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NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2017 kicks off with 2 Patriots ranked 91-100

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Which two players make the list?

The NFL Network is kicking off their list of Top 100 Players of 2017 tonight with players ranked 91-100 and the New England Patriots will have two players represented at 8:00 PM EST on the NFL Network, per NESN’s Doug Kyed.

I have a couple questions for the audience, so feel free to give your thoughts in the comments.

  1. How many Patriots will make the Top 100?
  2. Which two players will be ranked 91-100?

I’ll start with the first question. I think the following players will make the list:

QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman, WR Brandin Cooks, OT Marcus Cannon, LB Dont’a Hightower, CB Malcolm Butler, and FS Devin McCourty. I don’t think any players on the New England defensive line or offensive backfield will be represented.

Eight players is a lot, though, and would set the record for most players on the NFL Top 100 rankings for a reigning Super Bowl champion.

As for which players I think should come in from 91-100, that’s a tough question. I think Cannon will be one of the players, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Edelman, Cooks, or Hightower would be the other because I think they’re underappreciated around the league. If I had to guess, I would say that Cannon and Cooks come in from 91-100.

What are your thoughts?