NFL Network’s Top 100 Players is supposed to rank the best players of the 2016 season. The list is voted by the players, but still, the ranking has received its share of criticism of the past couple years.
And now, it’s coming from JJ Watt himself.
On Monday, NFL Network tweeted that Watt had made the list at No. 35. While Watt is far better than the 35th best player in the NFL when healthy, the list is supposed to take into account last season’s performance. Watt played three games.
Watt is right.
Adrian Peterson also made the list despite averaging 1.9 yards yards a carry and playing three games. Peterson was ranked No. 98, and that was weird in itself. But Watt at No. 35 is far more laughable. He had 1.5 sacks last season and played three games.
But take a look at No. 40 on the list, and you’ll find the NFL’s sack leader Vic Beasley of the Atlanta Falcons.
Beasley played all 16 games last season, recorded 15.5 sacks and starred on the defense that made the Super Bowl. Watt may be a better overall player than Beasley when healthy, but he obviously didn’t have a better season than Beasley in 2016. That much is objectively clear.
Watt was also ranked ahead of Gerald McCoy, who had teammate Robert Ayers trashing the list.
If the NFL wants this list to be any more than a topic of criticism, then perhaps it should readdress its voting procedures because, right now, it’s simply a joke.
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