Matthew Stafford’s breakout season in 2011 showed what he is capable of when he stays on the field. Smashing the Detroit Lions’ passing record book in his first fully healthy season is quite an accomplishment and it definitely grabbed the attention of his peers.
NFL Network and NFL.com are in the process of revealing the top 100 NFL players for 2012 as voted by the players. Matthew Stafford became the first Lion to make the list when he was revealed at number 41 last night.
The ranking puts Stafford ahead of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Michael Vick, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Tim Tebow who all made the top 100. The top 40 will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The list of quarterbacks who have been revealed so far combined with the mystery of what remains sets up one scenario likely to be a point of contention with Lions fans. At this point is seems all but guaranteed that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will crack the top 40. Is he really a better quarterback than Matthew Stafford? An argument can certainly be made that he isn’t. I am already expecting an adjustment in next year’s rankings to that effect.