The latest NFL Top 100 player’s list was released courtesy of CBS Sports analyst Pete Prisco, and Detroit Lions players were snubs, only former Lions Darius Slay made it.
After the most recent release of a top 100 player’s list courtesy of CBS Sports Analyst Pete Prisco, the Detroit Lions got snubbed, to say the least. The list contained not one Detroit Lions player, offense or defense.
Trey Flowers, Kenny Golladay, and Matthew Stafford were all snubbed from the list. The only name that stuck out to be connected with the Lions was former cornerback, Darius Slay, who was the primary piece of the team’s secondary in recent years before he was traded this offseason.
Apparently, none of the Honolulu blue and silver were worthy of a top 100 player spot, which is baffling after looking through the list. Comparing some of the last ranked quarterbacks, wide receivers, and defensive ends, there is no reason that at least one of the Lions didn’t make it.
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Trey Flowers- DE
Now, Lions defensive end Trey Flowers did have a down year in 2019, but he still should have been in the conversation for one of the top 100 players in the league.
The defensive end signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Lions that shows he is deserving, even if the stat sheet lacks.
The last ranked defensive end was San Francisco 49ers defensive end, Arik Armstead, who came in at ninety.
Flowers may have had an offseason but should have at least been in the conversation for a spot in the top 100 list.
Kenny Golladay- WR
Perhaps the most perplexing of the Lions’ snubs was wide receiver Kenny Golladay who was left off the list as one heck of a receiver on the rough Lions team last season. Golladay led the league in touchdowns last season, hauling in 11 scores while also coming in seventh for yardage with 1190 yards.
Coming in at ninety-eight on the top 100 list was Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark, and before him was Los Angeles Rams wide receiver, Cooper Kupp. Even though Golladay was listed as one of the honorable mentions, there is no reason why he should not have been included.
Matthew Stafford- QB
Looking at the list, the last ranked quarterback was Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins, who came in at eighty-sixth. The next lowest quarterback ranking was Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan, who came in at number seventy on the list.
That being said, it seems that Matthew Stafford is better than Cousins at the very least, and that’s no question. Stafford may have only played in eight games last season, but he still belongs in the top 100 players regardless of the injury-ridden season.
Crazy enough, Stafford would not even make it into the honorable mentions list at the bottom of the list. This upcoming season hinges on the health of Stafford, and if he can keep his back in check, maybe a return to his usual self will earn him a spot in the top 100 next season.
After all, this is just one top 100 list, but leaving off all Lions players seemed a bit perplexing for a team that has at least three players who deserve to be in the discussion in their relative positions at the very least.
At the end of the day, the Detroit Lions players got snubbed out of recognition in this top 100 list, but hopefully, a healthy Matthew Stafford can change things for himself and Kenny Golladay.