Steelers Antonio Brown ranked No. 23 on NFL Network's Top 100 list

Justin K. Aller

Antonio Brown went from unranked to the 23rd best player in the NFL according to the NFL Network's Top 100 list.

Antonio Brown is no longer an unknown commodity in the NFL. Pittsburgh Steelers fans have known this for the past two seasons, but it's safe to say that Antonio Brown will no longer be able to sneak up on anyone anymore.

According to the NFL Network's Top 100 list, Antonio Brown is the 23rd best player in the NFL regardless of position. Brown represents the largest jump among the 100 players that are chosen to be on the list, as he did not crack the top 100 in 2013.

Brown's near meteoric rise has gone relatively unnoticed even though he finished second in the league in receptions and in yards receiving last season. Brown isn't considered to be the high profile receiver like Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson for whatever reason. Maybe it is his size, maybe it is the market in which he plays or maybe it's because the Steelers aren't a team that relies heavily on the pass compared to other teams.

Whatever the reason Brown hasn't received his due in the past will be changing if he keeps up the standard that he set for himself in 2013. Brown's 110 receptions, 1,499 yards and 8 touchdowns will be difficult to repeat in 2014, but Brown has the ability to still improve on his phenomenal 2013 season.

Whether you feel Brown was ranked too high or too low, he has a unique skill set at the receiver position that makes him a threat in both the quick passing game, as well as the vertical passing game. His skills as a return man also make him more than worthy to be on this list, and on the list for years to come.

Antonio Brown joins teammates Troy Polamalu (61st) and Ben Roethlisberger (31st) as the only Steelers represented on the NFL Top 100 list.

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