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PFT’s Top 100: 51-75

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Last week we introduced our own rankings of the Top 100 players in the NFL, as voted on by a panel of media members. We began with the players ranked No. 76 to No. 100, and now we’ll unveil the next 25.

The latest update gives you much to discuss. It’s heavy on wide receivers, including the first and last names in this group. It also includes two of the league’s best young quarterbacks, two defensive tackles drafted second and third overall three years ago, and a future Hall of Fame tight end, among others.

Let us know what you think, PFT Planet. We know you will.

51 Demaryius Thomas, receiver, Broncos

52 Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, 49ers

53 Percy Harvin, receiver, Seahawks

54 Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle, Lions

55 Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers

56 Dez Bryant, receiver, Cowboys

57 Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle, Buccaneers

58 Marshal Yanda, guard, Ravens

59 Roddy White, receiver, Falcons

60 Vincent Jackson, receiver, Buccaneers

61 Daryl Washington, linebacker, Cardinals

62 Jason Witten, tight end, Cowboys

63 Jahri Evans, guard, Saints

64 Mike Iupati, guard, 49ers

65 Jerod Mayo, linebacker, Patriots

66 Terrell Suggs, outside linebacker, Ravens

67 Tony Gonzalez, tight end, Falcons

68 Logan Mankins, guard, Patriots

69 Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Panthers

70 Jairus Byrd, safety, Bills

71 LeSean McCoy, running back, Eagles

72 Troy Polamalu, safety, Steelers

73 Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive end, Jets

74 Maurkice Pouncey, center, Steelers

75 Victor Cruz, receiver, Giants

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67 Responses to “PFT’s Top 100: 51-75”
  1. panthernation45 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:43 PM

    Colin Kaepernick at 52? unbelievable.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 8, 2013 3:44 PM

    Good list and interesting mix.

  3. popdawg99 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:45 PM

    Totally bogus that Jason Witten is ranked higher than LeSean McCoy and Victor Cruz

  4. gohawks89 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:45 PM

    Percy harbinger should be higher on the list
    Collin kaperpuke shouldn’t even be on the list

  5. drobstad says: Jul 8, 2013 3:46 PM

    haha logan mankins over victor cruz lol

  6. glazerh8er says: Jul 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    Gerald McCoy > Suh (one trick pony). Anyone who cares about anything other than Sports Center highlights know I’m right on this one. Also, Cam Newton hasn’t won anything in the NFL and has been garbage after the 1st half of the 1st season when teams figured out how to stop the spread option.

  7. raideralex99 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    These lists are pointless … seriously if you want to do these list they should be done by position. If you have a good OL any RB or QB will have good stats. If you have a good DL any DB looks good … you can use lots of different examples to make a case.
    It happens every season when a FA players signs a big contract with a new team … he looks average or when an average FA player goes to a good coached team … he looks like the steal of the century.

  8. glazerh8er says: Jul 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    *Read Option

  9. ibrandon360 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    I cant judge this list until I see the full order. Hard to tell who is ahead of who at this point.

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    McCoy should be ranked higher on this list(or lower, whatever is considered better).

    Luke Kuechly might just emerge as a top-3 linebacker in the NFL this season and I expect him to be ranked in the top-20 next year.

  11. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    Troy P > Ed Reed

    Finally someone gets it.

  12. patslaya says: Jul 8, 2013 3:53 PM

    How is Percy Harvin at number 53? He has got to be the most OVERRATED WR in the history of WRs. He’s never had 1000 yards receiving in a season and has never had more than 6 receiving TDs in a season yet he is rated higher than Dez Bryant, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, and Victor Cruz? This list is just as bad as the NFL Network list.

  13. deltaoracle says: Jul 8, 2013 3:53 PM

    There are many players in the NFL, and these are certainly 25 of them.

  14. tcmiller30 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kuechly better than Byrd? He had a great rookie year, but Byrd has been among the best at his position for 4 years now. If you value LBs over Safeties, I think you have a fair argument, but if you see the two positions having similar value, I don’t see how they’re in the same ballpark.

