The NFL Top 100 always causes a stir, especially when players such as Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett are criminally underrated
Every year, the NFL Network releases their ‘Top 100’ player ranking and it oftentimes causes a lot of debate. This season is no exception, and we may have found the biggest misfire of the season — even though the entire list hasn’t been revealed.
As of Sunday night, No. 31-100 had been released and the most underrated player of the year will clearly be Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett who came in at No. 49. While it’s nice that the Browns have had a few representatives on the list already, placing Garrett here is simply insulting.
A former No. 1 overall pick, Garrett was seventh in the NFL with 13.5 sacks and did this without the presence of a consistent second edge rusher. With offenses game-planning against him, Garrett still found his way to the quarterback often and should be in the top-15 to 20 players — at the very minimum.
But don’t take our word for it, instead take Daniel Jeremiah’s. The well-respected NFL Network analyst was pretty outspoken about Garrett being underrated when asked about it, saying that there’s no way there are 48 players in the NFL better than Garrett.
Jeremiah added that Garrett was roughly 40 spots too low in the rankings and even called him his favorite to win the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award — which could be likely now that he has some added help in Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon. On top of that, new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is ready to unleash Garrett, who was limited to just two moves by former defensive play-caller Gregg Williams.
There’s no perfect formula for raking every NFL player regardless of position, which is what this ‘Top 100’ aims to do. However, Jeremiah explained his take in a great way saying he views the ‘Top 100’ as a sort of open draft. Should there ever be such a thing, he says there’s no way Garrett is sitting on the board with the 49th pick.
He’s absolutely right about that, which is why this ranking is so laughable. Then again, with that same logic, Baker Mayfield coming in one spot behind Garrett at No. 50 could be just as bad — but that debate is for another day.