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Personally, I feel as if the list gets overlooked by fans. I definitely see why, with good cause as well. Mostly everyone disagrees with every analysts list if it doesn’t strictly follow their own, and they come off as unknowledgeable and some indeed are. But what fans don’t realize is that the list is compiled of the players themselves. The players who actually play against them, and get first hand experience, who watch extensive film with coaches who know what they’re doing. So to me, while it is just a list on a TV show, it has more meaning than you might think. Still though, I wouldn’t use the list too often when arguing over players or teams.
Geno Atkins has been a mainstay on the NFL top 100, making the list seven times out of nine. His highest ranking to date has been 29th, and has been a common top 50 ranking. This year Atkins was ranked 79th, is that a little too low for one of the leagues best Defensive Linemen?
Atkins, making his seventh pro bowl and recording 10 sacks has proven himself to remain among the NFL’s elite along the interior defensive line.
Despite that, he was ranked in the bottom portion of the list. Meaning other defensive tackles will probably be ranked higher than him.
Those names most likely include, Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox, Chris Jones, Akiem Hicks, Grady Jarrett, and possibly a few more. That means Atkins is outside of the top five defensive tackles in the league despite Atkins having the 5th most sacks as a DT in the league and earning a PFF grade of 83.5.
Just as important as putting up big numbers, he has been doing it year in and year out consistently.
All in all Atkins continues to prove himself as a dominant force to be reckoned with, and is certainly more than deserving of a spot on the Top 100.