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Friday, September 4, 2009
Warner not among top 98 players in NFL?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Rank NFC West Player Pos. Team Scouts Inc. Rating
13t Larry Fitzgerald
WR ARI 92
18t Walter Jones
OL SEA 91
23t Adrian Wilson
DB ARI 90
23t Patrick Willis
LB SF 90
39t Karlos Dansby
LB ARI 86
45t Steven Jackson
RB STL 85
55t Patrick Kerney
DL SEA 84
55t Marcus Trufant
DB SEA 84
64t T.J. Houshmandzadeh
WR SEA 83
88t Anquan Boldin
WR ARI 81
99t Kurt Warner
QB ARI 80
124t Nate Clements
DB SF 79
124t Leroy Hill
LB SEA 79
124t Lofa Tatupu
LB SEA 79
144t Frank Gore
RB SF 78
169t Jason Brown
OL STL 77
169t Darnell Dockett
DL ARI 77

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.