkable healthy over the prime years of his career.

Ellingson is unlikely to return to Edmonton in 2021 after the team signed Derel Walker in early January. He should be a sought-after free agent come February 9.

19. OL Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Grand Valley State product was the third offensive lineman selected in the 2016 CFL Draft but has had the best CFL career of any of them.

Revenberg played in all 18 games his rookie season — a rarity for a Canadian draft pick — and became a full-time starter by the midway point of that year. The six-foot-four, 300-pound guard has since been named a CFL all-star in back-to-back seasons as he’s developed into one of the league’s best young blockers.

Veteran right tackle Chris Van Zeyl was named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2019 and went on to win the award at the league level. Had the Ticats nominated Revenberg — as they did in 2018 — it’s possible that he would have captured the league award as well.

18. LB Henoc Muamba, Montreal Alouettes

No great defence is complete without an impactful middle linebacker and Muamba is one of the CFL’s best regardless of passport.

The St. FX product won his first Most Outstanding Canadian award in 2019, a long-overdue recognition for the former No. 1 overall draft pick. The three-time East Division all-star has recorded 468 career tackles along with 14 forced fumbles, 12 sacks, and five interceptions.

Muamba is a pending free agent whose contact negotiations with Montreal have been delayed due to the passing of his agent, Jonathon Hardaway. If he reaches the open market, he should have many suitors across the CFL.

17. QB Mike Reilly, B.C. Lions

The former CFL Most Outstanding Player recently turned 36 and, while he remains a great quarterback, there’s no denying his production has fallen off in recent years.

Reilly has missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons while throwing 50 touchdowns to 33 interceptions. He hasn’t always received great protection in the pocket, but two-time West Division all-star has also struggled to get rid of the football consistently on time.

The Lions made him the CFL’s highest-paid player in 2019 for a reason and expectations will be sky-high for Reilly when the league returns to the field in 2021.

16. RB William Stanback, Montreal Alouettes

The reigning CFL all-star possesses a rare combination of size, speed, and athleticism that makes him a dangerous weapon on the wide-open Canadian field.

Stanback recorded 170 carries for 1,048 yards and five touchdowns last season, averaging a remarkable 6.2 yards-per-carry. He was also productive as a receiver out of the backfield, making 33 receptions for 329 yards.

The six-foot, 233-pound ball carrier was in training camp with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 but was released prior to cut-down day. Still just 26, we can expect great things from Stanback the next time the Alouettes hit the field.

3DownNation is unveiling its list of the top 100 active CFL players. To read the criteria for player eligibility, click here. The list to date can be found below.

34. QB Vernon Adams Jr., Montreal Alouettes
35. DB Nick Marshall, Saskatchewan Roughriders
36. DB Aaron Grymes, B.C. Lions
37. LB Larry Dean, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
38. OL Ucambre Williams, Calgary Stampeders
39. DB Ciante Evans, Montreal Alouettes
40. K/P Justin Medlock, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
41. REC DaVaris Daniels, Toronto Argonauts
42. DT Micah Johnson, B.C. Lions
43. OL Shane Bergman, Calgary Stampeders
44. SAM Don Unamba, Ottawa Redblacks
45. DB Ed Gainey, Saskatchewan Roughriders
46. DB Tommie Campbell, Toronto Argonauts
47. LB Adam Bighill, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
48. REC DeVier Posey, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
49. DT Cleyon Laing, Ottawa Redblacks
50. OL Matt O’Donnell, Edmonton Football Team
51. REC Kyran Moore, Saskatchewan Roughriders
52. SAM Kenny Ladler, Free Agent
53. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
54. SAM Dexter McCoil, Free Agent
55. OL Sean McEwen, Calgary Stampeders
56. REC Eugene Lewis, Montreal Alouettes
57. DB Greg Reid, Montreal Alouettes
58. DT Mike Moore, Edmonton Football Team
59. OL Ryker Mathews, B.C. Lions
60. DB Tunde Adeleke, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
61. LB Jameer Thurman, Free Agent
62. QB Matt Nichols, Toronto Argonauts
63. DB Jamar Wall, Calgary Stampeders
64. DB Loucheiz Purifoy, Saskatchewan Roughriders
65. REC Lemar Durant, B.C. Lions
66. OL Brendon LaBatte, Saskatchewan Roughriders
67. OL SirVincent Rogers, Edmonton Football Team
68. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Free Agent
69. DB/RET Frankie Williams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
70. DB T.J. Lee, B.C. Lions
71. QB Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
72. SAM Anthony Cioffi, Free Agent
73. DB Shaquille Richardson, Toronto Argonauts
74. REC Kamar Jorden, Calgary Stampeders
75. OL Darius Ciraco, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
76. REC Jalen Saunders, Free Agent
77. QB Dane Evans, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
78. REC Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa Redblacks
79. RET Janarion Grant, Free Agent
80. DE Avery Ellis, Ottawa Redblacks
81. DE Cordarro Law, Calgary Stampeders
82. DB Brandon Alexander, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
83. OL Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
84. DB Branden Dozier, Free Agent
85. SAM Otha Foster, Saskatchewan Roughriders
86. DB Antoine Pruneau, Ottawa Redblacks
87. RB John White, B.C. Lions
88. LB Avery Williams, Ottawa Redblacks
89. LB Jovan Santos-Knox, Free Agent
90. DB Richard Leonard, Calgary Stampeders
91. REC Armanti Edwards, Edmonton Football Team
92. RB C.J. Gable, Free Agent
93. DT Mike Rose, Calgary Stampeders
94. REC S.J. Green, Free Agent
95. DB Mike Edem, Saskatchewan Roughriders
96. DE John Bowman, Montreal Alouettes
97. DB Taylor Loffler, Montreal Alouettes
98. QB Nick Arbuckle, Ottawa Redblacks
99. ST Mike Miller, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
100. DE Chris Casher, B.C. Lions