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Tuesday open thread: How many Detroit Lions will be in the NFL Top 100 of 2018 list?

The first 40 have already been revealed and no Lions have been announced.

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One of the most buzzworthy events of the post-draft offseason is the NFL Top 100 list as curated by NFL Network. The list is based on the voting of players themselves—a limited few are given surveys to vote on who they think are the best current players in the league—and it drums up a fair amount of curiosity, even if most people think the list is trash.

So far, NFL Network has released players 61 through 100 of the 2018 version of the list, and no Detroit Lions have been named. We’re getting to a point where it looks like there may only be one Lions player on the list. However, there’s a small possibility the Lions could have one or two more.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

How many Lions players do you think will make the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 list?

My answer: I still think there will be two players on the list. Matthew Stafford is a given. He’ll be there. However, I think after the year he had, Darius Slay will be on the list, too.

Last year, Stafford was the only one to make the list (31st), and Darius Slay has never cracked the top 100. However, Slay led the entire league in interceptions and pass breakups in 2017, and he made both the Pro Bowl and the All Pro team last season. It would be ridiculous if he didn’t even break into the top 100.

However, there are signs he could have very well missed the list this year. Here’s a look at the cornerbacks already listed this year:

  • No. 64 - Richard Sherman
  • No. 79 - Marcus Peters
  • No. 82 - Marshon Lattimore
  • No. 86 - Charles Harris

While I think it’s easy to argue that Slay is currently playing better than all four of these NFL cornerbacks, there are two things to consider. All four of these players are arguably bigger names, and popularity is key in a list like this. Additionally, Slay—who has self-confidence in spades—has admitted that both Harris and Sherman are better than he is:

So we’ll see. Ultimately, I still think Slay makes the list. His 2017 season was too good to be ignored, and his resume too full to push aside. I think we hear Slay’s name next week in the 50s, and we’ll hear Stafford in the 30s again.

Your turn.


How many Detroit Lions will be in the NFL Top 100 of 2018 list?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    (19 votes)
  • 12%
    (115 votes)
  • 49%
    (478 votes)
  • 28%
    (271 votes)
  • 7%
    (74 votes)
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