Lions spurned in list of NFL's top-100 players. Were they snubbed?


There's a growing sense of optimism around the Lions this season. Before you buy into it, consider this: they don't have a single top-100 player in the NFL, according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

The Packers have five, led by Aaron Rodgers at No. 2. The Vikings have three. Even the Bears have one. But in Prisco's annual ranking of the 100 best players in the game, the Lions were blanked -- one of six teams left off the list.

Only offensive tackle Penei Sewell earned an honorable mention.

Is this fair? Probably not. Frank Ragnow is widely considered one of, if not the best center in the NFL, and he wasn't even included among the dozens of honorable mentions. Four centers were listed ahead of him, two in the top 100. He's the clearest snub when it comes to the Lions.

You could also make a case for T.J. Hockenson, who was voted No. 93 among the top 100 players by his peers entering last season. But only five tight ends cracked Prisco's top 100, and does Hockenson deserve a spot over George Kittle, Tracis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Darren Waller or Kyle Pitts?

The same logic applies to D'Andre Swift. Of the seven running backs that cracked the top-100, it's hard to say that Swift belongs ahead of Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler or Joe Mixon.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions simply lack top-100 talent. Their best bet to change that this season is second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson.