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Warner not among top 98 players in NFL?

9/4/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Scouts Inc.'s Top 200 list ranking NFL players found 12 players better than Larry Fitzgerald, 44 better than Steven Jackson, 63 better than T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 87 better than Anquan Boldin, 98 better than Kurt Warner and 143 better than Frank Gore.

As for you, Darnell Dockett? Might there really be 168 players with higher rankings? 'Nine-Oh' might need to change his nickname to 'One-Six-Nine' if the folks at Scouts Inc. are right.

A few of these rankings might provoke thoughtful ruminations. The rest could instigate mayhem.

Scouts Inc. gave Fitzgerald a 92 rating on a 100-point scale, highest among NFC West players. Twelve players had higher ratings: DeMarcus Ware, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Antonio Gates, Albert Haynesworth, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed and Andre Johnson.

The chart shows all 17 NFC West players included in the Top 200. The scouting report on Fitzgerald reads this way:

Fitzgerald has established himself as one of the game's most consistent and productive playmakers at wide receiver. He is an excellent athlete with very good size and adjustment skills. He accelerates well into routes and has enough quickness to create some separation at the breaks. He is strong enough to have success against physical corners and agile enough to get smaller defenders turned. He has outstanding hand-eye coordination and very good leaping ability. He's one of the better red-zone receivers due to his ability to catch the ball at the high point. After the catch, he can shake off loose tackles or slip around bad closing angles from defenders. Overall, he has very few weaknesses. He is a difference-maker at the position and a player whom opposing teams must be aware of on every play.