NFL Network concluded its “Top 100″ list on Wednesday with only one Vikings representative voted in by active NFL players.
Running back Adrian Peterson was ranked as the 62nd best player despite playing only one game last season. He was ranked fourth on the list last year and first in 2013 after he rushed for 2,097 yards.
It’s always interesting to see who the players view as the best 100 players in the NFL, whether you agree or disagree. If Vikings fans were upset that Chargers safety Eric Weddle made the Pro Bowl while Harrison Smith did not, they likely won’t be happy to see Weddle ranked 86th on the list while Harrison went unranked.
The players did get the No.1 selection right with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. You can check out the complete list here.
The Packers led the NFC North with six players in the top 100 – quarterback Aaron Rodgers (No. 2), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (No. 18), linebacker Clay Matthews (No. 51), running back Eddie Lacy (No. 60), linebacker Julius Peppers (No.71) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (No. 100).
The Lions had five selections with wide receiver Calvin Johnson (No. 6), linebacker DeAndre Leavy (No. 66), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (No. 82), wide receiver Golden Tate (No. 85) and safety Glover Quin (No. 88).
Like the Vikings, the Bears only had one representative in running back Matt Forte (No. 48). Surprisingly, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery didn’t make the cut.
It’ll be interesting to see the list next year given all the hype the Vikings have received as a “surprise” team this year. The Vikings have some talent knocking on the door, like Smith, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, defensive end Everson Griffen, linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.