For the past few weeks, the NFL Network has been counting down the top 100 players of 2011 as voted on by players. Yesterday, Nos. 60 through 51 were revealed and the Lions very own Ndamukong Suh was voted No. 51.
Despite being a rookie, many believe Suh deserves to be lower on the list.
â€œThe players who voted, I think they got it right, thereâ€™s no doubt in my mind,â€ said analyst Solomon Wilcots. â€œHeâ€™s only had 16 games in his whole NFL career. â€¦ Now, Iâ€™ll tell you what, you put in 16 more games like this, heâ€™ll be ranked in the top 25.â€
â€œOh easy,â€ agreed analyst Torry Holt. â€œHeâ€™s a guy thatâ€™s definitely ascending. We talked about this back in the green room, but he dominates fronts. And thatâ€™s rare for a young guy. But his peers saw something special about him, and thereâ€™s a lot of offensive linemen that say, â€˜Yeah, Iâ€™ll go against this guy. I donâ€™t want to go against Suh.â€™ .. Thatâ€™s what he makes guys do.â€
In NFL.com’s fan voting, Suh ranked No. 20. But, like Wilcots points out, players have a much clearer view than fans of what makes a top athlete. And, as a rookie, there are certainly areas Suh can improve upon.
â€œThe players who understand, they study the game tape,â€ Wilcots said. â€œFans donâ€™t get a chance to watch game tape. They donâ€™t get to see the pimples, if you will. There are still areas for Ndamukong Suh to improve. Players and coaches see that. I donâ€™t know that the fans see that.â€
Suh is the third defensive tackle to be on the list — ahead of No. 81 B.J. RajiÂ of the Green Bay Packers and No. 75 Jay Ratliff of the Dallas Cowboys — and the first Detroit Lion to be selected.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson is also expected to be on the list in the final weeks of the countdown.