#NFLRank: Atkins, Green make top 10


ESPN's countdown of the top 100 players on offense and defense concludes today. The Bengals had the highest ranking player on offense and defense in the AFC North:


9. A.J. Green, wide receiver: He is behind only two receivers on the rankings, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. It's interesting to note that Green has had more catches and receiving yards in his first two seasons than Johnson and Fitzgerald had in theirs.


7. Geno Atkins, defensive tackle: He's the top interior lineman on the rankings and only two other defensive linemen (J.J. Watt and DeMarcus Ware) are ahead of him. His 12.5 sacks last season were tied for the 15th-most in a single season by a defensive tackle in NFL history.

A look at all of the Bengals players who made the rankings:


9. A.J. Green

90. Andrew Whitworth, offensive tackle


7. Geno Atkins

66. Michael Johnson, defensive end

84. Leon Hall, cornerback

89. Carlos Dunlap, defensive end

99. James Harrison, linebacker