The NFL Network concluded its countdown of the Top 100 players of 2014 by unveiling the final 10 spots tonight. Seattle’s Richard Sherman came in at No. 7, the highest-rated of the five Seahawks to make the list.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 10, 2014
It’s the second time Sherman has been on the list — he was 50th a year ago.
As for Seattle’s other rankings, here they are: Marshawn Lynch (14), Earl Thomas (17), Russell Wilson (20) and Kam Chancellor (65).
Seattle’s total was nowhere near the top — both Denver and the 49ers had eight. But injuries undoubtedly played a role in a few players not getting more consideration.
Percy Harvin is an obvious one, but players such as Russell Okung, Bobby Wagner and maybe even K.J. Wright might have had a shot if not for the injuries they had last season.
And the way Seattle used its defensive line last season, rotating seven players fairly evenly, helped lead to some of those players getting overlooked — Michael Bennett surely played worthy of a top 100 player when he was on the field last season, and a case could also be made for Brandon Mebane. But their relative dearth of snaps undoubtedly influenced the perception for a list like this.
None of it means anything. Fun chatter for the off-season. Soon enough, the talk will turn to the field again.