Where Did the NFL’s Top 100 Come From?

As chosen by the current NFL players, the most recent version of the NFL’s top 100 players has just been released: usatoday.com

USC placed only two players in the top 100: #71 — Denver DT Jurrell Casey and #78 — Dallas OT Tyron Smith.

Overall, the Pac-12 placed 13 players. Both Stanford and Cal had three each (including Cardinal RB Christian McCaffrey at #6). Washington placed two like USC, while Oregon, Colorado and UCLA each had one.

Big surprise: the SEC placed a whopping 30 players, led by Alabama (7), LSU (6), Mississippi State (5) and Texas A&M (4).

Twenty came from Big Ten country and Ohio State led the way with six. So only two conferences combined, the SEC and the Big Ten, generated one-half the top 100.

The ACC only supplied 10 elite NFLers, but they included #1, QB Lamar Jackson (Louisville), #3, DT Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), #8, WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson), #15, OLB Chandler Jones (Syracuse), #20, QB Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and #21, RB Dalvin Cook (Florida State).

Amazingly I would say, Texas and OU each had only one player selected, and the entire Big 12 put only a measly five on the list.

Notre Dame, whom USC won’t play this season for the first time since the days of World War II, placed five Golden Domers, three of whom are offensive linemen (Quentin Nelson, Zack Martin and Ronnie Stanley).


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July 31, 2020 12:17 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

If SC wants to be a really great program, it needs to address the o-line issues. I really just dont trust that Helton/Harrell are doing anything about it. Harrell views the offensive line as just needing to take up space and give his QB a little time for a quick release. This seems like a high-wire act that works against mediocre and poor defenses, but wont work against well-trained defenses. The upside of Graham’s offense is that it demands the players learn to execute at a high level. The downside is that it might be so simplified that it takes… Read more »

Knighted Member
August 1, 2020 11:50 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Didn’t take long for Reggie to zero in on the big deficiency of USC football: protecting the QB. I am still waiting for “RB” Reggie to start in on the pitiful running game Clay Helton has all but abandoned. But AD Bohn evidently disagrees with Reggie and just about every poster on this website….. getting rid of an obvious underwhelming OL position coach. How much longer will we suffer from this ignorance?

Knighted Member
July 31, 2020 10:16 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I’ve thought all along it takes just one conference to shut down fall sports and PAC-12 will gladly walk out the door also, especially if it is the BIG-10.

Diamond Member
July 31, 2020 4:09 pm
Reply to  Jamaica

The university presidents are pus*ies, especially in the PAC. You get past OSU and Michigan, probably most of the Big 10 (which is really 12) presidents are the same kind of man-gina….

Diamond Member
July 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I have confidence in the Big 10 making a reasonably rational decision. The financial impact on certain conference members in losing at least 40 million in TV rights combined with local impacts (e.g., think of what will happen to Lincoln NE economy without football) should control. If the Big 10 cancels, so long Pac 12 season.

Noble Member
July 31, 2020 5:38 am

I’m hoping Sam Darnold and JuJu will be on the list soon. Whereas SC may have led the way in prior years, it’s just another jab at player recruitment and development under Helton to have only 2 on the list today.

Noble Member
August 2, 2020 6:25 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Thank you Allen for the wonderful reply and information. Let’s just hope there is a 2020 football season, NCAA and NFL.

Terrific Tommy
Diamond Member
July 30, 2020 8:55 pm

Allen, you just brought back a serious old memory for me. That picture you’ve placed at the top of this article was an actual decal I had on my rear window. I loved that thing.