According to the all-important NFL Top 100 list, which is assembled by polling votes from various NFL players around the league, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is the 5th best player in the NFL. As an added bonus, 74% of you BGN voters (myself included) had McCoy finishing in the top 5. Nicely done. Shame on the 26% of you non-believers.
The results were revealed on NFL Network on Wednesday night. This is the third time McCoy has appeared on the list and it's his best finish to date. In 2012, McCoy was ranked 18th. Last year, he was ranked exactly 40 spots lower at 45th.
McCoy's honor is well-deserved. In 2013 he led the NFL in rushing (1,607) and yards from scrimmage (2,146), averaged 5.1 yards per carry, scored 11 touchdowns, and only fumbled once. He broke the Eagles single season franchise records in rushing yards, scrimmage yards, and also single game rushing yards. He was named NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Year. He was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week three separate times. McCoy won NFC Offensive Player of the Week once and NFC Offensive Player of the Month in December. He was elected to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, the 2013 PWFA All-NFL Team, and the 2013 AP NFL First Team All-Pro.
Despite McCoy's dominance, he didn't finish as the top running back on the list. That honor went to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson who finished one spot higher at No. 4. McCoy and Peterson have been involved in some debate this offseason as to whether which player is the better running back. It's clear the NFL players think Peterson has the edge for now, but the gap isn't too big at all.
McCoy is the fourth current Eagles player to make the NFL Top 100. Other teammates include left tackle Jason Peters at 67, quarterback Nick Foles at 70, and left guard Evan Mathis at 88. Former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson finished at 63.
Of course, the best part about all of this is that the NFL Top 100 list is now over and we can go back to counting down the days until training camp. Only a little over two weeks to go.