As lists go, this one is supposed to carry a bit more weight because it was decided by NFL players.
But Indianapolis Colts fans might take issue with where quarterback Andrew Luck ended up in the league’s top 100 players for 2015, as well as the fact that he was one of just four Colts to make the list announced Wednesday.
If nothing else, with three more weeks until training camps, it gives fans something to talk about.
Luck checked in at No. 7, up 23 spots from last year. There’s no argument his star is on the rise. Three seasons. Three playoff berths. Three Pro Bowl selections. Most passing yards ever for a passer in his first three seasons. Led NFL last season with 40 TD passes last season.
The guys who finished ahead of him? Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was No. 1, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers No. 2, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady No. 3, Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray No. 4, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning No. 5 and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson No. 6.
If you think Luck should be higher, you're not alone. Several fans questioned Luck's spot in social media.
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Vinatieri is regarded as arguably the greatest clutch kicker in NFL history. That he’s the only kicker to make this list speaks volumes. That any kicker would make this list says a lot.
Davis has become one of the top cover cornerbacks in the game, and the Colts have paid him accordingly. He will count $11.25 million against the salary cap, which makes him the highest-paid Colts player.
Hilton is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a lucrative, multi-year deal after the upcoming season.
Some eyebrows will raise about who didn’t make this list. Wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore come to mind. They just joined the Colts in free agency after being franchise leaders in their respective offensive categories for the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
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