Thursday, May 23, 2013

MY NFL TOP 100 PLAYERS LIST: 31-50





31. RYAN CLADY-DENVER BRONCOS-OT #3
He is clearly one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL.  He has made three Pro Bowls and two first team All NFL lists.  Protecting Peyton Manning's blind side is key to the Broncos Super Bowl hopes in 2013.

32. LONDON FLETCHER-WASINGTON REDSKINS-LB (non edge) #3
Even at age 37 last year, Fletcher was still ultra productive finishing 8th in the league in tackles with 139 and added 5 interceptions as well.  He never gets the credit he deserves.
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Washington Redskins161613978613.0--115295.81001
2011Washington Redskins161616696701.5--8200.0003
2010Washington Redskins161613687492.5--11100.0003

33. BEN ROETHLISBERGER-PITTSBURGH STEELERS-QB #7
Multiple Super Bowl winning QB.  Only Big Ben, Eli and Brady can say that.  
SeasonTeamPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
2012Pittsburgh Steelers131328444963.33,2657.32683018297.026923.5063
2011Pittsburgh Steelers151532451363.24,0777.921144026990.131702.3085
2010Pittsburgh Steelers121224038961.73,2008.21753222097.0341765.2273
34. RODDY WHITE-ATLANTA FALCONS-WR #5
The guy is just insanely productive every year.  Young Julio Jones' emergence hasn't hurt his production as White had more catches and yards than Julio last year.  Many are expecting a drop off but I would never count out Mr. White 
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Atlanta Falcons1615921,35114.7597----------10
2011Atlanta Falcons16161001,29613.0438--------------
2010Atlanta Falcons16161151,38912.14610133.03011


35. ROB GRONKOWSKI-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-TE #1
Despite his crazy personality and off the field fun, Gronk is the best TE in the NFL.  When he and Aaron Hernandez are healthy together they are a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012New England Patriots11115579014.44111----------11
2011New England Patriots1616901,32714.752T17122.02T1----
2010New England Patriots16114254613.02810----------11
36. MATT RYAN-ATLANTA FALCONS-QB #8
Matt Ryan has been good for the first few years of his career but this past year he started to enter "elite" level  as a signal caller.  He shook off the critics and finally won a playoff game.  Ryan will enter super stardom if he can lead Atlanta to a Super Bowl win next year.  
SeasonTeamPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
2012Atlanta Falcons161642261568.64,7197.732142821099.1341414.1132
2011Atlanta Falcons161634756661.34,1777.429122617392.237842.3253
2010Atlanta Falcons161635757162.53,7056.52892315891.0461222.7043
37. CHRIS LONG-ST. LOUIS RAMS-DE/PR #7
With 24.5 sacks the past two seasons, Long is proving to have the elite pass rushing skills that made his father Howie Long a Hall of Famer.
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012St. Louis Rams16163325811.5--0----0.0----0
2011St. Louis Rams16163731613.0--2----0.0----1
2010St. Louis Rams1616292638.5--3----0.0----3
38. RICHARD SHERMAN-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-CB #2
He's an arrogant trash talker that thinks he's better than Darrelle Revis and he also apparently hates Skip Bayless.  He backs up MOST of what he says though (unless he's covering Roddy White).  Sherman's numbers are great and he's the second best player on an elite defense in Seattle.  It will be hard to duplicate his 8 interceptions of 2012. 
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Seattle Seahawks16166453111.00248577.12913
2011Seattle Seahawks1610554780.0--1744511.23301
39. WES WELKER-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (signed with DEN this off season)-WR #6
He may be the hardest player to rank in the NFL.  His numbers are at a Hall of Fame level yet the Patriots just let him walk this off season.  It will be very interesting to see how he does in Denver with Peyton Manning.  Damn 2013 is going to be fun!   
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012New England Patriots16121181,35411.559622010.011031
2011New England Patriots16151221,56912.999T94307.519010
2010New England Patriots1511868489.9357----------10
40. JULIUS PEPPERS-CHICAGO BEARS-DE/PR #8
With 111.5 career sacks in an 11 year career Peppers is looking more and more like he's Canton bound.  Peppers stayed consistent in 2012 producing 11.5 sacks.  
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Chicago Bears16163932711.5--2----0.0----1
2011Chicago Bears16163733411.0--4----0.0----3
2010Chicago Bears16165443118.0--9210.5103
41. DEMARYIUS THOMAS-DENVER BRONCOS-WR #7
WOW!!! Catching passes from Peyton Manning instead of Tim Tebow really made a difference last year.  The sky is the limit for the big 6-3/230 25 year old.  
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Denver Broncos1616941,43415.371T10----------33
2011Denver Broncos1153255117.2474155.050----
2010Denver Broncos1022228312.9312210.51032
TOTAL1482,26815.37116362.05065
42. TIM JENNINGS-CHICAGO BEARS-CB #3
After six solid seasons, Jennings had a breakout season leading the NFL in interceptions in 2012.
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Chicago Bears1414605550.0021910511.73110
2011Chicago Bears1615776980.0--10221.0101
2010Chicago Bears16135641150.0--713939.03901
43. JOE THOMAS-CLEVELAND BROWNS-OT #4
Six NFL seasons and six Pro Bowls for Mr. Thomas.  He continues to be one of the best offensive lineman in the league.  

