Despite making it to the AFC Championship game, and probably winning it if one play had not been stupidly officiated (Myles Jack Wasn’t Down), the Jaguars did not have any players above the rank of 14 in the player-voted “NFL Top 100.”
Here’s why the players are wrong.
For the record, here are the rankings of the Jaguars players that appear on the list:
- 14. Calais Campbell
- 17. Jalen Ramsey
- 35. (are you kidding me) A.J. Bouye
- 58. Leonard Fournette
- 67. Telvin Smith
- 88. Yannick Ngakoue
Six players on the list, out of a hundred, out of 32 teams, out of 1,696 possible entries. Not bad! But the ranking is crap. Let’s look at numbers thirteen through one.
- At Thirteen, DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: The player that both A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey shut down in both of their matchups last season, ranks ahead of them. How does this make sense? It doesn’t.
- At Twelve, Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers: Did he stay healthy all year? Nope. However, he is a pretty good defensive player. I agree with him being probably on the same level as Calais and Jalen.
- At Eleven, Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks: And it’s the top 20 so we’re gonna start falling all over ourselves to praise the QBs. Wilson had 11 interceptions last year. 3 of those were in the December 10th game against the Jaguars. How did this oh so great player end each of his drives against the Jags in that game? Punt, punt, punt, INT, missed FG, INT, FG, TD, punt, INT, TD, TD, downs. Are you kidding me?
- At Ten, Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Okay. Rodgers is probably one of the all-time greats. But he got injured last year and was out, what, half the season? How is he on here?
- At Nine, Von Miller, DE, Broncos: Am I the only one who remembers the Broncos sucked last year?
- At Eight, Drew Brees, QB, Saints: He’s getting old. I guess I agree with this one. He did play pretty good football once the Saints got like four games into the season and figured out what they were doing.
- At Seven, Aaron Donald, DE, Rams: The Rams were one of the only teams that gave the Jags trouble last year. I respect this ranking.
- At Six, Todd Gurley, RB, Rams: 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, 1,305 yards rushing – I guess I can kind of agree with this one too.
- At Five, Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: lol
- At Four, Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: I mean, ok? Man, there’s not a lot of wide receivers at the top of this list.
- At Three, Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles: A big reason Philly went to the playoffs this year. Okay.
- At Two, Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: One of the only players to actually beat the Jags’ corners on a few plays this year. I can respect this.
- At One, Tom Brady, QB, Patriots: No.
Okay! So, yeah, that sucked, and why is Tom Brady ranked so high? Is everyone scared of him or something? Myles Jack wasn’t down.
Here’s my rankings, voted on by me, for the top 20 players of 2017. I’ll do them in reverse order to keep you scrolling.
- 20. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
- 19. Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints
- 18. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
- 17. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
- 16. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
- 15. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
- 14. Everson Griffin, DE, Vikings
- 13. Khalil Mack, DE, Raiders
- 12. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
- 11. Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers
- 10. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
- 9. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
- 8. A.J. Bouye, CB, Jaguars
- 7. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
- 6. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
- 5. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams
- 4. Calais Campbell, DE, Jaguars
- 3. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
- 2. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jaguars
- 1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
I know, I know, there’s four Jaguars on there, but they had a great year last year. One of the best defenses in the league and Fournette had more yards than the offensive rookie of the year, Alvin Kamara. Agree or disagree, we need to get off the Tom Brady number one wagon and let some of the new stars shine.