The NFL Network is counting down the top 100 players of 2012, and the only New York Jet on the list in spots No. 70-100 was Tim Tebow, who ranked No. 95.
With the top 70 players yet to be revealed, I am wondering how many New York Jets will make it onto the list. The team had a miserable 2012 season overall, but there were several standout performers who deserve to be recognized.
Here's my predictions for the rest of the New York Jets who will make it onto the list of the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012:
1) Darrelle Revis: There's no question that Revis will be on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012 list, and I can see him ending up perhaps in the top ten overall.
He's a perennial Pro-Bowler who rarely gets beat in coverage, and he has lived up to the hype as the premier shutdown corner in the league. Revis has been to four consecutive Pro-Bowls, and he's coming off a stellar year of notching four interceptions.
2) Sione Pouha: I would have guessed that Pouha would rank somewhere between No. 80 and 90 on the list, but his name hasn't popped up in the bottom 30 athletes named. That makes me wonder if he'll be on it at all.
Pouha definitely should be considered one of the top 100 players in the game today, as he's an elite defensive tackle who always gives opposing offensive lineman a lot to handle.
3) Nick Mangold: Much like Pouha, I thought Mangold would have earned a spot somewhere in the bottom 30 spots on the list. He should be ranked somewhere between No. 80 and 90 in the league, which makes me question whether he'll be on the list at all.
With the top 70 spots remaining, it would be a stretch to say Mangold is a true top 70 player in the NFL. Nevertheless, his 6-foot-3, 300-pound frame doesn't stop him from exploding off the line and doing his fair share to protect Mark Sanchez.
4) D'brickashaw Ferguson: Ferguson, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound beast of an offensive tackle, is coming off a Pro-Bowl season. He is the complete package - an elite blocker with superb field vision, brute physicality, the will to win, and superb lateral movement.
Ferguson uses his hands well and stays cool under pressure. I would have guessed that Ferguson would rank between No. 90 and 100 overall, so I'm not sure that he'll find his way onto the list since he hasn't made it by now. Is he a top 70 player in the NFL at this point in his career? Probably not.
Which New York Jets will make it onto the NFL's Top 100 Players of 2012 list? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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