    I also think Wilkerson is going to force his way up this list in due time. He’s not loud and obnoxious so no one notices him on the Jets D, but he is a great player.

  15. bucrightoff says: Jul 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    Cam is so overrated its funny. Seriously check out his numbers in games that matter/versus quality opponents versus games where they’ve been eliminated/poor opponents. Its career backup versus Pro Bowler differences.

  16. olhoss1884 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    Is that the same Troy Polamalu who sucked last year and almost certainly will not be better with age? Not to single anyone out too much but when these become lifetime achievement awards the list becomes invalid.

  17. unbiasfan says: Jul 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    This player should have been ranked higher than that player because i’m so smart and know so much about football

  18. brianfromcanada says: Jul 8, 2013 4:03 PM

    Harvin orver White? White has had 6 straight years with at least 1150 yards and has thrice hit the 1300 yard mark. Harvin has never had 1000 yards or more then 6 TDs. If harvin is better then White this year I will eat my hat.

  19. omgvikingsrule says: Jul 8, 2013 4:03 PM

    Ahhhhh …. Hahaha

    1-53 should be Vikings.

    Get it right!

  20. ken0west says: Jul 8, 2013 4:04 PM

    You have the Pouncey brothers listed in the wrong order. Don’t be lazy, everyone who studies the game knows Mike is the better player.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 8, 2013 4:11 PM

    panthernation45 says:
    Jul 8, 2013 3:43 PM
    Colin Kaepernick at 52? unbelievable.

    ===================

    Not sure if you feel that’s too high or low….

    I feel thats about right…. I’m interested now to see the QBs you have ahead of him…. and what QBs didn’t even make the list….

  22. rexelmania74 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    Yes ! Mo wilk getting some love! Was he on the NFL network list? I don’t watch it bores me

  23. 49erstim says: Jul 8, 2013 4:14 PM

    I can’t believe you have Cam rated over Romo. I mean honestly. Cam would buckle under the weight of the star on the side of that helmet. Oh he is surely athletic, but of the mobile QBs he is far and away the least steady.

  24. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    Both Ravens are ranked much higher than the Steelers. Sounds about right except that no Steeler deserves to be in top 100 after last year’s debacle.

  25. crabsjarrard says: Jul 8, 2013 4:16 PM

    Surprised to see Kuechly that high. You could argue that TB’s Lavonte David had a better season last year. Even more impressive considering David was responsible for the team’s defensive calls from week 1. When you consider that the Tampa rush defense was no. 31 the year before David was drafted and finished no. 1 in 2012, I think David had a much bigger impact.

  26. Jimbo says: Jul 8, 2013 4:16 PM

    @kenowest You are correct sir. Maukice is completely overrated by almost everyone. The main argument for him being good is that he was drafted high by the Steelers, and they never make mistakes in the media’s eyes.

  27. lagg1 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    Good list-glad you included Marshall Yanda

  28. jimmylions says: Jul 8, 2013 4:29 PM

    Cue all the Cowboys fans claiming that Dez Bryant is a better receiver than Calvin Johnson.

  29. 69finfan says: Jul 8, 2013 4:30 PM

    Saving the best (Dolphins) for last!

  30. roddytorock84 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:31 PM

    White deserves to be higher. Harvin should not be higher. The stats don’t lie. And was harvin even healthy more than 10 games this year???

  31. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 8, 2013 4:38 PM

    Oh, what a mess.

  32. nysportsrule says: Jul 8, 2013 4:40 PM

    Cruz should be better

  33. vabeachsteel says: Jul 8, 2013 4:40 PM

    “You have the Pouncey brothers listed in the wrong order. Don’t be lazy, everyone who studies the game knows Mike is the better player.”

    Maurkice Pouncey > Mike Pouncey… Maurkice Pouncey three years in the league, Three Pro Bowl’s!!!

