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BigBanger 05-03-2012 10:15 PM

NFLN Top 100 Players
 
NFL Networks 2nd annual Top 100 players in the NFL voted on by the players.


100. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
99. Ryan Kalil, C, Panthers
98. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos
97. Donald Penn, LT, Buccaneers
96. D'Qwell Jackson, MLB, Browns
95. Tim Tebow, QB, Jets
94. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
93. Cortlan Finnegan, CB, Rams
92. John Kuhn, FB, Packers
91. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

90. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
89. Dwight Feeney, DE, Colts
88. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
87. London Fletcher, ILB, Redskins
86. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
85. NaVorro Bowman, ILB, 49ers
84. Chris Long, DE, Rams
83. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
82. Joe Thomas, LT, Browns
81. Vince Wilfork, NT, Patriots

80. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
79. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Eagles
78. Derrick Johnson, ILB, Chiefs
77. AJ Green, WR, Bengals
76. Carl Nicks, OG, Buccaneers
75. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
74. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
73. Jonathan Joseph, CB, Texans
72. Lance Briggs, OLB, Bears
71. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles

70. Mike Vick, QB, Eagles
69. Carlos Rodgers, CB, 49ers
68. Elvis Dumervil, DE, Broncos
67. Joe Staley, LT, 49ers
66. Earl Thomas, FS, Seahawks
65. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
64. Logan Mankins, OG, Patriots
63. LaMarr Woodley, OLB, Steelers
62. Justin Tuck, DE, Giants
61. Phillip Rivers, QB, Chargers

60. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
59. Jake Long, LT, Dolphins
58. Jonathan Vilma, MLB, Saints
57. Trent Cole, DE, Eagles
56. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
55. Patrick Peterson, CB, Cardinals
54. Brian Cushing, ILB, Texans
53. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
52. Von Miller, OLB, Broncos
51. Brian Urlacher, MLB, Bears

50. Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
49. Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers
48. Devin Hester, WR/ST, Bears
47. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
46. Champ Bailey, CB, Broncos
45. Vonta Leach, FB, Ravens
44. Jason Babin, DE, Eagles
43. Veron Davis, TE, 49ers
42. Jason Peters, OT, Eagles
41. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

40. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
39. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
38. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions
37. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
36. Charles Woodson, CB, Packers
35. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
34. Tamba Hali, OLB, Chiefs
33. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
32. Jahri Evans, OG, Saints
31. Eli Manning, QB, Giants

30. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
29. James Harrison, OLB, Steelers
28. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
27. Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers
26. Julius Peppers, DE, Bears
25. Arian Foster, RB, Texans
24. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants
23. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
22. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

20. Ray Lewis, ILB, Ravens
19. Troy Polamalu, SS, Steelers
18. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
17. Justin Smith, DE, 49ers
16. Ed Reed, FS, Ravens
15. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
14. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
13. Jared Allen, DE, Vikings
12. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
11. Terrell Suggs, OLB, Ravens

10. Patrick Willis, ILB, 49ers
9. Haloti Ngata, DL, Ravens
8. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
7. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
6. DeMarcus Ware, OLB, Cowboys
5. Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets
4. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
3. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
2. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

cmarq83 05-03-2012 10:17 PM

And let Tebow hate commence in 5.....4.....3......2.......1

BigBanger 05-03-2012 10:19 PM

Kuhn should not be on the list. If that's the case, then the kickers and punters from the Raiders and 49ers should make the top 20. Donald Penn was terrible last year. He should not be on the list. McGahee? I don't like it even though he's coming off a good season. I'm not even going to get into Tebow. He sucks.


Joe Thomas and Vince Wilfork are way too low. That's pathetic. Freeney went from 15th last year to 89th this year. Probably too much of a drop. So far I'm not a very big fan of this list. I think it might be worse than last years list.

jrdrylie 05-03-2012 10:22 PM

Yeah, Kuhn had less than 100 yards rushing total last year. How on Earth is he above Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch?

WCH 05-03-2012 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrdrylie (Post 2984987)
Yeah, Kuhn had less than 100 yards rushing total last year. How on Earth is he above Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch?

His name rhymes with "Boooooooo!" and therefore he's great. That, like, the first rule of NFL fandom.

Caddy 05-03-2012 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigBanger (Post 2984982)
Kuhn should not be on the list. If that's the case, then the kickers and punters from the Raiders and 49ers should make the top 20. Donald Penn was terrible last year. He should not be on the list. McGahee? I don't like it even though he's coming off a good season. I'm not even going to get into Tebow. He sucks.


Joe Thomas and Vince Wilfork are way too low. That's pathetic. Freeney went from 15th last year to 89th this year. Probably too much of a drop. So far I'm not a very big fan of this list. I think it might be worse than last years list.

Penn was far from horrible. Maybe not top 100 worthy, but he was still a great left tackle.

TACKLE 05-03-2012 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Caddy (Post 2984999)
Penn was far from horrible. Maybe not top 100 worthy, but he was still a great left tackle.

Donald Penn is not a great LT.

Matthew Jones 05-03-2012 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TACKLE (Post 2985005)
Donald Penn is not a great LT.

I'm with you on that but I expect him to be better this season than last because of the focus on running the ball; last season the Buccaneers got too pass-happy and didn't play to Penn's strengths as a run blocker.

