Taking A Look At A Top 100 NFL Players List

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 22, 2012 – 6:42 am

Compiling research and developing opinions to create a Top 100 NFL Players list is difficult. That’s what Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco did. Reading and then critiquing that list is not difficult. That’s what I’m going to do.

Prisco, who describes his Top 100 NFL Players List as being “based on eyes (mine), ears (listening to scouts) and hours of watching tape,” isn’t afraid to take a stand on issues (he says S Troy Polamalu is overrated) and he refuses to fall into conventional thinking (QB Tim Tebow isn’t on his list), so his list is an interesting read. He also factors in injuries, which means Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles) and Eagles LT Jason Peters (Achilles) are both off the list (he says they’d both be sure-fire Top 20 players without the injuries).

For Vikings fans, there are three notes I’d make on Prisco’s list:

– DE Jared Allen is ranked 11th following his 22.0-sack season in 2011. Could he be higher? Sure. I’d rank Allen ahead of DeMarcus Ware (#3), Julius Peppers (#8) and TE Rob Gronkowski (#10). But you can see why players such as Tom Brady (#2), Drew Brees (#6), Aaron Rodgers (#1) and Calvin Johnson (#4) are ahead of him.

– RB Adrian Peterson is ranked 28th. Obviously Peterson’s ACL injury drops him on the list, so it’s hard to critique Prisco’s ranking too much. I predict that if Prisco compiles another list one year from now, Peterson will be much higher than 28th, though.

– Neither LB Chad Greenway nor WR Percy Harvin made Prisco’s Top 100 list or the “10 who just missed” list. Granted, I may have a bias toward these Vikings players. But still, are there 18 LBs better than Greenway? That’s how many LBs there are on the list, a group that includes James Laurinaitis, Daryl Smith and Sean Weatherspoon. And are there 15 WRs better than Harvin? Prisco has that many among his top 110 players, a group that includes Marques Colston, AJ Green and Jordy Nelson. All three are talented players worthy of being among the top 100, but isn’t Harvin just as worthy?

A few other notes about Prisco’s list…

– LB Patrick Willis is ranked 13th. I would’ve put him in the Top 10, ahead of players such as Gronkowski, Peppers, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and Ware. And LB Derrick Johnson is ranked 54th, too high for me.

– TE Jimmy Graham is ranked 21st, which is a bit too high for me. He’s a good player with sky-high potential, but I think we could come up with 21 players better than him at this point.

– RB Arian Foster (36th) is slighted, and RBs Matt Forte (#63) and Chris Johnson (#88) probably feel like they’re being slighted.

– WR Wes Welker is ranked 42nd. If Welker is 42nd, Harvin should be in the Top 100.

– DE Trent Cole is 45th, nice job Mr. Prisco. I like Cole a lot and think he’s well worth this ranking.

– Who’d a thought that DT Ndamukong Suh (74th) would be rated this low after his rookie season?

– I wonder if QBs Tony Romo (78) and Cam Newton (83) are ranked too low.

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42 Responses to “Taking A Look At A Top 100 NFL Players List”

  1. By Lloyd E.Santee on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Although I agree that Harvin should be on the list I diasagree with the Note of Greenway needing to be ranked better. The reason, the Vikings had a horrible season period. When I mean the Vikings I mean the players as well. Way to many missed tackles and dropped interceptions for my liking. There were a few bright spots but then again there usually are on a losing team. With that said let’s move forward to a successful 2012-2013 season! SKOL VIKINGS!

  2. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    Thanks for coming right to the point, instead of yelling “First!” like it is a big F-deal!

    I think Percy Harvin should have been near the top! He puts on a great show when he is playing!!

  3. By Parody on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    Just for you DeerTracks!

  4. By Parody on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    …a group that includes Marques Colston, AJ Green and AJ Green. All three are talented players …

    So AJ Green is on the list twice?

  5. By Parody on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    …and counts as two players? That’s as bad as someone who creates a list of reasons why a coach wasn’t blamed for his loss(es) in the Super Bowl, and lists the fact that he’s white more than once…

  6. By Parody on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    …okay, it’s not quite that bad. The latter is much more brainless.

