The first half of August is behind us. The back half of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021 has already been revealed. As is the case every year, there have been some familiar faces. Three are members of your beloved Philadelphia Eagles on the list. There have also been a few new entries, and, if we’re being honest, there have been a few appearances by guys that can be argued off of the list if anyone’s interested in a healthy debate.
Part of the beauty of healthy NFL banter is so many of its talking points are subjective. The bad news about these types of discussions is, well, so many of the game’s talking points are subjective. That’s okay. One need only take a deep breath, keep a level head, and the danger of these types of conversations escalating decreases.
Is everyone calm? Good. Now, let’s talk about these rankings.
Three Philadelphia Eagles land on back half of NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.
Everyone has their opinion on whether or not one NFL player is better than another, whether that be historically or in the current climate, but it’s always interesting to know what coaches think about their players and, better yet, what players think of each other.
Every year, the NFL Network releases its Top 100 Players ranking, and it’s that time again. This is an annual list of the game’s best players that’s comprised of players’ votes. At the midpoint of August, on a Sunday night, players 100-41 were revealed. When the smoke cleared and dust settled, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Jason Kelce all earned a mention. Here’s what was said about each one of them.
Graham earned his first Pro Bowl nod at the end of last season. He’s also number 99 on the list. Sure, we know that he probably could have been given one or two more Pro Bowl designations over time, but hey, what can you do, right?
Jason Kelce lands at 92. The man who is still, perhaps, The Philadelphia Eagles’ best player on defense, Fletcher Cox, cracks the list 29 spots later at 63. Those all seem like low grades for three of the best at their position and, quite possibly, the Eagles’ best players on the team.
Graham is ageless and the author of the greatest strip-sack in NFL history. Jason Kelce has made the past three First-team All-Pro rosters (2017–2019), has made four Pro Bowl rosters (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020), and is a borderline Hall-of-Famer.
Fletcher Cox is a lock to have his bust carved and enshrined in Canton after landing on six Pro Bowl rosters (2015–2020), three Second-team All-Pro rosters (2014, 2015, 2017), and a First-team All-Pro team (2018). He’s also a member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.
With all of that being said, maybe we should demand a recount. Maybe we can dismiss this list as being fairly accurate, but either way and regardless of what side you’re on, this is an interesting talking point. For now, we’ll call these rankings ‘snubs’. We’ll see if any more Philadelphia Eagles are added as the last two parts of the list will be revealed over the course of the following two Sundays.
Players 40-11 will be named on August 22nd. The top ten players will hear their names called during the finale on August 28th.