The NFL Network finished airing the Top 100 list, as voted on by the players. There were names deserving of their slots, others not so much. Players like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson deserved their spots in the top 5. Players like Dak Prescott and Zach Ertz had laughable rank positions. Some players were left off the list entirely that should have been shoo-ins for the top 100 players in the league.
Julian Edelman was ranked 101, according to a video from the NFL after the top 100 finalized. I get that Edelman was off his game last year; leading the league in drops which is never a good thing to lead all receivers in. He was, however, also not at 100% healthwise. I gave him grief all season, I know. But that doesn’t change the fact that he should have, without a doubt, held a spot in the top 50.
This is probably going to be a controversial take since everyone calls him Carson WINTz. That doesn’t change that he was on the team that won the NFC East. Yes, going 9-7 and isn’t some grand accomplishment that everyone should bow down to him, however, Dak Prescott ranked 46th. Prescott and the Cowboys went 8-8 and lost their division when they have Zeke and Cooper on their offense. Dak has been in the playoffs twice in his 4 years in the league and not last season. Though Wentz has only played in the playoffs in 2019, he was a large part of the Eagles gaining the first round bye in 2017. Wentz’s postseason was cut short this time around because of a hit to the head early in the game. Hard to put the fault on Wentz for that when he was falling to the ground and got blindsided in the head on an illegal hit. I’m not trying to say that Wentz deserved a spot in the top 10. But, he certainly should have a ranking above his division rival, Dak Prescott.
I’m sure everyone was waiting for my bias to shine through and for me to pick J-Mac over D-Mac, but I’m trying to be fair and impartial! Devin McCourty had 5 interceptions on the year, sitting just behind Tre’Davious White, Anthony Harris, and teammate Stephon Gilmore. White and Gilmore made the Top 100, Devin should have too. McCourty also accounted for two forced fumbles against opponents on the season. He led Gilmore in solo tackles, beating him out by just two, and holding on to assist in more tackles than Gilmore. Again, I don’t think that McCourty deserved a top 10 spot like the reigning DPOY Gilmore, but he should be in the top 50.
The NFL says that the list’s have the players voting. I’ve heard from former players on twitter and ESPN that they don’t take the voting as seriously as the fans do. Saying that they just vote for the players on their teams and then kind of filling in the gaps from who you were able to watch play and which players had the most headlines. However, these 3 snubs, I find it hard to believe that the players are involved in the voting process at all. In my opinion, it’s just a list of players that the NFL thinks they can make the most money off of in jersey sales.
-Jess Donahue (@jldx392)
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