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Giant Snub – Top 50 NFL Players Ranked

Pete Prisco over at CBS Sports recently ranked the top 50 players in the league.  You can check it out over here – but you won’t find a single NY Giant on the list.   And in fact, there is an extra 20 or so players listed at the bottom of the list that “just missed” the cut… and no Giants are to be found in there either.

Now look, the top 50 NFL players is a hard list to make… you’re going to leave someone out, believe me — and personal preference and young guys that you like the looks of / but aren’t proven yet somehow sneak their way into the ranks. But…

I think not having Chris Snee and Shaun O’Hara up there to represent the Giants is shameful…. particularly when both those guys contributed to one of the greatest Superbowl victories of all time (exaggerated? so what!) and somehow on this list they got bounced out by a rookie that had a movie made about him instead. In fact, the first 5 minutes of the preface to Michael Oher’s movie mentions the Giants more than this article… which is actually about football unlike said movie  (to be fair, the book is a bit better if you want more football talk.)

Oher isn’t the only surprise to make the list either — Steve Hutchinson of the Vikings made the cut.  That reminds me, how was his run blocking by the way?  Maybe Snee of the Giants is the more expedient choice here after all…. he is without a doubt overall one of the best guards in the league and beat out Hutchinson last year as well in overall production.  Here’s the untainted list of the best guards if you want to check it out.

By the way, Justin Tuck played injured the entire year as well and recorded fantastic numbers if that’s what it takes to make the list.


UPDATE: FOX SPORTS’ TOP 50 has Eli Manning at 24, Justin Tuck at 44.

50. CB Asante Samuel, Eagles
49. QB Matt Schaub, Texans
48. RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
47. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
46. QB Brett Favre, Vikings
45. ILB David Harris, Jets
44. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
43. MLB DeMeco Ryans, Texans
42. MLB Jon Beason, Panthers
41. OLB James Harrison, Steelers

40. OLB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
39. NT Jay Ratliff, Cowboys
38. QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
37. G Steve Hutchinson, Vikings
36. OT Jake Long, Dolphins
35. WR Reggie Wayne, Colts
34. TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
33. CB Champ Bailey, Broncos
32. RB Ray Rice, Ravens
31. CB Charles Woodson, Packers

30. S Ed Reed, Ravens
29. DT Kevin Williams, Vikings
28. WR Randy Moss, Patriots
27. WR Steve Smith, Panthers
26. DE Mario Williams, Texans
25. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys
24. QB Eli Manning, Giants
23. DE Julius Peppers, Bears
22. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
21. RB Steven Jackson, Rams

20. MLB Ray Lewis, Ravens
19. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
18. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
17. OT Ryan Clady, Broncos
16. WR Andre Johnson, Texans
15. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
14. S Troy Polamalu, Steelers
13. CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders
12. LB Patrick Willis, 49ers
11. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

10. DE Jared Allen, Vikings
9. OLB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
8. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
7. CB Darrelle Revis, Jets
6. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
5. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
4. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
3. QB Tom Brady, Patriots
2. QB Drew Brees, Saints
1. QB Peyton Manning, Colts

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2 Responses to “Giant Snub – Top 50 NFL Players Ranked”

  1. matt schuab over Eli Manning?

    Eli Manning is the better QB than Matt Schuab and it’s not even that close, I don’t think.

  2. Dan says:

    i’m okay with that. When I look at our roster, I think the Giants don’t have any particular players who are in the top 2-3 at that spot in the NFL, which I think should be part of the criteria for this list.

    Agree with Andrew that Chris Snee should be in the talk for one of the top guards, but i think the rest of our good players are top 10 guys, not top 3, so this doesn’t bother me too much.

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