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Friday, August 23, 2013
#NFLRank: NFC North in 51-60

By Kevin Seifert

Two NFC North players were among those ranked between 51-60 in our #NFLRank project, an ESPN effort to identify the top 100 offensive and top 100 defensive players in the NFL. As always, our portion of both lists are updated at the bottom.

Offense
59. Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil
(Detailed here by ESPN.com's Ben Goessling)

Defense
53. Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton
Stats & Info: Melton has 13 sacks over the past two seasons when lined up at one of the defensive tackle positions. Only the Bengals' Geno Atkins (17.0) has more.
Seifert comment: Sack totals always draw attention for defensive tackles, and there is no doubt Melton is productive in a way that NFL teams value. (He's the Bears' franchise player this season.) But there is some doubt about how good Melton is on the plays he doesn't get a sack on. He isn't often mentioned as one game's top interior players.

NFC North showing to date:

Offense
59. Kalil
64. Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb
66. Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson
72. Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan
77. Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings
94. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford
97. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

Defense
53. Melton
65. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway
76. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley
81. Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings
92. Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams
95. Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith

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