Phillip Rivers cracks elite list

June, 28, 2011
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The AFC West was represented by one player in the top 10 Power Rankings for best overall players in the NFL, regardless of position.

Not surprisingly, that player is San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He is ranked ninth. I ranked Rivers sixth. Rivers was ranked on three of the eight ballots. NFC West blogger Mike Sando had Rivers ranked fifth, while AFC East blogger Tim Graham ranked him sixth as well. So, Rivers was either highly thought of or shunned.

No other AFC West player received a vote. In all, 20 players received votes. I had Oakland free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha 12th on my ballot before I pared it down. This is the best of the best, so it’s not a knock that not more than one player from the division cracked the list.

The NFL is a quarterback league and my list reflected it. I had seven quarterbacks on the list. Rivers was sixth on my list in the quarterback Power Rankings in the spring and that’s why he was No. 6 on my list this week . He is my highest-rated quarterback not to have won a Super Bowl. He was the sixth-ranked quarterback in this current Power Ranking list and he was the first quarterback not to win a Super Bowl.

What do you think? What would your top 10 list look like?

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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