The NFL Network has released the first 20 guys on its list of the NFL's top 100 players and already there is controversy about the rankings.
The following are three players I think were vastly overrated by their fellow players, whose votes determined the rankings.
95. Tim Tebow, New York Jets
I understand that TebowMania was big in 2011, but I just can't agree with putting a quarterback who completes less than 50 percent of his passes on a list of the top 100 players in football. In 14 games last season, Tim Tebow completed 126 of 271 passes (46.5 percent) for 1,729 yards, with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Tebow's passer rating of 72.9 ranked 28th out of the 34 quarterbacks who qualified league-wide. His completion percentage was the worst in the league.
Tebow also ran for 660 yards and six scores, but I am still not convinced he's a great quarterback, and when you consider that Tony Romo—who ranks second all-time in career passer rating (96.9)—is 91st on the list, putting Tebow at 95 is far too high.
92. John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
I really like John Kuhn and think he's a solid fullback, but I just don't think he affects a game enough to be one of the NFL's top 100 players.
In 2011 Kuhn had a total of 45 touches for 155 yards and six touchdowns. Those stats don't excite me much, so to be this highly ranked you would have to assume he's a phenomenal run blocker. Well, the Packers ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing yards during the 2011 season (97.4 yards per game).
Meanwhile, the Packers spread things out to pass the ball so much that Kuhn doesn't see the field that often.
It's not that he isn't a solid player, I just think a guy has to make a direct impact on the game to be ranked as one of the NFL's top 100 players. Kuhn just doesn't see the field or touch the ball enough.
97. Donald Penn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Penn is a 29-year-old offensive tackle that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rewarded with a six-year, $43 million contract last offseason. However, Penn hasn't performed at the level of someone deserving of that deal.
Penn allowed a career-high nine sacks in 2011 and was the anchor for a Tampa Bay offense that was awful. I think Penn has a ton of upside, but don't agree that he has shown enough to even be ranked on this list. He was a Pro Bowler in 2010, but couldn't follow that up with another selection in 2011.
Ranking offensive linemen is difficult. But Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns is No. 82 on the list and he has been to five-straight Pro Bowls, and has been voted first-team All-Pro in each of the last three seasons. Penn is nowhere near the player Thomas is, which is why I think he is vastly overrated here.
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