Recently the NFL Network completed there Top 100 Players of 2012. The 11 part series consisted of 100 players voted by other players to be the best in the league. Now considering that these are player votes and not official nor are they decided by statistics, I guess almost everyone could disagree with the rankings. I was certainly not happy with the majority of it, after last season I don’t understand how Joe Flacco, Phillip Rivers, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton could be ranked higher than Tony Romo.
Jason Witten was ranked at #75 and although he missed the Pro-Bowl for the first time since his rookie year, I feel even his peers shouldn’t have put him any higher than 50. Jason Witten is consistently putting up good numbers every year. He may not had Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham numbers but those guys will never make 7 pro-bowls straight. Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten are the only guys that should be considered top class TE’s in the entire league. They are the only sure Hall of Fame TE’s still playing.
The Dallas Cowboys only had 3 players in the Top 100. I feel that a few more guys should have been on that list. I believe Sean Lee and Jay Ratliff should have made it and possibly DeMarco Murray and Tyrone Smith. Both of these young guys showed tremendous talent and if Cam Newton got ranked on the better side of 50 then these guys deserve to be on it as well. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant only missed the list due to injury but healthy either of them are capable of 1300 plus yards per season. I am hopeful that they both can have those numbers next year.
Then the last and well deserved member of the Dallas Cowboys was called at #6, DeMarcus Ware. DeMarcus Ware is every quarterback and offensive coordinators worst nightmare. He has instincts that can’t be taught but only born with. He beats double teams time after time, and is great in coverage as well. DeMarcus Ware is the most complete football player in the NFL. Ware has 99.5 sacks in his 7 year career and at that rate is second only to Reggie White. You cant help but wonder if #6 is suitable for a player with his resume. There is two ways to look at it, you can say that 5 other players are better than him. Or you can say that 3 of the five are QB’s in this pass happy league along with a WR and a CB. I think everyone should agree that Darrelle Revis is in a class of his own at CB, and that Megatron is the best receiver right now. But nobody can agree with the state of best quarterback with Brees, Brady and Rodgers. Ware is alone in his class and was ranked the #1 linebacker and the 4th best position. I may disagree with the slot his position fell in, I can’t agree more with him being the best linebacker in the league.