|Posted by Radatz on June 27, 2017 at 2:10 PM|
Maybe you caught NFLN's 'top 100' series for 2017, or maybe not, but it's done and the list is published (even in Wikipedia). Voted by 902 players. Big news was Brady making #1 for the second time, the only 2-timer at #1 so far in the short-lived (since 2011) list.
The room for debate is of course cavernous, so these lists are always fun. But filtering is fun too. For example, based on the list, what's the best offensive lineup you could have (excluding such minutiae as 'chemistry' etc.)? Well, assuming a common setup of 3 WRs, 1 TE and 1 RB, it would look like this:
QB: Tom Brady
RB: LeVeon Bell
WRs: Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham
TE: Rob Gronkowski
C: Travis Frederick
G: Marshal Yanda, Zack Martin
OT: Tyron Smith, Joe Thomas
Another interesting note is that, in the 'age of the cornerback', not one cracked the top 18. Peterson of KC was 19, Sherman was 21.
And one more detail: how were the QBs ranked within the list?
81. A. Smith
A lot of omissions. Cam probably should have been one of them based on team impact, stats, and those left off the list. It's hard to find a QB with a worse completion percentage in 2016, and perhaps hard to find a less inspiring team leader north of Ozzy and Goff. Winston sits 13 spots back despite making the playoffs over Cam in the same division? Both Mariota and Luck led supposedly worse teams to better records. Eli Manning's not even on the list despite an 11-5 year for the Giants and a 63% completion percentage (Cam's was 52%)?
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