Scouts Inc: Manning 5th, Romo 9th among QBs

August, 20, 2012
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The folks at Scouts Inc. have put out their NFL player rankings for 2012, and they're available to you if you're an ESPN Insider subscriber. I'm here to give you a little taste, perhaps in the hope that you'll buy such a subscription if you don't already have one. This is their top 200 overall ranking, Insider in which the highest-ranked NFC East player is Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (No. 6). And this is their quarterback rankings list, Insider on which New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ranks No. 5 (behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger) and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo ranks No. 9 (behind those five, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler).

On Manning, this is part of what Matt Williamson has to say:
He was more patient and did not force the ball into coverage in 2011 and made several timely throws under pressure to bring his team back in the fourth quarter. Manning has performed well enough the past few seasons to be considered elite at his position.

And on Romo:
Romo has above-average size and good athleticism and arm strength. He can't power the ball into tight windows but can make the throws needed to be effective in the NFL. He has excellent vision and is instinctive; he can improvise to make plays down field.

Me, I'd put Manning ahead of Roethlisberger and make him fourth, and I'd put Romo ahead of Cutler and Rivers and make him sixth. But I'm the NFC East blogger, so maybe I'm biased.

Elsewhere in the rankings:

The Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy ranks second among running backs, behind only Adrian Peterson.

The Giants' Hakeem Nicks ranks as the No. 6 wide receiver. The Eagles' Jeremy Maclin (No. 16) got the second-highest ranking among NFC East wide receivers.

Williamson ranked the Eagles' Jason Peters the No. 3 tackle even though he's going to miss the season. The Cowboys' Tyron Smith came in No. 8 among tackles.

Jason Pierre-Paul is the highest-ranked defensive end in the league, at No. 3, one spot ahead of the Eagles' Trent Cole. Justin Tuck and Jason Babin also cracked that top 10.

Williamson is still rating the Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha as the league's No. 2 cornerback behind Darrelle Revis. The second-highest ranking corner in the division is Dallas' Brandon Carr, at No. 13.

The Giants' Kenny Phillips just missed the top 10 at safety, ranking 11th.

The highest-ranked Washington Redskins player is Brian Orakpo, who ranks 100th overall and 14th among linebackers.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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