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Tuesday open thread: How many Lions will make the NFL Top 100 of 2017 list?

No, Stafford, it probably won’t be five.

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NFL Network is continuing their popular Top 100 players of 2017 series over the next few weeks. The series ranks the best NFL players for the upcoming 2017 season based on player votes.

On Monday, the list ran through players 80 through 71. Here is how the list currently stands:

71. WR Julian Edelman
72. OT Taylor Lewan
73. QB Philip Rivers
74. S Harrison Smith
75. TE Delanie Walker
76. LB Justin Houston
77. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
78. LB Brian Orakpo
79. LB Sean Lee
80. RB LeGarrette Blount
81. QB Alex Smith
82. LB Clay Matthews
83. DE Calais Campbell
84. DT Mike Daniels
85. LB Chandler Jones
86. DT Jurrell Casey
87. C Travis Frederick
88. WR Doug Baldwin
89. LB Thomas Davis
90. S Malcolm Jenkins
91. LB Lorenzo Alexander
92. DE Everson Griffen
93. DE Brandon Graham
94. LB Dont’a Hightower
95. G Kelechi Osemele
96. DT Damon Harrison
97. G David DeCastro
98. RB Adrian Peterson
99. CB Malcolm Butler
100. DE Joey Bosa

As you have probably noticed, there have been zero Detroit Lions in the bottom 30 players. So today’s Question of the Day is:

How many Lions do you think will make the Top 100 Players of 2017 list?

My answer: One. We pretty much already know that Matthew Stafford will be on this list, thanks to a promotional video from April in which Josh Norman praises Stafford’s bazooka arm:

But given who has already been on the list, I find it hard to believe any other Lions will be making an appearance. Darius Slay is the leading candidate to be featured alongside Stafford, but I’m not sure the national perception has Slay rated above fellow cornerback Malcolm Butler or standout safeties like Harrison Smith and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. While Slay is one of the most low-key successful players at his position, he still just managed two interceptions in each of his past two seasons. That kind of stat production just won’t draw national attention.

Other people point to Ezekiel Ansah or Golden Tate as potential top 100 candidates, but there have already been players at their respective positions revealed on the list that had much more productive 2016 seasons (Everson Griffen and Julian Edelman, for example).

In the end, while we love to think the Lions deserve to have at least three or four players on the list—and maybe they do—it’s important to remember this is a team that had just one Pro Bowl player last year, and he was a kicker.

Your turn.


How many Lions do you think will be on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players for 2017 list?

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