Over the past couple of months, the NFL revealed their Top 100 Players of 2013. This is the third year in which the league has made this list that is strictly dependent upon the votes of current NFL players. After looking at the order of this year’s entire list, I must say that this has been the most inconsistent lists I have ever seen.
Many players were overrated, and there were some that were drastically underrated. Furthermore, there were quite a few players who were much deserving to be on this list that were absent. One player that I feel was one of the biggest snubs was Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.
The top 100 had only six offensive linemen. Four of them were offensive tackles: Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins (ranked 99), the San Francisco 49ers’ Joe Staley (78), Duane Brown of the Houston Texans (48) and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns (28). The other two O-linemen were New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (82) and Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger (95).
Pouncey, who’s been a Pro Bowler since his rookie season, should definitely be mentioned among the aforementioned offensive linemen. One would think that the four-year veteran would have been on this year’s list, considering the fact that he was ranked 49th on the top 100 of 2012. More importantly, I feel that Pouncey should at least be ranked ahead of Unger.
Unfortunately, it seems that the success of a player’s team was taken into account for the most part, rather than their individual playing ability. Unger was an important part of the Seahawks’ third-ranked rushing attack. On the other hand, Pouncey anchored an O-line that struggled all of 2012 and was 26th in the run game.
Pittsburgh’s disappointing 8-8 season might have not only affected Pouncey, but also the number of Steelers on the list. After making the postseason in 2011, there were six Steelers in the top 100 (with the lowest being ranked at 63). Now, after not making the playoffs, Pittsburgh had only three players, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as their highest ranked player at 61.
There could be arguments made for why many other players should be on this list, as well as why some shouldn’t be in the top 100. Overall, Pouncey and all of Steeler Nation should have every reason to be upset for not seeing arguably the best center on this list.
The players of the NFL have to get things right next year when it comes to voting for the league’s best players, because this was the worse top 100 ever.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+