Top 100 lists are a good way to pass the time during the offseason. They don't mean much of anything in the grand scheme of things, but they're a good indicator of what the perception is of certain NFL players.
For the Detroit Lions, we've already seen four players land in NFL Network's countdown of the top 100 players. Only half of that countdown has been revealed so far, so that's a pretty good number considering the Lions only had four total current players in PFF's entire top 101 list.
Four players is also a pretty good number when you look at the top 100 that CBS Sports' Pete Prisco put together. I say that because only three Lions players landed in his top 100:
49. WR Calvin Johnson
62. LB DeAndre Levy
77. DT Haloti Ngata
I have to say, I'm a bit surprised that guys like Golden Tate, Rashean Mathis and Glover Quin went unranked. I know it can often take multiple excellent seasons for guys to gain this kind of recognition, but Tate and Quin did just go to the Pro Bowl.
It was also surprising to see that former Lion Ndamukong Suh came in at No. 4 on this list considering he was only 21st a year ago. His talent hasn't changed all that much, but it seems the perception of Suh is finally evolving now that he has cashed in as a free agent.