The top 10 players revealed
Last night, the NFL released the top 10 players on the NFL top 100 players list. This was the final installment of the series, culminating with the (not surprising) number one player voted by his peers. The top 10 players were:
10. Aaron Rodgers
9. Von Miller
8. Drew Brees
7. Aaron Donald
6. Todd Gurley
5. Le’Veon Bell
4. Julio Jones
3. Carson Wentz
2. Antonio Brown
- Tom Brady
An Eagle is finally in their rightful place
Wentz made his debut on the list at number 3. This was the highest debut in the history of the list. However, had he not torn his ACL, I believe he would have come in at number one and also won the MVP. But that is neither here nor there. As much as I (with some bias) believe that Wentz had the best year of any player last year, I realize that it was cut short due to injury, so I can make my peace with his placement on the list. Honestly, as long as he ranked higher than Dak Prescott I’m happy.
Wentz deserves that three spot, so it is great to see that his peers in the NFL think the same way. There are some that believe he shouldn’t be listed so high and above “established” quarterbacks like Brees and Rodgers. However, Wentz performed much better than both of those guys. And THAT is what this list is supposed to be based on.
Problems with the top 10
There are no surprises when it comes to the Top 10. All of those guys are well deserving. My only problem is with Rodgers. Now don’t get me wrong I think Aaron Rodgers will go down as one of the all-time greats. However, Rodgers was injured in Week 6 of the season, only coming back to play one more game in an attempt to get the Packers into the playoffs. Rodgers missed about 9.5 games this season. Do I think he should be on the list somewhere because of his caliber of play before the injury? Absolutely. Should he be in the top 10? Absolutely not.
The list is SUPPOSED to be based on the most recent season. But, there were guys that had career years that were left off of this list entirely.
Guys left off entirely
During the two hour top 10 special last night, NFL network decided to “give some screen time” to the guys voted 101-110. Two notable guys were Marcus Mariota and Brandon Graham. Mariota had a solid year, throwing for over 3,000 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 5 rushing touchdowns. Let’s also not forget that he single-handedly led his team to a wild-card round win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mariota belongs in the Top 100 WAY before Jimmy Garoppolo who only played 5 games all year.
Brandon Graham had a sensational year for the Eagles. He led the team in sacks with 9.5 on the year and one more in the playoffs that gave the Eagles the Super Bowl win. Somehow, players left BG off of the list but Odell Beckham Jr. who played 4 games and caught a whopping 25 receptions earned a spot.
With this logic, Nick Foles should be in the top 10!
This list means nothing, but makes people angry
Considering players who suffered unfortunate injuries is necessary. As I said, Rodgers should definitely be on the list as should guys like JJ Watt, Richard Sherman, Deshaun Watson, and others. However, the placement of guys on this list really doesn’t make much sense. The list doesn’t really mean anything. But it does fire people up.
And hey, if it makes guys like Lane Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, and Graham come back with a chip on their shoulder? That’s fine by me!
All stats from NFL.com
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