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Top 10 Lions of 2013: A look at all of the votes

A look back at all of the players who received votes in our series on the top 10 Detroit Lions of 2013.


With 1,051 ballots being cast this year, a total of 76 players received at least one vote in our series on the top 10 Detroit Lions of 2013. Below is a recap of all 76 players who got points, where they finished in the overall rankings and who received first-place votes. Check it out:

Top 10 Lions of 2013 and beyond
1. WR Calvin Johnson (659) 9,796 points 39.
RB Steven Miller (1)
29 points
2. QB Matthew Stafford (343) 9,378 points t-40.
DT C.J. Mosley
27 points
3. DT Ndamukong Suh (11) 6,863 points t-40. WR Kris Durham
27 points
4. RB Reggie Bush (8) 6,442 points 42.
WR Devin Thomas
26 points
5. DT Nick Fairley (2) 4,237 points t-43.
LB Tahir Whitehead
22 points
6. S Glover Quin 2,535 points t-43. QB Thaddeus Lewis
22 points
7. CB Chris Houston (1) 2,248 points t-45. CB Jonte Green
19 points
8. OT Riley Reiff (5) 2,139 points t-45. OT Corey Hilliard
19 points
9. LB Stephen Tulloch 2,100 points 47.
LB Travis Lewis
18 points
10. WR Ryan Broyles 1,949 points t-48. WR Corey Fuller
16 points
DE Ziggy Ansah (3)
1,894 points t-48. OG Bill Nagy
16 points
TE Brandon Pettigrew
1,145 points 50.
S Tyrell Johnson
15 points
S Louis Delmas (2)
1,027 points t-51. S Chris Hope (1)
14 points
WR Nate Burleson
864 points t-51. TE Michael Williams
14 points
CB Darius Slay
689 points t-51. WR Mike Thomas
14 points
RB Joique Bell (2)
682 points t-54.
S Amari Spievey
13 points
RB Mikel Leshoure
380 points t-54. S Ricardo Silva
13 points
OG Larry Warford
374 points 56.
P Blake Clingan
12 points
DE Israel Idonije
365 points t-57.
WR Micheal Spurlock
11 points
OG Rob Sims
364 points t-57. DE Devin Taylor
11 points
TE Tony Scheffler (2)
207 points t-57. OG Rodney Austin
11 points
C Dominic Raiola
191 points t-60.
S John Wendling
10 points
K Havard Rugland (4)
188 points t-60. DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen (1)
10 points
LS Don Muhlbach (4)
144 points t-62.
DE Ronnell Lewis
9 points
DE Jason Jones
127 points t-62. LB Carmen Messina
9 points
OT Jason Fox
115 points t-62. LB Cory Greenwood
9 points
LB DeAndre Levy
114 points 65.
RB Montell Owens
8 points
CB Bill Bentley
113 points 66.
TE Matt Veldman 6 points
P Sam Martin
95 points t-67.
S Don Carey 5 points
WR Patrick Edwards
83 points t-67. FB Shaun Chapas 5 points
QB Shaun Hill
80 points t-67. C Leroy Harris 5 points
CB Chris Greenwood (1)
74 points t-67. S Martavius Neloms 5 points
K David Akers
72 points 71.
DE Spencer Nealy 4 points
QB Kellen Moore
66 points t-72. LB Brandon Hepburn 3 points
DE Willie Young
63 points t-72. DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo 3 points
RB Jahvid Best (1)
60 points t-72. LB Alex Elkins 3 points
LB Ashlee Palmer
39 points t-72. WR Terrence Austin 3 points
TE Joseph Fauria
35 points 76. RB Theo Riddick 2 points

(Note: You can see last year's recap of the Top 10 Lions and beyond here.)

You probably noticed some very, well, interesting votes, such as Jimmy Saddler-McQueen receiving a first-place vote. Originally I was going to toss out the ballots that were just blatantly trolling, but with 1,051 total, it would have taken too long to go through and search each one. What's more, Google's system didn't update the summary after certain ballots were tossed out, so I simply let them all stand. I figured that with so many votes being submitted, one or two bad ballots weren't going to drastically affect the results.

Moving on, here are some notes about the full list of players who received at least one vote:

  • DE Ziggy Ansah, S Louis Delmas, RB Joique Bell, TE Tony Scheffler, K Havard Rugland, LS Don Muhlbach, CB Chris Greenwood, RB Jahvid Best, RB Steven Miller, S Chris Hope and DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen all received at least one first-place vote despite finishing outside of the top 10.

  • Of the 76 players who received at least one vote, 36 are on offense, 35 are on defense and five are special teamers.

  • All nine of the Lions' 2013 draft picks received at least one vote. DE Ziggy Ansah had the most points (1,894) and came in 11th on the list. RB Theo Riddick had the fewest points of the draft picks (2) and came in 76th.

  • Five of this year's undrafted free agents received at least one vote: TE Joseph Fauria, RB Steven Miller, S Martavius Neloms, DE Spencer Nealy and LB Alex Elkins.

  • Special teamers got a love of love this year. K Havard Rugland and LS Don Muhlbach came in 23rd and 24th, and each player got four first-place votes. P Sam Martin was just a bit farther down the list at 29th, and K David Akers was right behind him at 33rd. Even P Blake Clingan got 12 points and came in 56th.

  • 14 players did not receive any votes this year: WR Cody Wilson, WR Matt Willis, OT Austin Holtz, OT LaAdrian Waddle, OG Dylan Gandy, OG Jake Scott, OG Derek Hardman, OG Darren Keyton, DE Braylon Broughton, LB Jon Morgan, CB Ron Bartell, CB Ross Weaver, CB D.J. Johnson and CB DeQuan Menzie.

Thanks again to everybody who submitted a ballot and helped make this series possible.

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