  34. kenbell97 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:42 PM

    Ravens fans can belly-ache about Ed Reed all they want. The fact of the matter is they willingly let him walk without ever trying to re-sign him.

    He then signed a contract worth $4M/year with the Texans.

    The salary-cap strapped Steelers are STILL willing to pay Polamalu over $9M/year. That tells you all you need to know about those 2 safeties.

    The bottom line never lies.

  35. blacknole08 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    Harvin and Kaep are highly overrated based on this list. How did you guys come up with ur top 100?

  36. reeggss says: Jul 8, 2013 4:50 PM

    Dez over lesean? That is a joke

  37. ctiggs says: Jul 8, 2013 4:52 PM

    Kap will eventually be number 1. Go niners

  38. cpo187 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:52 PM

    popdawg99 says:
    Jul 8, 2013 3:45 PM
    Totally bogus that Jason Witten is ranked higher than LeSean McCoy and Victor Cruz

    —————————————————-

    I think the exact opposite. Witten set the NFL record for most receptions as a TE and is a consistent go to guy for Romo. If you ever watched a game you would see how much of an impact he makes and he opens up the outside for Dez and others. Added career bonus- has not missed a start 2003, his rookie year when he started 15 of 16 games.

  39. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 8, 2013 4:57 PM

    your panel should have ranked shady mccoy much higher.

  40. steelcurtainn says: Jul 8, 2013 5:02 PM

    Suggs over Polamalu. Yanda(who) over Pouncey. These ratings must be based on Polamalus and Pounceys injuries when their not healthy.lol

  41. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Jul 8, 2013 5:14 PM

    Thomas better than Vincent Jackson? Don’t know about that one. Nice to see some Bucs on these lists though.

  42. frankdatank23 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:35 PM

    Yes… Muhammad wilkerson, clearly better than victor cruz. Such as lazy job. Why bother with these, unless the idea is to create a ruckus with terrible rankings ?

  43. hyzers says: Jul 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    Suh is indeed better than McCoy and anyone who thinks different is a Bucs fan or delusional or both. I expect to see Fairley in the next group of players.

  44. avr29 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    For those of you complaining about Harvin, in 2011, he had about 1900 all-purpose yards, including rushing, receiving, and kick returns. He had 8 touchdowns on the year as well. That was with McNabb/rookie Ponder. In 9 games last year, he had nearly 1300 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs. To say that he isn’t a top 53 football player is highly ignorant.

  45. nfceastandpkingsuck says: Jul 8, 2013 6:44 PM

    Multiple Jets and Panthers but no Bengals yet? Since AJ Green and Geno Atkins are the only top 50 players on the Bengals this is who was missed: Leon Hall (better than Cromartie); Whitworth and Andre Smith are both better than Jordan Gross; Michael Johnsons last 2 seasons were better than Suggs and Muhammed Wilkerson. What is the criteria again?

  46. rufusporter says: Jul 8, 2013 7:39 PM

    The ‘Percy Harvin is too high’ people obviously don’t watch much football. There might not be another more unique, versatile player in the NFL. He forces opponents to change their game plan.

  47. kmacg1977 says: Jul 8, 2013 8:06 PM

    newton and kaepernick over room. morons. no matter how much room chokes he is a better player than either one of these guys any day.

  48. ishudbgm says: Jul 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    So if Percy made the list based on his all purpose yards (lmao), Reggie Bush should be coming in the top 25. Reggie was all the fins had last year and he still put up better numbers. Im positive that most receivers would look good with a non-human like AP in the backfield.

  49. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    “Suggs over Polamalu. Yanda(who) over Pouncey. These ratings must be based on Polamalus and Pounceys injuries when their not healthy.lol”

    No, actually the ratings are based on who’s the better player. You see, Yanda and Suggs are much better than those Steeler guys.

  50. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Jul 8, 2013 9:42 PM

    I must agree with at least 1 thing, you were right about the future HOFer TE…Jason Witten!!
    How bout them cowboys!

