ProFootballFocus.com has completed its ratings of the Top 100 players in the NFL in 2013. As it notes, these rankings are solely for performance in 2013 and not based on career, or looking ahead.
As might be expected, the Seahawks were well-represented with eight players making the list.
Here is the complete list. And here are links to each Seahawk, starting at the top:
— Cornerback Richard Sherman was the highest-ranked Seahawk at No. 6.
Included is this explanation of a key stat and why he made the list where he did:
Key Stat: Allowed a passer rating of 41.4 into his coverage, including the postseason.
The bottom line is that challenging Sherman isn’t that smart. The Seahawks don’t ask him to shadow opposing wide receivers and don’t need him to so he plies his trade on the edge playing left cornerback and occasionally coming in to sit atop a threat of a tight end in tight formations. Teams are going away from throwing him the ball, but not enough. He was thrown at 58 times in 2013 which is a low number but only ten times less than Keenan Lewis. When teams do target Sherman they average a passer rating in the 40s and have a far bigger chance of throwing an interception than they have scoring on the play.
— Running back Marshawn Lynch was 10th. Here’s part of what was said about Lynch:
This season he forced 75 missed tackles as a runner in the regular season, 11 more as a receiver and the postseason added another 22 across three games. That is a ridiculous rate and by far the most PFF has ever recorded for one runner over a single season. Beastmode may have been born in one paradigm shifting run against the Saints, but he remains alive and well to this day.
— Defensive end Michael Bennett was 16th and free safety Earl Thomas 20th, which you can each find here.
— Strong safety Kam Chancellor was 28th (read here).
— QB Russell Wilson came in at 48th, with sort of an interesting assessment since that he “never quite hit the heights” of his rookie year when all of his stats were as good or better than in 2012.
— Nose tackle Brandon Mebane was 56th, with a nod to how well he performed despite what was a little more of a limited role last season due to the team’s depth.
— And defensive end Cliff Avril checked in at 94th.