Thursday, May 16, 2013

MY NFL TOP 100 PLAYERS LIST: 51-75





51. ANDREW LUCK-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-QB #9
He led the Colts to the playoffs as a rookie.  Already an emerging superstar.  He just needs to cut the turnovers down and he will be a top 5 QB.  
52. DARYL WASHINGTON-ARIZONA CARDINALS-LB (non edge) #4
One of the most underrated players in the league.  Finished 11th in the league in tackles and added 9 sacks.  
53. JASON WITTEN-DALLAS COWBOYS-TE #3
Dez Bryant may have been the breakout star in Dallas, but Witten led the team in catches with 110.  That was the 5th most in the NFL. 
54. LUKE KUECHLY-CAROLINA PANTHERS-LB (non edge) #5
All he did as a rookie was led the NFL in tackles with 164.  He also added 8 passes deflected and had 2 interceptions.  Kuechly, John Beason and Thomas Davis give the Panthers one of the league's best LB cores. 
55. ROBERT GRIFFIN III-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-QB #10 
The Luck vs. RG III debate is simply a matter of personal preference as this point.  RG III is the most explosive and entertaining player right now, however I feel Luck is the more complete QB at this point. 
56. JULIO JONES-ATLANTA FALCONS-WR #10
The sky is the limit for Julio.  In only his second year he finished 11th in the league in receiving yards and 18th in catches.  He also led Falcons receivers with 10 TD's.  A true big play threat that is developing as complete WR.  He could become a superstar in year #3
57. DOUG MARTIN-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -RB #6
In a normal year he would have been the NFL rookie of the year.  But unfortunately for Martin, he came in the league the same year as Luck and RG III.  Fortunately for him, he had 1,926 total yards and 12 TDs as a rookie.  
58. REGGIE WAYNE-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-WR #11
Wayne had a career revitalization last year with the arrival of QB Andrew Luck.  106 catches and over 1,300 yards.  Wayne turns 35 in November, so it will be interesting to see if he can duplicate his 2012 season. 
59. PATRICK PETERSON-ARIZONA CARDINALS-CB #5
Finished 4th in the league with 7 interceptions and is also one of the best return men in the NFL.  He still gets beat too much on big plays.  Has the potential to be a superstar. 
60. LOGAN MANKINS-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-G #1
The best guard in the NFL and the best offensive lineman for the best offense in the league last year.  Still underrated by most
61. TONY ROMO-DALLAS COWBOYS-QB #11 
He takes a lot of heat for his lack of playoff success but the regular season numbers don't lie.  He finished 3rd in the league in passing yards last year.  Romo needs to cut the turnovers down as he (along with Drew Brees) led the NFL in interceptions thrown with 19. 
62. CAMERON WAKE-MIAMI DOLPHINS-DE/PR #10
He was pretty much the only bright spot on the Dolphins defense.  Wake finished 4th in the league with 15 sacks after having a down year in 2011.  
63. NICK MANGOLD-NEW YORK JETS-C #2
Mangold wasn't the reason the Jets offnse struggled.  Mangold continues to be one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL.  It will be a real shame if this guy never gets to hike the ball to a good QB in his career. 
64. TONY GONZALEZ-ATLANTA FALCONS-TE #4
The ageless wonder.  In 2012 at age 36, Gonzalez had 90 catches, 930 yards and 8 TD's.  He also got the first playoff win in his 16 year career.  He retired then decided to come back this off season.  He will try to win a Super Bowl in 2013.  It that comes to fruition, it will be the final piece in a Hall of Fame career.




65. ALFRED MORRIS-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-RB #7
RG III had the highlights but one can argue that Morris was equally important to the success of the Redskins offense in 2012.  As a rookie, he finished 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards.  The 2012 6th round pick won't sneak up on anyone in 2013.  
66. LESEAN MCCOY-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-RB #8
Shady struggled through injuries and the emergence of fellow RB Bryce Brown in 2012.  He still finished with 1,213 total yards in 12 games.  However his TD numbers took a HUGE hit last year going from 20 in 2011 to only 5 last year.  Shady hopes that new coach Chip Kelly will rejuvenate the Eagles offense in 2013. 
67. ED REED-BALTIMORE RAVENS (signed with HOU this off season)-S #2 
While no longer the ball hawking superstar of his younger years, Reed help lead the Ravens defense to a Super Bowl victory last year.  In 2013 he will try to help the Texans win the Super Bowl 
68. MARIO WILLIAMS-BUFFALO BILLS-DE-PR #11
Williams was the second biggest free agent signing in 2012 behind Peyton Manning.  Williams did his job getting 10.5 sacks last year, he was one of the few bright spots on a 6-10 team and the 22nd ranked defense.
69. MATTHEW STAFFORD-DETRIOT LIONS-QB #12
Even with the struggles last year, Stafford managed to have nearly another 5,000 yard season.  He needs to improve on his 20 TD-17 INT numbers of last year.  He should benefit from the arrival of new RB Reggie Bush this year.  The Lions defense aslo needs to improve so Stafford won't be forced to bring them back from a deficit each game.  
70.  PERCY HARVIN-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (traded to SEA this off season)-WR #12
Harvin was leading the NFL in both receptions and total yards before getting injured in 2012.  When healthy he may be the most dynamic play maker in the NFL.  The Seahawks feel he is the final piece to their championship puzzle.  
71. ERIC WEDDLE-SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-S #3 
Another unherralded guy that just makes plays.  
72. STEVE SMITH-CAROLINA PANTHERS-WR #13
Even on the wrong side of 30 Smith continues to pump out consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons 
73. MATT FORTE-CHICAGO BEARS-RB #9
Like Shady McCoy, Forte played through some injuries that limited him and dropped him below his normal production.  
74. CHRIS CLEMONS-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-DE/PR #12
Since he's been with the Seahawks, he's had three straight 11+ sack seasons. 
75. MARSHALL YANDA-BALTIMORE RAVENS-G #2
The offensive lineman get no love on the NFL players list but they get plenty of love on my list.  Yanda was the best offensive lineman for the Super Bowl champs.  



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