NFC West: Scouts Inc. Top 200

The Scouts Inc. Top 200 Insider rankings for NFL players take a while to digest. I've gone through them and made a few initial notations with the NFC West in mind:
I can also break this down by team, based on my initial run through the rankings:
  • Arizona: Fitzgerald (8th), Campbell (45th), Dockett (119th), Adrian Wilson (140th), Peterson (160th), Washington (165th).
  • St. Louis: Long (75th), Finnegan (101st), Jackson (116th), Laurinaitis (151st), Wells (195th).
  • San Francisco: Justin Smith (10th, up from 25th last year), Willis (12th), Aldon Smith (51st), Vernon Davis (65th, up from 111th), Bowman (80th), Mike Iupati (103rd), Rogers (175th), Staley (176th), Lee (183rd), Goldson (184th).
  • Seattle: Chris Clemons (105th), Thomas (120th), Lynch (131st), Bryant (194th).

The Seahawks have fewer players listed than the Rams. In looking at the rankings, Scouts Inc. ranks quite a few Seattle players with 79 grades, right on the edge of inclusion. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Mebane were among the players in that range.

I'll take a closer look at these as time permits.

Top 200: 49ers, Seahawks lead the way

August, 25, 2011
Eighteen NFC West players landed spots in the Scouts Inc. Top 200 heading into the 2011 season.

A quick accounting: The chart I ran previously was based on an initial spreadsheet Scouts Inc. used in the planning process, before several roster moves. I've gone over the spreadsheet and excluded from NFC West consideration two players no longer with division teams, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Lofa Tatupu.

The rankings for Mikell (75th) and Clemons (99th) relative to those for Gore (114th) and Jackson (131st) seemed counter to perceptions. Those following the NFC West closely know Gore and Jackson well. Seeing such a high ranking for Mikell, listed one spot lower than former teammate DeSean Jackson, will be comforting for Rams fans.

The chart breaks down NFC West players ranked among the top 200 by team and division. There is nothing particularly magical about the number 200. It serves as a cutoff line for our purposes.

I would rank the Rams' Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and James Hall, among other players in the division, ahead of some players listed in the top 200. The Seahawks preferred David Hawthorne to Tatupu, who remains unsigned, but Tatupu still appeared at No. 140.

No ranking of so many players is going to please everyone.

Scouts Inc. Top 200: NFC West's place

August, 25, 2011
The NFC West chat is about to begin, so this will be brief.

The chart ranks NFL divisions by how many players earned spots among the Scouts Inc. Top 200 this week.

Let's revisit on the other side. Notice no quarterbacks from the NFC West ranked among the top 200. We'll see if perceptions change by season's end. I suspect they might.