ESPN is currently ranking their top 100 players for the 2016 season, and you might find a bit of controversy for where they have New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Some background on the process, per the article, is that each player is rated on a 1-100 scale. A perfect score of 100 is defined as a player with ‘all-time level of excellence’, and a panel of 50-plus football minds that included analysts, reporters, and statisticians from both ESPN and outside of the network put together this list.
In simplistic terms, it goes by how good a player is.
Drew Brees hauled in a rating of 86, which places him No. 39 on the list. Here’s what ESPN’s Mike Triplett had to say about the quarterback:
39. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Avg. rating: 86.33 | 2015 rank: 34
For the first time in his 15-year career, Brees missed a game because of injury last season -- and he still wound up leading the NFL in passing yards for the fourth time in five years. The 37-year-old ranks fourth all time with 60,903 yards and insisted he can keep it up for five more years "minimum." TeammateZach Strief believes him, saying Brees is "like a weirdo" with his tireless work ethic and competitive drive. -- Mike Triplett
It’s worth pointing out that Carson Palmer (No. 37) was placed above Brees. Naturally, more quarterbacks will be ranked higher. Unfortunately, it also appears that no other Saints cracked the list. You can view the full ESPN article as well as the other players ranked here.