This brings the Eagles’ total up to four players so far. Malcolm Jenkins and Lane Johnson were revealed to be on the list earlier this month at No. 96 and No. 95, respectively. Those rankings are clearly too low. So are the ones for the latest two players.
It turns out that Fletcher Cox made the cut at No. 69 and Zach Ertz, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, made it at No. 68.
Cox being at 69 is #nice from a humorous standpoint but it really makes no sense that he dropped 31 spots from last year’s ranking. Cox was a beast once again in 2017. His dominance inside contributed to an Eagles run defense that was historically great to start the season. Oh, and he had a lot to do with Philadelphia’s defense leading the NFL in total pressures generated.
This year marks the first time Ertz has ever appeared on the NFL Top 100. It’s obviously well-deserved. The 27-year-old finished the regular season with 74 receptions for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. Then he added 18 receptions for 192 yards and one more touchdown in the playoffs. Ertz finally had that breakout year we had all been waiting for.
But despite Cox and Ertz having great seasons, somehow Micah Hyde (No. 62) was better than them. So was Richard Sherman (No. 64) even though he only played nine games.
I’m running with James Seltzer’s theory that the players who voted for the NFL Top 100 list were just jealous of the Eagles’ success and decided to ding the Birds in the rankings. And that’s really fine. Disrespecting this team only makes them stronger.