Every year, NFL Network puts together a list looking at the 100 best players. They survey players and ask them to give their 20 best players. They then turn those top 20s into a list of 100.
I always thought that this was a weird way of doing things. By doing it that way, some players (like Tim Tebow back in their Top 100 of 2012) get artificially inserted into the list because a few players vote for him and the less sexy positions like offensive linemen get phased out.
The first episode of the show gave us two Ravens. Let’s take a look, and you can vote whether they are too high, too low or just right on the list.
No. 97 Joe Flacco
To watch the video from the Top 100, click here.
Joe Flacco marks the first quarterback on the list coming in at number 97. I think this is a pretty fair spot overall; however, quarterbacks have been too highly rated on this list in the past. The only year that a quarterback wasn’t ranked the #1 player in the league was in 2013 when Adrian Peterson topped the list, and there also always seems to be at least ten passers on the list.
If that trend continues, then I don’t agree with this.
The only quarterbacks who should be ahead of Flacco are Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, and maybe Tony Romo, Russell Wilson, and Matt Ryan. I would strongly argue against the last three, but I can acknowledge that there is at least an argument.
Where he was placed on the list last year makes this even more of a head-scratcher. The 2013 season that may have been the worst of his entire career. He threw more interceptions than touchdowns and finished with a 73.1 passer rating. After that season, Flacco ranked as the 58th best player.
Then, Joe Flacco goes out in 2014 and has the best regular season of his career, finishing with 27 TDs and a 91.0 passer rating (both career highs) with just 12 INTs. He moves down 39 spots because of that performance.
That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
No. 94 – C.J. Mosley
To watch the video from the show, click here. From 1:45 to 2:45 is definitely worth a click. Mosley sniffs out a reverse against the Bengals. Andrew Whitworth and Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander are frustrated and impressed.
The Ravens 2014 1st round pick makes the list at no. 94. Mosley finished his rookie season with 99 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 8 passes defended, and 2 INTs. His Pro Football Focus rating was +11.3 for the year.
After the season, Mosley just missed out on Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, but he still has some room for growth, particularly in coverage. His PFF rating for pass coverage was a -3.0. That will improve with experience.
As Mosley grows as a player he will keep moving up this list for years to come, but for right now, this is a pretty fair spot.