By Joshua Wye on May 3, 2014
It is that time of the year again, when the NFL Network uses their uncanny voting process to determine the Top 100 players of the season. Here are five Indianapolis Colts players who should feature somewhere in that list. For each player, a rough guesstimate on where they will finish in the Top 100 is given. Honorable mentions -- Pat McAfee's hit on Trindon Holliday is worthy of a Top 100 spot, but it is highly unlikely a punter makes the list.
Cory Redding quietly had a great season at defensive end for the Colts. Redding finished the season ranked 10th amongst all 3-4 DE, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), with a positive grade of 17.1 He finished the season with five sacks, eight quarterback hits, and 24 quarterback hurries. His presence though was most helpful against the run, where he ranked 7th amongst all 3-4 DE by PFF.
Vontae Davis finished the 2013-14 season as the third ranked corner in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, finishing with a plus grade of 15.5. This mark was heavily inflated by his superb performance against Denver in Week 7, where he completely shut down Demaryius Thomas. He was inconsistent at times in the past season, but a deeper look at the stats show he wasn't as inconsistent as people think.
T.Y Hilton burst onto the scene as a rookie, but his play in his second year was for more impressive and important to the Colts. In the absence of Reggie Wayne, Hilton carried the Colts' offense through the air with some outstanding play. His 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Wild Card game against the Chiefs was one of the greatest playoff receiving performances in NFL History. A top 50 spot is not out of the question.
Andrew Luck's 2014 statistics will have many questioning his elite status, but when you look at what he was able to achieve behind his subpar interior offensive line, and without Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen, you will realize how great Luck really is. His fourth quarter comebacks, including the Wild Card game against the Chiefs, make him one of the most clutch players in the NFL.
Robert Mathis spent most of his career in the shadow of Dwight Freeney and has always been overlooked. Mathis proved the world wrong in 2014, as he claimed the first annual Deacon Jones Award as the league's sack champion. Mathis finished the season with 19.5 sacks, and was some analysts' preferred defensive MVP over Carolina's Luke Kuechly. It would be a travesty if Mathis finished outside the top 10 in this year's list.
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