Call it a sign of good things to come for the Cleveland Browns. In the NFL’s list of the top 100 players of 2012, the Browns were able to land two players in the mix: left tackle Joe Thomas (No. 82 overall) and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (No. 96 overall).
Thomas being on the list is certainly no surprise, as he continues to rack up awards and accomplishments, but it is a pleasant surprise to see Jackson sneak in there. The linebacker – sidelined for so long with two pectoral injuries – had an impressive 2011 season, finishing second in the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award voting.
With the addition of someone like running back Trent Richardson, the Browns could soon find themselves with a handful of players on the NFL’s list of the top 100 players. And while it is certainly an arbitrary list, it would no doubt be a step in the right direction for this young team.