NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: Analysis

I berated the players for their crappy rankings in the Top 100 NFL Players of 2011 and people seemed to like that. I ran other critiques of the Top 100 NFL Players of 2012, the Top 100 NFL Players of 2013, the Top 100 NFL Players of 2014, the Top 100 NFL Players of 2015, the Top 100 NFL Players of 2016, and the Top 100 NFL Players of 2017. I've gotten many requests to do the same for the 2018 version, so here we are.

I really find it amazing how NFL players can screw these rankings up. As I pointed out before, if you're in an office, you and your other co-workers can probably rank the best employees and come to a smart consensus. NFL players, however, continuously bungle things like this, probably because many of them don't watch film or pay attention to the other games. I mean, they ranked Michael Turner in the top 100 six years ago, yet the guy couldn't even move. Four summers ago, the fossilized Jared Allen was voted 68th. When he tackled players, he had to find his walker afterward. Two years ago, Carson Palmer was 12th, Blake Bortles was 56th, and Chris Ivory was 78th! Here was my reaction:

OH MY GOD. CHRIS IVORY IS 78TH?!??!?! ARE YOU F***ING SERIOUS??? CHRIS IVORY... IS 78TH!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

Last year, DeMarco Murray was voted in as the 31st-best player in the NFL. Yes, DeMarco Murray, the guy who lost his job during the year. The NFL players ranked Murray ahead of Kam Chancellor, Joey Bosa, Bobby Wagner, Trent Williams and Jadeveon Clowney. Like I said, these players have no clue.

Predictably, there were some very dumb choices in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018. I've highlighted them, marking the underrated players in blue and overrated players in red.

This year, I'm going to update the top-100 list live each week when the new bracket of 10 players is revealed, so you can follow along and laugh at the inept voting process.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 100-91:

100. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Packers
99. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
98. C.J. Mosley, LB, Ravens
97. Carlos Hyde, RB, Browns
96. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Eagles
95. Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles
94. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
93. Mike Daniels, DT, Packers
92. Landon Collins, S, Giants
91. David Bakhtiari, OT, Packers

97. Carlos Hyde: I don't think this is the most egregiously wrong rating ever, but ranking Carlos Hyde in the top 100 seems a bit odd, given that he has played a full season just once in his career, and he's had just one season where he's averaged better than 4.1 yards per carry. Hyde isn't a bad player, but he doesn't deserve a spot in the top 100.

95. Lane Johnson: Why is the best right tackle in the NFL only No. 95 on this list? Johnson should be inside the top 50 quite easily.

91. David Bakhtiari: Why is the best left tackle in the NFL only No. 91 on this list? Bakhtiari, like Johnson, is criminally underrated.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 90-81:

90. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
89. Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers
88. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jaguars
87. Andrew Whitworth, OT, Rams
86. Chris Harris, CB, Broncos
85. Bruce Irvin, DE, Raiders
84. J.J. Watt, DE, Texans
83. Linval Joseph, DT, Vikings
82. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Saints
81. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

89. Jimmy Graham: Something players often are guilty of is ranking old, declining players too high as "lifetime achievement" awards. This is a prime example of that. Graham could barely move last year. He scored a bunch of touchdowns, but barely did anything between the 20s.

84. J.J. Watt: I know that Watt has endured numerous injuries over the past few seasons, but ranking one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL 84th overall seems kind of silly.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 80-71:

80. Kevin Byard, S, Titans
79. Marcus Peters, CB, Rams
78. Taylor Lewan, OT, Titans
77. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
76. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, Chargers
75. Kam Chancellor, S, Seahawks
74. Cameron Wake, DE, Dolphins
73. Thomas Davis, LB, Panthers
72. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
71. Zack Martin, G, Cowboys

77. Odell Beckham Jr: Beckham was eighth on this list last year. So, because of an injury that knocked him out for one year, he has fallen to 77th. How in the world does that make any sense?

73. Thomas Davis: As with Jimmy Graham, Davis is getting the "he's been great for a long time, so let's vote him into the top 100 even though he's not nearly as good anymore" award. Davis is a two-down linebacker. He's not the 73rd-best player in the NFL. Get a clue, football players!

72. Delanie Walker: Like Davis, Walker is no longer a top-75 player at this stage of his career.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 70-61:

70. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
69. Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles
68. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
67. Telvin Smith, LB, Jaguars
66. Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans
65. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
64. Richard Sherman, CB, 49ers
63. Geno Atkins, DT, Bengals
62. Micah Hyde, S, Bills
61. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Rams

70. Devonta Freeman: Devonta Freeman is not a better player than Zack Martin, Kam Chancellor or Odell Beckham Jr. Freeman wilts down the stretch every single year. This season, he averaged 3.8 yards per carry or worse in five of his final seven games.

64. Richard Sherman: Sherman had been a perennial fixture in the top 100, but that shouldn't be the case anymore. His play has declined a bit lately, and he tore his Achilles in the second half of the season, so he may not be 100 percent in 2018.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 60-51:

60. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
59. Casey Hayward, CB, Chargers
58. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
57. Trent Williams, OT, Redskins
56. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
55. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Vikings
54. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
53. Aqib Talib, CB, Rams
52. Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns
51. Case Keenum, QB, Broncos

60. Derek Carr: I like Derek Carr to bounce back this year, as he'll be healthy and paired with Greg Olson. However, Carr has never maintained a YPA of better than 7.0 despite playing with a pair of talented receivers. This rating, however, is not nearly as egregious as...


Seriously, this is just dumb. I like Keenum. He's a nifty quarterback who does some things very well. But there's no way in the world that he's the 51st-best player in the NFL. Ranking him ahead of quarterbacks like Rivers and Jimmy Garoppolo is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. I also find it interesting that he's about 40 spots ahead of Kirk Cousins, yet Cousins received way more money than Keenum did this offseason.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: 50-41:

The NFL will reveal these 10 players on Monday night.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 - Snubs:

To be posted upon completion.

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