Spoiler Alert: The NFL Network has announced that Desean Jackson – one of the most dangerous receivers in all of football – will fall in at number 29 on this week’s installment of the Top 100 Players of 2011.
I don’t need to explain why active NFL players – whose votes created the list – consider DJax one of the all-around best in the sport. His play speaks for itself. He changes games on both offense and special teams and dictates what opposing defenses can and can’t do against us in a way few other receivers can. He truly is one of the greats, and now we have proof.
His ranking this week will be all the more poignant when you consider the fact that this list includes linemen, quarterbacks, defensive players, and tight ends – all active NFL players – and of the hundreds of potential candidates there are only 28 ranked higher than number 10. Only elite, high-caliber players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and the Eagles’ own Mike Vick – who has yet to land on the list – are considered better. I hope all eight of ESPN’s divisional bloggers – and a few other individual bloggers I might mention – take care to notice that DJax ranks two spots higher on this list than Reggie Wayne, contrary to what their own offseason rankings have continually said. Then again, we’re only talking about the opinions of actual NFL players here, and what do they know anyway.
This announcement also confirms that Vick will officially land in at least the top 20, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Except maybe ESPN’s bloggers, who are so stuck in 2009 they probably think he’s still in prison. Selah