Our good friends at Scouts Inc. have issued their 2011 preseason rankings, evaluating and ranking every player in the NFL and offering up a top 200 overall as well as position-by-position lists. It's an Insider feature, so I can't give away too much, but I can hit some of the NFC East-specific highlights so we can bat them around here and have some fun with them. So here you go.
The highest-ranked NFC East player in the overall top 200 is Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who came in at No. 15 overall, one spot ahead of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Ware is the third-ranked linebacker on the list, after San Francisco's Patrick Willis and Pittsburgh's James Harrison. Asomugha is the second-ranked cornerback on the list, behind only the Jets' Darrelle Revis, who ranks third overall behind only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The only other defensive player ranked ahead of Ware is Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, at No. 14 overall.
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (No. 26), Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (No. 29), Eagles tackle Jason Peters (No. 55), Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (No. 68), Giants tackle Kareem McKenzie (No. 71), Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 74), Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (No. 78), Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman (No. 82), Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (No. 83), Giants quarterback Eli Manning (No. 88), Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (No. 90), Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (No. 91), Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (No. 96), Giants guard Chris Snee (No. 98), Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (No. 103), Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (No. 105), Cowboys tackle Doug Free (No. 108) and Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (No. 116) all rank ahead of Washington Redskins' Chris Cooley, who is the highest-ranked Redskin on the list at No. 119 overall and (in case you don't wan to go back and count them all), No. 22 in the division.
The rankings of the division's top quarterbacks go Manning, Vick, Romo, all tightly bunched. They are at No. 8, 9 and 10, respectively, on the QBs list, behind Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, who came in at No. 50. The Redskins' quarterbacks do not fare well. The list has Rex Grossman at No. 45, John Beck at 59 and Kellen Clemens(!) at 60, all behind the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys' backups.
McCoy ranks ninth among running backs, the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw came in at No. 14, the Cowboys' Felix Jones at No. 17, and Brandon Jacobs (32) and Ronnie Brown (36) both come in well ahead of Redskins backs Ryan Torain (52) and Tim Hightower (56). Redskins not getting a lot of love here!
The Redskins do better in the safety rankings, with LaRon Landry coming in at No. 21 and O.J. Atogwe at 25, but both come in behind the Giants' Antrel Rolle, who is the division's top-ranked safety at No. 17. And the Redskins did place two linebackers in the top 20 -- Brian Orakpo at 17 and London Fletcher at 20.
The three Eagles cornerbacks all placed in the top 15 at that position -- Asomugha at 2, Rodgers-Cromartie at 8 and Asante Samuel at 14.
Anyway, as I said, have at it, and we'll chat more about this as the day goes along.