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#NFLRank on Colston and Kalil

8/22/2013

The latest installment of #NFLRank is out and it features players ranked from No. 61 through No. 70 on offense and defense. Only two NFC South player are in this group. Let’s take a look.

Offense

No. 65 New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston

Stats & Info: Colston is one of only three players (Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker are the others) with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. Colston was Drew Brees’ favorite red zone receiver in 2012, finishing with a team-high 22 targets.

Yasinskas comment: Colston is one of the league’s most underrated players. That’s because the Saints spread the ball around so much that his numbers aren’t off the charts. But Colston has been steady and dependable for a long time.

No. 70 Carolina center Ryan Kalil

Stats & Info: After starting every game for the Panthers from 2009 through 2011 and making the Pro Bowl each season, Kalil was limited to just five games last season. From 2009 through 2011, the Panthers ranked 11th in yards per rush up the middle. Last season, they ranked just 29th in that category.

Yasinskas: Assuming he’s back at full strength, there’s every reason to think Kalil can get back to being arguably the league’s best center. His return should be a big boost for an offense that wants to get more out of its running game.

Defense

None.

NFC South showing to date:

Offense

65. Colston

70. Kalil

71. Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith

86. New Orleans guard Ben Grubbs

87. Atlanta running back Steven Jackson

98. Carolina offensive tackle Jordan Gross

100. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton

Defense

80. Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel

86. Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon

93. Atlanta safety William Moore

96. Atlanta defensive end Osi Umenyiora

97. Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron

98. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David