44. JAMAAL CHARLES-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-RB #5
Charles was a bright spot on a KC team that struggled last year.  He came back from an ACL injury in 2011  to have over 1,700 total yards.  2013 should be brighter for Charles as new coach Andy Reid has proven he can have success with RB's like Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy in Philly.  
SeasonTeamRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Kansas City Chiefs16152851,5095.391T5352366.722153
2011Kansas City Chiefs2112836.9240591.89111
2010Kansas City Chiefs1662301,4676.48054546810.431332
45. CHRIS MYERS-HOUSTON TEXANS-C #1
Myers had 28.9 ranking according to Pro Football Focus making him the highest rated center in the game.  Myself an many others also regard him as the best center in the game.  He is the 5th highest offensive lineman in my rankings. 

46. DEZ BRYANT-DALLAS COWBOYS-WR #8
Just like Demaryius Thomas, Bryant broke out in a big way in his 3rd year in the league.  He is big time play maker.  All he needs to do is stay consistent, stay healthy and stay focused and he will become a superstar. 
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Dallas Cowboys1614921,38215.085T122-5-2.56052
2011Dallas Cowboys15136392814.750T9155.05031
2010Dallas Cowboys1224556112.5466100.00011
47. CHARLES JOHNSON-CAROLINA PANTHERS-DE/PR #9
A truly elite and consistent pass rusher, Johnson has averaged 11 sacks per season over the past three years.  
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Carolina Panthers161641301112.5--4----0.0----7
2011Carolina Panthers15154030109.0--4----0.0----1
2010Carolina Panthers161662511111.5--1----0.0----1
48. JIMMY GRAHAM-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-TE #2
the Graham vs. Gronk debate carried on in 2012. I give Gronk the slight edge here.  Graham had 6 more catches and 192 more yards but played in 4 more games than Gronk.  Given Gronk's injury problems, I would take Graham over the long run.  Both guys are unable to be guarded one on one.  
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012New Orleans Saints1598598211.6469----------10
2011New Orleans Saints1611991,31013.25911----------11
2010New Orleans Saints1553135611.5525133.03010
49. CHAMP BAILEY-DENVER BRONCOS-CB #4 
Even with him getting longer in the tooth, Bailey continues to play at an elite level.  Bailey made his 12th that's right 12th Pro Bowl appearance in 2012.  Next stop after Denver in Canton. 
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Denver Broncos1615666150.0--92189.01800
2011Denver Broncos1313393540.0--10200.0001
2010Denver Broncos1515454141.0--13200.0000
50. LARRY FITZGERALD-ARIZONA CARDINALS-WR #9
If a LEGIT NFL QB was throwing him the ball, he'd be in the top 15 at the very least.  Fitzgerald has seen his numbers slide drastically due to poor QB play.  Carson Palmer isn't a star, but he's much better than any QB they've had since Kurt Warner.  
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Arizona Cardinals16167179811.237T4--------------
2011Arizona Cardinals1616801,41117.673T8--------------
2010Arizona Cardinals1615901,13712.6416--------------


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