ESPN released its list of the top 100 players in the NFL for 2020 and the Seattle Seahawks had four listed.
When the NFL released its ranking of the top players in the NFL, six current Seahawks made the list. ESPN put out their take on the list on Tuesday, but only four current Seahawks made the cut. Seattle is a talented team and ESPN is simply wrong in naming only four.
The players who did make the cut were quarterback Russell Wilson (of course!) who ranked fourth overall, safety Jamal Adams was 19th, linebacker Bobby Wagner was 27th and receiver Tyler Lockett was 83rd. This means, of course, that Seattle has three of the best 27 players in the league and that is pretty good.
But what about Chris Carson? Carson was fifth in the NFL in rushing last year. Or D.K. Metcalf. Supposedly, ESPN’s team of experts ranked players based on what they will do in 2020, not previous seasons. How anyone can think about the potential of Metcalf and not think he is a top-100 player is a bit silly. Metcalf could be and should be one of the best receivers in the league by the end of the season.
Carson got an honorable mention in ESPN’s rank of the top-ten running backs in the league back in July. Dalvin Cook was sixth. I think Carson is better. The difference is the national media knows Cook better than Carson and that shouldn’t be the case.
I am more at a loss to understand Metcalf. Sure, his numbers as a rookie are not top-100 worthy but he trends towards a player like Julio Jones and Jones was 13th on the list. Metcalf isn’t as good as Jones is right now, but he is a lot closer than 13th to beyond the top-100.
The great thing is that every Seahawk snub will get a chance to prove their cause in a week and a half when the 2020 season starts. In 2021, ESPN will likely be ranking Carson and Metcalf and the Seahawks will have been better for their production.