Saturday, July 6, 2013
The AFC West's top 40
By Bill Williamson
With our position-by-position AFC West rankings done, we present our annual top 40 list.
These are, in my opinion, the top 40 players in the division regardless of position. If you are on this list, you’re a pretty nice player. If you are No. 41, you're pretty good as well. Yes, this is a look at the elite players in the division.
I based my opinion on past performance, projections and discussions with scouts.
All four teams in the AFC West are pretty fairly represented. Denver has 12 players, Kansas City has 11, San Diego has nine and Oakland has eight. Denver boasts five of the top eight players and Kansas City has nine of the top 18.
There are 20 defensive players, 19 offensive players and one kicking specialist on the list. Without further ado, your (again, mine; I’m sure you will have plenty of opinions expressed in the comment section below) 2013 top 40 players in the AFC West:
1. Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver: No suspense here. Manning was dominant last year, his first in the division. Yes, he is still a superstar.
2. Von Miller, linebacker, Denver: The third-year player is becoming one of the best defensive players in the NFL. An elite talent.