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NFL Top 100: Eagles defenders Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins make the list

Philly’s defense gets some love

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The NFL Network began their annual offseason (fluff) series of the league’s top 100 ranked football players on Monday evening. Two Philadelphia Eagles appeared in the 90-100 range.

Checking in at No. 93 is Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham. Watch the clip here.

Graham arguably had the best season of any Eagles defender last year. The 2010 first round pick has had a strange career path, but he’s clearly a stud now. As the video points out, Graham’s combined total of sacks, hurries, and knockdowns in 2016 was 80 — highest in the NFL.

This is the first time Graham has appeared on the NFL Top 100. Cool to see him getting much-deserved respect from around the league.

Here’s a fun clip of Graham’s trash-talking prowess.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins checked in at No. 90 on this year’s NFL Top 100. Jenkins barely missed the list last year — he finished at No. 107. Check out this year’s video of Jenkins, which notes how he has the most pick-sixes of any active safety in the NFL.

After signing a contract extension last offseason, Jenkins went on to have a real strong 2016 campaign. He ended the year with 44 tackles, nine passes defensed, two defensive touchdowns, and one sack. He was named a third-team Pro Bowl alternate, which is better than being named a sixth-team alternate in 2015.

It still feels like Jenkins might be underappreciated on a national scale, but just like Graham, it’s cool to see he’s gaining some more respect.

Last year, only one Eagles player made the NFL Top 100: Fletcher Cox at No. 49. It’s probably safe to say he’ll be on this year’s list again. Will anyone else? Jordan Hicks? Jason Peters? Darren Sproles? Alshon Jeffery?

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