Mufasa 05-03-2012 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrdrylie (Post 2984987)
Yeah, Kuhn had less than 100 yards rushing total last year. How on Earth is he above Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch?

I'm not saying he should be in the top 100, but he's not supposed to be a ball carrier, so that's poor reasoning.

The fact that he's a fullback is enough to keep him out. There are at least 300 players I'd take before a FB, and I value the position more than most.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TACKLE (Post 2985005)
Donald Penn is not a great LT.

He's more of a run blocker, but he's still a very good left tackle. If he played the right side he'd be the best RT in the game.

keylime_5 05-03-2012 11:11 PM

why is the best LT in the game in the 80s? wasn't he like in the 40s last year?

I have no problem with Tebow being ranked. He was a great football player last year, though not even a marginally good QB. Definitely a unique player in that regard.

Mufasa 05-03-2012 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keylime_5 (Post 2985059)
why is the best LT in the game in the 80s? wasn't he like in the 40s last year?

I have no problem with Tebow being ranked. He was a great football player last year, though not even a marginally good QB. Definitely a unique player in that regard.

Yeah, Thomas that low is crazy. Might be an indication that there's only one more tackle in the top 100 too (Jake Long obviously, though I'd have him below Thomas).

And I can see that with Tebow. If you made a list of top QBs he wouldn't sniff the top 20, but top football players I suppose you can make a case.

Rabscuttle 05-03-2012 11:21 PM

Must be an assload of quarterbacks on that list considering no. 95.

VernonLawson89 05-04-2012 12:10 AM

Bowman!

Bowman & Willis

Best ILB tandem in the NFL

Bert Macklin 05-04-2012 12:15 AM

Chris Long


XxXdragonXxX 05-04-2012 12:59 AM

Despite the fact that a Seahawk made the list for the first time in a while...

This list is terrible so far.

Tim Tebow???? REALLY? He's at least 100 spots to high.

Caddy 05-04-2012 01:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TACKLE (Post 2985005)
Donald Penn is not a great LT.

If you choose to believe that is the case that is fine, but from watching him every game the last few years, he is more than capable. He has shut down the plenty of great pass rushers including Jared Allen and John Abraham on multiple occasions. He is definitely an above average LT and deserves strong consideration as a top 10 player at his position.

Lil Quip 05-04-2012 04:44 AM

Thomas is way too low. I think being on cleveland hurts him. Plus he is in a weird spot that he will probably get pb nods for the rest of his career. Beyond that, I don't think people want to put in too much work to find out just how good he is. In addition, it seems like jason peters is the flavor of the moment lt wise. I don't discount his talent, but is he really that much better than when he was on the bills? In additio, if the pats has thomas instead of mankins, thomas would be a whole bunch higher.

On wilfork, he is in a weird spot. He is recognized as a top talent, but he just goes so many places, especially ones that don't lend themselves to accolades for lists like this. For example, he normally plays nt in a non stunting non one gap system. Against miami, he gets moved in front of jake long, to negate their best o line talent.

The Alex 05-04-2012 05:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigBanger (Post 2984977)
95. Tim Tebow, QB, Jets



Seriously though, this list means absolutely nothing to me and doesn't hold a shred of credibility. I love Chris Johnson but I don't really care for his thoughts about the top players in the league because I'm pretty sure the guy has mental problems. Just because someone can dominate a sport doesn't mean they know a thing about player evaluation. You want proof? Michael Jordan.

Bucs147 05-04-2012 09:10 AM

BigBanger is right, Penn was terrible last year during the 10-games losing streak. He was way better in 2010 and didn't make the list. Shoud have made it last year, but there's no way he was a top 100 player in 2011.

WCH 05-04-2012 09:41 AM

Kuhn is another guy who's been called a "Great Football Player." I don't know what's special about "Great Football Players" or what separates them from the other guys who are only great football players, but there ya go...

Neither guy (Kuhn or Tebow) should be anywhere in the top-100.

K Train 05-04-2012 10:19 AM

CANT WAIT to see ray lewis in the top 5 again, just retardeness

NorrinRadd12 05-04-2012 11:24 AM

Penn might have the biggest range of effectiveness in the league. He's had games where he's killed Ware, Suggs, Peppers, Osi and Allen, then he'll have games where some no name wreaks havoc on him. 2007-2009 he was one of the most underrated players in the game and I guess he's getting his due now.

Damix 05-04-2012 11:31 AM

I am interested in seeing where JPP falls.

K Train 05-04-2012 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NorrinRadd12 (Post 2985485)
Penn might have the biggest range of effectiveness in the league. He's had games where he's killed Ware, Suggs, Peppers, Osi and Allen, then he'll have games where some no name wreaks havoc on him. 2007-2009 he was one of the most underrated players in the game and I guess he's getting his due now.

we call that max starks syndrome. Takes ware, merriman, peppers, allen to school.

then gets his lunch money taken by guys that should have a minimal impact

bigbluedefense 05-04-2012 11:54 AM

Nicks is a boss. I love what Adrian Wilson said. He is probably top 2 or 3 in the league in regards to catching radius. One of the things I loved so much about Nicks when I scouted him coming out of college was how he'd time his jumps perfectly, box out, and just snatch the ball out of the air like a vacuum. I thought he was eerily similar to Fitzgerald in that regard, and if you pay close attention, you'll see that him and Fitz are very close in how they are so good in doing that.

I see alot of Michael Irvin in Nicks. He's going to be a very good WR in this league.


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