  51. zack2482 says: Jul 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Newton and Cap over Romo? That is funny as hell. These guys are barely even QBs! Neither know how to effectively read a defense. Sure they can run, but I’m sorry they aren’t better than Romo.

  52. droyer85 says: Jul 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    Oh cool, this one is just like the NFL Network’s list, ya’ll didn’t ask for players’ input either.

  53. michaelda1 says: Jul 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    @kenbell97: your reasoning makes zero sense. One player was under contract, the other was a free agent. As long as there are Ravens and Steelers fans, the Reed vs. Polamalu debate will continue. Any objective football fan would love to have either on their team.

    And steelcurtainn, if you don’t know who Marshal Yanda is, you don’t know nearly as much as you think you do. Pay a little attention next time the Ravens play the Steelers. The best offensive lineman on the field will have the name Yanda on his back.

  54. steelcurtainn says: Jul 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    @jmf
    Lets see although different positions…lets compare…. Polamalu- 3 superbowl appearances.
    2 sb wins 1 loss. Suggs- 1 sb win. Head to Head: Polamalu 1 pick in the 2009 AFC championship against Flacco to secure the AFC Championship game against the ravens. Suggs-0.. Not so sure they are MUCH BETTER then them steeler guys.
    Enough said!!!!

  55. waltermatthau says: Jul 9, 2013 1:02 PM

    It is absolutely insane that Polamalu is ranked higher than Pouncey. And Suggs should be ranked much higher than he is, and that’s coming from a Steelers fan.

  56. Grulks says: Jul 9, 2013 1:21 PM

    popdawg99 wrote:
    Totally bogus that Jason Witten is ranked higher than LeSean McCoy and Victor Cruz.

    /
    How do you figure? As someone said, Witten owns the single season receptions record for a TE, and is only the 2nd TE in NFL history to have more than 100 receptions in a single season. Additionally, he has had 96 and 94 receptions in a season. And this is on top of him being a top tier blocking TE.

    He also owns the records for:
    -most receptions by a TE in a single game (18)
    -3rd most receiving yards by a TE in NFL history
    -3rd most career receptions by a TE in NFl history

    Those 18 receptions in a single game is something only 4 other players have done. EVER. Think about that for a second.

    You might hate Dallas, or have a favoritism for those two players, I don’t know. But you cant argue with Wittens stats, work ethic, or toughness. If anything, with McCoy and Cruz lacking comparable measureables, it could be argued that Witten is placed too low on this list.

  57. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    “Lets see although different positions…lets compare…. Polamalu- 3 superbowl appearances.”

    So, Polamalu wants extra points for getting burned all day by Aaron Rodgers? Fat chance. Besides, the Refs were the MVPs in SB XL and the only reason Steelers won XLIII was a lucky jumpball catch by Holmes. Be thankful Old Troy is even on the list.

  58. steelcurtainn says: Jul 9, 2013 6:43 PM

    Ohhhh please……. now its Lucky jumpball catch by holmes and the refs won sb 40 again….. Can’t wait hear the next excuse when the steelers win the superbowl!!!! The only Jumpball I know is Joe “send me a prayer in denver” Flacco. I could also easily say the refs were mvp for the ravens in last years superbowl along with Broncos safety Rahim Moore deserving most of the credit. Without them, Suggs has 0 Superbowl appearances.

    jmf, even with a lucky raven sb win it must be tough knowing your still the Little Brother to the Big Brother Steelers in the AFC North Division.

  59. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 9, 2013 7:17 PM

    “I could also easily say the refs were mvp for the ravens in last years”

    You could say it. It wouldn’t be true. But you could say it.

    Just be thankful you played Seattle and Arizona, the two weakest teams ever to win an NFC championship. Of course, when it came to playing a real team — Steelers got royally clobbered by GB. Expect that to happen a lot more in 2013.

