The NFL top 100 players of 2018 continues
Each week, NFL Network releases the next installment of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018, adding the next 10 players. This week’s show revealed players ranked 51-60. There are well deserving players in these 10 spots. However, there is one player who should not be this high up on the list. He played 10 games this year for the Dallas Cowboys.
The integrity of the NFL top 100 list
The NFL Top 100 list is voted on by the players themselves. There are 100 current players that submit ballots that then make up the ultimate list. The list is SUPPOSED to be based on the previous NFL season, and only players who will be active in the upcoming NFL season are eligible.
That’s all well and good, however, the list is not appearing to shake out this way.
A recap of 61-100
Just a reminder, there are four Philadelphia Eagles in the 61-100 range. Malcolm Jenkins at 96, Lane Johnson at 95, Fletcher Cox at 69, and Zach Ertz at 68. However, players like Kirk Cousins, are ahead of some of these guys. Now, it is like comparing apples to oranges when comparing a quarterback and a defensive end for example. However, it is clear that this list is skewed.
There are players on the list that barely played last season due to injury, or sometimes not even having a starting job until Week 12. Some players that rank higher than some, if not all, Eagles players on the list include Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, JJ Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., and Jimmy Garoppolo. All of these players are fantastic athletes and if they played the whole season and had their usual numbers, there would not be a problem here. However, none of these players played more than 9 games this year. Therefore, based on the most recent season, there is no reason any of these players should be on this list. Sherman and Chancellor maybe, since they played the majority of the season and are absolute beasts on the field. But Beckham and Garoppolo? Absolutely not.
What’s wrong with this week’s portion of the NFL top 100
There are some guys in this 51-60 range that have rightfully earned their spots and quite frankly should be higher. However, there is one player on this list who should not be as highly ranked as he is. That player is Ezekiel Elliott.
Now, Zeke still had a good year, finished in the top 10 of rushing yards. However, he was suspended for six games for, you know, beating up his ex-girlfriend, and then pulling down another woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade last year. This goes right back to my argument made about Odell Beckham Jr. and Jimmy Garoppolo. He missed six games and still ranked at #54.
He ranks higher than Lane Johnson, who was responsible for shutting down some of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the NFL. Zach Ertz led his team in receiving yards. Fletcher Cox was double teamed on almost every play and STILL was disruptive and had a productive season.
Disrespect that goes beyond the Eagles
Not only does this guy rank higher than some of the best players on the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles team, but he also ranks higher than other players at his same position that finished with better numbers. Leonard Fournette ranks in the NFL Top 100 list for this year at #58. He finished with more yards, more touchdowns, and a deep playoff run that added almost 300 more yards and 4 more touchdowns.
I don’t believe that Ezekiel Elliott should not rank on the list entirely. Missing six games he did still finish in the top 10 for rushing yards which shows his high level of production. But there are players on the list that should rank higher. For example, Carson Wentz should still rank on this list. He led the MVP race before his injury, but players like Todd Gurley and Tom Brady who finished the year with fantastic numbers should rank higher.
At a loss
I am genuinely at a loss when it comes to figuring out this list. It honestly makes no sense to me. If this is supposed to be based on the previous year’s performance why are some of these guys ranked where they are or even on the list at all? There are guys from several teams that have absurd rankings. What makes this even more disrespectful, is that the votes were cast by other players…their peers in the NFL. The players in the NFL think Jimmy Garoppolo in five games is better than Lane Johnson in 16. That is absolutely absurd to me.
I cannot look past the level of disrespect this list shows the Super Bowl champions. I am anxious to see where some other guys like Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffrey, and Jason Kelce fall. LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi both appeared on last year’s list. Will they appear again? How will their spots change? Will Dak Prescott rank above Carson Wentz? Will Nick Foles make an appearance? He should if Jimmy Garoppolo does. I cannot wrap my head around this list.
There are still so many questions. There is still so much disrespect coming at the Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t know how the rest of this list will shake out, but one thing I do know is this list provides even more motivation to repeat. Pin this list on the bulletin boards. Hungry dogs run faster. Woof woof.
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