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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Drew Brees at No. 79 in NFL's top 101?

By Pat Yasinskas

Earlier, we told you about New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees being included on a list of America’s most influential athletes. Well, it looks like Brees doesn’t have as much influence with one group.

That’s the fine folks over at Pro Football Focus, who compiled a list of the league’s top 101 players. They have Brees at No. 79.

Brees as the 79th best player in the NFL? I have to respectfully dispute that. I know 2012 wasn’t his best season, but I think this guy belongs in any list of the top 10 (at very least top 20) players in the game.

But I think the rest of the NFC South players on the list came in at just about the right spots. Here they are:
I think Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, Carolina center Ryan Kalil and Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks also belong on any list of top players, but they all missed most of last season with injuries. I’d say Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and New Orleans guard Jahri Evans also belong on the list.

All this has me thinking ahead to my NFC South top 25 list that I’m planning to run when I take time off this summer. I’ve already started working on the list. It isn’t finalized yet, but I can assure you Brees is going to come in with a much higher ranking.