On Monday, the NFL Network began their annual NFL Top 100 list which features the top one hundred players in the National Football League, as chosen by fellow NFL players. The rankings are based on an off-season poll organized by the NFL, whereby players vote on their peers based on their performance for the recent NFL season.
Also on Monday, it was revealed that Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was the first member of the team to be ranked, as he came in at No. 91. Jarrett is coming off of the 2019 season where he was selected to the Pro Bowl and recorded career-bests with 7.5 sacks and 69 combined tackles. Although the 91st spot isn’t entirely high, it’s better than the raking he received in 2019, unranked.
Let’s get to the rest of the rankings.
RB Todd Gurley – No. 51
Yes, it is true that Todd Gurley wasn’t on the Falcons in 2019, so what he did for these rankings doesn’t impact us at all. It is nice to reflect on the season he had, though, and his reputation around the league. Most of the talk about Gurley always revolves around his knee and health status, but Gurley still played in 15 games in 2019 and scored 14 times.
He would’ve had more touchdowns if running back Malcolm Brown didn’t vulture his goal line carries. Hopefully Gurley’s health isn’t a problem in 2020 and he climbs the rankings a little bit more.
WR Julio Jones – 11
Yes, No. 11 comes in at the 11th spot. To be considered one of the top 11 players in the league is an honor in itself, but still seems like an insult to Julio Jones’ greatness. You can argue all day that he’s the best wide receiver in the NFL, but similar with the Madden 20 ratings, Julio is behind Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins who will both be ranked inside the top 10.
As noted in the headline, Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan went unranked this year. The list is pretty terrible altogether but when you see where certain quarterbacks like Drew Brees (12th), Tom Brady (14th), Aaron Rodgers (16th) and Jimmy Garaoppolo (43rd) were ranked, all you can do is laugh. Now, Ryan didn’t have the best season, but he did lead the league in completions in 2019.
These annual lists are largely decided by the players, so naturally there’s a lot of bias involved in picking who they deem the best of the best. They’ll probably be another list next year that we also don’t agree with, and you can bet The Falcoholic will be here to tell you why that one is awful too.