A lot of you have wanted to see “Power Rankings” and “finale” in the same sentence for some time. Congratulations, today’s your day.
We wrap our offseason, conversation-starting series with the crown jewel: The top 10 best players in the NFL.
I represent the AFC South aggressively in Dan Graziano’s piece on the voting results and in the attached video.
Feel free to look back at this post from last summer, where I respond to the basic complaints of Manning’s critics.
None of this is meant as a slight to Brady, who’s obviously also a superb player.
I do think we blew it in the overall results. I completely understand being quarterback heavy. I probably could have and should have been more so. But chasing those quarterbacks down is a monstrous element of the game, and to not have at least one pass-rusher make this list is a mistake.
At any rate, here is my ballot. I remind you it’s just one eighth of the results that you’ll find in Graziano’s fine piece.