Two Atlanta Falcons players made the NFL Top 100 list this offseason, and maybe there should have been more players listed, and maybe not. No one seems to be particularly clear on how this list is decided, but it seems like a player vote is a big part of it, and finishing the season 8-8 doesn't do Falcons players any favors as far as garnering attention for this sort of thing.
Julio Jones came in at No. 8, which is right about where he should be. Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the only wide receiver to be listed ahead of Jones, and the argument can be made that Jones is better than Brown, but they're actually very close in terms of talent and production. Devonta Freeman was listed at No. 50, and justifiably so, after exploding onto the scene when Tevin Coleman went down with an injury early in the season.
But that was it for the Falcons this year, and that prompted us to ponder which Falcons players may make the Top 100 list next season.
Desmond Trufant is one option. Trufant is already quietly garnering recognition for being one of the best corners in the league, and if the Falcons are actually able to improve the pass rush, it should make Trufant even better. Trufant got his first Pro Bowl nod after the 2015 season, and another Pro Bowl-caliber season in 2016 should at least earn him some votes for the Top 100.
Matt Ryan was absent from the list after a season that featured way too many turnovers and a lack of success in the end zone, but after another offseason to settle into Kyle Shanahan's offense, it's possible that Ryan will make his way back onto the list.
Which other players do you think could find their way to the Top 100 next year? Share your thoughts in the comments.