Hello ladies and gentlemen of /r/NFL!
The 2017 NFL draft is almost upon us, and once that it done the long football winter will begin. We have to wait six weeks before OTA's? MADNESS!
So how will you spend your time? Will you argue about what kind of sandwich your QB is? Will it be arguing over whether the ELOE's gaming of the Survivor system should lead to a sub ban for all fans of those teams? What about whether or not the Texans will move up to draft a QB? (Yeah, right. We know that never happens.)
I don't know what you prefer, but what I do know is that your time will be much better spent discussing and occasionally arguing over whether Dak Prescott is a better/worse player than Matt Paradis and why Jarvis Landry's year was WAY more/less impressive than A.J Bouye's. So what does that mean?
That means it's time to get the ball rolling on the OFFICIAL 2017 /r/NFL Top 100 Players (of 2016) List to be exact!
If you are wondering what this is all about (and seriously, c’mon now, really?), this is a list of the 100 players that the chosen ones of /r/nfl deems as the best 100 players in the NFL for the 2016 NFL Season!
This started out with /u/Staple_Overlord and others coming to the conclusion that the NFL Top 100 show was really kind of balls, and that we here at the best damn subreddit in the world, /r/NFL (wait for cheap pop), could do a better job at it.
Both Staple and /u/skepticismissurvival did a damn fine job of running things the last few years, but last year they graciously let me take the reigns to bring you the one list that actually matters this off-season (not saying the "List all starting guards in order of how good they would look in a Dumb & Dumber blue tux" is bad, just... Yeah.)
So at this point, you are probably asking yourself, “How do I become one of this illustrious number? How do I put my name in a hat to become a member of this amazing undertaking?”
Well, that’s pretty simple, go to this link here, and fill out the short 3 questions! (Yes, it requires a google log-in. No, I am not collecting them.)
But wait! Before you fill the form out and say you want to be a part of this, you should really know what you are getting into, so you’ll want to read this big wall of text with no tl;dr:
- Step 1: Getting the list of representatives. That’s what we’re doing right now. I am looking for roughly a total of 60-70 rankers. We have a number of holdovers from last year, so there are maybe 30 spots open in total. To be considered, you need to be someone who posts either here or in your own subreddit quite a bit, and your opinions should be relatively well received by either your own sub, or here at /r/nfl. Thankfully there are a few handy-dandy tools at my disposal, so I can take a quick look at your stats if and know if you fit the bill.
- Step 2: Once we have a list (no later than Friday April 14th) everyone will get their invites to a super exclusive and secret sub that is TOTALLY not /r/NFLTop100 and we will begin nominating players who we believe should be considered. This list has generally been around 250-300 players, which makes whittling it down a lot easier than the roughly 1800 players who suited up last season. This should take about a week or so, and conclude around May 15th.
- Step 3: The meat and potatoes. Once the pool is created, we will create discussion threads about what tiers each player is in within their position group. Standard breakdown is QB, RB, WR, TE, OT, OG, OC, 3-4DT/NT, 3-4DE, 4-3DT, 4-3DE, 3-4OLB, 3-4ILB, 4-3OLB, 4-3MLB, SS, FS, DB. This is so that we can find a rough consensus on each player. If most guys have Derek Carr in Tier II while someone has him unranked and another has him in the at the top of Tier I, we’ll be able to find out why they are such outliers. This is scheduled to take roughly a month, because we want everyone to have a thorough discussion of any questions they have.
- Step 4: After our discussions are complete, everyone will be asked to create and submit their own, personal Top 100 list. If you did a bang up job of keeping your notes together during the discussion phase, this should really only take about 30-40 minutes, or if you are like me, it may take you 2 days because you are constantly changing your rankings.
NOTE: One thing will be wildly different this year compared to past years. At the end of the reveal, all rankings will be made public. This is specifically being done to curtail an issue from past years where some rankers would submit a serious homer card, and rank their own players obviously higher, or opponents obviously lower. Let me repeat this, because there were some people who missed it last year: IF YOU PARTICIPATE, YOUR RANKINGS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC ONCE THIS IS OVER.
- Step 5: Once all rankings are in, we will aggregate them together and create the list.
- Step 6: Between June 26th and July 24th, we will count down the Official /r/NFL Top 100 List.
Still with me? I know this looks like a lot of effort, but after three years participating myself, I can tell you this is an absolutely amazing way to spend the off-season, getting to know other users you don’t really talk with a lot, and learning about a lot of players you may know only in passing.
So if you are interested, like I said before, throw your hat into the ring and sign up at this link here! If you don’t want to participate, but know of someone you think would be great? Username mention them in a top level post so they see it.
Ready everyone? GO!
Submitted April 10, 2017 at 12:42PM by Mister_Jay_Peg
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