#NFLRank: NFC North in 51-60

Two NFC North players were among those ranked between 51-60 in our #NFLRank project, an ESPN effort to identify the top 100 offensive and top 100 defensive players in the NFL. As always, our portion of both lists are updated at the bottom.


59. Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil

(Detailed here by ESPN.com's Ben Goessling)


53. Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton

Stats & Info: Melton has 13 sacks over the past two seasons when lined up at one of the defensive tackle positions. Only the Bengals' Geno Atkins (17.0) has more.

Seifert comment: Sack totals always draw attention for defensive tackles, and there is no doubt Melton is productive in a way that NFL teams value. (He's the Bears' franchise player this season.) But there is some doubt about how good Melton is on the plays he doesn't get a sack on. He isn't often mentioned as one game's top interior players.

NFC North showing to date:


59. Kalil

64. Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb

66. Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson

72. Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan

77. Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings

94. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford

97. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler


53. Melton

65. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway

76. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley

81. Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings

92. Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams

95. Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith

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