By now, we all are aware of the NFL’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2011 as ranked by players currently in the NFL.
Who better to judge the talent of the NFL than the players themselves?
With 10 selections left to go and both Ray Lewis and Ed Reed missing, two more Ravens could be added to the four Ravens that have already cracked the Top 100.
There’s no way these two won’t make it. Ed Reed missed six games last season and still led the NFL in picks, and Ray Lewis is still one of the most dominating linebackers in the league. I’ll wait until the last of the Top 100 list is revealed to speculate on the credibility of the list because if those two make it, then I’ll be happy with it.
Joe Flacco was the first Raven to crack the list - even though that’s not necessarily a good thing when you’re counting from 100. Flacco ranked 90th as seen by the players, and 59th-best by the fans. I think he deserves a little better than 90th, especially since Atlanta QB Matt Ryan ranked 52nd on the list.
Last season, Flacco threw 25 touchdowns on 3,622 yards and only 11 picks. Ryan’s 3,706 yards and 28 touchdowns are only slightly better.
Can three touchdowns and 84 yards really separate a QB 38 places on the Top 100 list? I guess so. Then again, Flacco did win more playoff games than Ryan last season (even if it was only one) and played well enough to beat the Steelers.
As he should, the dominating force that is Haloti Ngata comes in at No. 17.
The remaining 10 of the Top 100 players of 2011 will be revealed this Sunday at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.