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Old 04-29-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default ProFootballFocus: Top 101 Players Of 2012

101 to 91

Now some things are pretty important in understanding the criteria for the list;

- This is based solely on 2012 play. Nothing that happened in years previous was accounted for.

- This is created with an “all-positions created equal” mantra, so it asks for a leap of faith that you assume a guard is an important as a quarterback (there are some exceptions here with more situational roles not quite as equal).

(Last year’s ranking in brackets)


98. Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos (80th)

So the playoffs didn’t really go well for Bailey who struggled to stop Torrey Smith getting in behind him. Yet one game, however important it is, doesn’t undo a season’s worth of good work. Bailey was still up to the task of matching up with a team’s top receiver, and he only allowed 40 regular season receptions, including just one touchdown. A fine year with a horrid end.

Best Performance: Week 15 at Baltimore, +4.3

Key Stat: Just 4.27 percent of his coverage snaps ended with him giving up a first down or touchdown. That is the sixth-lowest of all cornerbacks for 2012.




The rest of 101 to 91 https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...012-101-to-91/

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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64. Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos (Unranked)

It’s not easy being a slot corner in the NFL, so Harris deserves extra credit for handling business on the outside and coping extremely well when moving inside in the Broncos’ sub-package defense. The former undrafted free agent took his chance with both hands when Tracy Porter went down hurt, and backed up his excellent coverage work with some fine play in the run game. A complete defender already.

Best Performance: Week 13 versus Tampa Bay, +4.8

Key Stat: Gave up just 0.83 yards per slot coverage snap, sixth-lowest of all defensive backs.




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57. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers (64th)

Some will think Smith should be higher based on his sack numbers alone. However, for that to be the case there needed to be some quicker developing pressure. That doesn’t mean Smith didn’t have a great year, just that there’s room for him to do more. Coped reasonably well with an expanded role.

Best Performance: Week 11 versus Chicago, +9.8

Key Stat: His 70 quarterback disruptions were the most of any 3-4 outside linebacker.


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47. Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos (Unranked)

After a year spent protecting the somewhat unpredictable Tim Tebow, life got a lot easier for Ryan Clady when Peyton Manning rolled into town. Far from dominant in the run game, Clady makes his name as a pass protector and that’s exactly why the Broncos were never going to let him hit the open market in free agency.

Best Performance: Week 3 versus Houston, +5.8

Key Stat: Allowed just 22 quarterback disruptions on 609 pass blocking snaps.

45. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (Unranked)

Outside a couple of fumbles when Thomas wasn’t touched, it was a big year for the former first-round pick who showed what he could do with a viable quarterback throwing him the ball. Making some spectacular catches as he picked up 1,430 yards and 10 touchdowns, Thomas emerged as one of the most dynamic receivers in the league.

Best Performance: Week 8 versus New Orleans, +7.1

Key Stat: Picked up 2.51 yards per route run, seventh-highest in the league.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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I am predicting right now we will be the only team to have 2 players in the top 10.
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I am predicting right now we will be the only team to have 2 players in the top 10.
Between Manning, Miller and Welker.
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Between Manning, Miller and Welker.
Yeah, that could give us 3 - rejoice rejoice again i say rejoice


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Between Manning, Miller and Welker.
Welker won't be, I doubt he cracks the top 30. Miller and Manning will both be, Manning is top 5 for offensive players and Miller is the 2nd best defensive player.
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33. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets (Unranked)

When Revis Island was shut down for the year, many wondered how Cromartie would react. The Jets’ defense demanded more out of him and Cromartie responded by going toe-to-toe with the top receivers in the game and making life incredibly hard for them. Given what was asked of him it’s incredible he walked away giving up just 511 yards into his coverage all year.

Best Performance: Week 1 versus Buffalo, +2.5

Key Stat: Missed just four tackles all year.

31. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (Unranked)

Turning the Redskins from a punch line to a relevant contender, RG3 was the dose of energy and talent that this team desperately needed. His play on the field was nothing short of his exceptional, with the Redskins putting him in an offense that made full use of his skill set from Day 1. The end result was a player who was extremely accurate and extremely productive, and well worth such a prominent ranking.

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23. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Unranked)

The rookie third-rounder looked a little out of his depth early on in the season but from Week 5 onward he was something else. With just five interceptions the remainder of the season (including one hail mary in the postseason) Wilson was efficient at times and dynamic at others as defenses struggled to get to grips with him. His 2012 season proved all the doubters wrong.

Best Performance: Week 16 vs San Francisco, +7.7

Key Stat: Had the fourth-highest Accuracy Percentage of all quarterbacks.

21. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (13th)

Brady would finish the regular season as our third-ranked quarterback, but his inability to up (or maintain) his game in the postseason ensured he couldn’t finish any higher. For the first 16 games of the season he was in fine form, dissecting defenses as he threw for 4,827 yards and 34 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

Best Performance: Week 3 at Baltimore, +7.4

Key Stat: Led the league with 288 completions when getting rid of the ball within 2.5 seconds of the snap.
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I think Woodyard should have made this list.
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I think Woodyard should have made this list.
There's 32 teams. 100/32 = 3.125

Do you think Woodyard is better than any of the best 3 players on any team across the league? I don't think so. He was much improved last year though.
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I think a person could argue he played better than Lawrence Timmons and Lavonte David. There wasn't another player in the NFL with 100+ Tackles, 5+ sacks, and 3+ INT's.
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There's 32 teams. 100/32 = 3.125

Do you think Woodyard is better than any of the best 3 players on any team across the league? I don't think so. He was much improved last year though.
He had a stat line that has only been matched like 3 times in NFL history. His play last season would make him one of if not the best defensive player on a team not fielding a Von, Champ, or Dumervil. Extremely underrated.
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Welker won't be, I doubt he cracks the top 30. Miller and Manning will both be, Manning is top 5 for offensive players and Miller is the 2nd best defensive player.
Well he's either top 20 or not in the top 100 now, lol.
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Lavonte David 82 on the list, where's Brosweiler?
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Von and Peyton are the only Broncos left. If they're going straight by the total grades they gave out, Von will be 3rd and Peyton will be 5th.
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Wow, they left Wes Welker off the top 100?
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Wow, they left Wes Welker off the top 100?
Either that or he's in the top 10. I think he led the league in drops, so that could be why he didn't make their list.
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7. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos (Unranked)

There were plenty of question marks as Peyton Manning linked up with the Broncos. Would he be healthy enough to contribute? And, if so, could he be anywhere near as effective as he was during his time with the Colts? Well, in finishing the year as our No. 1 quarterback he answered those questions with a resounding ‘Yes’. The arm strength may not have been what it once was, but it was still enough that teams had to contend with Manning attacking them all over the field. Which is exactly what he did as the Broncos were regular season kings. Now if only the postseason went as well…

Best Performance: Week 10 at Carolina, +7.3

Key Stat: Had the third-highest Accuracy Percentage on deep balls of all quarterbacks in 2012.

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4. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos (12th)

Miller isn’t your conventional 4-3 outside linebacker, moving into a pass rushing role in sub package defense that saw him spend only 24% of his passing snaps in coverage. However, as the 86 combined sacks, hits and hurries show, he delivers in that role, while adding a further 15 tackles for losses. You simply need to watch out for Miller on every play — if you don’t, he’s likely to hurt you.

Best Performance: Week 5 at New England, +12.3

Key Stat: Missed only three tackles all year.



Crazy that they totally left off Welker. Even if he wasn't a Bronco, he still led the league in receptions 6 of the last 7 years or something like that...
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Either that or he's in the top 10. I think he led the league in drops, so that could be why he didn't make their list.
That shouldn't matter. A guy with 118 catches in a season should be on that list every single time.
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