1. Shane Ryan (Kerry)
"He's deserving of the award because of his level of improvement. He has solved a massive problem that Kerry had and I think he has had the most solid year of all the keepers. The argument against that is Cluxton and how good he was when he came back. For me, Shane Ryan because of the games that he was in, how good he was at the end of the Derry match. He just shades it for me."
2. Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)
"He got a lot of plaudits for his performance against David Clifford. To keep him to two points from play is some going. He got a bit of help, both from David Clifford and the Dublin defence. He had trouble against Conor McManus but he probably just about deserves to get in there. That's his ninth All-Ireland, which shouldn't cloud the judgment but probably is in this case.
3. Jason Foley (Kerry)
"I think he's got the toughest jobs of all the Kerry defence. His pace, power and ability to get up the field and help the attack, he had a very solid year. The Sunday Game Team of the Year, they left him out, but going through it, I found it impossible to leave him out.
4. Conor McCluskey (Derry)
"Probably the most improved player in the country. He had a season like no other. He usually picked up the second best attacker in every team. Him and Brendan Rogers carried the fight to most teams. The way he is able to carry the ball up the field, it's Jack McCaffrey-esque. He's an automatic."
5. Conor McCarthy (Monaghan)
"Popped up with important scores when they needed it. Never saw him during Banty's time as an out-and-out wing-back. I always saw him as a scoring threat but he never really done it at corner-forward or half-forward for Monaghan. He's found his niche. He seems to have learned a lot about how to play that position this year. He was either very defensive or very forward orientated for a wing-back. Now he's found a decent mix."
6. Gareth McKinless (Derry)
"There are a lot of good centre half-backs but you tell me a player that had more impact on the championship from six this year. A lot of the work he does defensively goes unnoticed. A lot of the stuff Derry were doing well against Kerry, he seemed to be at the forefront of it. What he goes going forward is unbelievable. That burst of pace he has. He's worth watching. It's like them having an extra attacker all the time."
7. James McCarthy (Dublin)
"Solid performances. I didn't think he was Man of the Match [in the All-Ireland final] or anything like it. I didn't think he was Player of the Year but on the balance of it definitely deserves an All-Star. When Dublin need picking up by their bootstraps, he's the person that does it. He's continued to do it this year. He always seems to deliver in some shape or form."
8. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
"He possibly would have been worth a shout for Man of the Match [in the All-Ireland final] for the simple reason that at important times in that game, he really stepped up. He got on a lot more ball than I thought. He wasn't as incisive as he usually is. He was well marshalled by Jack Barry, but he got the better of Jack Barry. The best half of football he probably played was when Dublin were under the cosh against Mayo in the first half."
9. Brendan Rogers (Derry)
"You just can't leave him out. How he's adapted to the position and properly kicked on is genuinely remarkable."
10. Paul Mannion (Dublin)
"He had a very, very good year. When they needed scores, he got them. He had a brilliant All-Ireland final, ended up getting Man of the Match. He just about deserved it. He's so assured on that left foot."
11. Sean O'Shea (Kerry)
"Somebody said on Sunday night that they felt he didn't have one of his better years. I thought his leadership qualities, his work rate is unbelievable. His ability to get scores, kick frees under pressure - what a player. If Clifford wasn't around, I think we'd be talking about him in the same sort of breath. I don't think people appreciate him. I thought in the All-Ireland final that he was immense. He was doing a lot of things that not a lot of other 11s with his ability have to do, how deep he has to come and still get up the other end of the field and get scores."
12. Shane McGuigan (Derry)
"He was probably deeper this year than ever before, which has meant he's had to be fitter than he's ever been, and more clinical at the top of the pitch. His performances very rarely dipped below 8.5 - 9/10."
13. David Clifford (Kerry)
"He's been the best footballer in the country all year by a country mile. He did turn up [in the final], he was just a hair off. He deserves Footballer of the Year."
14. Cormac Costello (Dublin)
"It's the best year he's had in a Dublin jersey. He was an automatic choice. His semi-final performance against Monaghan was exceptional. Against Mayo, he was very good as well."
15. Colm Basquel (Dublin)
"He's had to scrap his way into that team. He had a very good All-Ireland final, a very good second half. I looked back on the All-Ireland final, and I think he had one mistake. He had two assists, two scores, one that she should have popped off in the last couple of minutes when he got blocked down but other than that, it was a very good performance."