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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wilkerson places 42nd in NFLN top 100

By Rich Cimini

Muhammad Wilkerson wasn't good enough to make the Pro Bowl team, chosen largely on player input, but he was good enough to land in the No. 42 spot on the NFL Network's top 100 list, voted by the players. Go figure.

On Wednesday night, the NFLN revealed 41 to 50 on its countdown. The New York Jets defensive end finished ahead of nine other defensive linemen who made the top 100, including Haloti Ngata (45), Geno Atkins (48), Jared Allen (68) and Justin Smith (69). Wilkerson's teammate, Sheldon Richardson, placed 94th.

Wilkerson was a second-team All-Pro selection (picked by the media), making it as a defensive tackle -- a honor consistent with his place in the NFLN top 100. The reason he didn't make the Pro Bowl (just one man's opinion) is that he was listed as a defensive end, a highly competitive position. Wilkerson is a hybrid in the Jets' scheme, playing inside and outside. Come contract time, though, he'll probably want to be regarded as a defensive end. They make more than tackles.