OT- Peter Schrager's top 100 current NFL players

Submitted by Chuck Norris on June 21st, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Former Wolverines:

#83- LaMarr Woodley, LB Pittsburgh Steelers

#77- Charles Woodson, CB Green Bay Packers

#41- Jake Long, OT Miami Dolphins

#1- Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots

Current Lions:

#30- Matthew Stafford, QB

#24- Ndamukong Suh, DT

#9- Calvin Johnson, WR


Not sure of Schrager's credibility, but it's nice to have the number one spot locked down by a Wolverine. 


Space Coyote

June 21st, 2012 at 3:56 PM ^

But seems very position dependent.  For instance, the top 6 players are QBs, and nearly a third of the leagues starting QBs are in the top 50.

On the other hand, Jake Long is the second highest ranked O-lineman, and he's #41.  Joe Thomas is really good too, so I don't really have a problem with him being behind Thomas, it's the fact that he's the second best O-linemen and he can't break the top 40?  This is the first thing I look for in a "credibility" test, because if there aren't highly ranked O-linemen, than most likely these people are basing their lists off of stats (which O-linemen don't have many of, and aren't always the best thing to base "who's the best" off of) and media perception moreso than actual talent and skill.

Still, it's not a terrible list based off of a quick glance, and nice to see some Michigan players on there.


June 21st, 2012 at 4:06 PM ^

and even moreso, fun to debate, but sometimes there are obvious rankings that boggle the mind.  As a Jets fan, I was not too happy to see Timmy T on the NFL's Top 100, while leaving Nick Mangold (arguable the best center in the game, even if he came from the enemy....) off the list. 

I hate having to read about Tebow every time I want to read about my favorite NFL squad.  It's like tuning into a great classic rock radio station only to have to listen to Nickleback every 3 out of 4 songs. 


June 21st, 2012 at 11:38 PM ^

Not individually at least. The two best left tackles in the league both play for poor offenses, because they have no skill players.

The NFL is so pass heavy nowadays that its smarter for a team to try and save money up front on offense. Good teams now try to find value there because they can scheme around weakness in the line so well, and coaches are way cheaper than players.

That's not to say you can completely ignore it, just that its not something you should be placing a premium on when teams like the Giants, Patriots, and Packers to name a few, have shown you can have success without particularly good lines.