Thursday, August 22, 2013
#NFLRank: Four AFC North players in 61-70
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN.com is continuing to reveal its list of the top 100 NFL players. Here are the players from the division that landed in spots 61-70 for offense and defense:
63. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver: He's never had more than 50 catches in a season. But that production will increase this season, when he becomes the Ravens' No. 1 receiver.
62. Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker: He was the best inside linebacker in the division last year and he's still getting better. He finished with 106 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
66. Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end: There's a lot of love for the Bengals' pass rush. Johnson, who enjoyed a breakout year last season, joins Carlos Dunlap and James Harrison on the list. I'm going out on a limb and say Geno Atkins will make the rankings, too.
69. Paul Kruger, Cleveland Browns linebacker: The former Ravens pass-rusher is looking to carry over a strong finish from last season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Kruger's 4.5 sacks were more than 10 of the 11 playoff teams had in total during the postseason (excluding Ravens).
Here's a review of the AFC North players who have already made the ESPN.com list:
84. Trent Richardson, Browns running back
90. Andrew Whitworth, Bengals offensive tackle
91. Heath Miller, Steelers tight end
95. Antonio Brown, Steelers wide receiver
83. Ike Taylor, Steelers cornerback
84. Leon Hall, Bengals cornerback
89. Carlos Dunlap, Bengals defensive end
99. James Harrison, Bengals linebacker