NFL Players Snub Lions On Top 100 List


It's one thing to be snubbed by an analyst. It's quite another to be snubbed by your peers.

But that's where we are with the Lions, who didn't have a single representative on the NFL Top 100 as voted by the players, which was released in full Wednesday night. Not Matthew Stafford, widely considered one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL. Not Kenny Golladay, who led the league last season in touchdown receptions. 

Detroit was one of six teams shut out, along with Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Miami, the New York Jets and Washington. 

For reference, 13 quarterbacks made the list over Stafford, including Arizona's Kyle Murray (No. 90), Buffalo's Josh Allen (No. 87) and Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill (No. 68). Kirk Cousins of the Vikings ranked No. 58. 

And 17 wide receivers made the list over Golladay, including Chicago's Allen Robinson (No. 93), the Rams' Cooper Kupp (No. 89) and Seattle's DK Metkalf (No. 81). Davante Adams of the Packers ranked No. 57. 

Across the NFC North, the Packers had six representatives, the Vikings had five and the Bears had two. 

Stafford's omission is particularly surprising. His peers ranked him No. 31 in both 2017 and 2018. He fell off the list in 2019 on the heels of a poor season, but rebounded last season with career-best numbers before a back injury in Week 9 sent him to the sidelines. 

Then again, Stafford and the Lions were also left off a Top 100 ranking by CBS Sports earlier this offseason. 

The lesson is that it pays to win. Every team snubbed by the players in this year's Top 100 finished last in its division in 2019 -- except the Jets, who finished second to last in the AFC East in front of the Dolphins. Talent on losing teams goes largely unnoticed. 

Ryan Tannehill isn't a better quarterback than Matthew Stafford. But he had a career year last season and helped the Titans to the AFC Championship. Stafford missed eight games and the Lions finished 3-12-1. 

Probably more than anyone, players respect winners. If the Lions start winning in 2020, their stars will get their due.