Here’s how I filled out my ballot for the CFL of TSN Top 50 Players list

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I recently filed my ballot for the 2021 edition of the CFL on TSN Top 50 Players list, which will air on Wednesday.

Though the final list will feature 50 players, each ballot has only 40 slots.

Voters are required to meet the following positional minimums: five offensive linemen; four defensive linemen; four linebackers; four defensive backs; three running backs; two receivers; one quarterback; and one kicker.

Only players who are currently on rosters can receive votes. If a player is a free agent, in the NFL or retired, they are not to receive consideration.

Ballots were due on Friday, so releasing mine before the results are unveiled on TSN this upcoming week will not affect the final rankings.

Lists like this are challenging to put together because it feels like comparing apples to oranges. How do you rank a star kick returner against an all-star left guard? It’s really tricky.

I also find it tough to balance past production against future potential. Do you pick the aging veteran because they’ve been great in the past or the rising star because you think they’ll explode? It’s a tough choice.

With that said, here’s my list. Feel free to roast me on Twitter for any selections or oversights you find egregious.

  1. QB Bo Levi Mitchell, CGY50 points

2. REC Brandon Banks, HAM45 points

3. DE Willie Jefferson, WPG40 points

4. OT Stanley Bryant, WPG38 points

5. REC Derel Walker, EDM — 36 points

6. DE Ja’Gared Davis, HAM — 35 points

7. QB Trevor Harris, EDM — 34 points

8. RB Andrew Harris, WPG — 33 points

9. LB Simoni Lawrence, HAM — 32 points

10. DE Charleston Hughes, TOR —  31 points

11. DT Dylan Wynn, HAM — 30 points

12. REC Shaq Evans, SSK — 29 points

13. RB William Stanback, MTL — 28 points

14. G Brandon Revenberg, HAM — 27 points

15. REC Greg Ellingson, EDM — 26 points

16. LB Cameron Judge, TOR — 25 points

17. REC Bralon Addison, HAM — 24 points

18. OT Chris Van Zeyl, HAM — 23 points

19. LB Henoc Muamba, TOR — 22 points

20. QB Jeremiah Masoli, HAM — 21 points

21. DE A.C. Leonard, SSK — 20 points

22. SAM Patrick Levels, MTL — 19 points

23. RB William Powell, SSK — 18 points

24. DT Ted Laurent, HAM — 17 points

25. QB Michael Reilly, B.C. — 16 points

26. HB Marcus Sayles, B.C. — 15 points

27. DE Kwaku Boateng, EDM — 14 points

28. REC Bryan Burnham, B.C. — 13 points

29. REC Eric Rogers, TOR — 12 points

30. CB Nick Marshall, SSK — 11 points

31. DT Almondo Sewell, MTL — 10 points

32. OT Ucambre Williams, CGY — 9 points

33. LB Adam Bighill, WPG — 8 points

34. QB Cody Fajardo, SSK — 7 points

35. QB Vernon Adams Jr., MTL — 6 points

36. C Sean McEwen, CGY — 5 points

37. HB Ciante Evans, HAM — 4 points

38. CB/KR Frankie Williams, HAM — 3 points

39. DT Micah Johnson, SSK — 2 points

40. K/P Boris Bede, TOR — 1 points

Here are the players who received serious consideration for my ballot but didn’t crack the list due to limited space. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by last name.

S Tunde Adeleke, HAM; SAM Anthony Cioffi, B.C.; REC DaVaris Daniels, TOR; LB Larry Dean, SSK; REC Lemar Durant, B.C.; QB Dane Evans, HAM; HB Ed Gainey, SSK; KR Janarion Grant, WPG; DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WPG; G Brendon LaBatte, SSK; DT Cleyon Laing, OTT; REC Eugene Lewis, MTL; OT Ryker Mathews, B.C.; LB Dexter McCoil, TOR; ST Mike Miller, WPG; REC Kyran Moore, SSK; DT Mike Moore, EDM; G Matt O’Donnell, EDM; K Rene Paredes, CGY; REC DeVier Posey, HAM; HB Loucheiz Purifoy, SSK; HB Greg Reid, MTL; CB Shaq Richardson, TOR; OT SirVincent Rogers, EDM; LB Jameer Thurman, CGY; SAM Don Unamba, OTT; SAM Jamar Wall, CGY; K Lewis Ward, OTT.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.