ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The results of ESPN’s player ranking project have run on the website for a little over a week now -- top 100 players in the league on offense, top 100 on defense.
And until Tuesday, when players No. 50-41 on both sides of the ball were revealed, wide receiver Eric Decker had been the only Broncos player on the list -- at No. 82 -- until his fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas popped in at No. 35. Which is to say when the requisite arguments arrive with any lists, many will say the Broncos are a little light on representation. OK, for a 13-3 team that won 11 in a row to close out the regular season in 2012, it’s likely a lot light. Von Miller figures to show up in the coming days as do Peyton Manning, Wes Welker or perhaps Champ Bailey.
But it will be curious to see where Ryan Clady drops in, if at all, given the Broncos made their feelings known when they made him one of the highest paid left tackles in the league with a five-year, $52.5 million deal just before training camp opened.
Or Wesley Woodyard, who simply piles up the tackles and impact plays, and still can’t even get vocational love from his peers. Players and coaches should have to surrender their complain-about-the-Pro Bowl privileges for not even making Woodyard an alternate last year. Because that’s just not paying attention when he was only the 12th player since the sack became an official statistic to put up at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in the same season.
And given Brian Urlacher was the last guy to do it, it would seem that is a pretty difficult season to put together.
But with 200 players selected in all, the math says on average 6.25 players from each team should make it, more for playoff teams or less for others. But the Broncos are at two and the lists are down to No. 41.
So, without having seen who's on the rest of the lists, it looks like they won’t hit six.