  7. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I thnik that Romo and Newton are placed correctly. Romo has a lot to prove to his fans even if his stats say he should be rated higher. His post season play has not been all that spectacular. Cam Newton being a rookie and a tough season is about right.

  8. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think Vikings players are rated lower due to the quality of play by the whole team. We didn’t have a good year, so I wouldn’t expect many Vikings to be on that list. I don’t think Greenway’s or Harvin’s play was good enough last year to make the list.

  9. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply


  10. By OTKalil2012 on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    By DeerTracks on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    OK, first at the time I began this here post.

    I Hope the new Stadium won’t be the same as the old Metro-Dome..The following is how the the History Channel described the old Metro-Dome—

    Metro-Dome; a Gaint Teflon coated baggie, which requres 250,000 cubic feet of air per mintue to keep it inflated…….Builded in 1981, it is the Worlds largest, muti-use air supported stadium in the world!



  11. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    lol OTK

  12. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to speak to the retractable roof issue again. The Colts Stadium has only been open 30 times since 2008. The weather there is milder than the Twin Cities. They have played with the roof open just less than half of their home games. The Stadium Authority will be paying for heating/cooling the building. The roof will probably be closed when no activites are played to keep the elements from the inside of the stadium. This means heating the building to 68. I don’t think you will see many games with the roof open under 45 degress as it just cost to much to reheat the Stadium. So it would be open 2 preseason games and 3 to 4 home games and probably not after middle of october. Without a Soccer team I don’t see it happening. Too much expense witihout any real value.

  13. By OTKalil2012 on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B…

    Totally agree…The only reason the Vikings buy the retractable roof…Is if they buy a soccer team…

    I would expect to hear Zygi buying the rights to a soccer team…Before he announces adding the retractable roof to the stadium plans…

    Both really need to be done quite soon you would think ??…I would not doubt the Wilf family might buy that soccer franchise sometime this summer…

    To announce the building of the retractable roof to early…Would only drive up the price for Zygi to buy a soccer franchise…

    The state has already given Zygi authority to build the retractable roof…

    First getting the soccer team would only be good business sense…Before announcing anything more about a retractable roof on the stadium…

    Unless he already has some kind of deal in place already to buy a franchise soccer team ??…That is a possibility…

  14. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    The deal with the Soccer Team is that the Wilfs will get 5 years free rent for soccer, so there is incentive to do that soon. Yes it needs to be done this summer as it has to be included in the plans of the stadium. It’s not something you can just tack on at any time. You expect the cost of the roof to be 10 percent of the total cost of the stadium. That’s the same number that it cost in Lucas Oil stadium. I am not sure I am willing to pony up that much money and have it all owned by the state of MN.

  15. By Troutdaddy on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Peterson should have been higher on the list. Injury or not, he still made a huge dent on the games he played and would have had the numbers to prove it last year if he were not injurred. Jared Allen I thought was listed fairly, but I would have put him in the top 10- maybe 8 or 9th. As far as Romo goes, even though he is at 78 now, I see him moving up much higher this year. I think he is going to elevate his level. As much as I can’t stand the Cowboys, I think he will do well this year. Cam Newton should not have made the list. Sorry, he has not proven himself yet. Jury is still out on him in my opinion. He is talented, but I was not as impresed as I wanted to be with him last year.

    Retractable roof would be amazing. But, I am just so freaking happy to have a stadium PERIOD! So, if Zyggi wants to get a soccar team and build a retractable roof- all the better. At this point it is all GRAVY! I bleed purple…. Nuf said…

  16. By KoN on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B., last year was probably Harvin’s best year and definitely worthy of at least a top 100 ranking. Greenway did have a bad year last year, but he still finished 3rd in tackles in the league which should automatically get him a top 100 ranking.

