- Los Angeles Chargers
- New England Patriots
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Arizona Cardinals
- Cincinnati Bengals
The NFL 100 series has begun the process of revealing the top 100 players ahead of the 2022 campaign, as voted by the players. The annual list creates constant controversy and discussion.
Sunday evening welcomed the 100-51 player rankings. Several players were underrated or overrated. We’ve swiftly identified five players that are ranked either too high or too low on the NFL 100 list.
UNDERRATED: RASHAWN SLATER (79), LT, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Slater’s ranking is a case of the league being afraid to get carried away too quickly. In Slater’s case, feel free to get swept off your feet.
Slater is an early candidate for the best first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Slater immediately slotted into Los Angeles’ starting left tackle spot and carried himself like a 10-year pro. Slater protected Justin Herbert’s blindside at the highest level imaginable. A balanced offensive lineman, Slater’s pass-blocking grade (80.3) nearly equaled his run-blocking grade (80.2), via Pro Football Focus.
The Chargers are entering a crucial 2022 campaign with serious postseason aspirations. Slater is the type of superstar that may allow the Chargers to reach their lofty goals.
OVERRATED: MAC JONES (85), QB, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Jones is clearly being rewarded for being the only rookie signal-caller to qualify for the playoffs. Jones’ placing at No. 85 has caused the largest social media uproar thus far.
While Jones’ first-year poise was impressive, the 2021 iteration of the Patriots leaned on a dominant defense and rushing attack. The Patriots rarely won games on the strength of Jones’ arm alone. Jones will have to prove he’s capable of elevating the Patriots’ passing attack to new heights in 2022 before the general public agrees with his placement on this list.
UNDERRATED: MAXX CROSBY (59), EDGE, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Crosby’s placing at No. 59 feels like a result of box-score scouting. Crosby recorded 8.0 sacks throughout the 2021 campaign, which appears rather unspectacular to the naked eye. Crosby was so much more impactful than those numbers indicate, however. Crosby generated 112 total pressures and a pass-rush win percentage of 27%, via Pro Football Focus. Both outputs ranked No. 1 among all EDGE defenders across the entire league.
If Crosby continues to defeat opposing blockers with such consistency, his sack totals could skyrocket in 2022, leading to a significant jump on next year’s list. Having Chandler Jones opposite him will benefit Crosby and lead to more one-v-one opportunities.
OVERRATED: JAMES CONNER (80), RB, ARIZONA CARDINALS
Conner re-emerges on the top 100 list at No. 80 following a resurgent season that saw the former Pitt Panther score a career-high 15 touchdowns with the Cardinals in 2021. Only the league’s rushing champion Jonathan Taylor scored more touchdowns (18) than Conner did.
Conner averaged a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry and wasn’t as impactful outside of goal-line situations. Conner formed an intriguing tandem alongside Chase Edmonds, but it will be worth monitoring Conner’s effectiveness now that he’s slated to take on a bigger role in the wake of Edmonds’ departure to the Miami Dolphins.
UNDERRATED: TREY HENDRICKSON (78), EDGE, CINCINNATI BENGALS
We don’t believe Hendrickson deserved a drop-off in comparison to last year’s placement on the NFL 100. Hendrickson ranks No. 78 after ranking No. 73 last season. Hendrickson recorded a career-high 14.0 sacks as a member of the Bengals in 2021. It appropriately built on a 13.5-sack campaign Hendrickson enjoyed as New Orleans Saint in 2020.
Hendrickson’s 2020 breakout season landed him a four-year, $60 million contract with the Bengals in unrestricted free agency. Hendrickson was a constant presence screaming off the edge and is a big reason why the Bengals made an unlikely appearance in Super Bowl LVI. Hendrickson’s 2021 season should have catapulted him into the top 60 range.
- Oct 05, 2022
- Oct 05, 2022