  60. steelcurtainn says: Jul 9, 2013 8:06 PM

    “You could say it. It wouldn’t be true. But you could say it”

    Oh it could definitely be true. There were some very questionable calls and no calls in last years superbowl for the ravens. Just like people say the same thing about the steelers seattle superbowl. Seattle did nothing against Pitts defense that day…….Doesn’t matter its in the books, right.

    By the way, The steelers did not get clobbered by GB unless ur definition of clobbered is 31-25. The steelers lost to a very good qb in Rodgers and had a chance to win after trailing 21-3. That’s hardly clobbered.

    I will be the first to admit the steelers didn’t play powerhouses in the superbowl to win them against Seattle and Arizona but they played the best representative to show. Lets not act like the ravens had a stout opponent in the sb……They played a rookie qb in kaepernick with no playoff experience and a defense not as good as advertised.. Raven fans will learn the hard way in 2o13. You’ll see.

  61. stoogy says: Jul 10, 2013 9:44 PM

    steelwhatever: Kaepernick was not a rookie. He was in his 2nd year. Try watching more than just stiller games, you’ll learn something.

  62. romossuperbowldeztiny says: Jul 11, 2013 3:32 AM

    How is Demaryius Thomas ranked higher then Dez?? More TDs and 2 less catches with a broken finger? Mr Thomas was drafted before Dez but has 600 fewer yards and 11 less TDs. Whos Better? Really??

  63. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 11, 2013 8:20 AM

    Yes, S.F. was a real pushover. That’s why they have more players in the top 100 than any other team in the league. Ravens were nothing short of spectacular. Everyone had them as underdogs to Denver, N.E., and S.F. Denver mocked them as if they were going to be the easiest opponent they’d ever faced. N.E. erected a giant billboard predicting that Ray Lewis’s retirement would begin at the end of the AFC Championship. The Ravens got nothing but disrespect and they stuffed it down the throats of their detractors, including many of the Steeler numbskulls who jumped on Lamar Woodley’s bandwagon and swore they’d never even get to the big game.

  64. sbchampsagain says: Jul 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    Is Troy Polamalu still in the league?
    Seriously, that guy was a shell of his former self last year.
    I guess legacy was considered?

  65. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 11, 2013 8:20 AM
    Yes, S.F. was a real pushover. That’s why they have more players in the top 100 than any other team in the league. Ravens were nothing short of spectacular. Everyone had them as underdogs to Denver, N.E., and S.F. Denver mocked them as if they were going to be the easiest opponent they’d ever faced. N.E. erected a giant billboard predicting that Ray Lewis’s retirement would begin at the end of the AFC Championship. The Ravens got nothing but disrespect and they stuffed it down the throats of their detractors, including many of the Steeler numbskulls who jumped on Lamar Woodley’s bandwagon and swore they’d never even get to the big game.

    0 0 I find it rather humorous that a supporter of Ray Lewis would be stupid enough to call anyone a steeler numbskull. I gues when your hate is so strong you don’t realize how stupid you sound….food for thought little troll.

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 11, 2013 1:14 PM

    stoogy says:
    Jul 10, 2013 9:44 PM
    steelwhatever: Kaepernick was not a rookie. He was in his 2nd year. Try watching more than just stiller games, you’ll learn something.

    1 0
    Report comment. Pot meet kettle as it doesn’t appear to have aided your negative outlook. You have to work so hard when you hate…why do you do it? Must have suffered some heart breaking loses to the mighty steelers …eh stoogy?

  67. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 12, 2013 8:10 AM

    “I find it rather humorous that a supporter of Ray Lewis would be stupid enough to call anyone a steeler numbskull.”

    Nofool, I apologize for my comment. I didn’t mean you at all. I never suspected that you were among the clods that swore the Ravens would never make it to the SB. Being that you are such an expert in football and …. excuse me … Hmmm. It appears our researchers have just discovered something:

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:46 PM
    I really feel bad for ray rice having to play for a team that never gets to the Super Bowl…he deserves so much more and wont get it where he is now. If only the steelers had taken you ray….sigh…

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