The NFL Top 100: Going Deeper - Offense

The NFL Network's Top 100 list is now complete and people can now see who they rate as the best of the best. Trying to look at the list as an unbiased observer, it's still difficult to figure out what was even used as their criteria. It's supposed to be a list of the top 100 players going into the 2011 season, but it seems decisions were also influenced by career achievements. Which is fine, but it would be nice to know how they voted.

To get a better look at this list, I'm not going to argue the apples and oranges comparison the NFLN has made by throwing all NFL players onto one list. Instead, I plan to take the players from the list and rank them by position to get a more apples to apples comparison. Make the jump to see what I uncover.

Quarterbacks:
  1. Tom Brady
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Michael Vick
  6. Phillip Rivers
  7. Ben Roethlisberger
  8. Matt Ryan
  9. Tony Romo
  10. Josh Freeman
  11. Joe Flacco
  12. Donovan McNabb
My thoughts:

Again, this relates back to my original problem with the way players are ranked. If this is "Best players of 2010" Manning and Brees should be lower while Romo and McNabb shouldn't be anywhere near the list. If this is based on career, then yes, this list makes more sense. With that caveat, I'll try to give some thoughts.

Brady ranked No. 1 doesn't surprise me. I've always thought of him as being a tad overrated. I'm not saying he's not Top 3 material, but I feel he's not as good as Brees or Manning. I don't know many GMs who would take Vick over Phillip Rivers. Roethlisberger is on here for the same reason Brady is No. 1: Super Bowl rings. I've always believed that Matt Ryan is currently somewhere between 10-15, soNo. 8 isn't too high, in my opinion. Romo and Flacco shouldn't be on this list, as well as McNabb.


Runningbacks:
  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Chris Johnson
  3. Arian Foster
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew
  5. Jamaal Charles
  6. Steven Jackson
  7. Michael Turner
  8. Ray Rice
  9. Vonta Leach (FB)
  10. Frank Gore

My Thoughts:

Running backs have such a short self life making it the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" position. I can't disagree with this list at all. I'm not as big of a fan as everyone else on Chris Johnson, but otherwise this is a really solid list.

 

Wide Receivers:
  1. Andre Johnson
  2. Larry Fitzgerald
  3. Roddy White
  4. Calvin Johnson
  5. DeSean Jackson
  6. Reggie Wayne
  7. Devin Hester (PR)
  8. Dwayne Bowe
  9. Wes Welker
  10. Marques Colston
  11. Brandon Lloyd
  12. Brandon Marshall
  13. Miles Austin
  14. Greg Jennings
  15. Santonio Holmes
  16. Mike Williams
  17. Josh Cribbs (PR)
  18. Terrell Owens
My Thoughts:

Like with the running backs, I can't find fault with anything on this list. Most of the top wide receivers have been playing long enough to earn that respect.

 

Tight Ends:
  1. Antonio Gates
  2. Jason Witten
  3. Tony Gonzales
  4. Dallas Clark
  5. Vernon Davis
My Thoughts:

My only problem is with Tony Gonzales. Great chance of getting into the Hall of Fame, great career. But he's not one of the first tight ends I'm calling if I'm a GM in 2011. Which, again, comes back to a problem with the criteria for this list. Otherwise, solid.

 

Tackles:
  1. Jake Long
  2. Jahri Evans
  3. Joe Thomas
  4. D'Brickshaw Ferguson
  5. Jordan Gross
  6. Chad Clifton
My Thoughts:

Why is Jahri Evans listed as a tackle? Do they know something we don't? Otherwise, no surprises except for the snubbing of Ryan Clady who is damn good when healthy.

 

Guards:
  1. Logan Mankins
  2. Carl Nicks
  3. Brian Waters
  4. Chris Snee
My Thoughts:

My only real thought is "Who is Brian Waters?" Otherwise, a solid list that I can't disagree with. It should be noted that Jahri Evans, if ranked as a guard (like he should be), would be the No. 1 guard.

 

Centers:
  1. Nick Mangold
  2. Andre Gurode
  3. Jeff Saturday
My Thoughts:

I haven't been all that impressed with Gurode, yet I keep hearing about how good he is. Of course I'm not going up against him on Sundays, so what do I know?

 

Looking at the list this way makes it seem a lot more logical, in my eyes. I found myself disagreeing a lot with the top 100 rankings overall, yet agreeing a lot with these lists. Regardless of how it was compiled, these rankings are actually pretty decent.

What about you? You've read my thoughts on this matter, but I want to hear yours. As well, name who you think is the best at each position heading into 2011.

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