5 Biggest Snubs From the 2015 NFL Top 100

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On Wednesday evening, the NFL Network concluded their countdown of their 2015 NFL Top 100. For the last five years, the NFL Network has conducted an annual offseason poll of NFL players to determine the rankings of the NFL Top 100 – a list of the top 100 players in the league regardless of position. As a part of the poll, players are asked to rate their peers on their performance during the previous season in addition to how well they feel each player will perform during the upcoming season.

Considering the source of the voting, it’s somewhat hard to argue with the results of the poll. We did have one gripe about a player that landed in the top five, but the focus of this article is on the players who were snubbed by their peers. We’ll start by looking at three players who were left out of the NFL Top 100 altogether. Included in our analysis are the player grades and position rankings from Pro Football Focus (PFF).

1.  Chris Harris Jr., cornerback, Denver Broncos

  • PFF Grade:  28.4
  • PFF Position Ranking:  1
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 58 total tackles
    • 1 sack
    • 1 fumble recovery
    • 1 forced fumble
    • 3 interceptions
    • 18 pass deflections

Since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Harris (pictured above) has quietly developed into one of the premier cornerbacks in the game. Since stepping into a full-time starting role in 2012, Harris has finished no worse than eighth in PFF’s cornerback position rankings. In 2014, he was the best cornerback in the NFL according to PFF and earned second-team All-Pro honors. It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a place for him in the 2015 NFL Top 100.

2.  Andrew Whitworth, offensive tackle, Cincinnati Bengals

  • PFF Grade:  36.8
  • PFF Position Ranking:  2

Whitworth continues to fly under the radar despite consistently grading out as one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. In 2014, he was the second-best offensive tackle in the league, trailing only Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles, and earned second-team All-Pro honors. Nonetheless, his peers didn’t think highly enough of the 33-year-old to vote him into the 2015 NFL Top 100.

3.  Jamie Collins, linebacker, New England Patriots

  • PFF Grade:  22.1
  • PFF Position Ranking:  3
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 138 total tackles
    • 4.0 sacks
    • 4 forced fumbles
    • 2 fumble recoveries
    • 2 interceptions

We would argue that the Patriots would not have been Super Bowl champions a year ago without Collins’ contributions. In only his second NFL season, the former Southern Miss star developed into one of the best young linebackers in the game. He graded out as the third best inside linebacker in the league according to PFF, and we see several All-Pro selections in Collins’ future. All said, it’s laughable to suggest Collins wasn’t one of the top 100 players in the league a year ago.

Now that we’ve gone through three of the worst omissions from the 2015 NFL Top 100, it’s time to take a look at the five players who made the list, but were ranked way too low. These guys were recognized as standouts, however their final spots in the rankings would suggest that their peers snubbed them during the voting period. Without further delay, here is a look at the five biggest snubs of the 2015 NFL Top 100 list.

1.  Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver, Denver Broncos

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

  • Top 100 Ranking:  95
  • PFF Grade:  17.6
  • PFF Position Ranking:  8
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 101 receptions
    • 1,404 receiving yards
    • 9 touchdown receptions

Sanders finished behind fellow wide receivers Julian Edelman, Golden Tate, Mike Evans, and Jeremy Maclin in the 2015 NFL Top 100. Based on statistics alone, the 28-year-old wide receiver should have been a top-50 player. He also brings a toughness factor to the Broncos’ offense that is typically known for its finesse. If Sanders has a repeat performance of his 2014 season in 2015, his peers will have a difficult time ranking him outside of the top 50 next offseason.

2.  Darrelle Revis, cornerback, New York Jets

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Jim Rogash/Getty Images

  • Top 100 Ranking:  17
  • PFF Grade:  17.7
  • PFF Position Ranking:  4
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 2 interceptions
    • 16 pass deflections
    • 1 forced fumble
    • 1 fumble recovery

Individual statistics alone will never be an accurate indicator of Revis’ dominance as a cornerback. The four-time All-Pro is a lock to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he decides to hang his cleats up, but that shouldn’t happen anytime in the near future. The 29-year-old defensive back has the ability to literally take away half of the field, and was hand down the best defensive player for the Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriots in 2014. It’s borderline laughable that his peers didn’t rank him as a top-10 player.

3.  Bobby Wagner, linebacker, Seattle Seahawks

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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

  • Top 100 Ranking:  69
  • PFF Grade:  19.2
  • PFF Position Ranking:  5
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 135 total tackles
    • 2.0 sacks
    • 4 pass deflections

The Seahawks’ defense in 2014 was one of the best defensive units in NFL history. With that being said, there was a noticeable decline in their performance when Wagner was injured and out of the lineup. As arguably the best inside linebacker in the league not named Luke Kuechly, Wagner deserved a much higher ranking in the 2015 NFL Top 100.

4. Eric Weddle, safety, San Diego Chargers

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Donald Miralle/Getty Images

  • Top 100 Ranking:  86
  • PFF Grade:  18.9
  • PFF Position Ranking:  1
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 114 total tackles
    • 8 pass deflections
    • 2 forced fumbles
    • 1 interception

Weddle can do a little bit of everything, yet the five-time All-Pro continues to fly under the radar. In 2014, PFF ranked him as the league’s best safety, yet according to his peers, he was merely the 86th-best player in the game a year ago. If there is one thing you can count on in San Diego heading into the 2015 season, it’s that Weddle will again play at an All-Pro level, even if he misses time due to his ongoing contract dispute with the Chargers’ front office.

5.  Terrell Suggs, outside linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images

  • Top 100 Ranking:  84
  • PFF Grade:  21.6
  • PFF Position Ranking: 4
  • 2014 Statistics:
    • 69 total tackles
    • 12.0 sacks
    • 2 pass deflections
    • 1 fumble recovery

Suggs has a way of getting under his opponents’ skin, which may have contributed to him finishing so low in the Top 100 rankings. At the end of the day, however, the 32-year-old outside linebacker continues to be one of the most disruptive edge rushers in the league. Many people are expecting big things out of the Ravens in 2015, and if that proves to be true, Suggs will be a big reason why.

All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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