  17. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred– your brother is partially right, but it’s not so much the “little guys” that do well on the hills, it is those that are not heavy. I am taller than the national avg, but not super tall. Lance Armstrong lost a little weight to be competitive in the mountains on his return after cancer– where he dominated– he also was more buff in the upper body. Strong arms help on hills and in sprints. But beating hills are mostly a mindset and there is also a technical strategy I use. Most people see a hill and go, “Oh no!” I see one, and I say, “Oh yeah!”

  18. By Matt on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Wobby. I’d like to see YOUR list!

  19. By Spencer on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Coo snubbed yet again..

  20. By Spencer on May 22, 2012 | Reply


  21. By ozzinator on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer : “How come Mistral Raymond is not on that list?”
    hee hee

  22. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    @KoN you are right, but this is not a list made up from Vikings Fans. The team had a bad year and that will reflect how individual playes will get rated. It is unfortunate but true. History also plays in rating and that’s Romo’s problem everyone still sees him as a choker.

  23. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    This top 100 list means NOTHING!

    Position is not even considered.

    Check the number of Offensive Linemen in the Hall of Fame. You will find WAY less than any other position.

    Are linemen less valuable than backs? Well, I don’t think so!!!

  24. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    Skinny runners say the same things. “It’s mind over matter.”

    Baloney, some people are just built right for their sport.

    If your feet point straight ahead when you run, and you are super skinny, chances are you will dominate the sport of running. Attitude helps sure…

    I have a great attitude towards downhills. I am a great downhill runner, but again I have the attributes for it. I’m a Clydesdale!

  25. By RichardA1 on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Not after this year, there will be many more Vikings because this year they are going to be the one team other teams fear to play!

  26. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I am also a fantastic sprinter– my friend calls me the Cheetah. Guys half my age and twice my size are left behind from a standing start– or if I want to drop them– and that is strange– usually climbers and sprinters are different riders.

  27. By Seth Smith on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think chad greenway, jared allen, percy harvin, and adrian peterson should all be on this list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    Never said it was a big F-Deal that I did post first, I was just pointing out that some clowns, such as you and Mike B think that it is something special toi be “First:!

    What did you win? a frozen Horse Turd? Good! Matches the other two you have—-

    Mike B, ninth? Sorry, no frozen turd, maybe some stinky chicken poop,,

  29. By Spencer on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chill-out Deertracks..

  30. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, Mike B

    People that think they know everything are very irritating to those of us that do………….

  31. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    I will chil-out just as so9on as you quit telling me just how grear Cook is, every day, non-stop 24/7.

    Most of us already know just how good or bad Cook is, all except maybe OTK and Brainstorm Mike B…………

  32. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    soon, great

  33. By EazyPeezy on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Go away DeerTracks

  34. By Spencer on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I see Percy and Rudolph as the only Viking players listed in the Top 100 players for next year.

  35. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Deer Tracks Grumpy pills today or what? It’s all good.

  36. By Mike B. on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    NFL dot com is reporting that the Vikings signed DE Nick Reed from Tampa. 2nd Yr player.

  37. By DeerTracks on May 22, 2012 | Reply


    Go away? Sure, as soon as you tell me if,you have stopped beating your wife?,

    answer yes or no,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  38. By Rogerthevikefan on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Percy should have made the list. Once Petey went down the offense revolved around Harvin. Kick returns, receiving, and rushing he did it all and was very good at all of it.

  39. By PurplePeopleEater on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you on Greenway being slighted, but maybe not Percy. Personally, Percy Harvin is my favorite player on the team, but I don’t think I could put him above Jordy Nelson, Marques Colston, and DEFINITELY not above AJ Green. Colston is the closest to dropping below Harvin, but Colston could probably qualify as a legitimate #1 receiver, and Harvin just does not have the size or the skill set to fill that role.

  40. By puckertrucker on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Lets All go to Dairy Queen for a Dilly Bar, or a Blizzard Shake then maybe we can get the Refs to stop giving the Vikes Bad Calls during games. Especially away games like at Lambeau Field which in French means Lame Field which of course is what the Packers are most of the Time. Really Lame!!!!!!!!!!!!! The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

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