June 28, 2012 Leave a comment
We have finally made it to the final ten names on the NFL Top 100 countdown, it’s been a long road and a long wait to see who the NFL players have voted to be the ten best players in the game today. Without further delay, here are the top 10 players in the NFL going into the 2012 season, enjoy!
10. Patrick Willis
Can’t argue with this at all. I said a couple years ago that Patrick Willis would claim the throne of best middle linebacker in the game once Ray Lewis decided to call it a career, we didn’t even have to wait that long. I don’t think Ray with any problem handing over the reins to P- WIllie, if you look at the way Willis plays, he looks like a young Ray Lewis. Kinda creepy in a way. The dude is a three down linebacker, he is a force in stopping the run and is a guy you better locate in coverage or he will pick it and take it to the house. He anchored the middle of the best defense in football in 2011, I expect more of the same from him and his defensive unit in 2012 and I expect him to climb a few spots on this list next year.
9. Haloti Ngata
It’s not often you can find a space eating defensive tackle that can also collapse the pocket and rush the passer, that’s why Haloti Ngata is hands down the best defensive tackle in the game. At 6’4 340 pounds takes up a lot of space to say the least. The man commands double teams on almost every play and he still can’t be moved. Calling Ngata a hoss doesn’t do him justice at all, I’ve seen him on film running down running backs and receivers down field, that’s just not fair.
8. Adrian Peterson
When you talk about running backs and speed to power combinations Adrian Peterson is right near the top of the list. The only running back in the same class when it comes to that blend of size, power and speed is Bo Jackson. They just don’t make them like this often folks, they are freaks of nature. As a tackler you have to pick your poison when it comes to AP, he can either run over you or flat out run past you. It’s scary. For a guy his size to be able to stick his foot in the ground and get up to top speed in about four or five steps is freaky. Best running back in the league bar none.
Like the picture above states, without question Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best wide receivers in the game today. Watching him during his days at Pittsburgh were so much fun, he was so dominant and he made it look easy. Things haven’t changed much in the NFL for Fitz, even though he has lacked a quarterback for majority of his career he has still put up great numbers. Now with Michael Floyd opposite him in Arizona I can only imagine the filthy things he is going to do to defenses, now only if they could get a quarterback….
6. DeMarcus Ware
Has anyone figured out a way to stop this guy? When you constantly face double and triple teams week in and week out and consistently post double digit sack numbers, that means you are a beast. That’s Demarcus Ware and that’s why he is the best pass rusher in the game today. In 2011 Ware put up 19 sacks, which normally would be good enough to lead the league, but since Jared Allen put up a super human 22 sacks it was only good enough for second. Ware is a monster and going into a game you can count on him getting to your quarterback at least once because that’s how good he is. If he keeps this up, you can count on him being in Canton when it’s all said and done.
5. Darrelle Revis
Welcome to Revis Island. There is a no fly zone on Revis Island, so if you are a wide receiver, be prepared for a long day. If you are a quarterback, don’t even bother throwing Revis’ direction, better yet don’t even look his direction. Revis is the definition of a shutdown corner, as he draws the opponent’s #1 receiver every week and he proceeds to lock them up. You name them he has probably covered them and dominated them, Revis is as talented as they come.
4. Tom Brady
Now this was a shocker. Tom Brady finished #1 on this countdown a year ago and in 2011 He passed for over 5,000 yards and played in another Super Bowl, but he slid 3 spots? Doesn’t exactly add up now does it? In my opinion, Tom Brady is still the #1 player in the NFL until someone dethrones him and I don’t think the players above him did anything to dethrone him in 2011.
3. Calvin Johnson
They call him Megatron. Why? Because the guy isn’t human. This guy is built like he was created on a video game. 6’6, 235 pounds, 40 inches plus on the vertical and can run a sub 4.4 forty. F-R-E-A-K. That’s just absurd man. He is the most physically gifted wide receiver the game has ever seen and I’m not sure who even comes in second on that list. He became a more complete receiver in 2011 and the numbers he put reflects that. If you ever try to single cover him, he will make you pay. Hell he will make you pay even if you double and triple cover him. I don’t think the guy can be stopped, you can only hope to contain him.
2. Drew Brees
Breesus. Hard to believe that the guy who shattered Dan Marino’s record for yards in a single season is sitting at home right now without a contract. Crazy talk right? The guy who jump started the franchise, brought a Super Bowl to New Orleans and is the face of the franchise hasn’t got paid yet…. give me a break. Someone needs to put a call in to the brass in NOLA and tell them to wake the hell up and pay this man. Any amount of money he is asking for isn’t enough. Drew Brees can’t get a contract, but Darrelle Revis is talking about holding for the SECOND time, blows my mind man. You might not find a classier and hard working quarterback in the league then Drew Brees and he doesn’t have a contract right now. Unreal.
Well that only leaves one more guy, I think you guys can guess who it is….
1. Aaron Rodgers
The Champ is here. He has the belt to prove it. Aaron Rodgers takes home the crown as the #1 player in the NFL as voted by the players in 2012. It’s a well deserved honor by A-Rod though I had him second to Tom Brady on my ballot. You can’t argue with a guy who had a touchdown to interception ratio of 45 to 6, MERCY. Rodgers was hot as fish grease in 2011 and it’s scary about the kind of numbers we could see from him going forward. It’s funny to think about the whole Brett Favre controversy Green Bay had to deal with and people were worried about Aaron Rodgers taking over after he retired, I think they are satisfied with what they got. Aaron Rodgers commands one of the most dynamic offenses in the league and he makes it look so easy at times it is comical. The aspect of A-Rod’s game that makes him so fun to watch is that he has the ability to tuck it and run and move around and buy time. That’s something guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both lack. We are talking Michael Vick or Cameron Newton type of athletic ability, but we are talking about enough athletic ability to make you worry as defensive coordinator and to make you second guess yourself if you are a defensive player. Congrats A-Rod, in 2012 you’re #1 sir.
Well folks, that concludes my analysis of the NFL Top 100 Players countdown, I hope you guys enjoyed my articles and my opinions. I hope you guys continue to read what I put up on the site and as always I welcome your feedback and opinions. If you want to discuss the Top 100 or anything else I write about, leave comments or hit me up on twitter @The_Lort_Got !