Voting process behind NFL Top 100 list is questionable

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

While it fills a void of non-activity in the league, NFL Network can use a change to the voting process behind its Top 100 feature.

Pro Football Talk and Mike Florio get savaged plenty often, but it's also a staple of the daily diets of most football fans.

However people view Florio and his role in the NFL media, he's pretty much the only writer who calls things like this out. And I suppose that's a "for better or worse" distinction.

He wrote Sunday about how NFL Network ostensibly rigs their own Top 100 list, claiming players vote on the process while pointing to multiple examples of players who say "no one votes for it."

The article shines some light on the process, particularly the period of time in which players can vote - this year, it went from late November through early April. Using the fact Ravens wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones finished higher (87) than Seattle WR/KR Percy Harvin (90) - a distinction that can't possibly be made to a reasonably-minded voter - Florio points out NFL Network received ballots from 28.3 percent (481 players) of active players in the league.

This may seem like a trivial issue, but right is right. If NFL Network is going to publicize this as the end-all, be-all definition of who the best players in the game are, it should be a bit more comprehensive than this.

Unless it's ok from a quality standpoint to have free agent Charles Woodson rank 85 despite there being 32 teams apparently uninterested in his services.

Perhaps it's legitimate that Titans safety Bernard Pollard (87) is thought of more highly than Steelers S Troy Polamalu (91). Pollard, known more for injuring Patriots players and being cut a year after helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl, has accomplished approximately four percent of what Polamalu has in his career.

Then again, perhaps NFL Network doesn't really care, they just want a way to fill the offseason news void.

Not that anyone isn't above that, or anything.


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