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NFC South Bloggers Rank The Top 13 Players in the Division: Three Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make the List


May 18th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Leo Howell


 
The NFL has begun the announcement of their top 100 players of 2013, and I noted yesterday, I already disagree strongly with the ranking of Darrelle Revis. So I wanted to see if our friends in the NFC South agreed with these rankings, and we all decided to rank the NFC South separately and come up with our top players in the division. Chris Roling of our New Orleans Saints blog Who Dat Dish, and Ken Dye of Cat Crave (our Carolina Panthers site) both took the time to rank their top 13 players in the division, and I combined them with my rankings to provide to top 13 consensus rankings. Why 13? The NFC South is 1/8 of the NFL, and 13 is approximately 1/8 of 100, so this is cutting out all the other divisions and focusing the rankings on the teams in the NFC South only.
 
Without any further introduction, heres the list:
 
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
 2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
 3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
 4. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
 5. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 6. Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
 8. tie: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
 10. tie: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
 12. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
 13. Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers

 Honorable mention: William Moore, Atlanta Falcons; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 


So what are my three biggest takeaways from this list?
 

The Falcons are an extremely top-heavy team. An injury to a key player would be devastating to the Falcons, who seem to have woven a strong core in the passing game that might be ruined with one piece missing. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez combine to form a dangerous passing attack, but if Ryan or Jones were to miss time, it would decrease the value of the others in a major way.
 The Buccaneers are the only team without a quarterback on the list. Thats not surprising, but it does show the uphill battle it will be for Tampa Bay to succeed in this division. I was the lowest on Matt Ryan, as I dont believe he is an elite NFL QB, but I agree that the three other QBs in the division are ahead of Josh Freeman at this moment. Freeman has a chance to change that in 2013
 Darrelle Revis is still underrated. I have him as the second best player in the division, behind only Drew Brees, but my fellow NFC South bloggers ranked him lower than I did, dragging down his ranking. I understand that Revis is coming off an injury, and I have had my doubts about him, but every indication I have seen leads me to believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting the real Darrelle Revis in 2013 and beyond. The Darrelle Revis of 2011 is one of the five best players in the NFL, and might even be more important to his team than Drew Brees is. So Im not ready to count him out just yet.
 
 
 
So what do you think, Bucs fans? What players do you feel should be higher? Which ones should be lower? Who is missing from the list?




http://thepewterplank.com/2013/05/18/nfc-south-bloggers-rank-the-top-13-players-in-the-division-three-tampa-bay-buccaneers-make-the-list/

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#1 : May 19, 2013, 12:18:58 AM

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
 2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
 3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
 4. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
 5. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 6. Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
 8. tie: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
 10. tie: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
 12. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
 13. Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers

 Honorable mention: William Moore, Atlanta Falcons; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WHAAAT.... Free doesn't even get an honorable mention? Un-possible!!!

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#2 : May 19, 2013, 12:54:36 AM

If healthy Revis is #1.

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#3 : May 19, 2013, 12:57:22 AM

its Brees, Regardless how healthy Revis is. An elite QB is more important then an elite CB

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#4 : May 19, 2013, 01:00:54 AM

Doug is worth more to his team than the two guys suggested before him on that list. He out performed them last season as well.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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#5 : May 19, 2013, 01:10:57 AM

You could make an argument Gerald belongs on the list.  Charles Johnson has nice numbers, but he should, he was the highest paid player in the NFL in 2011.


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#6 : May 19, 2013, 07:36:59 AM

You could make an argument Gerald belongs on the list. 

I'd like to see that argument.

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#7 : May 19, 2013, 07:48:30 AM

I think you could make the argument that David belongs on that top 13 list in place of Johnson or even Kuechly. While his numbers were slightly less than Kuechly he had a far more even season than Kuechly had. There is still a lot of upside with David. He'll be on that list after this year.

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#8 : May 19, 2013, 09:20:08 AM

its Brees, Regardless how healthy Revis is. An elite QB is more important then an elite CB

You're 100% right but **CENSORED** Brees haha

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#9 : May 19, 2013, 09:44:17 AM

Kuechly?  No... Stop it.

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#10 : May 19, 2013, 09:58:50 AM

That's an awful list. That's my take away. Gonzo at #4? Who would take him over Vjax, Roddy, Revis? Even if for 1 season. He's a great player, but he's not that great. Should be around Steve Smith area. Also, McCoy not being on this list ahead of Keuchly and Johnson is ridiculous. Jimmy Graham being 10 is also ridiculous. Not a single team in the league would take Gonzo over Graham. He's probably the best TE in the league with Gronk having so many injuries. Ugh, just terrible. I know Goldson hasn't played in the NFCS yet, but he should easily be over Keuchly Johnson.

The top 5 should go:

Brees
Revis
Ryan
Graham
Jones (although I think he's overrated, but whatever)
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#11 : May 19, 2013, 10:23:53 AM

Kuechly is soooo overrated. I mean even Dj Ware trucked the guy

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#12 : May 19, 2013, 10:40:44 AM

If healthy Revis is #1.
revis does not have the impact on his team winning like Ryan or Brees does. 


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#13 : May 19, 2013, 10:43:16 AM

David is better than Keekly

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#14 : May 19, 2013, 10:45:00 AM

If healthy Revis is #1.
revis does not have the impact on his team winning like Ryan or Brees does.

Yea I know but **CENSORED** Brees and Ryan.
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