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NFC South Top 25 Players in 2013

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Agreed as far as Kalil goes. Pat also said he wasn't taking "lifetime achievements" into account (strictly 2013 best guys) and went on to specifically say Gross did not make the list as an example. He also said rookies were omitted from the list, which makes sense imo.

Good catch, I missed that part!! Lavonte David is #20 (just revealed today), so I'm hoping Luke is top 5!

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To date, the list is as follows:

 

15 - Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle, Buccaneers
16 - Vincent Jackson, wide receiver, Buccaneers
17 - Tony Gonzalez, tight end, Falcons
18 - Dashon Goldson, safety, Buccaneers
19 - Sean Weatherspoon, linebacker, Falcons
20 - Lavonte David, linebacker, Buccaneers
21 - Steve Smith, wide receiver, Carolina Panthers
22 - Steven Jackson, running back, Atlanta Falcons
23 - Josh Freeman, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24 - Marques Colston, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
25 - Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 

Who wants to bet that he also puts Carl Nicks, Doug Martin and Darrelle Revis on the list?  The only question mark there is whether or not he tries to justify Mark Barron too.  It's crazy how much of a Bucs homer he is, and how the team with the most members of his top 25 is probably the worst in the division.

 

He has 14 spots left, which will probably be distributed among the following players:

 

Locks:

Matt Ryan, quarterback, Falcons
Roddy White, wide receiver, Falcons
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Falcons
Drew Brees, quarterback, Saints
Jimmy Graham, tight end, Saints
Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers
Luke Keuchly, linebacker, Panthers
Charles Johnson, defensive end, Panthers
Doug Martin, running back, Buccaneers

Darrelle Revis, cornerback, Buccaneers

 

That leaves four spots for the following players who may be on his bubble. 

Jahri Evans, offensive guard, Saints
Darren Sproles, running back, Saints

Greg Hardy, defensive end, Panthers

Ryan Kalil, center, Panthers
Jon Beason, linebacker, Panthers

Carl Nicks, offensive guard, Buccaneers

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Smith would be ranked way higher in all rankings if he could have scored on about 15 receptions the last 2 years where he was down inside the 2 yard line.

Not necessarily relevant for these rankings. but how many times has the guy been down inside the 5 throughout his caree? He would probably have at least 7 more TDs, if not 10.

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How the hell is Josh Freeman on this list at all?

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How the hell is Josh Freeman on this list at all?

I was just about to post that. The guy has had one good season and been pretty much a disaster the rest of the time.

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I'd consider Hardy a lock for this list as well. Like someone else mentioned (and myself), if DaQuan Bowers is on the list at 25 and Hardy was left off, then this guy is the biggest Tampa Bay homer on this side of the Mississippi. I wouldn't be surprised if Hardy is above Charles Johnson either, considering he's only 24 and just had his breakout year...who knows how dominant he can be next season! Don't get me wrong, CJ is pretty dominant on a consistent basis, but Hardy has more upside and has experienced somewhat of an exponential growth. They played at a comparable level last year and this list is for next season, so I think Hardy takes that next step to ELITE status!

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The Kraken sure as hell better make it

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I was just about to post that. The guy has had one good season and been pretty much a disaster the rest of the time.

Couldn't agree more, I wouldn't want his a$$

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We continue my NFC South Top 25 with No. 14:

Charles Johnson, defensive end, Panthers

What he did in 2012: Johnson had 41 tackles, 12.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Why he’s No. 14 in 2013: Johnson has made Carolina fans forget all about Julius Peppers. He’s become one of the game’s most consistent pass rushers and it doesn’t hurt that he has Greg Hardy, who also reached double-digit sacks last year, on the other side. They form the most dynamic pass-rushing duo in the division and they’re about to get some help. The Panthers used their first two draft picks on defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawaan Short. Their arrival means offensive lines have to pay more attention to the interior. That’s only going to make Johnson and Hardy more dangerous on the outside.

 

I bet Yas leaves Hardy off the list.  Unless he thinks that Hardy will have a bigger year than Johnson...

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