NFL’s Top 100 snubs Detroit Lions, Kenny Golladay, Matthew Stafford, city

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Other Detroit Lions who were close

Potentially, several other players could make a case that they were ignored, linebacker Jamie Collins, Sr. and defensive end Trey Flowers, are two.

Center Frank Ragnow also came to mind but was not mentioned among just four interior offensive linemen on the list with only Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce being named to the Top-100 at the center position; Ragnow was recently ranked to the top ten (number 8) at his position by Athlon Sports, though.

Flowers, despite not having big stats (7.0 sacks) was forced to play cowboy-hero as the only consistent lineman on the defensive side. Eighteen defensive linemen and edge defenders were named to the list.

Flowers ranked 22nd among edge rushers according to Athlon, which also seems a bit stingy or overly focused on sack numbers versus the ability to do the job; after the phantom “hands-to-the-face” calls against him in the first Green Bay loss, we’re sure he’s acclimated to life in Detroit.

Jamie Collins, Sr., a new member of the Lions, Athlon Sports ranked 10th among linebackers. Twelve linebackers were named to the NFL’s Top100 list there, giving him some ammunition to be upset at his voting peers.

No other Detroit Lions were close to top status coming into 2020 although we were surprised to see no love for cornerback Desmond Trufant or tackle Taylor Decker who rebounded and had a good 2019.

Side note: Former Detroit Lions cornerback, Darius Slay was named to the list, his third time, for his 2019 season in the Motor City.