Preview: Top 10 in NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012
The wait is over. Tonight, NFL Network will be revealing the Top 10 in their list of Top 100 NFL Players of 2012. Which Jets were snubbed, what will the Top 10 List look like, and where will Darrelle Revis rank?
Jump to page 2 with us, where JETSerious is about to get dead serious—and answer these questions.
Which Jets were snubbed from the Top 100?
Personally, I think Nick Mangold is the best Center in football…hands down. The Jets saw how vital he was to the team, when he went down with an injury during week 2 vs. Jacksonville.
The offense struggled significantly. It was difficult to run the rock. It was difficult to make adjustments off the line of scrimmage. It was difficult to plug in ANYONE other than Nick Mangold at Center. The Jets were in trouble.
In an interview, Mark Sanchez said that he got a little spoiled having Mangold at Center for every single snap in his first two seasons.
“You get spoiled having Nick so much.”
Nick Mangold is one of the “Core 4” on the Jets squad because he is so important to the team. Due to injury, Mangold must have been forgotten. But similar to Peyton Manning, Mangold showed how valuable he was when he was off the field…injured. Mangold wanted to keep his consecutive starts streak going, but the Jets were smart to rest him, and fortunate that he was able to return to the field quickly.
David Harris is another member of the Jets “Core 4”, and he’s a beast. So why did he miss out on this year’s list?
It’s understandable that Harris was snubbed in the Pro Bowl ballots because of the fan voting. It can be a popularity contest for fans, but I thought that David Harris would get a Top 100 vote from his peers. He is a respected player that is on the rise and had a big year last year. Harris had 4 interceptions (1TD), 5 sacks, and 88 tackles in 2011. Those numbers are gnarly, if you ask me. By the way, those 4 interceptions–tied for team lead. With who? Darrelle Revis.
David Harris may be the most underrated defensive player in the game today. As a Jets fan, I think he’s the most underrated Jet—given his importance to the team.
Harris is still young, so expect him to crack the list next year. He is in the prime of his career and big plays are inevitable for a MLB in a Rex Ryan defensive system.
Where will Revis rank?
Revis, in my opinion, will be ranked #4 in the Top 100 Players of 2012. That would make him the Top defensive player on the list. Quarterbacks are typically the focus of attention, so I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about Rodgers, Brady, and Brees—and why they would be ranked #1, #2, #3.
With the NFL becoming such an open passing league nowadays, shutdown corners are valued like gold. If you really think about it, there are similar pass rushers to DeMarcus Ware. Terrell Suggs, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mario Williams, and James Harrison come to mind. Some are better than others, but the difference isn’t substantial. As for Darrelle Revis, it’s the complete opposite. The only cornerback that has the talent that’s close to Darrelle’s is Charles Woodson. But he’s a playmaker, not a shutdown corner. The next best corner is debatable, but its foolish to say that any of them are even CLOSE to how good Darrelle is. Therefore, Revis is without question, the best player in the league at his position.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal had a similar opinion… in regards to Darrelle Revis, and the way he dominates at his postion:
To put it another way: The gap between Revis and the next best cornerback is far bigger than at any other position in the league. At safety, Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu are past their apex. The identity of the best pass rusher in the league changes every year. No interior defensive lineman consistently dominates, either.”
Revis may just be the best cornerback since Deon Sanders, and I think his peers recognize/respect that.
Jets Coach Rex Ryan certainly does:
“Nobody has a better percentage defending routes, than Darrelle Revis…. and he’s going against the best receiver.”
–Rex Ryan on NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011
Here’s my prediction for the Top 10 rankings:
#10 RB Adrian Peterson—Vikings
#9 DT Haloti Ngata—Ravens
#8 LB Patrick Willis—49ers
#7 WR Larry Fitzgerald (pictured below)—Cardinals
#6 OLB DeMarcus Ware—Cowboys
#5 WR Calvin Johnson—Lions
#4 CB Darrelle Revis—Jets
#3 QB Drew Brees—Saints
#2 QB Tom Brady—Patriots
#1 QB Aaron Rodgers—Packers
Do you agree with my predictions?
Where would you rank Revis in the NFL’s Top 100 Players?
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