NFL Network has aired 20 players in their annual top 100 NFL players list. The list is made by the current players in the NFL, and the premise is to vote on players based on their 2012 season. They started going through the list, starting at #100, last Saturday, and today the network aired #90 to #81.
Here are the results so far:
Three Rams made the countdown last year.
Players that could be on it this year:
Chris Long (2012 #84)
Cortland Finnigan (2012, #93)
Steven Jackson (2012, #37)
Players who could appear on the 2014:
James Laurinaitis- He has the stats, he has the pedigree, but he doesn't have the respect. If the Rams can become a top 10 defense next year, and Laurinaitis can make a couple of plays in big games, he should appear on the list.
Tavon Austin- Austin has an advantage over everyone on the list, he already has the buzz. Players already expect Austin to be a big time player. If Austin can return some kicks for touchdowns, and make big plays like he did in college, it will be an upset if he's not on the list.
Sam Bradford- There's always a lot of quarterbacks on the list. Why isn't Bradford? He's not really popular. The only way he will end up on this list is the playoffs. The players really don't care about numbers, well that's a part of it, but even if Bradford threw for 4,000 yards he wouldn't be on the list.
Robert Quinn- One of the best pure pass rushers in the league. Quinn finished the season with 10.5 sacks last season. He will most likely need a 13 sack season to appear on the list next year. There's a good chance that he could achieve that goal.
Jared Cook- The former Tennessee Titan tight end received a big contract this off-season. If Cook becomes the play maker that people (including me) think he can become, he should end up on this list.
Janoris Jenkins- The players will love Jenkins. Without having met him, he seems like a cool guy. If he continues building on his solid rookie season, he should end up on the list.